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Tuesday Treat – Comfort Food

Comfort Food

Well, that was a lovely four day weekend, wasn’t it?! There’s nothing like taking a few days, relaxing, getting chores done, eating a few things we wouldn’t normally eat, relaxing the rules a bit and just letting go. I’m not in a massive chocolate mood at the moment, so we didn’t do Easter Eggs. Instead, we ate some of our favourite foods. For my OH, he enjoyed his favourite Easter treat, Simnel cake, made by the expert hands at Oxfork cafe. I went for my always preferred pancakes.

Comfort FoodIsn’t it great just to chill out and not be browbeaten by to do lists, calendars  work etc?! What did you get up to over the Easter break?

Easter Ideas for Your Home

Easter Ideas

Does anyone else find that Easter always seems to come around really quickly? I don’t know if it’s because chocolate eggs are in the shops as soon as Christmas Day has passed, or because we’re all desperately wanting Spring to come around after another long, cold, dark Winter. Either way, I never really seem to be ready for Easter. This year, I’ve started a Pinterest board of ideas in the hope that I’ll be prepared enough to make my own Easter decorations and presents, and maybe even make my own Simnel Cake next year. This year, however, it’s going to have to be store-bought or nothing! If you’re looking for a few Easter Ideas, here’s a quick round-up.

Easter Ideas

  1. Personalised Happy Easter Greeting Card {The Green Gables}
  2. Bone china ‘chickens’ egg cup {Charlotte Macey}
  3. Easter Simnel Cake {Daylesford Farm}
  4. Easter Egg Tree {Martha Stewart}
  5. Bunny Nuggets {Rebecca Danger}

Alternatively, you can follow my Easter Ideas Pinterest board. If you’ve got any great Easter ideas, whether it’s decorations, presents or Easter food, I’d love to hear about them! Or if you know of any great Easter Pinterest boards that are worth a follow, let me know!

PS: Have you entered the Great Crafty Chai Easter Chocolate Giveaway yet? There’s still time!

Cheese, Leek & Potato Pie

Cheese, Leek and Pot Pie

A few weeks ago, my OH & I decided to try and buy our veg as locally as possible. So we headed out to the Cultivate Oxford Veg Van for its weekly stop in Abingdon. We bought, amongst other things, some potatoes and a few leeks.

What are we going to make with them? I asked. How about a Leek & Potato pie? My OH suggested. Nice. It’s definitely the right kind of weather for a tasty, home cooked pie. So I Googled our ingredients, and then filtered for the one with the easiest instructions & the least ingredients. This is the one that I found & we used from the BBC Good Food website: Cheese, Leek & Potato Pie.

Cheese, Leek and Pot Pie

It was pretty easy to make, especially as it recommends you buy the pastry. (If it’s good enough for Delia, then it’s good enough for me!)Make sure you cut the potatoes up into bite size chunks & don’t scrimp on the cheese! We also roasted some carrots to go with it. These too came from the veg van & tasted like carrots should!

We will definitely be making this again. While it’s one for the weekend, as it’s not the quickest, & I’m sure it’s not the lowest in fat, it sure is tasty & warming. Now I need to find a decent squash recipe, so if you know of any, be sure to let me know! Thanks x

Perfect Poached Eggs

Poach Pods

For anyone who follows my Twitter account, you’ll know that I have a new addiction: Poached Eggs.

I always liked them when I had them in cafes etc, but couldn’t make them at home. That was until my brilliant OH bought some Poachpods. There’s been no going back since!

Poach Pods

They are so easy to make with the Poachpods. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. Boil the kettle & while you’re waiting, wipe some olive oil over the inside of the Poachpods.
  2. Empty the egg into the Poachpod & pour the boiled water into a saucepan.
  3. Put the heat on but turn it down to its lowest temperature.
  4. Gently lower the Poachpods into the simmering water, then put the lid on the saucepan. Then leave them alone.
  5. I have found that 5 minutes of simmering creates the perfect poachies! They’re cooked but still have a lovely wet yolk. Plus it’s just about enough time to make the toast.
  6. When the time is up, gently take the pods out of the water. I use a slatted spoon.
  7. Run a butter knife around the top of the egg to seperate it from the pod.
  8. Then turn it upside down and gently push the pod on the bottom. Your egg should just pop out onto your freshly buttered toast!
  9. Add a bit of seasoning – it’ll make all the difference, trust me.
  10. Enjoy!

If you try the Poachpods, let me know how you get on!