Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cauliflower Cheese Burgers

Having bought a cauliflower last week and then not done anything with it,  I've spent a while over the last few days thinking about it and browsing recipes.  Eventually I decided to make cauliflower cheese grills. Or at least something like them. The frozen ones you can buy were a staple part of my diet while at university and I have fond memories of them, apart perhaps from the one I left under the grill for too long and burnt a hole right through the middle of it. 

I used the lovely Rachel Khoo's recipe,  using mashed potato rather than the haricot beans. Next time,  and there will be a next time, I will use the beans or chickpeas which should mean that they're more solid.

They were quite labour intensive and by the time I'd made them, I really couldn't muster the energy to do more than slice some lettuce and peppers to go with them, but they were delicious served with my mustard mayonnaise.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Lunches and steamed chicken

Over the weekend,  I made sandwiches for us to take out on our walk. Just cheese and pickle,  on brown seeded bread with lettuce and a blob of salad cream (my childish guilty pleasure,  I could eat gallons of the stuff.)  We agreed that these sammiches were as nice as the cheese ploughman's that we often buy in packs from the co-op, and I reckoned that they'd cost about 40p to make. This them made me realise how much I waste going to the butty shop at lunchtime during the week,  spending easily over £2 on a filled muffin or sandwich. So from now on,  that stops.  I bought a small loaf of bread, some cream cheese and a pack of tomatoes for £3.20 and I'm set for the week.

Dinner was steamed chicken with leftover ratatouille,  baked potatoes and veg. The chicken breasts were skinless and quite large,  and took 20 minutes and quite a bit of poking until I was sure they were done. Maybe next time,  I should cut some slices in to speed things along. They were very nice and moist,  much nicer than oven cooking.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

BLT with mayonnaise

Lazy Sundays are made for bacon sandwiches. My favourite is a BLT with crusty brown bread and mayonnaise. To make the bacon properly crispy, put it in a cold oven and set temperature to 200°C, cook for 20 minutes. For the mayonnaise I used Felicity Clarke's recipe from the Guardian website which worked fine (on second attempt - remember to use the balloon whisk and not the blade.)

Friday, July 24, 2015


We love Mexican food. Tonight was fajitas,  with tortilla chips, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.  We had a jar of salsa and fajita mix, so used those but I'm determined that next time I will do these from scratch.  I did make the guacamole, using this recipe which worked very well. Next time I will mix by hand and not in the blender, as mine was a little aerated.

Monday, July 20, 2015


To reduce the sweetness and slightly thin taste, I added some Worcestershire sauce and paprika. It still wasn’t yummy, so we tested small amounts with lemon juice,  balsamic vinegar and tabasco sauce.  Opinions differed,  I liked a mix of vinegar and chilli sauce - husband opted for lashings of chilli.

We ate it with bread and butter.  Bowls mopped clean.  Result.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

New Start

I have decided to start blogging about cooking. I quite like cooking, but don't really enjoy making dinner. If that makes sense.  So recently I realised that I was relying more and more on packets and ready meals, which is frankly depressing - when you're cooking it,  eating it,  and dealing the horrendous amounts of packaging afterwards. 

So in an attempt to be more mindful about what I'm making and eating,  I'm dusting off my sheephappens blog.  I started on tumblr but didn't really get on with it.  Guess I'm a blogger girl after all.

Here we go...

Post 1 of new blog. The aim is to make more home cooked meals from scratch, and this will be a record of what recipe I used and how well it turned out. Or not.

Beef came out well,  if a little dry, possibly should have used a cheaper cut. Sauce was too sweet, needed something to make it more rounded - added Worcestershire sauce to the leftovers so we’ll see if it’s better having been left till tomorrow.

Pud was tesco finest pear tarts with ice-cream. Nice but  not in any way homemade.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

North of England Way

I've been away the last couple of weeks, hiking an alternative coast to coast walk across the North of England. You can read about my adventures here. There wasn't any knitting, but there were a hell of a lot of sheep.