Monday, 1 August 2016

Easy Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

I am trying to use up leftovers more and what I call fridge ends in a bid to a) cut food waste and b) save a little money.

Today I decided not to eat a sandwich for lunch. Yes its quicker to make, but I get a bit tired of bread with a filling. We had a few slices of pizza in the fridge and so decided to make up a salad and use that up, however a s I started to hunt for salad, I spotted the large flat mushrooms I had bought in Tesco's 4 for 60p, a bargain!! I had only intended to chop them up as a side for a meal or into a recipe. The salad tray was bare a few languishing spring onions and a tired lettuce.

 I decided instantly to make stuffed mushrooms. 

This is the simplest of recipes that makes a lunch special or a dinner party nicer as a side, even with a steak and salad, something about them just makes the meal tastier and a bit more special

Today though it was also a great chance to lessen food waste, stuffed mushrooms to buy are anything from £1.50 to £2.50 just for 2 in stores, the 60p for 4 and using up other near to or best before ingredients made these less than the cheapest bought goods and I believe nicer to eat.

Now you can add all manner of fillings. Using up fridge leftovers and rescuing a best before today wholemeal roll, half a tub of Philadelphia cream cheese, also incorporating  the mushroom stalks into the filling. A bit of old Parmesan this was becoming a rather promising lunch for pence! A few chopped chives from my garden to use in the filling and to garnish. Pizza was definitely not on the menu any longer.

To start I lined a tray with foil and sprayed  with Fillipo Berio Oil, its low calorie and stops the mushrooms sticking. Slimming World folk this will knock your socks off as you can easily make this Slimming World Stuffed Mushrooms a free meal just by using light Philly and the HEX A and B for your cheese and wholemeal bread.  Its great as a starter or as a side so try it a home or for a Slimming World evening meal.

I hope you make this recipe, what is good is you can throw in leftover ham, sausage pieces, an egg, onion, anything and so its money saving and not wasting food. Not so frugal is maybe using a sheet of foil, but I  wanted a special lunch, so I did not want to be washing trays.

4 Large Flat Mushrooms (stalks removed and chopped for filling.)
2 spring onions finely sliced.
 1 clove of garlic chopped finely.
Half a tub of Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
Parmesan a small chunk
Half a wholemeal roll.
Chives for flavour and garnish. (optional)

Lightly fry the mushroom stalks, spring onion and garlic until soft. Lower heat and add in the Philadelphia, stir until melted, removing from the heat if drying out.

 Dollop a portion in each mushroom.

Mix  the grated Parmesan and the wholemeal breadcrumbs together and cover the cheese filling.

Spray with a little oil if desired.

Bake 180 fan, 200C or gas 6 for 15 mins.

Garnish with chives and serve.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Graduation Day!

A sneak photo of  Paige's Graduation Day, lots to tell and some summer holiday features coming up!

I am a very proud Mum right now.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Happy Easter!

I hope everybody has enjoyed the extra days off and maybe managed to get out in between the awful storms. We managed to get into the garden and tidy up the plants. My first daffodils planted in autumn are just starting to bloom.

Hoping that we have a warm spring and can all get out and about.

Thought I would add my pictures of spring and Easter, we have been enjoying far too much chocolate and cakes!

But an unusual Easter present came in the form of a spud!!

I will live you to giggle or ponder this gift!

Friday, 11 March 2016

Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise Giveaway

Mesa Sunrise’, the best-kept secret in gluten-free cereal, is now available nationally in every British supermarket chain - reflecting the amazing fact that 60% of all households now buy ‘free-from’ foods.

In fact, Britons are now spending a staggering £100m more on these products than they did a year ago, a 26.9% increase.

I admit I used to view gluten free with trepidation. My Granny has free from foods on occasion, she did way before I came to care for her, years ago I tried a few also and as I have said before some can also be well a little free from taste. But years have gone on and companies are really investing in good quality 'free from' products and having reviewed a few, I am now less hesitant.

I was asked to review  a Nature's Path breakfast cereal and already having bought other varieties, it was an easy yes.

We loved the appearance, small flakes that are golden and I see why the name sunrise was picked.

I tried first with milk, I like the delicate sweetness, no need to add sugar for me, the taste is hard to describe, they seem familiar, almost like cornflakes, but more flavoursome and they are very crunchy.

I gave Granny a bowl the next morning and she loved them, so much so she commented, these are nice, she preferred the cereal with sugar. I have since bought another pack as we like to have a variety of breakfasts.

For people who need to eat gluten free meals, I would recommend, also for people who fancy a different cereal.

Mesa Sunrise’s success isn’t just down to being bought by people who are gluten-intolerant, or who suffer from coeliac disease. Instead, most people now buying it are doing so for healthier lifestyle reasons. In fact, 99% of those who purchase gluten-free products in the UK are non-sufferers (all figures Kantar Worldpanel, 2015 ).

Mesa Sunrise, which is also organic, proves that ‘gluten-free’ doesn’t have to be taste-free. Its delicious and crispy multigrain flakes are made with corn, buckwheat and flaxseed, plus the ‘ancient grains’ of quinoa and amaranth. The latter two are considered superfoods that have provided mankind with essential vitamins, nutrients and fibre for thousands of years.

Mesa Sunrise is available in supermarkets, good independents and health food stores. RRP £3.00/355g.

Nature’s Path is a family-run company based in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 1985 by Arran and Ratana Stephens, all its products are vegetarian and organic. Arran previously (in 1967) opened Canada’s first-ever organic supermarket. He was inspired by his father Rupert who told him to care for the land and “Always leave the soil better than you found it.”

In North America, Nature’s Path is actively involved in opposing GMO foods and constantly pursues the goal of sustainable development.  @NaturesPathUK /

If you fancy trying some Nature's Path have offered me 6 boxes to give away.
Ends 11th April

Friday, 26 February 2016

Win Ideal Home Show tickets with Thomas Sanderson

If you love dreaming about your 'Ideal Home' then I have a lovely giveaway today.

I have visited the Ideal Home Show for may years as a child with my Mum and Granny when it was at Earls Court. More recently at Olympia where it is now held.

For a freebie lover its a great place to get some goodies, samples abound. But the best of all is going around the show homes for me, I am always amazed that six or so full size houses are inside a show. 

From country cottage to state of the art homes, they just are the highlight, with that I will hand yo over to Thomas Sanderson who are kindly giving away the tickets.

Excitement is building at Thomas Sanderson as our team of expert designers put the finishing touches to our show-stopping presence at this year’s Ideal Home Show (running from 18th March – 3rd April 2016 in London).

Thomas Sanderson is the main sponsor of A Traditionally British Home, one of the full size houses within the show, which we’ve styled in conjunction with celebrity designer Linda Barker.
Five winners will each win a pair of tickets to this year’s Ideal Home Show, where you can tour every room of the four-bed house to see stunning styling trends, be inspired by the hottest home colour schemes for 2016 and learn more about Thomas Sanderson’s stylish energy-saving solutions and home automation window blind products.

To find our more about Thomas Sanderson’s conservatory blinds, window shutters and window blinds, visit 
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Just fill in the easy peasy rafflecopter and make sure you check your emails around the 10th March 2016 as the show starts the week after.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy 2016

Wishing all my readers a Happy 2016.
Hope you have a year of peace and good things.

Freebie Friday will be back soon and look out for my next giveway soon!

Year changing 2015 to 2016 thanks to Shutterstock