No Hassle One Pan Lasagne

We all know the drill. Kids bundle through the front door yelling “what’s for dinner?”. “Hello darling! Have you had a nice day?” “Yes, I’m starving!! What’s for dinner?”

You’ve had a full on day and quite frankly, are feeling a bit knackered!! This One – Pan Lasagne is basically the cheats way to make a good hearty, yummy meal for the entire family. It misses out loads of elements, making it super achievable on a week night.

The recipe comes from the One Pound Meals book, by Miguel Barclays (no, I’m not promoting him – just sharing some fine time hack recipes) I thought I’d give it a go and share the results! I scaled up to feed 4 of us.

Ingredients:

1 onion, sliced

500g Lean mince meat

4 garlic cloves, sliced

400g Tin Tomatoes

3 dried lasagne sheets

5 tbsp Creme Fraiche

2 tsp dried oregano

Enough grated cheese to cover the lasagne sheets

Olive oil

Seasoning

Method:

Start off by preheating your oven to 190•C/gas mark 5.

Add the olive oil to an oven proof pan (I used a casserole pot) and place on a low heat. Gently fry the onions for a few minutes. Next up, add the mince and season. Brown off for about 10 minutes. Add the garlic, fry until it starts to brown and add the tomatoes.

Simmer for 10 minutes, until juices reduce. Add the oregano and season well.

Lay the lasagne sheets on top of the mixture.

Spoon over the Creme Fraiche and sprinkle over the cheese.

Pop the lasagne into the oven and leave to cook for 25-30 minutes.

Serve up with some veg or salad & enjoy x

Summer Berry Pavlova

Remember last weekend when it was summer? (temporarily) We had a lovely bbq over at our fab friends’ house – they were ‘doing’ the meat, so we said we’d bring something lovely for pudding.

What screams summer bbq more than pavlova? Loads of beautiful seasonal strawbs and raspberries loaded on a fluffy meringue base. Happy days!

My Middle Little loves a bit of baking, and so asked to make this for me. Why not? Love having a helper! It was so simple, the only job Middle needed help with was separating the egg whites from the yolks. Bonus was that measuring and weighing was also part of this week’s homework – serious mum points!!

We used this recipe from Jamie Oliver and as always made a few tweaks to suit the store cupboard. I’m a bit sloppy when it comes to presentation so it doesn’t look quite as polished!!

Ingredients

  • 6 large free-range egg whites 
  • 300 g caster sugar
  • 400 g fresh strawberries and raspberries 
  • 200 ml double cream 
  • 200 ml fat-free natural yoghurt 
  • 2 tablespoons caster sugar 
  • 1 vanilla pod

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/gas 2. Clean your mixing bowl with lemon juice and wipe away the residue. (This helps your egg whites to fluff up!). Put your egg whites in your mixing bowl and whisk them at a medium speed until they start to form nice firm peaks. (Mines 6/7 on the Kitchenaid).
  2. With your mixer still running, gradually add the sugar, spoon by spoon. Turn the mixer up to the highest setting and whisk for 7 to 8 minutes more until the meringue is white, glossy and smooth. If it feels grainy, whisk for a little bit longer, being careful not to let the meringue collapse. 
  3. Line two baking trays with baking paper. Plop most of the mixture on one sheet and smooth roughly to about 20cm in diameter. Use the other sheet and dollop tea spoons of the remaining mixture to create meringue drops for the top of the pavlova.
  4. Put both trays into the oven and bake for about 1 hour until the meringues look slightly golden and are fluffy in the middle. When they’re ready, open the oven door and leave in the oven to cool for an hour or so.
  5. Halve or quarter the large strawberries and leave the smaller ones whole. Mix them with the raspberries. 
  6. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  7. Spoon the cream mixture on top of one of the meringue halves and roughly smooth it out. Place the other meringues on top and press down gently to stick them together. Sprinkle half of your berries evenly around the cream mixture.
  8. Spread the remaining cream mixture over the top layer and sprinkle the remaining berries on top. Enjoy!

Happy bbq-ing lovely people!

Tahlia x

Quick 10 minute Rainy Day Cookies

School pick up is imminent and the weather here is miserable! Here is a fantastic rainy day cookie recipe to keep the kids occupied when they can’t get outside to play.

