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Nana's Fruit Loaf Cake

Thursday, 18 October 2018
My Nana used to bake this if she knew we were coming to visit, and I bake it often for my family for after school snacks.  It's nice to be able to serve them something that I used to enjoy when I was their age.  This loaf cake is so quick and easy to make, filling because of added Weetabix, and delicious with a cuppa.

Nana's Fruit Loaf Cake

150g/1 cup dried fruit, I use either chopped dates or mixture of chopped dried apricots and raisins
215g/1 cup white sugar
50g butter or baking spread, melted
80g/4 Weetabix/wheat biscuit cereal, crushed finely
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1 tsp cinnamon/vanilla bean paste (optional)
250ml/1 cup freshly boiled water
1 large free range egg
160g/1 cup plain flour

Preheat your oven to 18-C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4.  Grease and line a loaf tin, mine was a 900g/2lb loaf tin.  

Put the first 8 ingredients into a large bowl, give it a good stir to combine, then leave for 5 minutes.  

Once the mixture has cooled slightly sift in the flour and add the beaten egg.  Stir gently to until completely incorporated.  

Pour into greased and lined loaf tin then bake for 35 - 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out free from crumbs.  I usually cook the loaf for 35 minutes then check it every 5 minutes after that.  

Leave to cool in the tin for around 15 minutes before turning out on to a wire rack to cool completely.  

Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Drink, natural cold/flu soother

Tuesday, 16 October 2018
It's that time of year again, lots of colds and sniffles about, tickly sore throats too.  Having four children at three different schools, and a husband who travels to and from work on the bus, there's lots of potential for us all to catch the latest cold/flu/cough that is doing the rounds.

I've been making this drink for my family for years, so simple and tasty, yet so soothing for those with the lurgy.

You can chill the drink and have it cold, or drink it warm, whichever you prefer.  Don't pay for special cold/flu relief drinks, this mug of goodness costs pennies and contains only natural ingredients..

Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Drink

Makes 2 generous mugs

Juice of 1 lemon, or 4 Tblsp lemon juice
2 pinches of ground cinnamon (optional)
2 pinches of ground turmeric
1cm piece ginger, very thinly sliced or grated
2 Tblsp honey, or more to taste (substitute for vegan alternative, if necessary)
Boiling water, cooled for 5 minutes
A few fresh mint leaves (optional)

Divide the ingredients between two mugs, add enough hot water to fill each mug, then sip slowly to soothe. Alternatively leave the mixture to cool, chill in the fridge and drink chilled.


Monday, 15 October 2018

We've a busy week this week, with a birthday on Monday and a couple of evening activities.  This means we'll need lots of easy meals, as we're all knackered leading up to Half Term.  I've once again decided to use tasty recipes I found on the Internet for our Meal Plan.  We're really enjoying looking for new recipes to try.  I'm sure I'll blog more family dinners for our Meal Plans soon, but in the meantime it's great to be able to try out recipes from elsewhere. 

Breakfasts will be porridge, it's finally going to be cold enough for it after an unseasonably warm spell of weather.  I've made a couple of batches of Healthy Berry Breakfast Muffins for particularly busy mornings.  Weekend breakfasts will be pancakes and bacon butties.

Packed lunches will be Wholemeal Savoury Swirls, accompanied by crudites, a piece of fruit and a baked treat.  Weekend lunches will be Veggie Bread Parcels and Mini Fritattas 


Baked Not Fried Chicken with oven baked potato wedges and steamed vegetables (Birthday dinner)

Banana Peel Dhal a delicious way to use up our banana peels

Tasty Tuna Rice Croquettes with sweet potato wedges and steamed greens

One Pot Chorizo and Pepper Pasta

Traditional Boil Up using free bones from our local butcher

Cowboy Beans and Potato Bake

Cauliflower and Potato Bake with Spinach

Shopping List

42 items: £67.95

Packets and Cereals
1x   ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)                                  45p
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                 65p
1x   Allinson Wholemeal Plain Flour (1Kg)                                 £1.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                           45p
1x   ASDA Dried Red Lentils (500g)                                           £1.15
1x   Tropical Sun Popcorn (500g)                                              79p
2x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                    £1.78

3x   ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)        £2.85
1x   ASDA Scratch Cook Whole Leaf Spinach (1.3Kg)              £1.69
2x   ASDA Frozen for Freshness Berry Medley (1Kg)               £5.50

Tins, Jars and Cooking
3x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)    84p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)        30p
1x   ASDA Sunflower Oil (1L)                                                     £1.09
1x   ASDA Pure Honey (454g)                                                   £1.25
1x   ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)            37p
1x   Princes Sandwich Tuna in Spring Water (3x160g)              £2.50
1x   ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (400g)                             42p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                             £4.44
1x   ASDA Best for Baking Cakes Spread (500g)                      81p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)               45p
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                       £2.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                £3.68

Fruit and Vegetables
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection British Spring Greens (500g)     62p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)             £2.30
20   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)        £3.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                             65p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cauliflower Loose                      £1.00
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash by Weight (1.3Kg)   97.3p
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                       £2.20
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                £1.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Satsumas (600g)                       £2.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Apples (1.2Kg)                           £3.30
4x   ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)                                        £2.36
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                             £2.98
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Lemons (4)                                           84p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                            65p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                        £1.30
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)            £1.45

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                         57p
1x   ASDA Extra Special Chorizo Casero Sausage (225g)        £1.85
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Chicken Thighs (1.1Kg)            £2.20
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 400g)    £2.25

We purchased our shopping online from Asda, via My Supermarket and the cost of our groceries was £67.95. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£71.68 from Tesco
£80.71 from Sainsburys
£91.53 from Waitrose
£95.41 from Ocado

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book out which you can order here

And Katykicker has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.

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