Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Nutella and Strawberry Crepe Cake

Now once a year we have this joyous occasion (being OH's bday) but with this joyous occasion also comes a quandry....what sort of birthday cake do you make someone who doesn't like 'cakey things' - his words not mine.... Previously I have done a cheesecake and an ice cream cake, but this year I wanted something different and really when you try googling 'birthday cake without cake' you really don't get that much assistance! But after quite some time I had my light bulb moment (right at the last minute too!) and had a flash back to OH and I sitting on the couch, me reading a recipe mag and OH saying 'oohhhh I would like that' whilst pointing at a gorgeous looking crepe cake. So Crepe Cake it was! I decided on a nutella and strawberry version as OH loves nutella. So here is how you do it...

Nutella and Strawberry Crepe Cake

16 Crepes (I used the Creative Gourmet ones)
220g jar of Nutella
1/3 cup strawberry jam
220g extra light philadelphia cream cheese
20ml Frangelico (Hazelnut liquer)
whipped cream

Ok so you could spread all your crepes and then stack them up but I don't have a ridiculous amount of kitchen space so I did it as I went.

- Combine your philly and strawberry jam in a bowl and set aside.
- Spread your first crepe with nutella and place on a serving plate.
- Spread the next crepe with the strawberry mixture and place spread side up ontop of the nutella one.
- Repeat your layers, finishing with a plain crepe.
- I then mixed my whipped cream with the frangelico to give it a lovely hazelnut flavour and spread over the top of the cake and decorated with strawberries.

This cake was not only delicious but dead easy. And it looks awesome when you cut into it, no one will believe it only took you 5 mins to put together!

You could also top it with chocolate sauce made by melting some chocolate, cream and frangelico together if you are after a more decadent dessert!

I have now started my new job and at this stage I'm thinking it is going to be very challenging, but the days are going really quick and I'm really enjoying the change so fingers crossed it stays that way!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Feta Stuffed Meatballs and Salsa in Pita Pockets

I have had this recipe for Fetta Stuffed Meatballs for ages now, the original recipe suggests serving with cous cous as well which I think would be delicious, but seeing as there were only two of us last night and the bowl of meatballs and salad was rather huge, we decided to give that step a miss.

It was a really easy recipe to make, well actually OH made it, but it was easy to watch him make!

The following makes enough for 2 people to share

350g lamb mince
1 egg
1 tspn crushed / wet garlic
1 tspn crushed / wet moroccan herbs
50g fetta cut into sml cubes
150g cherry tomatoes
1/2 cucumber
1/2 red onion
2 tspns finely diced mint
6 pita pockets split to open pocket

Combine mince, egg, garlic and herbs in a bowl.
Shape heaped teaspoons of mixture into meatballs.
Press a piece of fetta into each ball and re-roll to enclose filling.
Place on a plate and cover with cling wrap. Refrigerate for 30 mins.
Meanwhile finely dice tomatoes, cucumber and onion, combine in a bowl with the mint and season with salt and pepper.
Heat some oil in a frying pan and add meatballs. Cook for 3-4 mins, turning, until browned and cooked.
Place your meatballs, salad and pita pockets on the table and let everyone help themselves!

Now....I have to say, these meatballs have to be eaten while hot out of the pan, I mean you can have them later if you want, but straight out of the pan, the fetta is all gooey and delicious....this is definetly a new favourite in our house!

And remember how I said we discovered a new love for malt in Melbourne...OH caught me 'cleaning' the blender after a round of malt milkshakes....

But that's ok, coz look what I found in the kitchen the night before 5 mins after the bread maker told us it was finished baking....

We are such a dysfunctional household!!

Till next time

Em x

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Melbourne Trip!

I love Melbourne, every year as long as I can remember I have been over at least once, and really what is there not to love? The shopping is to die for, the bargains are fabulous, the food is incredible and then there is the atmosphere, the culture and if you go at this time of year, the Christmas window display at Myer is up!

So on Thursday we got to Melb at around lunch time. The weather was warm but it was a bit wet so we checked into our hotel and caught the train out to Brunswick. Admitedly we took a few wrong turns and ended up walking in the wrong direction, but my god there are some gorgeous bridal shops out there. Eventually we headed in the right direction though and we found what we were looking for....

This little pub is done up like an old 60's diner and is full of Harley and Steve McQueen memorabillia. The meals were huge and had a southern american influence and after a long morning and alot of walking - a decent meal was exactly what we wanted!

