Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Leftover Roast Beef Potato Cakes

I had some leftover roast beef and wanted to come up with a way of using it the next day for lunch. This is a lovely simple recipe and it tastes delicious! I served mine with a poached egg and a salad, very satisfying and filling!


Extra Easy Syn Value:- 1/2 syn for all 4

Healthy Extras:-  (2 cakes = your B)
You will need:- 

150g white potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
50g carrots, cut into small cubes
1 onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp wholegrain mustard 
handfull fresh chives
100g leftover roast beef, shredded
60g wholemeal breadcrumbs ( you can blend 2 slices of 400g wholemeal bread)


Preheat the oven to 200°C gas 5

In a large pan, boil the potatoes and and carrots for 12 mins until tender. Drain and mash.

Meanwhile, cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes until soft in a pan with fry light.

In a bowl, mix the cooked onion and garlic mixture into the mashed potato mixture with the mustard and half the snipped chives. Add the leftover beef and season with black pepper.

Shape into 4 patties. Put the breadcrumbs on a plate and carefully coat the patties all over.

Bake for 10-15 mins or until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy

L x

Monday, 15 December 2014

Competition:- A Christmas without glitches!

The festive season is awash with celebrations and events that see several months’ worth of planning culminate in one big blow out. So there is nothing worse than that one unexpected event or one Christmas essential left off the shopping list that can ruin the big day. From forgetting the cranberry sauce to Father Christmas delivering a battery powered gift without advance warning the batteries are not included erring on the side of caution is key to a Christmas without glitches.

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Christmas Alcohol Recommendations

Christmas is all about eating, drinking and being merry.  Here are my top picks of alcohol on off this year as well as a few cheeky cocktail recipes!

1. Tequila Rose- Tequila rose is a tequila based strawberry cream liqueur. Made from real dairy, this tequila based liqueur has taken the world by storm. It has a strong taste of fresh wild strawberry with a slight kick coming from the tequila, which gives this liqueur the perfect balance making it not too sweet to drink straight and perfect in a host of cocktails. See my recipee for Tequila Rose blondies!

2. Chocolate wine - Here is something I stumbled upon while walking around the Christmas market. Rubis is an indulgent blend of fortified tempranillo wine and premium chocolate flavour. Notes of rich cherry and red fruit enveloped in velvety premium dark chocolate means Rubis is the perfect Christmas drink, especially as an after dinner treat!

3. Tanqueray Gin- Tanqueray  is my favourite gin. It has an elegance that sets it apart from the rest and a flavour that shines in sophisticated cocktails and vibrant gin and tonics. Its great flavour is achieved by the blend of the finest botanicals including juniper, coriander, angelica and liquorice. Here are some great cocktail recipes:-

The Snowflake Ball


50ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
15mllemon juice
15ml lime juice
1/2  an egg white
15ml double cream
3 dashes of orange flower water
15ml sugar syrup
Top with soda

Method – add all ingredients but the soda to a shaker and half fill with cubed ice. Shake! And keep shaking until the ice has nearly all gone – strain into a hiball glass with no ice and top with soda until it begins to foam over the top of the glass. Garnish with cinnamon powder.

Christmas Southside

35ml Tanqueray London Dry
15ml Sugar Syrup
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
8 Fresh Mint Leaves
10 Frozen Cranberries
25ml Cranberry Juice

Method- Add all the ingredients (apart from the cranberry juice) to a highball and mix together with crushed ice, float the cranberry juice on top and add a sprig of mint

4. M&S Tirimisu Cream- A delightfully creamy liqueur marrying coffee, brandy and chocolate flavours into a blissfully moreish treat.  This is another drink that is perfect to have a sip of after a big Chrismas dinner!  It is very sweet, but heavenly!

5. M&S Clementine, Cranberry & Pomegranate Bucks Fizz - A fruity twist on traditional bucks fizz, perfect for Christmas Day breakfast. Lovely and refreshing it goes down a treat!

