30 September 2016

Mini Margherita Muffin Pizzas with Jalapenos

Pizza! Mmmmmmm!

We love pizza, don't you?

Scientists have recently discovered why. They've come to the conclusion that we have a sixth sense, no not a spooky child who can see ghosts, but a sixth taste sense. One that explains our love for pizza.

Originally they thought we had four taste senses: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. In 2009 they added umami to the list, which is a strong savoury flavour and now they have added starchy as our sixth sense which explains our love of carbs.

Muffin pizzas are an old favourite in our house. Graham actually introduced them to me. They were a quick dish his mum would make and to get down to the crux of the matter, a dish Graham can confidently make on his own.

They are super quick to pull together. English muffins* cut in half and toasted,  topped with pizza sauce or tomato puree, mozzarella and whatever toppings you fancy, then grilled until the mozzarella (or dairy-free mozzarella) is melted and starting to turn golden.

I kept mine classic with a bit of bite. Fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos and basil. Classic, but as you can see I took my eye of them for a second, so they are a little charred at the edges, but still delicious.

The jalapenos I topped my mini pizzas with are from the new Deli Toppers range form Baxters. Jalapenos in vinegar with a delicious blend of spices. They have a great little kick and add a bite of flavour to pizza, nachos, wraps and toasties.

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Mini Margherita Muffin Pizzas with Jalapenos
Quick but delicious mini pizzas made on an English muffin base with simple margherita toppings and a kick from jalapenos,
  • 2 English muffins, sliced in half
  • 6 tbsp tomato puree (or pizza sauce)
  • 125g fresh mozzarella (or dairy-free), sliced
  • 6 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4-8 jalapenos
  • a grinding of black pepper
  • a few basil leaves
1. Lightly toast both sides of the muffins.2. Top each muffin pizza base with tomato puree, then top with a layer of mozzarella.3. Add your toppings. I added a few cherry tomato halves and jalapenos. 4. Add a grinding of black pepper and you can add your basil now or save it to add fresh once the pizza is cooked.5. Pop back under the grill until the cheese has melted.6. Enjoy!
Total time:
Yield: Makes 4 mini pizzas

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* For any of my American friends tuning in, don't be alarmed. English muffins are nothing like the cakey-goodness of American muffins. They are a smooth yeasted bake, somewhere between a roll (bun) and a crumpet. They have a wonderful warmth of flavour and are great toasted.

Disclosure: I created this recipe for Baxters. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

28 September 2016

Shell Pasta with Samphire, Spinach & Sausages

Shell Pasta with Samphire, Spinach & Sausages

Pasta dishes don't have to swim in sauce. Don't get me wrong I love penne completely coated in a freshly made tomato and basil sauce, spaghetti drowning in bolognaise and macaroni rich with cheese sauce, but sometimes it's nice to keep the pasta quite plain and let the other ingredients sing.

In this dish, the pasta shells are coated in a little pesto and tossed with spinach, samphire and well cooked sausages.

26 September 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (25 September 2016)

Happy Monday everyone!

How do you start the week? With a smile on your face or dragging your feet? I have to admit it's a mixed bag for me. I'm not sleeping well at the moment and a Sunday night seems to be even worse, so I have to drag myself out of bed on a Monday morning and today was no exception.

Graham too waited until the last minute to get out of bed, but Cooper was up and ready to go early this morning. He never drags his feet. He always bounces out of bed full of energy and ready for the day ahead. He was excited to go into school today too, as he has some new Pokemon cards, which are all the rage at his school right now.

I do hope you bounced into Monday.

Monday also starts a new week and it's time to plan for the week ahead. As usual I have seven amazing veggie recipes for you to try and a few bonus recipes too, so no need to run out of ideas.

I'm pleased so many people are tuning in each week for new ideas. Last week Meat Free Mondays had nearly 6 thousand views. Thanks to everyone who join in each week. To stop by for some ideas, to leave a comment or to contribute a recipe and thanks to Nayna from Simply Food for my featured photo this week.

21 September 2016

Creamy Vanilla & Apricot Smoothie

It's coming to the end of apricot season so I wanted to share this creamy smoothie with you. It's super fruity but creamy too. A great breakfast smoothie or afternoon treat.

I don't buy apricots often, to be honest I don't often see them for sale, so when I do I grab them. I like to make jam with them, bake them on the BBQ or just eat them plain if they are ripe.

I'm glad I made this smoothie with them this time, it was a real treat.

19 September 2016

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (19 September 2016)

Happy Monday my friends. How have you been? I've had a busy week. Work, blogging, housework, working in the garden, picking up new glasses and looking for a new car. Now we have the child and the dogs we need something a little bigger. Unfortunately that means a bigger bill too, so we haven't quite decided yet.

It's Monday and the start of another week and you know what that means? Another round of Meat Free Mondays and some great ideas for you to try this week. I am super impressed this week. See what you think.

16 September 2016

Beet, Chive & Asparagus Tarts with Spicy Slaw

You are such a tart!

Not you, my pies. I've been playing with puff pastry again.

You can't beat a puff pastry tart and there are so many options for filling them. This time I went for pickled baby beets, chives and asparagus tips. A combination made in my kitchen heaven.

So quick to make!