That night we were off out to Metallica so we wanted a quick and easy meal on the way. We were lucky enough to find a little thai place down one of Melbourne's famous alleys that was kind of like the Subway of stir frys, you chose your own vegies, meat, sauce and noodles and in 5 mins your dream sir fry was delivered to your table! I had a tofu and vegie stir fry with satay sauce and it was to die for!

The concert was brilliant, Metallica are one of OH and my favourite bands and they didn't disappoint - playing a set consisting of old and new stuff, revving the crowd up at every opportunity, I have never been to a concert where even those in the seated section stood up for the entire thing!

So after a big night singing our lungs out, we needed a sugar hit for breakfast the next morning...so on our way out to the Science Works at Spotwood we grabbed a couple of Spanish Donuts, we have seen the stand at the Flinders St Station a few times but never tried one before...

Why have we not tried these before!? I had a pineapple glazed donut and OH had a custard filled one. They don't look like your average donut as they are more of a log shape, and I am pretty sure they are fried in oil before they are glazed or filled, but my god were they good! And just one each kept us going till well past lunch! We had a ball at the Science Works too, it was so much fun trying out all the different displays and exhibits and we even learnt a few things along the way!

When we got back to Melbourne we had done a tonne of walking so we headed straight for the Lindt cafe, it was a beautiful day so we treated ourselves to a scoop of White Chocolate and Raspberry Swirl ice cream and a strawberry macaroon each for lunch. The lindt ice cream is unbelieveable....you probably wouldn't want too much more then one scoop because it is fairly rich, but it is heavenly and the macaroons were pretty damn good too!

That night we needed something savoury for dinner, so we hiked our way to the Casino in search of a steak restaurant we had heard of called (wait for it) SteakOut - not the most original name, but turns out, when you can make food like that good, who cares what you're called! I ordered a grilled chicken salad and mixed though a side order of roast pumpkin and kumara, oh it was good! OH found a 1kg steak on the menu and he had his heart set on that - see how happy he looks!

I think we have found our new favourite restaurant in Melbourne!

The following day was our last day, we were flying home at about 3pm so we decided to take ourselves out to breakfast...and quite frankly we were shocked that we had made it to the third day without going to the pancake parlour! I went with the simple lemon and sugar pancakes (it was a toss up between that and the strawberry jam and cream but when the waiter came I panicked!) and you know what they say, you can't beat the classics! OH had a caramel malt thickshake with his and we are now officially obsessed with malt, we only got home last night and already today I have been to the supermarket, brought malt and we may or may not have had several malt thickshakes....

And what trip to Melbourne would be complete without the obligatory bringing home of Krispy Kremes - purely because we don't have them here in Tassie and OH is slightly in love with them

And last but not least did I mention I got some fantastic bargains!!! I got some great deals on dresses - I swear I brought about $200 worth of clothes for $80, not to mention these gorgeous shoes!!!

And that my friends, was our holiday!

Till next time, Em x

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Chicken Risotto and 2 Minute Trifle!

Well tomorrow OH and I go to Melbourne to see Metallica and we don't come home till Sat night so here is a quick run down on today and I will give you a full Melbourne update when I get back!

Seeing as I am still training the temp, I have heaps of time on my hands during the day. So today I went and had lunch with my Dad

And we went for a walk around the area he was working and found this gorgeous maltese shitzu pup (ok we didnt find it, it had an owner) but it was adorable so we stopped and played with her for a while too!

And Mum and Dad came out for tea tonight so we made this easy Chicken Risotto

You will need:
350g chicken breast trimmed and diced
1 onion diced
80g baby spinach
1.25 cups of arborio rice
3 cups of vegetable stock
1 tin of diced tomatoes
1 tspn crushed garlic
2 tspns crushed / wet italian herbs
1/2 cup dry white wine
salt and pepper

In a saucepan combine stock and diced tomatoes. Bring to the boil and simmer until required.
In a fry pan over medium heat, add chicken and cook for 5-7 mins or until lightly browned. Remove chicken from pan and set aside.
Add onion and garlic to the fry pan and cook for 3-5 mins or until onion is soft.
Add rice, italian herbs and wine to the pan. Combine and bring to the boil. Simmer.
Add stock and simmer for 10-12 mins or until liquid is mostly absorbed and rice is soft and tender.
Season with salt and pepper and serve.