Ingredients:

125g unsalted butter

100g caster sugar

75g soft brown sugar

1 medium egg, lightly beaten

2tsp vanilla extract

150g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

Chocolate bar of choice, chopped up

1tbsp peanut butter (optional)

Sprinkle (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 140•C.

Melt the butter and chuck all of the ingredients into a large bowl. Give it all a good stir.

Use a large spoon to dollop blobs of cookie dough onto a large baking tray (lightly greased or top tray with baking paper).

Bake for 8 – 10 minutes until golden.

Let’s Get Spiralling- The Courgette Way

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Here at Mums In Real Life, we love a gimmick and nothing quite beats a good ‘ spiralling’ session!! Not only is it fun (the kids LOVE watching!), but it gets the kids eating their superfoods too and…they just look so so pretty!!

We have the Hemsley & Hemsley model, although there are plenty of others about!!

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Check out their page, they have a super range:

http://www.hemsleyandhemsley.com/shop-home-page/

So how did we cook the Courgettes? We simply added a small amount of salt to a pan of boiling water, added the courgettes and reduced to a simmer for 4 minutes. We then drained and served as a side.

Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re always looking for tips. Please comment or email us at:

hello@mumsinreallife.co.uk

Homemade Potato Salad – A Must Make

Whilst our gardens here in parts of the SE of England are enjoying copious amounts of rain, here at Mums In Real Life, we’re thinking about the summer.

This led to thinking about food (naturally!), a topic never far from our minds.

My Dad always makes this potato salad and it is quite simply, delicious! I have never been able to face buying shop bought potato salad since eating it!

The good news is, it is also super easy to make and we’re sharing it with you!

Ingredients (for 4 people):

3 eggs

5 small potatoes (peeled and cubed)

2tbsp Mayonnaise

3 Fresh Chives

Pepper to season

Method:

Peel and cube the potatoes, place into water and bring up to boil. Once at boiling point, simmer for 10-12 minutes until al dente. Remove from heat and drain. Allow to cool down.

Meanwhile, boil the eggs for 5-6 minutes.

Cool the eggs in cold water, once cooled, peel.

Roughly chop up the eggs and place on top of the potatoes.

Add 2 generous tbsps of Mayonnaise, mix gently. Next up, use scissors to snip the Chives on top.

This is a wonderful accompaniment to any bbq or Salad. Give it a go!

Here at Mums In Real Life, we’re always keen to hear your feedback. Please comment if you have tips to share, or email us at: hello@mumsinreallife.co.uk

Perfectly peeled eggs – every time

That after hard boiling eggs, if you (carefully!) stab through the egg with the sharp point of a knife, place in cold water for 10 seconds…you can perfectly peel them?

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The water penetrates the membrane beneath the egg shell, and you can peel the eggs perfectly!! No egg hacked away, or anything 👍🏻

Here at Mums In Real Life we’re always looking out for hacks that will make everyone’s life easier. Do you have any tips to share? Please comment or email us at:

hello@mumsinreallife.co.uk

The Results Are In…Saturday Night Curry

Carly settled on Saturday night takeaway theme for our MIRL dinner, perfect for a night in with friends. In true Carly style, she made it ALL herself. If you’ve never tried making your own Indian dishes then you really should – they are amazing! Fragrant, warm, spicy and unbelievably fresh. No trace of any nasties.

I think it’s fair to say that Carly knows how to throw a brilliant dinner. Cue 8 adults, 10 children and two kittens – it all made for a lovely (noisy) night in with friends.

For the children, she made her classic Pepperoni Pizza which always goes down a storm with the children. For adults she made a warm and spicy Lamb Balti, tasty Chicken Tandoori and a gorgeous Vegetable Curry with aubergine and lentils. I ate a lot of the Vegetable Curry, it was perfection (thanks to our friends at Lennards of Covent Garden for the amazing veg box).

And, as with all good dinner parties – the guests all contributed too. Naan, Poppadum (freshly made at dinner by the newly crowned ‘Poppadum King’), Mango Chutney, Cucumber Raita and Kachumber Salad. Delish!

Spiced Vegetable Curry with lentils and aubergine Poppadum courtesy of the newly acclaimed ‘Poppadum Man’

Watch this space for the recipe cards, they’ll be here really soon!

Tahlia x

Delicious Duck Breast & Fondant Potatoes with an Orange Sauce

This is a very tasty dish, which requires a little bit of effort but the results are worth it. Such a good dish for a winters evening, when you need a bit of warming up.

Recipe will be available soon…

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