Mincemeat Pinwheels


A mince pie is a must at Christmas, especially washed own with a nice glass of mulled wine!Sometimes the traditional mince pie can get a little boring.  My Grandma always used to make her mince pies with puff pastry and I always liked the lightness of this so I have made something a little different by tuning them into pinwheels that are a little like a Chelsea bun minus the icing.

Mincemeat Pinwheels

  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  • 1 large jar minced meat
  • I beaten egg
  • Sprinkling of granulated sugar
  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6/200C or 180C fan oven whilst lining A large baking tray with greasproof paper.
  2. Lightly sprinkle the sugar over the worktop and roll out the pastry so increase they’re size by about another 6cm.
  3. Take the mincemeat and spread across the pastry leaving a border of around 2cm on each long edge.
  4. Once covered take one long edge and roll I into the mincemeat and keep rolling until you make a long sausage shape.
  5. Brush the beaten egg along the last free edge and stick together. Place this in the fridge and cool for around 20mins.  Once cooled remove from the fridge and cut into slices about 4cm wide.  Place into the baking sheet and press down with the ball of your hand to flatten slightly.
  6. Place in the oven and bake for 20mins or until they are golden brown.
  7. Once ready allow to cool for 5mins and the serve warm.  They would be yummy with a big dollop of double cream!  

Allergy Free Cottage Pie

  
With the colder weather and darker nights drawing in a firm family favourite has appeared back on our menu…cottage pie goes down well with all of the children and this recipe makes it safe for number four too.

Allergy Free Cottage Pie

  • 1kg Minced Beef
  • 2 Chopped Onions
  • 3 Sliced Carrots
  • 2 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 3 tbsp Wheat Free Flour
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 850ml Wheat Free Beef Stock
  • Sprigs Of Thyme
  • 1 1/2kg Chopped Potatoes
  • 220ml Oat Milk
  • 25g Dairy Free Margarine


  1. Heat a little oil in a large pan and brown the mince.  Next add the vegetables and cook for around twenty minutes.  Add the puree, flour and garlic and cook for another few minutes.  Add the stock and herbs and cook uncovered for about 45 minutes.
  2. Place the potatoes into a pan of boiling water and cook until soft. Once ready drain and mash together with the milk and margarine.
  3. Lastly spoon the meat into a large ovenproof dish and spoon the mash potato into the top. Score all over with a fork and cook for 30 minutes in the oven at Gas Mark 7, 220C/200 Fan.
  4. Once bubbling and golden it will be ready to serve.

There is always a big debate in this house as to how it is served.  My favourite is fresh green vegetables and the the others favour baked beans.  What is your favourite accompaniment?
  

Red Velvet Flower Shaped Cupcakes

  
It was my my daughter’s school fete this weekend and we unfortunately couldn’t attend as she had her performing arts school production; so it was a lovely surprise to find that I had won a raffle prize on the school run this morning.

Upon opening it was a lovely flower shaped silicone cupcake mould from The Pampered Chef.

  

Of course the children were champing at the bit to give it a go so we decided on some red velvet cupcakes with the frosting piped inside so we didn’t ruin the ornate shape of them.

If you fancy giving them a go with or without the mould here is the recipe:

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cupcakes

  • 185g Self Raising Flour
  • 200g Caster Sugar 
  • 200g Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4tsp Red Food Colouring
  • 15g Coccoa Powder

Frosting

  • 175g Unsalted Butter
  • 125g Full Fat Soft Cheese
  • 175g Icing Sugar

  

    1. Preheat the oven to 180c
    2. Cream together the butter and sugar
    3. In a separate bowl beat the eggs and then gradually add to the butter and sugar mixture.
    4. Sieve the flour and coccoa powder into the mixture along with the food colouring.
    5. Mix well and then spread evenly between the cake moulds/cases.
    6. Place into the preheated oven for around 15mins.
    7. Place them onto a wire cooling rack whilst you prepare the frosting.
    8. Cream the better until really soft and then gradually add the cream cheese and icing sugar.
    9. Place into a piping bag and leave to stand until the cakes are completly cooled.
    10. Once ready put the spout about a third of the way into the cake and squeeze until a little comes back out.
    11. They will then be ready to serve.

