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Hairy Biker's Diet

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 23, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

We've been on this diet a week now (don't worry... I'm not dieting, just enjoying the food and topping up with extra calories) and so far so good; the man himself has lost 1/2 stone (he put very little on whilst we were away, I hasten to add). We aren't sticking to the diet totally, but it's made us look carefully at food calorie contents, soooo it's dead easy.

As ever with Hairy Biker recipes, there are a lot of ingredients; although they tend to be the same (onions, carrots, celery), it takes forever to chop, but once done the recipes are easy and have lots of flavour. I've not liked anything I've tried (wasn't sure you could call the lasagne lasgne without the pasta), but obviously there are recipes I like better than others. I would recommend the cottage pie. It's a simple recipe, but uses leeks (another staple ingredient) in the topping.

Right now, I'm making pies. YES, pies!!! And hopefully I'm going to make some buns later.

It's going to be tricky feeding Trevor whilst he's marshalling, but I'm hoping that as long as he's sensible he won't put weight on, even if he doesn't loose anything.


New biscuits

Posted by Elainehall1 on August 3, 2012 at 1:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Tried a new recipe out. Turned out really well, but need to fiddle with it to get it just right. Getting fed up with my oven now, I really need a new one as things keep catching. Today is a cupcake day, I'm thinking. Gonna make a selection for my OU tutorial tomorrow. Mmmm.. Thinking elder flower and lavender, as well as the faithful chocolate ones. 

Watch out for Great British Bake Off (GBBO) starting 14th August. 



New biscuits now been named Crumbly Jammy Nibbles

BBQ time

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 29, 2012 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Last night we had a BBQ with our lovely friends. Our favourite dish has to be Buffalo Wings, based on Ainsley Harriott's BBQ Bible. It is served with a blue cheese dressing (yummm!!). I use Stilton instead of Danish Blue, so I can munch on left overs, and lime juice instead of lemon. I leave out the onions so I can use it as a salad dressing after. You can make the buffalo sauce as hot or as mild as you want, just add more (or less) chilli powder. Previously we've used fresh chillies (finely chopped) instead of chilli powder. The wings can be substituted for any chicken cuts or even pork (belly is really good). We find they taste even better the following day (if they last that long).


Curds galore

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

We went to a tesco tonight for cheap strawberries, there weren't any. We came home with blackberries. Soooo instead of making strawberry curd we made blackberry curd. Delicious warm, let's see what it's like when it's cooled. Recipe will be on the recipe page tomorrow.



Posted by Elainehall1 on July 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

We've just made 2 tortes based on Jo Wheatley's Raspberry Torte. Trevor called in Tesco and picked up some reduced-for-quick-sale strawberries (25p!!!). We used them in the torte instead if raspberries. And very tasty it is too. The second was a Caribbean Torte. Once more based on Jo's recipe but with quite a few changes. This is going to be the first recipe on our Recipe page. Watch out for it over the next couple of days. Luckily Josh doesn't like pineapple so it will last longer than the strawberry one.


Raspberry torte

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 15, 2012 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi people this is my first ever blog, hope it sounds ok Yesterday I made a raspberry torte, never made one before, but it's so simple to do I will definitely be making it again. Basically you place all the ingredients in to a mixing bowl ( except the raspberrys) mix them all together, place it in a cake tin then push the raspberrys into the mixture. Cook for approx 1hour and you get a lovely cake that looks amazing and tastes fantastic The recipe I used was from Jo Wheatley's book a passion for baking I also used jo's victoria sponge recipe to make chocolate chip muffins and cherry muffins, they are so moist and light, the teenager in the house has eaten 3 overnight, and his taste in food has changed so much, he really has gone off nearly everything unless it says pizza on the box!!! So I'm taking this as a seal of approval Hope you enjoy my first short blog Trev

Chicken Kiev and Hedgehog potatoes

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 15, 2012 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

We made chicken Kiev tonight. It was soooo easy, if a little time consuming because you have to rest it in the fridge for a while.

We made it as Gino's recipe. We used 'old' potatoes where Gino used new (doesn't state which in the recipe) and they looked better than his sorry Gino). I would certainly recommend this recipe.

We tried one of Gino's other recipes on Friday;pesto gnocchi with cream cheese. This was less successful. No one liked gnocchi; the last time Josh and I had it was when we were in Pompeii and we didn't like it then either, but that was years ago and wanted to try it again to make sure.

Elaine :P

Baking Day

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 7, 2012 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Trevor and I have had a couple of hours baking, all from Jo's book. I made Brownies, which once again are delicious, so moist. I substituted the nuts in the recipe  for pecans just because I prefer them. Trevor made Oat and Raisin biscuits, got to say they weren't very successful and we won't be doing them again; they went too thin and burnt. We had a joint effort to make Tiffin (see the photo); these are so easy to made and taste amazing. I've made them before and substituted the cherries for dried cranberries, that worked really well.

We really need to get Trevor on here!


Chilli Jam

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 5, 2012 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Made a batch of chilli jam, really good with cheese or meats. Would love to know what else it could be used for, keep it clean guys. Really great for a pressie ;)


PS it's about time Trevor contributed to this blog :)

Soda Bread

Posted by Elainehall1 on July 4, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Trevor made soda bread for the first time. Smelt really good and he said it tasted good too. He used Jo Wheatley's book, which is only available from Sainsburys it seems. Used quite a few of her recipes now - crumpets and carrot tray bake being my favourite. There's a recipe for granola in it, which tasted good, but we managed to overdo it; will try it again.