Sunday, 7 September 2014


Iv been slagged by the better half and d daughter to post my gravy recipe so here goes

Half an onion thinly sliced
Teaspoon of cooking oil
Half teaspoon tomatoe puree
4 beef oxo cubes
1 chicken stock cube
Tablespoon of sugar
1 pint of water
3 teaspoons of cornflour

Saute the onion in the oil and add the water. Now add the tomatoes puree,oxos,stock cube,and sugar. Leave to simmer for about 20 mins. Now add the sugar.
Mix the cornflour wit some water and add to the gravy stirring as it thickens.

You can also add some taco seasoning for some spice or honey instead of sugar.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Please Comment

If you have tried out any of my recipes please leave a comment and let me know what you thought of them  :-)

Wednesday, 11 June 2014



1lb of Mince
1 Egg
2 Onions
3 Slices of Bread
5 Smoked Rashers
4 Beef Oxo Cubes
3 Teaspoons of Taco Seasoning
2 Teaspoons of Ground Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon of Sage
1 Teaspoon of Basil
1 Teaspoon of Hot Chilli Powder (optional)
4 Teaspoons of Worcestershire Sauce
2 Teaspoons of Tomato Sauce


Put the onions,bread and rashers in a food processor and blend together using the blade attachment.

Place in a large bowl and add the mince.

Now add the oxos,sage,basil,chilli powder,ground black pepper,taco seasoning,tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce.

Mix together with your hands until all the ingredients are blended together.You might like to wear gloves doing this step, Make a hollow in the mixture and add the beaten egg. Mix together.

On a non-stick baking tray shape the mixture into a loaf shape. Drizzle the top of the loaf with cooking oil and place in the oven at 180° for about an hour,or depending how well you like it done.

Cut the loaf to check if it is cooked and leave in the oven for another ten minutes if needed.Allow to cool for a few minutes this makes it easier to slice.

Serve with mashed potatoes and veg,enjoy:-)
American recipes use minced pork,I myself prefer minced beef.

Monday, 2 June 2014

Quick Savory Rice


1/4 cup of Brown Rice
1/4 Red,Green and Yellow Pepper
1/2 an Onion
1/4 cup of Frozen Peas
1/2 Chicken Stock Cube
Teaspoon of Oil for cooking

Calorie Counter;

Tesco Easy Cook Brown Rice 75g =195g cooked 265 cal
Tesco Value Chicken Stock Cube 1/2 = 3 cal
Tesco Value Peppers 1/4 = 7 cal
Tesco Value Onion 50g = 20 cal
Tesco Value Frozen Peas 12.5g = 8 cal
Total Calories = 303 cal


Boil the rice for about 20 minutes.
Dice the onion and peppers. Add to the hot oil and fry until soft. Add the rice to the frying pan stir together. Now add the frozen peas. Break up the stock cube and add about 1/4 cup of water. Simmer until the water evaporates. Serve and enjoy :-) 

You can add any other vegetables you would like. This is a quick, easy and tasty lunch.

Cost of items in Tesco

Rice €1.84
Stock cubes 99c
Peppers €1.39
Onions 79c
Frozen peas 89c

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Basic Cupboard and Fridge Essentials

Every kitchen should have the basic cupboard and fridge essentials. These are some of mine, feel free to add yours in the comments and I will add them to the list.

If you are like me and work on a budget, most of the ingredients on the list can be bought in the Tesco everyday brand and are just as good as name branded products.


  • Eggs
  • Cooking Cream
  • Onions
  • Carrots
  • Frozen Peas
  • Frozen Brocolli
  • Frozen Spinach
  • Frozen Mixed Veg
  • Smoked Rashers
  • Chicken Breast
  • Mince
  • Irish Creamery Butter
  • Tomato Puree
  • Beef Oxo Cubes
  • Chicken and Vegatable Stock Cubes
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Cornflour
  • Honey
  • Worchestershire Sauce
  • Chilli Powder
  • Basil
  • Ground Black Pepper
  • Sage
  • Turmeric
  • Kidney Beans
  • Beans
  • Oxtail Soup
  • Curry Powder
  • Olive Oil 
  • Brown Rice
  • Noodles
  • Plain Flour
  • Self Raising Flour

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Simple Shepherds Pie


 1lb of Mince
1 Onion
 2 Rashers (Optional)
1/4 Green Pepper (Optional)
1/4 Teaspoon of Hot Chilli Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Turmeric
2 Beef Oxo Cubes
1/4 Chicken Stock Cube
1 Carrot
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon of Basil
1/2 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper


 Dice the rashers, onion, carrot and pepper. Dissolve the oxos and chicken stock cube in 500mls of boiling water.


 Brown the mince removing and excess fat. Add the rashers, onion, pepper and carrot. Stir together.

Now add the hot chilli powder, turmeric, ground black pepper, basil and worcestershire sauce. Stir together. 

Add the stock, mix well and place in a casserole dish. Place in the oven on 180° for about 40 mins stirring half way through.

Serve with mashed potatoes and enjoy :-)

Cooking on a Budget

Cooking on a budget and healthy eating isn't easy these days but hopefully some of these tips will help you.

Fruit and Veg;

When buying fruit and veg Lidl I find are probably the cheapest although Tesco do have special offers also. If you want to eat healthy on a budget buy frozen veg, it lasts longer and can be used in most dishes.Tesco everyday frozen veg is great price wise. Tesco also do their own brand of frozen fruit, great for smoothies.


I use the Tesco mince €3•28 per pk. If you are a student you can get up to three dinners out of this. The only thing I find with it is that you need to drain off any excess fat before adding other ingredients other than that it is great value for money.