My Essential Kit for Winter Running

If you’re stupid like me and you signed up for the London Marathon and then spent the summer getting even more unfit than you were before, then you probably can’t afford to wait until January for your training plan to start – or maybe, you actually like running and you do it in the winter anyway*… Either way, you need special kit for running in the cold, dark months – but you don’t need to spend a fortune. Here’s my essential kit for running in winter – mostly aimed at beginners, but if you’re a pro, maybe you can read it anyway and give me some tips!

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September: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

It’s been a busy month here – as always – but I’m so glad it’s finally autumn! I feel like I’m coming home when the leaves start to turn and the air gets crisp.

I recently went to Pickwell Farm with my family to grab some late-season strawberries, early pumpkins, and sweetcorn. I hadn’t ever picked corn before but it was great fun – my best tip is to peel back some of the outer leaves just to check the cob first, because some of the ones we picked were rotten or overripened. You can leave the leaves on to keep the corn fresher for longer in the fridge! Continue reading

Teriyaki Burgers: Red Tractor Week Blogger Challenge

Here’s yet another Japanese recipe for Red Tractor Week – just because the produce is British, doesn’t mean the recipes have to be! I’m taking part in a challenge to share my favourite recipes containing Red Tractor products, and I picked up some beef mince from Lidl with the Red Tractor logo so I could share this recipe with you. The Red Tractor logo on your food means that the product has reached the standard set out for animal welfare, food safety, traceability, and environmental protection. Plus, it can be traced back to British farms! (See the website here for more info.)

I love making these little burgers using pork and beef mince, although you can just use beef if you prefer. As you can see, they work really well in bento or lunch boxes, but equally you can have them for dinner. I like to serve them with rice, but you can also serve them with potato wedges for a more western-style meal.

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Welsh Rarebit For Red Tractor Week

This week I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes in support of Red Tractor – the logo added to products grown or produced in Britain to their exacting standards for animal welfare, food safety and traceability! (See more here.) 

Today I’m sharing one of my favourite dairy recipes – it’s perfect for dark, rainy autumn days… Welsh rarebit!


Ingredients 

  • 25g butter
  • 25g flour
  • 125ml milk
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 225g cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4-6 slices bread

Method

Heat the butter in a saucepan until melted and then add the flour. Stir well and cook for a minute

Gradually add the milk, stirring, and heat until thickened. 

Add the mustard powder, cheese (reserving a handful for the topping) and Worcestershire sauce and heat until the cheese is melted. 

Meanwhile, toast the bread on both sides. Spread the Rarebit onto the bread, then add the grated cheese. Pop until the grill until bubbling!


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Spicy Thai Turkey Mince: Red Tractor Week Blogger Challenge

This week, Red Tractor has challenged a variety of bloggers to bust out some of their favourite recipes using Red Tractor products. I thought I’d share with you a great, zesty turkey mince recipe that you can pop in a bento or lunch box, or cook for a main course or starter!

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Chicken Pie: Budget Week Continues!

Day three of my budget cooking plan (seven dinners for two people from £20 at Aldi!) was where my portion control went out of the window and I started to cheat… just a little… when I realised the only vegetable I had for this meal was onions. Two types of onions, but still, just onions… So, I’ll hold my hand up, I grabbed a small number of peas from my freezer. Like, maybe a dozen. Or maybe more. Don’t judge me…

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Spatchcocked garlic and herb chicken with wedges and sweetcorn: Big Fat Budget Week Continues!

Following on from my first budget week post, where I’m aiming to cook a week of dinners for two adults from £20 spent at Aldi, I’ve already posted a recipe for spinach, bacon and onion pizza here, and now I’m onto my second dish – a spatchcocked chicken with wedges and sweetcorn!

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Spinach, Bacon and Onion Pizza Recipe: Feed Two For Under £2!

If you’ve been following the blog, you’ll know that I challenged myself to buy a week’s worth of dinners from Aldi for £20. This is the first meal I cooked from my budget shop, and it’s based on Cooking Light’s budget meal plan recipe from 2012 (I love these recipes – the pork one is amazing!)

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