Archive | November 2011

Why does it never look like the photo?!!!

One thing i love about being a mommy and having a baby is the lovely visitors you have – people that care about you that want to meet the new arrival.

A good friend from work a young man called Adam has wanted to meet Rowan for weeks but our diaries kept clashing, but all being well he will be coming round this evening for a munch of the little man.

This gave me the perfect opportunity to trial a recipe out of my new baking book which Rowan with the help of daddy – bought me for my birthday earlier this month…The Great British Book of Baking!

Review For Official Book for The Great British Bake off

The other reason i really wanted to bake a cake is because Ollie’s aunt gave me this…

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her old Kenwood food mixer! It’s old, it’s heavy and i love it!!!

So I chose to make the cherry cake and made it last night when Rowan was having cuddles with daddy.

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(Rowan is trying to watch the tv behind him… tv addict!)

This is how the cake looks in the book…

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this is how my cake turned out…

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It sank in the middle and the cherries all went to the bottom of the cake! However it does taste rather nice! I’m not sure where i went wrong but maybe i rushed the mixing of the ingredients because i was in between feeds? One day i will cook something that almost resembles the picture in the book!!

I will let you know Adam’s verdict later today!

Am i the only one that has this problem?!!

Homemade Cornish Pasties (made in Devon)! & Leeks in Cheese Sauce

Last night i got to actually cook a meal!! I love cooking and hopefully i will be able to share a lot more recipes in the future, since having Rowan though, it just does not happen, he is only 1 month old but i am starting to feel ready to get into a routine with him, which means i can return to my recipe experimenting.

However last night Rowan slept into the evening so dad sat on the sofa for a cuddle with him and i got in the kitchen, dressed in my favourite apron. My mother in law was having a clear out and gave us this recipe book recently…Leith’s Cookery Bible…

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What an amazing book…it has so many recipes in there, i think you will see this a few more times on my blog!

We are trying to be thrifty especially as i am currently on maternity leave, every penny counts! So i decided to make something from the book from the foods we already had in our cupboards…i decided to make Cornish Pasties (however as they were made in Devon i guess i should legally call them Devon pasties?!) and even got to make a second recipe, leeks in Mornay Sauce (cheese sauce).

Mornay Sauce

20 g | ¾ oz butter
20 g | ¾ oz plain flour
pinch of dry English mustard
a pinch of cayenne pepper
290 ml | ½ pint milk
55 g | 2 oz Gruyere or strong cheddar cheese, finely grated (**I used just mature cheddar**)
15 g | ½ oz parmesan cheese, freshly grated (optional)
salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and stir in the flour, mustard and cayenne pepper. Cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  2. Remove the pan to the heat and stir until boiling. Simmer, stirring well, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. Add all the cheese, and mix it well, but do not reboil.
  4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I halved the recipe as only had a couple of leaks…it was delicious once cooked and browned under the grill.

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I half cheated with the pastie pastry, i did not have any jus-roll which i usually use but i did have a dry pastry pack from Tesco that you just add water to, it actually made lovely pastry, which was smooth and rolled easily, think i will get another one in as a store cupboard staple! Cheating i know not making it from scratch…but come on i have limited time on my hands now that i have a baby!

I initially made 4 circles for the pasties but i then made a 5th with the left over pastry which i re-rolled out – i know what the husband is having for lunch the next few days!

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I had to improvise a little as half way through making the pastie, i realised that we had no onions!! Don’t you just hate that! So out went the onion and in went a carrot instead! The good thing about pasties is you can put whatever you like in them!

A little rubbish fact for you…years ago when men went down the mines, their wives would send them off with a pastie, half would be savoury filled with cheap cuts of meat and veg and the other half would be filled with fruit…main and dessert all in one pastie…so clever!! They would also have a big crust around the edge, this was so the men could hold the pastie with their dirty hands.

Anyway…in the mix was beef (about 200g), one large potato and one large onion carrot, i then seasoned it with salt and pepper.

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The result, a very comforting meal in front of the wood burner!

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Sorry about the quality of the pics, they were off my iphone but i will start to use my digital as soon as i have 5 minutes to buy batteries for it!!

Welcome to my blog! The story so far…

Well hello, welcome to my new blog!! I’m currently on maternity leave as i had my first baby in October 2011 – a little boy called Rowan and what better way to fill my day when the little one sleeps (which isn’t very often at the moment!) than writing a blog!!

I used to write a bit of a healthy living blog, where i shared my experiences of healthy eating and training for the 2 half marathons that i ran in 2009 and 2010. I feel like my life has moved on in a different direction slightly since then hence the new blog. Not sure what genre this will fall into…i guess a bit of a mommy blog but i will also post about everything and anything i choose really!

So to bring you up to speed on my life as it currently is, i have to go back a whole year….

My husband and i celebrated our first wedding anniversary in October 2010, we had a lovely romantic weekend in Worcester, this is the city we met at university. It was this weekend we decided that we wanted to start a family and would try in the new year, i was not getting any younger as i was turning 30 the next month LOL!

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Our anniversary weekend in Worcester, Oct 2010

Anyway the new year arrived and we said from the start that we would be relaxed about the whole thing (i had it in my head that it could take months…even years to get pregnant). About 3 weeks into January 2011, i had a number of things that made me feel different – i knew secretly that i was hoping it was something positive – nose bleeds, congested nose…the sorest boobs ever!

I was one day late, so i tested…

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And what do you know….i was pregnant! It was quite a shocker as we hadn’t thought it would happen so quick and we needed to get our heads round the whole thing! We were so excited and held our breaths that everything would be ok – we didn’t tell people until we had had our first scan… i loved telling everyone as i felt like i was lying to so many people keeping our little secret to ourselves.

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Each midwife appointment came and went, before we knew it the due date was fast approaching…and then 4 days after my due date the contractions started (i will go into more detail on the birth in another post)…almost 36 hours later…(yes it was a long labour!!!) Our beautiful, perfect son was born…we did not find out what we were having so the surprise was an extra bonus after the long labour.

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Rowan is one month old today and i am adjusting to life as a mommy just about, I’m just about coping on the small amount sleep that i get and my boobs are getting used to being fed on multiple times a day!!

I really hope you enjoy this blog, and seeing me evolve as a ‘hopefully’ wonderful mommy!