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After many requests, I’ve finally got round to posting the recipe for these little delights!

Of all the things I’ve ever made, these Oreo Truffles have lavished me with the most praise!  I pinched it from the lovely Celine, who made them for us at a BBQ last year!

Celine made them in school (what school-aged obesity issue?), and they went down a treat.  We were all practically fighting for the remaining truffles (which disappeared rapidly, I tell ye).

I’ve only made these a couple of times and feedback includes: “I need these in my life”, as well as “they’re honestly the best things I have ever put in my mouth” *snigger*.  This is definitely one for indulgence; if you are on a diet I would look away now.  You won’t be able to “just have one”, I won’t lie to you.

Here are the Ingredients in all their beautiful glory (made 15 fat truffles)

2 packets of Oreos

230g bar of Dairy Milk

250g Plain Soft Cheese

Another recipe that calls for furious bashing… place the Oreos into a bowl and, with a rolling pin, unleash the fury.

Mix in the soft cheese thoroughly, then its time to get messy.  Roll them into truffle-sized balls and place on a flat tray (I used my chopping board), then put them in the fridge to set for an hour (or the freezer for half an hour).

Melt the Dairy Milk in a bowl over a pot of bubbling hot water.  Try not to eat it, lest you earn yourself a trip to the A&E.

Dip the truffles into the (cooled) chocolate, coating them nicely and putting back on the chopping board (or whatever you’re using).  Put in the fridge to set for another hour or so.

The final step is to sit back and accept the praise 🙂

You can dust icing sugar over it, to make it look fancy and “truffle-ish”, but I didn’t bother.

Do try them, you won’t be disappointed!

Enjoy 😀 x

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So many people are scared of Black Pudding, and I used to be one of them.  Nowadays, I just play ignorant and enjoy it, without thinking about what it actually is (come on… it’s better this way!).

I was throwing a wee dinner party and knew my guests all liked black pudding (it would have been a bit of a risk otherwise!), so I decided to make Pork Stuffed with Black Pudding, wrapped in Prosciutto.  I’ve made this once before for Colin, and he loved it 🙂 although I used pork tenderloin and black forest ham the last time.  I felt the ham was too overpowering for the dish.  This time, I used loin steaks instead of tenderloin.

This is a perfect dish for a dinner party; you might even convert a few black-pudding-phobes if they’re brave enough!

Ingredients (Serves 5)

5 pork loin steaks

4 slices of black pudding (or 230g)

2 packs prosciutto ham (about 4-5 thin slices per steak)

First, I placed each steak in turn on a piece of cling film.  I covered it with another piece of cling film.  Then I beat it to… eh…death, thinking aggressive thoughts.  This flattens it out and makes it easier to roll later!

Serene once more, I took 1/5 of the black pudding (which I’d bashed with a fork into a bowl to break down a bit), and I spread it across the pork like this:

I rolled it up and placed it on a bed of prosciutto.

I wrapped the prosciutto around it, then covered each one in clingfilm into a wee sausage shape.  I put them in the fridge to keep their shape.  I done it overnight, but I’m sure an hour would do if you’re pushed for time.

I baked it for 30 mins in a preheated oven (180 degrees).  I served it with Clapshot (which is mashed potatoes & turnips, cream and chives.  I also made it for Burns Night. Delicious!) and honey glazed carrots and green beans.

I smothered it in a gravy made from: the meat juices, a glass of red wine and 2 Oxo cubes, reduced to a thickness I liked.

I love the way it looks when you cut into it! 😀

I hope you give it a try! 😀

In other news…

I Googled “Noble Nourishment” and noticed the 8th result down was “An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding by David Hume”.

That is what I just studied in my Philosophy class!  Is that spooky, or what?!

Hope you’re all having a lovely day/evening, wherever you are! 😀 x

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Hellooooo hope you are all well.  It’s good to be back 🙂

I’ve been dying to share this meaty recipe with you all.  Before I made this, I had only associated Meatloaf with The Simpsons cartoon, where the kids and Homer moan about how boring it is!  But, reading the ingredients, it didn’t sound boring to me!

I was given Nigella Lawson’s “Kitchen” cookbook as a Xmas gift (thanks Colin :D) and this is the first thing I’ve made from it (although I’ve got my eye on the chicken, chorizo & potato bake llarrr!).  When I’m looking through recipes, I usually look for one that will use up the things I already have at home (waste not, want not and all that jazz).  So this one was perfect.

The recipe calls for beef mince, but I used half beef, half pork (I got the pork for £1 out of Asda, in the “reduced” aisle as it was nearing its sell-by date.  I froze it on day of purchase and let it defrost overnight.  Bargain!).  Here’s what else I used:

Ingredients (Serves 8, apparently. I’d say 6…):

4 eggs

4 onions, diced as finely as you can

500g beef mince

500g pork mince

1 pack of smoked bacon (the recipe calls for 225g thin cut streaky bacon, but I had the thick cut bacon…)

100g breadcrumbs

1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

First, I boiled 3 of the eggs (leaving one remaining) and fried the onions till translucent, then allowed to cool.  I also preheated the oven to 200 degrees.

I put the beef, pork, onions and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl, then squished it all together with my hands.  I added the remaining raw egg and breadcrumbs then mixed again.

I took half the mixture and moulded it into a long oval shape, and placed my wee boiled eggs on top.

I moulded the rest of the mixture over the top, pressing down gently to get in all the nooks of the eggs.  I wrapped the lot with my bacon, tucking in at the bottom.

I put in the oven for 1 hour, then let rest for 15 minutes.

I clearly didn’t tuck it in enough, as it started curling up during cooking.  It’s probably because I used the wrong type of bacon, but I wasn’t bothering.  It’s all getting cut up anyway!

I was so impressed when I cut it open! 🙂

I served this in big, hearty chunks with creamy mash, roasted parsnips, marrowfat peas (I HATE garden peas), and smothered it in a gravy I made up using: a glass of red wine and an Oxo cube dissolved in about 200ml water, boiled till reduced slightly, then added a tsp of beef gravy granules, giving it the consistency I wanted (it doesn’t sound like much, but mmmmm it was flavoursome!).

Definitely a lovely, comforting dinner for a miserable day!

Nigella says she likes to put her leftovers in a sandwich the next day.  I wrapped mines up in foil, put in the fridge and completely forgot about them!  Oops!  What was that I was saying about waste not, want not?

In other news…

I follow a wonderful blog called A Glug of Oil, and one day she posted about a Fairy Hobmother doing the rounds.  He was granting wishes to food bloggers and he gave her an Ice Cream Maker!  I commented on her blog (chanced my arm), and look what came my way…

I’m so unbelievably chuffed with my teeny food processor; it’s so cute!

Anyway, it was lovely posting again.  Now time to go and visit all the food blogs and drool over food (I’ve missed it so!).

Enjoy 🙂 x

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Still Alive

Hiya! 🙂

I’ve been studying hard for my exam on May 9th, so the blog has been neglected 😦 but I will be back!  I have plenty of recipes to share as soon as I can, including Nigella’s Meatloaf and Black Pudding Stuffed Pork!

See you soon x

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