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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Olive, Sun-Dried Tomato And Rosemary Focaccia...

Olive, sun-dried tomato and rosemary focaccia (Dairy + Gluten Free)

Our Delicious Alchemy white bread mix is highly versatile and can be adapted to make a variety of delicious breads. Here the bread is given a Mediterranean twist using black olives, sun dried tomatoes and rosemary, before being drizzled with olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt to create a fantastic flavoursome Focaccia!


Friday, 30 December 2016

Top 10 Posts Of 2016 : I Wasn't Expecting That!!

Today I am sharing my Top 10 Posts of 2016 from this food and lifestyle blog, I Wasn't Expecting That.

First up, I would like to say a big Thank you to all who have stopped by. I started this blog in February 2016 and every week it has got more and more popular.

So far this blog has has an all time page view stat of 163,137 in 11 months and last month it clocked up; 39, 626 pageviews!!


Wednesday, 28 December 2016

3 more Easy Pasta Recipes..

Today I am sharing:

3 more easy pasta recipes:

Simply Italian creamy mozzarella and smoked pancetta ravioli with sun dried tomato and crispy pancetta and a basil and lemon dressing.

Serves 2

Preparation time: 10mins, Cooking time: 10mins

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Christmas kitchen...

Today I am sharing a few pictures from my kitchen over Christmas. It has been full of yummy food and Christmas cheer!! 

Krispy Kreme's, Coca Cola, cakes, party food and not forgetting lots of fruit and veg.

The children made some home made cookies and I made sausage rolls, mince pies, jam tarts and lemon curd tarts too. 

I forgot to take some pictures of Christmas dinner as it took me so long; also after a few glasses of wine I completely forgot. 

I'm sure I will be able to pick a picture up off the hubby or children of our Christmas dinner later though!!


Monday, 26 December 2016

Gluten Free Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies...

Gluten Free Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake Brownies

(Dairy + Gluten Free)

They’re super scrummy, extra squidgy and full of autumnal spice.

Serves: 12 brownies Prep Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 30 mins


Friday, 23 December 2016

Beef Stew With Dumplings...

Beef stew with dumplings. A perfect Winter warmer recipe!!

Serves 4

Cooking time 2.5 hrs

Thursday, 22 December 2016

3 Quick and Easy Pasta Meals...

1.) Italian Indulgence slow cooked beef and mushroom in a red wine ragu ravioli with roasted butternut squash and sweet vine cherry tomato and salsa verde.

Serves 2

Preparation time: 20mins, cooking time: 35mins

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Potter’s Chocolate And Cinnamon Malt Biscuit Stars..

Fancy making these Potter’s chocolate and cinnamon malt biscuit stars?

These biscuit stars can be eaten on their own or made into Christmas trees🎄. The biscuit dough is very versatile with an open structure and slightly risen finish. For an added treat, why not stir chopped dark chocolate into the dough and bake as below.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage And Butternut Squash Layer..

Today I am sharing a Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage And Butternut Squash Layer recipe for you to try out.

This recipe is a delicious and healthy side dish for the festive period. It can be prepared, cooked, frozen, defrosted and even reheated in the microwave, giving you time to open presents on Christmas day.

Monday, 19 December 2016

Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rocky Road Clusters...

Gluten Free Chocolate and Peanut Butter Rocky Road Clusters. These delicious chocolate-y clusters are perfect for snacking – whether you’re on the go, at your desk or simply snoozing on the sofa, these Rocky Road bites are a wonderfully indulgent treat!

Serves: 3 people

Prep Time: 50-60 mins

Cooking Time: None!

What you need:
  • 150g Delicious Alchemy granola
  • 50g chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons raisins

What you do:

Step 1

Melt your chocolate – either by microwaving in a bowl on full power for 90 seconds, or in a glass bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. Once melted, take your bowl off the heat (or out of the microwave!) and add the peanut butter. Mix well until they are both thoroughly combined.

Step 2

Pour your granola, marshmallows and raisins into the wet ingredients and mix until all the dry ingredients are well coated.

Step 3

Put your mixture onto a tray and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes. Once the mixture has set, break it into pieces and enjoy!

Recipe c/o Delicious Alchemy. No payment was received.


Indy Power’s Chorizo Bean Stew...

Indy Power’s Chorizo Bean Stew. Feel good chef Indy Power has created a series of delicious one-pot recipes ideal for cooking in Denby’s Cast Iron and Oven to Tableware ranges. Both beautiful and practical, the collections are perfect for hassle-free cooking.