             

      

    Indian Cooking Homework

    In our house homework is one of the biggest causes of arguments!!

    Getting them to start it, keeping them on task while they are doing it and explaining things they get stuck on without causing World War Three is no mean feat.

    So when number three informed me she had to chose and prepare a dish from India I knew it would take more input from me but would be enjoyed much more than the usual pile of worksheets.

    We settled on onion bhaji as they are a favourite here and seemed quite easy for a nine year old to cook by herself.  Here how we did it:

    Onion Bhaji

    • 2 eggs
    • 3 thinly sliced onions
    • 120g plain flour
    • 1tsp ground coriander
    • 1tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 3tbsp vegetable oil

      

    Firstly beat the eggs in a large bowl.

    A bit at a time add the flour, coriander and cumin and mix well.

    Add to this the sliced onion and coat well with the mixture.

    Heat the oil in a large frying pan and  add tbsp sized blobs of mixture to the pan and fry for a minute on each side.

    Once cooked leave to drain on some kitchen paper. 

     

    Allergy Free Chocolate Plops

      

    With Fathers Day celebrations happening this weekend I knew there would be lots of treats flying around that number four would not be able to join in with; so whilst the older children made chocolate muffins for their Dad we set to making some super easy chocolate plops.

    All that is need is a large bar of dairy free chocolate and some cake decoration sprinkles.  There are lots available so you can be as creative as you like with your decoration.

    Firstly get a chopping board that will be able to lay flat in your fridge and cover with a layer a cling film.

    Then melt your chocolate in a bowl I’ve some boiling water, take a teaspoon and put a 5cm drop of chocolate onto your covered board.  Then add your sprinkles to each plop.

         
     

    One all the chocolate has been used up place them into the fridge to set.  This takes about 10mins depending on the thickness of the plops.

    Whilst they were hardening number four enjoyed licking the bowl!!

       
       

    When they were ready we easily removed them from the board and placed them in a box to be taken out as and when we wanted.

      

      

      

    Chocolate Chip Muffins And Sweetie Jars For Daddy

      
    The way to a mans heart, especially my husband’s is through his stomach. So what better Father’s Day present than lots of yummy food!

    First up we made some scrummy white chocolate chip muffins.  Here’s how:

    • 140g Self Raising Flour
    • 140g Melted Dark Chocolate
    • 75g Cocoa Powder
    • 3tsp Baking Powder
    • 1 Egg
    • 200ml Milk
    • 150g Broken White Chocolate
    • 1tsp Vanilla Extract
    • 100ml Sunflower Oil

    Preheat the oven to 200c/Gas Mark 6.

      
    Mix together the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder.

    In a separate bowl mix together the oil, milk, egg and melted chocolate.

       
     

    Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix together the the white chocolate chunks.  Do not over mix the mixture.

    Place into 12 muffin cases and bake for 12 mins.

       
     

    Once cooked, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

      
    Once they were cooled I placed them into an air proof tin all ready for tomorrow.

    Next up was a very simple pressie.  All I did was get a couple of glass jars with screw top lids.  I filled them with hubby’s favourite sweets whist number three made some gift labels with handprints.

      
    I threaded some ribbon through the gift tags and tied them round the top of the jars.

      

    The children love making gifts for people and I find that people always find a homemade gift far more thoughtful.

    Along with their cards I am sure that is going to be one happy Daddy upon receiving the wonderful gifts.

      

      

    Bread Painting Treat

    After school my children are always both bored and hungry; so to avoid sticking them in front of the TV with a snack tonight we killed two birds with one stone and prepared our own snacks.

    Painting bread is super easy and loads of fun.  It also requires very little equipment so I’m sure you will all have the bits indoors to get started.

      
    Firstly get yourself some small pots and mix together some milk with a few drops of food colouring to create the colour that you would like.

    We used oat milk so it would be ok for number fours allergies, but any milk would work.

    Next grab some white bread and paint brushes and get to creating whatever design you wish.

       
              

    Once they have created their master piece then allow to dry a little before toasting.

       
     

    As you can see number four was not to happy with waiting!!

    We simply buttered ours but you could add any topping you like.  We also saved a few slices to make colourful sandwiches for tomorrow’s lunch boxes.