And for dessert we have the super easy 2 Minute Trifle

For this one all you need is
1 x pkt of Aunt Betty's Belgium Chocolate Puddings
Thickened Cream
100g Raspberries (or any berries will do)
Paul's Thick Custard

Heat the puddings in the microwave according to packet instructions. Roughly chop and divide amongst four tall glasses.
Top with a tablespoon of cream.
Add 1 tbspn raspberries, reserving roughly a quarter for decoration.
Add about 1/4 cup of custard to each glass and top with remaining raspberries.

This was really nice, the cream soaked through the pudding and the whole combination was just delicious. You could also add jelly as well to give it more of a trifle feel!

Anyway, I have to pack and get ready for tomorrow so hope you all have a fantastic few days!

Em x

Monday, November 15, 2010

Potato and Lentil Dahl

Well I spent today training a temp at work to take over my job....and really I mean I know its a new job...but in this case the guy has worked in the job before, and i am all for being careful but even though he spends so much time checking everything, he is still not accurate! And I have given him copious amounts of notes and manuals and he just isn't using them, when all the answers to the questions he asks me are right at his finger tips....grrrrrrrr....so apart from stabbing him in the eye with a pen, the only cure for this was whipping up this delicious and hearty dahl recipe.

Potato and Lentil Dahl

You will need

1 cup red lentils
1 onion
1 tspn crushed garlic
2 tbspns curry paste (any flavour)
400g potato, peeled, sliced and cooked
500g pumpkin, peeled, sliced and cooked
3 sticks of celery diced
1/2 cup of light sour cream
150g of baby spinach

- So firstly, put your lentils in a saucepan and cover with water, simmer for 15mins or until liquid is absorbed and lentils are tender. You may need to add more water.
- Meanwhile in a large frypan over medium heat, add your onion, celery, garlic and curry paste. Cook for 2 mins or until curry paste is fragrant and onion is tender.
- Add pumpkin and potato. Stir to combine and simmer for 10 mins or until mixture is thick.
- Stir through spinach and sour cream.
- Serve and enjoy!

I find this is a good way to get my partner to eat lentils, during the cooking process the mixture thickens to the point where you don't realise you are eating a big bowl of vegetarian goodness! This recipe does serve 4 normal portion sizes, but we tend to have 2 massive bowls of it for tea and it still comes in at around 500 cals depending on the sour cream you use, plus it's mega filling and really tasty - what more could you want on a rainy night?

No really...serious question, whats your favourite thing to do / eat on a rainy miserable night??

Em x

Sunday, November 14, 2010

In the absence of plans....

....the universe will always find something for you to do! Today I had no plans except for doing the groceries and passing out on the couch with an endless supply of tea and a good book...however, early this morning we got a txt msg from OH's niece saying she was bored, so I offered to go pick her and her younger sister up so they could spend the day at our place.

We started by making Harry Potter cupcakes.....

Then we had a fashion parade where OH and the groomsmen tried on their suits for the wedding and the girls scored them as they walked down the 'runway'....personally I think they scrubbed up really well!

Then we kicked the boys outside and we set ourselves up on the living room floor to make some jewellery.

The girls made themselves a bracelet and pair of earrings each and together we put together this charm bracelet which I thought was really cute!

We have just taken the girls home and I am exhausted, but it was a great day, I had heaps of fun, and in reality, heaps better then spending the day laying around doing nothing. We made a date for next Sunday as the girls want to get their own lil bead kits happening so they can make their own jewellery, I'm kinda chuffed that they wanna be like me...and just a tad clucky...but we don't need to tell OH that just yet!

Anyway, I am off for to lay on the couch with a book (just coz I didn't get to do it all day doesn't mean I shouldn't get to do it at all - at least now I've earn't it!!)

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!

Em x

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chicken and Mozerella Rice Bake

This is one of OH's creations, he was doing night shift on Monday night and I must say its pretty cool to get home from work and having the house smell of melty cheesy goodness, and then finding that the source of that delicious smell, is pretty damn tasty too!

