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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).

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

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...

Are you looking for some quick and easy recipe ideas?

Today I am sharing 3 Quick and Easy Pasta Meals.

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:


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..

Happy Tuesday.

Are you looking for any Christmas side recipe ideas?

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

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...

Happy Monday.

I hope you have had a lovely weekend?

Are you following a gluten-free diet?

If so I have a yummy gluten-free recipe for you to try out:

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!


Indy Power’s Chorizo Bean Stew...

Happy Monday.

Fancy a nice and warming stew?

Perfect for the cold Winter days or night.

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...

Happy Sunday.

Are you planning something a little different for your Christmas dinner sides?

How about making this Sprout And Chestnut Gratin?

Brussel Sprouts. Love them or hate them?

Sprouts are a must at Christmas, aren't they? Even if you're not the biggest of fans.

Are you looking for a tasty Sprout And Chestnut Gratin recipe to try out?

If so, I have the perfect recipe for you today.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Raspberry, Apple And Elderflower Mocktail...

Happy Saturday.

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

These are all served up in some cool Pyrex Measure and Shake glassware.

How much fun?

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...

Happy Saturday.

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

How tasty!?

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 a nice a tasty salad or some new potatoes. What's not to love about this recipe?

How To Make A Butternut Squash, Turkey And Stilton Quiche:

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...

Hello and happy Friday.

Have you ever tried or cooked duck before?

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

Fancy trying this recipe?

How To cook Honey-Glazed Roast Duck:
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 anyone?

This recipe is Dairy + Gluten Free.

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

How To Make A Gluten Free Vanilla Sponge Cake:

Serves: 1 cake
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 20-25 mins


Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Cavolo Nero Stuffing...


Are you looking for a new and tasty stuffing recipe to try out?

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...

Happy Wednesday.

Gluten Free Lemon & Poppy Seed Drizzle Cake anyone?

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 anyone?

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.

How To Make A Creamy Cavolo Nero And Chestnut Stir Fry:

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Serves 4

Christmas Tree Chips...

Do you love everything about Christmas and enjoy putting up a Christmas tree?

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

How fun!?

Makes 8
Ready in 30 mins


Gluten Free Bircher Muesli..

Breakfast time?

Are you looking for some gluten-free breakfast ideas?

Fancy making this Gluten Free Bircher Muesli?

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

How To Make Gluten Free Bircher Muesli:

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

Cooking Time: None!


Monday, 12 December 2016

Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes..

Are you looking for some Gluten Free Vanilla Cupcakes to try out?

Why not try these!?

(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, anyone?

A perfect recipe to share over Christmas.

Serves 8


Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine...

Slow Cooker Chicken Tagine anyone?

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

Pineapple Christmas Chutney...

Fancy making some Pineapple Christmas Chutney?

A perfect dip for all your party food.


Heston's plum fizz...

Hello and happy Thursday.

Are you planning any parties or family get-togethers?

Or maybe you are looking for a nice weekend treat?

Fancy making this cocktail recipe up?

Heston's plum fizz. How neat!?

Serves: 6


Brownie Day..

Happy Tuesday.

Love cakes?

Love chocolate brownies?

Did you know today is Brownie Day?

Today I am sharing 4 brownie recipes to help you celebrate Brownie Day!!

What's not to love about these yummy cakes?


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Sprout, Leek & Hazelnut Gratin with Davidstow® 12 Month Mature cheddar..

Sprout, Leek & Hazelnut Gratin with Davidstow® 12 Month Mature cheddar.

By Lee Westcott for Davidstow® Gratin, meaning a dish with a lightly browned crust of breadcrumbs or melted cheese, is the ultimate side dish for Christmas dinner. I like mine with a good quality cheddar cheese and hazelnuts for a fancy, festive twist.

Serves: 4


Sweet Onion and Olive Focaccia...

Sweet Onion and Olive Focaccia. Making your own bread can be easier than you think and, with our sweet onions, this focaccia will be a tasty Christmas treat for all.

Serves 6-8

Ready in 45 mins, plus proving and resting


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Davidstow® 18 Month Extra Mature cheddar, Kale, Red Onion, Pumpkin & Quinoa Winter Salad...

Davidstow® 18 Month Extra Mature cheddar, Kale, Red Onion, Pumpkin & Quinoa Winter Salad anyone?


Sometimes it’s hard to find a salad for those colder winter months, but this recipe really hits the spot.

Warming seasonal vegetables combined with a strong cheddar cheese is a match made in heaven, and the sweet dressing is incredibly simple to make but lifts the dish and warms the soul.


Pear, Walnut And Gorgonzola Salad...

Happy Tuesday.

Are you looking for a nice and tasty salad recipe?

Fancy trying this Pear, Walnut and Gorgonzola Salad?


Serves: 4

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