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Jamie Olivers ‘Epic Roast Chicken Salad’ recipe review

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I saw this recipe in Jamie Oliver’s ‘Jamie’s Great Britain’ recipe book and thought I had to give it a try – I am SO glad I did as it was easy, cheap, and the flavour was just amazing – I think this is one of mine (and my husband’s) favourite dishes now!

The chicken was simply roasted with lemon and thyme and then left to cool, so this bit I did in advance in the morning which was easy enough.

The second part was just as easy, using torn up bread as chunky croutons which were infused with the flavours of the juices of the chicken, a while bulb of garlic, cherry tomatoes, olive oil and crispy streaky bacon. The flavours were delicious!

I have had a hunt for the recipe online but can’t seem to find it, though the recipe list is here if you want to take a peek – if however you need an easy and extremley delicious recipe I highly recommend a trip to the library to get this book…..

Enjoy! x


Cajun bean potato bake recipe

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Using up what we already have at home has led me to be a bit more inventive in the kitchen and I came up with this meal the other day. It’s really delicious, full of goodness and super cheap too!


  • 1 x cup mixed beans (I’ve used pinto, mung and haricot in this recipe though any would do – or a pre-soaked can would do fine too)
  • 1 x tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x stock cube (or teaspoon of bouillon etc)
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 x teaspoons cajun spice
  • 2 x chopped garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 x chopped onion
  • 4 x medium sized potatoes
  • splash milk
  • knob butter
  • olive oil
  • 1 x cup grated cheese


In a saucepan cooke the pre-peeled and chopped potatoes. When soft, mash with the butter, all of the cheese and milk and set aside. In a seperate saucepan cook the chopped onion until softened, add in the mushrooms and beans and cook until mushrooms are also soft. Then add in all of the other ingredients.

Pour the bean mixture into  your serving dish:

Top with the mashed potato mix and score with a fork to help crisp up:

Cook in the oven for 25 (ish mins) at 180C until golden on top. Serve with salad or mixed steamed vegetables.


Creamy tomato soup recipe

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Soup is a lovely Winter  warmer and such a quick lunch-time fix too. I’ve always got a stash in the freezer and ‘T’ loves it, this is my favourite soup recipe:


4 x large carrots, sliced

6 x large tomatos, sliced

2 x medium sized potato, chopped

1 x red onion, chopped

vegetable stock

a few leaves of basil, finely chopped


Glug of olive oil

1/2 cup cream


Cook the onions in the oil for a few minutes to release the flavour. Add the rest of the vegetables, seasoning and add enough stock to just cover them. Simmer for 30-45 minuites or until vegetables are soft. Add in the creamand basil and blend. This freezes really well and is best served with some hot bread or toast and a swirl of cream on top.

Potato painting

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It’s getting rainy and darker outside so less trips to the park and more indoor activities are needed. After preparing dinner and a trip to the shops yesterday morning we came back to do some potato painting and tent-building.

The potato printing started off well…………

Got a bit messy……..

But was all good fun!

Now for a stroll in the woods – I think our waterproofs and wellies are going to be needed…………


Courgette Pizzas

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We were kindly given a courgette which was grown by a friend of my husband, half of it was used in a soup and with the other half I made these mini pizzas which were a hit all round (even me who HATES courgette!)


Courgette slices – approx 1cm thick

grated cheese

tomato sauce/puree

bacon/onion/mushroom etc


Lightly fry the courgette slices for a few minutes each side. Lay on a grill, top with tomato sauce, grated cheese and other toppings of your choice. Grill until cheese has browned and eat straight away!

Home-made mini pizzas

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My very good friend made a batch of mini-pizzas for her little one and I was inspired to do the same. Unfortunately our bread-maker isn’t quite so good so I had to make the dough by hand but it has been quite a few months since I last made some so made a nice change. I used a Jamie Oliver recipe for pizza dough – simply because I have used it several times in the past and it has always worked out well – the link can be found hereTopped with a home-made tomato sauce, grated cheese, and basil from the garden and popped in the freezer for quick and easy lunches and dinners, I’ll top them with extras depending on what’s in the fridge at the time before cooking them in the oven. They are a BIG hit with’T’!

Oh – and don;t forget to pop over and have a look at the fab blogs at ‘Handmade Monday!’ – I need to finish some of the projects I have started soon!…………

They are a big hit with little ‘T’!