To make this Chicken and Mozerella Rice Bake you will need

400g chicken breast diced
1 x capsicum diced
1 x carrot diced
1 x onion diced
1 x celery stick diced
400g tin of peas and corn
250g pkt light grated mozarella or pizza cheese
2.5 cups stock
1.25 cups rice
mixed herbs
crushed basil
crushed garlic
400g diced tomatoes

Pre-heat oven to 180C.
Heat a fry pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 mins.
Add the carrot, capsicum and celery and cook until soft.
Add the peas and corn, rice and stock and simmer for about 15mins or until liquid has been absorbed.
Pour vegie mix into a casserole dish.
Add chicken to fry pan and cook for 5-7 mins or until browned. Stir through diced tomatoes and add basil and garlic to taste.
Add chicken mix to the vegies and combine.
Top with grated cheese and mixed herbs. (I used pizza herbs - but you could use thyme or rosemary)
Bake for 45 mins or until cheese is golden. If cheese is browning too much just cover the dish with foil and un-cover for the last 10 mins of cooking.

Based on your personal preference you could dice the vegies really fine (making this dish great to hide vegies from the kidlets!) or you could leave them chunky.

I also find that the flavour in this dish develops more if baked the day before serving.

In fact I am heating some up for dinner as we speak! And on the subject of dinner, we went to Mum and Dad's last night and Mum made these awesome chicken schnitzel burgers toasted in the sandwich press using foccacias, cheese, chicken breast steaks and some tomatoes drizzled with vinegar, just like a counter meal, but 10 x better!! We also had some shoestring fries on the side with Mum's home made tomato relish, I like stirring a bit of mayo through some of my chutney...I know I'm odd....anyway that was the dinger on the microwave so that means its tea time!!

Happy Wednesday everyone - did I mention I only have 2.5 weeks of work left!!!

Em xx

Monday, November 8, 2010

Caramel Ginger Nut Bites

I was supposed to be making a caramel and giner nut slice, but it didnt quite work so I ended up making these lil bite sized treats and may I just say they are delcious!

Caramel Ginger Nut Bites

2 pkts Arnotts Ginger Nut Biscuits
1 tin condensed milk
125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Break the biscuits in half and process in a food processor. Melt half the butter and add to the mix. Process until combined.
Melt remaining butter, condensed milk and sugar on the stove top until sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened. You will need to stir constantly so it doesn't burn.
Combine half the biscuit crumbs with the condensed milk mixture.
Place in the freezer for an hour or two until it is firm enough to roll into balls.
Roll tbspns of the mixture into balls and then roll in the remaining biscuit crumbs
- I didnt roll mine in biscuit crumbs but think it would be a good idea coz these are pretty sticky!
Then place them on some baking paper in a container and back in the freezer.

I tried one straight out of the freezer before and they are so nice and chewy and the ginger nut flavour is fantastic!

Happy baking!

Em x

Sunday, November 7, 2010

An afternoon in the kitchen....

....which resulted in some Rasperry and Chocolate Chunk Brownies....

...some lemon cheesecake slice....

....and some coconut ice!

All ridiculously easy! So here goes!!

Raspberry and Chocolate Chunk Brownies
375g dark chocolate melts
180g white chocolate chopped
1/2 cup sour cream
100g milk chocolate chopped
150g frozen raspberries
1.25 cups of plain flour
150g butter
4 eggs whisked
1.5 cups caster sugar

Preheat oven to 160C and grease and line a 23cm cake pan.
Melt the dark chocolate and butter together, stir until mixture is smooth and set aside to cool slightly.
Add the sugar to the chocolate and stir to combine.
Add eggs, flour and sour cream, mixing well.
Add the white and milk chocolate and the raspberries, stirring until just combined.
Pour into pan and bake for 1 hour or until cooked through.

These brownies are so soft and delicious. I had one for brekkie (my bad) today and they were soft and chewy and moist in the middle but they still had that nice solid brownie top, and the rapsberry flavour goes right through them, they are a real winner!

Next we have Coconut Ice

This was really simple and easy.

You just need

2 cups sifted pure icing sugar
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
395g can condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3 1/2 cups desiccated coconut
2-3 drops pink food colouring

Line a 20cm slice tin with non-stick baking paper.
Place icing sugar and cream of tartar in a large bowl.
Add condensed milk and vanilla essence and stir until well combined.
Add desiccated coconut and, using your hands, mix until well combined.
Divide the mixture in half and add pink food colouring to one portion. Knead the food colouring through until it is evenly coloured. Press the pink mixture over the base of the pan and smooth the surface with your hand. Top with the remaining white mixture, press down and smooth the surface with your hand. Refrigerate the coconut ice for 2 hours or until firm. Cut into pieces and serve.

