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Chicken with creamy onion and pepper sauce served with asparagus recipe

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This has to be one of my favourite dinners of all time. A few of my (long!) list of favourite foods all in one meal! When doing this one I usually pre-cook the potatoes, season the chicken and srap up the asparagus in the morning so that when dinner time comes, all I have to do is transfer to a pre-heated (and oiled) tray and cook. The sauce can also be prepared in the morning and stored in the fridge as soon as it has cooled and then re-heated at dinner time. I served it with some fresh rocket – just because I  love it so much!


1 x chicken thigh per person

olive oil


fresh thyme

1 large potato per person





Peel and cut the potatoes into small cubes, cook until almost don, drain and set aside. Whilst they are cooking, wrap the asparagus in trimmed bacon and season the chicken with salt and pepper, thyme and olive oil. Once all is ready transfer to a large baking tray and cook at 230(ish)C for around 35-40 minutes. Add butter for extra crispy potatoes and chicken!

For the creamy onion and pepper sauce:


1 x onion, finely chopped

100ml double cream

2 x garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard

1 x cube ‘oxo’

a splash of white wine

a splash of hot water.


Add the onion to a pan with some oil and cook until soft and brown. Add in the garlic at the end so as not to burn. Once cooked, pour in the cream, add the mustard and cook until almost simmering, at this point, crumble in the oxo cube and stir until disolved. Add in the splash of wine and water, turn up the heat to cook off and then lower the heat again to keep warm.


Spinach and carrot savoury cakes recipe

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My dear friend brought over a lovely spinach, cumin and carrot muffin to go with my little girl’s dinner this evening, after seeing her gobble it up so fast (and sneaking a little nibble myself) I decided to bake a similar batch myself (with the ingredients that we had in the cupboard!) My friend used a ‘River Cottage’ recipe, and hers were better than mine, but here’s how I did them:


80g butter (softened)

1 x finely chopped onion

1 x teaspoon garam masala

150g spinach

250g plain flour

2tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp bicarb

1/2 tsp salt

2 x eggs

200 g milk

150g grated carrot


Fry the onion in a little of the butter until softened and goldem, add in the chopped up spinach and cumin until wilted, set aside.

In a bowl mix up all of the other ingredients together, add in the spinach and oinion mixture, mix again. Add into muffin cases (makes 12) and bake for approx 20 minutes at 200C

‘Handmade Monday’ – mini-quilt finished!

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Finally! The little patchwork quilt is finished! It’s a little wonky but I quite like it like that! I hope that Little ‘T’ enjoys playing with it over the years to come!

Don’t forget to head over to ‘1st Unique Gifts’ to catch up on some other blogs!


Our Sunday morning………

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We went to the grounds of the Cathedral Close this morning for a lounge around in the sun, we watched as little ‘T’ chased the ducks, picked the daisies, scrambled over Daddy, and generally had fun exploring. A lovely way to spend our Sunday morning……..



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I have been busy ‘freecycling’ for the last week or so, so far I have given away the following items :

  • A broken garden strimmer
  • Blunt garden shears (person collecting kindly swapped for a box of eggs laid that morning)
  • A small pet carrier
  • A bag of fabric remnants
  • A tennis racket

And I have been lucky enough to be offered 4 x large clumps of shasta daisies which I gratefully collected this , I added them to the garden yesterday evening and have added some other photos of some of the plants in our garden at the moment.


Creamy mushroom & tarragon spaghetti bake recipe

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This is a quick and easy dish, great for veggies and delicious too!


Olive oil (a splash)

Spaghetti (enough for 2-3)

1 xsmall pot single cream

2 x large mushrooms, roughly chopped

2 x cloves garlic – finely chopped

1 x onion – finely chopped

1 teaspoon tarragon

1 x cup grated cheese.

Salt and pepper to taste


Add the onionand oil to a pan and fry until soft/golden. In another pan, break up the spaghetti and cook until tender. Add in the mushrooms, garlic, cream, tarragon, salt and pepper and simmer for a few minutes.  Once the spaghetti is cooked, add this to the mixture, transfer to a baking dish, top with the grated cheese , a bit more tarragon and bake in the oven until golden and crispy (approx 20 mins on 220C). Delicious!


Exploring with Grandma

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After our morning walk once little ‘T’ had woken from her morning nap, we popped to Grandma’s house. ‘T’ played the piano (which she was a little unsure of at first though was soon happily hitting the keys), we looked at the rainbow shining in through the window and watched as she tried to chase it, a tub of marbles kept her busy for ages, sorting and moving them around, she loved trying to reach in the pot to get to the potatoes, though wasn’t to impressed once she finally got one!