6.  M&S Ginger, peach and vodka Bellini- A sparkling cocktail made with white wine, fresh Williams Pear juice, vodka and a touch of festive spice.

Disaronno Wears Versace- Disaronno will be back on everyone’s Christmas wish list this year with another glamourous look, courtesy of luxury fashion house Versace. The Disaronno wears Versace bottle, draped in light blue and embellished with an opulent white gold motif, takes inspiration from Versace’s decadent style and is set to be the perfect gift for fashion lovers this winter.

The Disaronno Versace Sour

You will need:-
25ml Disaronno 
50ml Vermouth 
50ml lime juice

Shake and pour over crushed ice.
Top with a dash of Prosecco
Drizzle with Blue Cura
Strawberry Shortcake


25ml Disaronno Amaretto
25ml De Kuyper Crème De Cacao - White
12 Fresh Strawberries
2 Scoops Ice Cream (Vanilla)
25ml Whipped Cream


Blend the first four ingredients together with ice, and a shot of strawberry syrup and pour into a hurricane glass. Float the whipped cream on the top of the drink.

BLOOM and rose Lemonade:- BLOOM Gin, the premium London Dry Gin created by the world’s first female Master Distiller, is launching the second in its range of premium ready-to-serve drinks, available in attractive old-fashioned glass bottles. BLOOM Gin & Rose Lemonade is insspired by Master Distiller Joanne Moore’s English country garden. Joanne wanted to create a delicate, floral gin, particularly suited to the female palette, and took inspiration from the flowers in her own garden.

Three Barrells Honey:-  The UK’s favourite French grape brandy, Three Barrels, has been blended with the finest honey flavours to create Three Barrels Honey. The new spirit drink is so smooth and mellow, you won’t want to give up a drop for Saint Nick.

Honey Collins

50ml Three Barrels Honey
20ml Fresh lemon juice
5ml sugar syrup
Top with soda
Garnish: Lemon slice

Pour all ingredients in glass except soda, and then add ice
Fill with soda and gently stir, top with ice if required

Honey Fizz

25ml Three Barrels Honey
Top with Champagne or dry sparkling wine (Cava or Prosecco)

Pour in order listed and stir 

L x

Week 22 Weigh In

So after my gain last week I worked really hard to get that back off.  I went to Pilates, Spinning and some swimming and gym sessions and was good as gold.  Unfortunately I also had to attend a funeral which was a very sad day, so had a few drinks at the wake. I also had a family meal and there wasn't much that I could have off the menu, so I just chose what I wanted instead! I was hoping for at least a 2lb loss.  Here are some of the meals that I have eaten this week:-

I was super chuffed to see that I lost 2.2kg (4.38lbs)! Much more than expected and I am back below what I was before the gain, so it has all balanced out!  Here is to one more week of being good, then a few days off over Crimbo!

Loss this week:- 2.2kg (4.8lbs)

Total loss so far:- 19.7kg (3.10 stone)

L x

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Slimming World Recipe:- Double Sausage & Egg McMuffin!

Sometimes I think your body craves something a little bit naughty, especially when you're on a diet!  Even before I started Slimming World I rarely ate McDonalds, but sometimes a treaty breakfast is in order. I decided to have a look and see how many syns are in my usual double sausage and egg McMuffin...28.5 each!! That's nearly 2 days worth of syns!  I decided to come up with my own version that tastes much better and is also better for you!

Makes 2 double sausage & egg muffins

Extra Easy Syn Value:- 10.5 per muffin

Healthy Extras:-  A 

You will need:-

6 Heck Chicken Italia Sausages (or other low syn sausage of your choice)
2 Muffins
80g Extra Light Cheese
2 eggs
Low calorie spray


Remove the sausage meat from the skins. I used 1 and a half sausages for each patti and shaped them together with my hands.