Now my OH hates coconut, but my Dad loves coconut ice and I have wanted to make it for him for ages, it really wasn't as hard as I thought - the hardest part was getting the pink and white layers even - so I hope he likes it!

And last, but certainly not least The Lemon Cheesecake Slice

You will need

1 pkt lattice biscuits
1 pkt lemon jelly crystals
300ml thickened cream
500g cream cheese
.25 cup lemon juice
.25 cup caster sugar

Place jelly crystals in a small heat proof bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until crystals are dissolved. Add lemon juice and place in the fridge for roughly 40 mins or until jelly has the consistency of egg whites.
Line a slice tin with baking paper, try and find one where your biscuits without any gaps. Arrange half of biscuits over base in a single layer.
Using an electric mixer beat cream until soft peaks form. Remove cream from bowl and then beat the cream cheese and sugar together until combined.
Gently fold cream into cream cheese mixture.
Add jelly and stir until combined.
Spread cream cheese mixture over biscuits in pan. Top with remaining biscuits and chill for 3 hours or until set. When it is set, cut into pieces, following the biscuits as a guide.

If your biscuits don't fit evenly into the pan I find it helps to place other objects on the outside of the baking paper just to hold it all together until its set! This is a good one for lunch boxes as well because having the biscuit layer on the top and bottom means it's not so messy to eat!

And there is a caramel and gingernut slice setting in the fridge, but I will write about that tomorrow! A friend and I had a stall at the local market selling clothes today, it's great fun but you have to be up so damn early! I'm all tuckered out I tell ya! So I am off for a nanna nap until tea time! But before I go, here is a picture of what OH created out of his marshmallow mask I told you about the other day - pretty cool huh!

Em xx

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Easy Lamb Curry

Last night was OH's turn to cook and he picked a lamb curry (apparently its lamb week in our house!). It was a simple recipe but it made these huge steaming bowls of delicious curry that honestly serve 4 people easy on their own and if you were going to serve it with rice you would get 6 serves which is pretty damn good considering you need bugger all to whip it up! So here it is.....

And here's how you do it!

You need
500g diced lean lamb
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 bag baby spinach
1 onion diced
400g potatoes diced
1/3 cup curry paste of your choice
And I threw in a block of paneer cheese diced too.
2 x pappadums to serve

Quick side note - my wonderful friends at wikipedia tell me that paneer is of Indian origin. It is an unaged, acid-set, non-melting farmer cheese or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice or other food acid. Unlike most cheeses in the world, the making of paneer does not involve rennet as the coagulation agent, thus making it completely lacto-vegetarian and providing a source of protein for vegetarian Hindus.
I personally find that paneer doesn't have alot of flavour so it is great for use in curries or heavily spiced dishes, as it doesn't melt, it soaks up alot of the flavour and can be used to bulk up dishes much in the same way as tofu.

Ok back to the recipe. Brown the onion and lamb in a pan. Set aside.
Add potatoes and curry paste to the pan and cook for 1-2 mins or until fragrant.
Add diced tomatoes, onion and lamb. Simmer for 20 mins with the lid on, stirring occasionally.
Add the paneer and let simmer for another 10 mins.
Meanwhile cook your pappadums in the microwave.
Stir spinach through the curry and spoon into pappadums to serve.

Really tasty and doesn't require you to do alot except chuck everything in the pan and stir!

Hoep you all had a fantastic Friday!!

Em x

I swear these new shoes just followed me home.....

I firmly believe that you should reward yourself in this life. For instance when I get money back at tax time I buy myself something and bank the rest, its kind of a saving incentive I suppose. If I have brought myself something or spent a bit of the money on a treat just for me then I am more inclined to save the rest you know? So given I'm about to get a pay out from my current job and go onto a bigger salary at my new job, I went out tonight and brought myself two new pairs of work shoes (which I needed) so it was both practical and exciting! And I also brought some lingerie at Bras N Things that I had been eyeing off for ages, they had a sale so why not! So here are the shoes I brought as my New Job Treat!

These are my practical yet gorgeous work shoes.

These will probably also be work shoes but will also be great for anytime really. The back of the shoe and the heel is patent leather but the sides are covered in a soft, stretchy almost transparent material and they have so much padding in them, they are like walking on air!!

And while I was browsing I found this...

