White Chocolate Coconut Truffles

These are a lovely little treat I love to give as a gift. They’re simple to make but super delicious. I’m not generally a fan of white chocolate but love the combination of it with the coconut. You could however use milk or dark chocolate if that’s your preference.

You will need:
200g white chocolate
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/3 cup desicated coconut

  1. Place chocolate into a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave. I put mine in for 60 seconds, give it a good stir, then pop it back in for another 60 seconds.
  2. Add coconut cream and mix well until combined.
  3. Stir in coconut.
  4. Refrigerate until firm.
  5. Roll into balls.
  6. Refrigerate again, just to harden them back up.

That’s it! Like I said they are very simple to make, the most time consuming part being waiting for the mixture to firm up. This usually takes about an hour but I have made the mix before bed and then rolled it into balls in the morning. You could also coat them in extra melted chocolate if you wanted to but that’s a bit too fiddly for my liking. If you give them a go I’d love to hear what you think!

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Cheese Sauce Recipe

If you read this week’s Meal Plan Monday you will know I made corned beef this week (as well as a lot of other beef meals!), so of course I had to make cheese sauce. It’s one of those simple recipes, like fritters, that you can add different things to and use in different ways, but with corned beef my family loves just a basic cheese sauce so I thought today I would share how I make it.

You will need:
50g butter
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 cups milk
1 cup grated cheese
Salt

  1. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat until it’s all nice and bubbly.
  2. Add flour and stir for about a minute.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and slowly add the milk, stirring constantly. I find the best thing to do is add a little bit at a time and make sure it’s really combined before adding anymore to make sure it doesn’t end up lumpy.
  4. Return to heat and cook while stirring,  for about 10 minutes, until  the sauce comes to the boil and thickens.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the cheese and salt.

So there you have my basic cheese sauce recipe.  It’s very simple but that’s what my boys seem to like. Do you add anything special to your cheese sauce to make it a bit fancier? I’d love to hear about  it in the comments.

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Basic Fritter Recipe

I’ve written about different things you can make with leftover roast meat before but one of my favourite things to make with left over corned beef is fritters.  Fritters is one of those simple recipes that is great because you can add whatever you’d like to them to mix it up. I’m quite fond of corn and zucchini fritters but my son’s favourite are what he likes to call “Meat Pikelets”.

Basic Fritter Recipe

You will need:
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

You can add to this whatever mix-ins you would like. To make these “Meat Pikelets” I added:
1/2 cup grated cheese
Leftover corned beef

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine.
  3. Mix in any add-ins.
  4. Heat olive oil in fry pan over a medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, add spoonfuls of mixture and spread out slightly with the spoon.
  6. Flip after 3-4 minutes. They are ready to turn when bubbles appear on the surface.
  7. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

basic fritter recipe 2

You can serve them immediately with a salad or veggies. Any leftovers are great cold. My son likes to take 1 or 2 for lunch the next day.

So there you have my basic fritter recipe. What type of fritters are your favourite? I’d love to hear about them in the comments 🙂

 

5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Roast Meat

Now that the weather is cooling down, baked dinners start to feature more often in our weekly meal plans. While not always the cheapest meal there’s just something so lovely about a delicious weekend roast I just can’t resist and they come with the added bonus of… Leftovers! Not one to let things (Food especially!) go to waste, I love to come up with different ways to use up leftovers so this week I’ve put together 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat.

  1. Sandwiches – Leftover roast meat is great to use as sandwiches fillings for lunch. Use a few slices of your favourite bread, add some sauce or pickles, and salad if you swing that way and Voila! You have a cheap, delicious lunch.
  2. Curry – This is probably my favourite thing to do with leftover roast meat. Curry is an easy, delicious meal to add to your weekly meal plan and using leftover roast meat makes it a super cheap dinner as well. I think I am going to write a separate post on how I make my curries so keep your eye out for that.
  3. Pasta – Another cheap, easy meal to make with leftover meat is a simple pasta dish. Boil some pasta, whatever you have in the cupboard will do. Heat up the meat and add it to the pasta. Stir through some sauce and top with a bit of grated cheese. Simple and delicious!
  4. Stock – Save (freeze if you have to) any meat bones and use them to make homemade stock.
  5. Pizza – Those of you who follow my Meal Plan Monday posts will know we have Pizza Party Friday Night every week. Leftover roast meat and vegetables make awesome toppings for homemade pizzas. If you’d like a post on how we make our pizza’s let me know in the comments.

So there you have 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat. What do you like to do with leftovers? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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Corned Beef Recipe

I’ve mentioned before (in this post) that my family loves Corned Beef made using my Nanny’s recipe. It’s quite simple but makes, in my opinion, the best Corned Beef ever. I hope your family enjoys it as much as mine does. 🙂

Corned Beef 1

You will need:
A piece of corned beef (silverside)
1 tablespoon of white vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
6 Peppercorns
Potatoes
Carrots
Onion

  1. Rinse corned beef, place in a large pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Add brown sugar, vinegar and peppercorns.
  3. Bring to the boil and then simmer for 1 hour per kilo of meat. For example, my piece of corned beef was 1.1kg, so I cooked it for an hour and six minutes.
  4. Add vegetables to the pot for the last 20 minutes of cooking.
  5. Once cooked, remove from pot and cut meat into thin slices.
  6. Serve with vegetables, peas, and white sauce. Or however your family likes it.

Corned Beef 3

If you give it a go please let me know. I’d love to hear what you think 🙂