The first of Indy’s recipes is a fragrant and comforting one-pot dish: Chorizo Bean Stew. Ideal for mid-week cooking, serve it on its own or with a side of quinoa to soak up the sauce.

Indy says, “This is the most comforting, mid-week one-pot dinner. It’s heaven on a blustery winter’s evening and it only takes about 20 minutes from start to finish.”

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Sprout And Chestnut Gratin...

Sprouts are a must at Christmas aren't they?

Looking for a Sprout And Chestnut Gratin recipe to try out?

This is a great dish to make in advance, to save time on Christmas day. If made in Pyrex Glass storage it can be cooked in the oven then left to cool and safely stored in a fridge or freezer ready to be re-heated when needed.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Raspberry, Apple And Elderflower Mocktail...

Fancy making this Raspberry, Apple And Elderflower Mocktail drink recipe out?

This is a lovely refreshing drink which can be given an added sparkle for the festive period with the addition of gin or vodka.

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Fudge...

Gluten Free Chocolate Brownie Fudge

Make fudge from our Gluten and Dairy Free Chocolate Brownie Mix – no baking required!

Serves: 12-16 chunks Prep Time: 2 hrs 20 mins

Cooking Time: None!


Butternut Squash, Turkey And Stilton Quiche...

Fancy trying out this Butternut Squash, Turkey And Stilton Quiche recipe?

This is a really easy way to use up Christmas leftovers and can be served as a Boxing Day lunch or supper meal. It is best accompanied by salad or some new potatoes.

Serves: 6

Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Product: Pyrex glass flan dish

Friday, 16 December 2016

6 Christmas Pea Recipes..

The Christmas Peas 🎄

Today I am sharing 6 Christmas Pea Recipes.


Honey-Glazed Roast Duck...

Today's recipe is c/o Pyrex and they are sharing their Honey-Glazed Roast Duck recipe.

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 1 hour and 40 minutes 

Product: Pyrex Classic Glass oval Casserole 5.8 L


Thursday, 15 December 2016

Gluten Free Vanilla Sponge Cake...

Gluten Free Vanilla sponge cake

(Dairy + Gluten Free)

“If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake.”

Serves: 1 cake

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cooking Time: 20-25 mins


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Cavolo Nero Stuffing...

Fancy trying out this Cavolo Nero Stuffing recipe out?

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20-25 minutes

Makes 16


Gluten Free Lemon & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake...

Gluten Free Lemon & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake:

Gluten Free Lemon & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake (Dairy + Gluten Free)

“If I knew you were coming I’d have baked a cake.”

Serves: 1 cake

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 35-40 mins

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Creamy Cavolo Nero And Chestnut Stir Fry...

Creamy Cavolo Nero And Chestnut Stir Fry...

Serve with sherry.

Try this recipe with an Oloroso or Palo Cortado sherry. Both kinds are dry but rich and well matched to creamy foods as well as more traditional tapas. They will also pick up the rounded nuttiness of the chestnuts.

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Serves 4

Christmas Tree Chips...

Fancy making you and the little ones some Christmas tree chips?

Makes 8
Ready in 30 mins


Gluten Free Bircher Muesli..

Breakfast time? Fancy making this Gluten Free Bircher Muesli?

This delicious blend of fruit and oats provides a perfectly nutritious breakfast to start your day.

Serves: 1 serving Prep Time: 5 mins (plus soaking overnight)

Cooking Time: None!


Monday, 12 December 2016

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes..

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes

(Dairy + Gluten Free)

Light, moist and fluffy vanilla cupcakes topped with a swirl of buttercream.

Serves: 12 cupcakes Prep Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 18-20 mins


Sunday, 11 December 2016

Jerusalem Artichoke, Kale, Black Pudding, Sauté Potatoes, Shredded Maple Glazed Turkey...

Jerusalem artichoke, kale, black pudding, sauté potatoes, shredded maple glazed turkey.

Serves 8


Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine...

Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine; how tasty!!

Serves: 6

15 minutes preparation – 5 hours cooking


Friday, 9 December 2016

Satay Chicken in Baby Gem Lettuce Cups ...

Fancy trying these Satay Chicken in Baby Gem Lettuce Cups?

Great for a party canapes, these lettuce cups are a bit different from the standard cocktail sausage and a lot tastier.

Makes: 15

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes


Thursday, 8 December 2016

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