I had to get it for OH, I don't know if you can read the packaging but it's a marshmallow skull and it comes with a red raspberry syrup pen to decorate it with! I was mega excited when I found it...how awesome would it be for kids! Not only can they be creative but they also make themselves a tasty snack! Turns out however that it is not just for kids as OH was also particularly excited by it so I will post photos of what he comes up with!

Anyway, there is one delicious smelling lamb curry on the stove so I am going to eat and I will report on that tomorrow!

Em x

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tuesday Night Trials!

I think I have mentioned before that Tuesday nights are when OH and I have dinner with my parents, either at their place or here. Tuesday nights have also become a night of trials as lately Mum and I use them as an opportunity to try our new recipes and see if we can out do each other! Last night was no exception here with a Vegetable and Fetta Pie with Roast Vegies and Garlic Yoghurt Dressing served with Mango Whip for dessert.

The pie was not as spectacular as I thought, but the roast vegies with garlic yoghurt dressing (which I thought would be kinda average) was brilliant!

Roast Vegetables with Garlic Yoghurt Dressing
1 red capsicum diced
1 yellow capsicum diced
1 green capsicum diced
1 red onion cut into quarters
2 zucchini diced into chunks
150g sliced button mushrooms
1 punnet cherry tomatoes
200g tub of natural european yoghurt
1 tspn crushed garlic
2 tspns lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180C
Combine all vegetables in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper and spray lightly with oil. Bake for 45 mins, tossing every 15mins.
Meanwhile combine yoghurt, garlic and lemon juice and place in the fridge.
When vegies are tender, plate up and spoon over dressing.

This dressing is delicious and would be lovely with any kind of meat (I'm thinking especially lamb) or vegies (I'm also thinking mashed spud!). And what makes it even better is its so easy!

For dessert we had Mango Whip

Mangos have been appearing at the supermarket in abundance so I thought I should take advantage of this and use some to make a gorgeous summery dessert. This mango whip is so easy and it looks fantastic, your guests will think you have made a really swanky dessert and it takes no time at all!

You will need

250g extra light philly
1/3 cup icing sugar
500g tub of no fat greek yoghurt
2 x mangos

Remove cheeks from mangos and process until smooth and place in the fridge
Using an electric mixer combine philly, yoghurt and enough icing sugar to suit your tastes.
Layer yoghurt mix and mango in some nice glasses and place in the fridge for at least an hour to chill before serving.
If you like you can sprinkle some raspberry jelly crystals or a few fresh raspberries over the top before serving.

Happy Wednesday everyone!!

Em x

Monday, November 1, 2010

Moroccan Your Socks Off!!!

That is what my OH says whenever we have Moroccan inspired / flavoured stuff for tea. And this Moroccan Hot Pot definetly rocked our socks off! And it was so very easy too, plus the combination of moroccan marinade and light and creamy evaportated milk was pretty awesome, next time we might try it with some coconut milk to just give it that hint of coconutty goodness....anyway, if you are wondering what I am on about here is the dish

And here is the recipe!

Moroccan Hot Pot
500g diced lean lamb
1 onion diced
200g sweet potato diced
1 pkt Masterfoods Moroccan marinade
185ml Light and Creamy Evaporated Milk
2 zucchini diced
1 cup of chickpeas
2 tspns cornflour

Add the lamb and onion to a heavy based casserole dish and cook until meat is browned.
Add sweet potato, marinade and 1 cup of water. Cover and let simmer for 10 mins or until sweet potato is tender.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered for another 5 mins or until sauce thickens.
Serve with rice, cous cous or warm crusty bread......so easy and the lamb is so tender no one will know you haven't had the casserole in the oven for the last 2 hours! Great for a quick after work meal!

Now onto more important things such as dessert! Tonight we are test driving Aunt Betty's Raspberry Jelly Jiggle ice cream topping, sounds impressive huh! In my head I am kinda picturing it as a jelly version of ice magic....ohhh I haven't had ice magic in years - possibly due to my tendency to eat it out of the bottle, but that is besides the point. I am off to the kitchen and will be back shortly with the results!

Excuse me while I go back for seconds! Ok so it was pretty much just jelly in a bottle and pretty much the same as having jelly and ice cream for dessert, but I mean seriously how good is jelly and ice cream!! The jelly jiggle is made with real raspberry juice and has a real raspberry flavour as opposed to some of the artificial flavourings you get in some products. All in all we are big fans!!

Ok thats enough from me, I'm off to bed!!

Em x


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