Bake the pattis in the oven for around 20 minutes until cooked through

To cook the eggs use a metal cookie cutter and place it into the centre of a frying pan with low calorie spray. Crack the egg in the ring and fry through to your liking

Toast your muffin for about 2 mins and then assemble everything together! (Don't forget to add syns if you add any sauce!)

L x

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Quark Recipe Challenge:- Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Crumble Bars!

The people at Lake District Co. Quark launched a blogger competition to create a "naughty but nice" dessert for Christmas.  I wanted to make something so luxurious and tasty that you wouldn't even know it is healthy(er). So... I created these salted caramel apple crumble cheesecake bars! They taste incredible! Here are the facts that explain why this is such an amazing recipe:-

  • This recipe made 5 bars
  • It works out to be approx. 220 calories per slice (Thats less than a bar of dairy milk!)
  • By using Quark as well as sweetener and light butter, you save 1329 Calories!
  • I used sugar to make the salted caramel, but you could also use my recipe without sugar here

You will need:- 

60g light butter, melted
25g Sweetner
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
70g plain flour

1 tub Lake district Co. vanilla quark
1 egg
1 tbsp light butter

20g oats or granola
2 Apples finely sliced

Salted Caramel Sauce
100g granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons salted butter, cut up into 6 pieces
60g Lake district Co. Plain Quark
1 teaspoon salt


Preheat oven to 180 degrees/ gas mark 5

Mix all the ingredients together for the crust until combined.   Line a dish or small loaf tin with tin foil.  Spread the base mixture across the bottom and bake in the oven for 10 mins

Meanwhile, use an electric food mixer (not a food processor) or hand whisk to beat Quark, butter and egg until smooth

Once the base has cooked and cool slightly, spread the cheesecake mixture over the top of the base

Put your base and tin into a large roasting pan, then pour the cheesecake mixture over the base.

Pour boiling water into the roasting pan to come halfway up the sides of the tin, then carefully transfer to oven

Bake for 20 mins then check remove and add the apples and the oat topping and put back in the oven for 10 mins

Once cooked allow to cool then leave in the fridge for at least 2 hours to set

To make the salted caramel sauce heat the sugar in a medium saucepan over a medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula but be careful not to burn it

Once sugar is completely melted add the butter

Stir the butter into the caramel until it is completely melted, about 2-3 minutes.

Very slowly, add the quark while whisking. 

Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute then add 1 teaspoon of sea salt, drizzle over the top of the cheesecake, then cut the cheesecake into slices

L x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Slimming World Recipe: Campfire Stew Pies

The campfire stew recipe has been knocking about for a long time and is very popular amongst SW members.  It is packed with lots of veggies and is easy to make by putting everything in the slow cooker! I wanted to put my own stamp on it and created this delicious pie version that is filling, delicious and a real winter warmer!

Makes 4 Pies

Extra Easy Syn Value:- Syn Free

Healthy Extras:-  A

You will need:-

1 small pork or gammon joint with all visible fat removed.
1 white onion chopped.
1 red onion chopped.
1 red pepper chopped.
1 green pepper chopped.
1 potato diced finely.
3 garlic cloves finely chopped or crushed.
1 tin of baked beans.
1 tin of chopped tomatoes or 8 tablespoons of tomato purée .
1 tbsp paprika.
1 tbsp mixed herbs.
1 chilli de- seeded and finely chopped or 1 teaspoon of medium chilli powder.
4 large potatoes, peeled and chopped into cubes
40g extra light cheddar per pie


Place your joint of meat in the base of your slow cooker then add all diced vegetables around the sides and top with the beans, tomatoes, herbs and seasoning.

Heat on low for 7 hrs

Take the meat out and shred apart with 2 forks, then put back in the slow cooker to mix everything together

Place the gammon mixture in a pie dish and top with mashed potato & 40g extra light cheese and bake in the oven for 10 mins on a high heat until the cheese is bubbling

L x