The Green Monster Movement

I have somehow become pretty obsessed with Smoothies and Juicing – Green ones in particular!

It all started when i was feeling rather lethargic, sniffly and downright sorry for myself. I knew i needed something nutritious and healthy – so i grabbed a green juice. I know that anything that generally tastes bad – is good for you. I also presumed green juicy smooth things are for Yoga/Pilates types who meditate all the time.

Oh how i was wrong.

My first sip of said green juice was surprisingly nice. By my third sip i was hooked!

I immediately started to research in how i could make these babies at home – the fresher the better (and cheaper… £4 for 400ml!!!!!). I soon realised that juicing and smoothing was FAR more popular than i had anticipated – being someone who is constantly reading up on the latest health craze going – i was surprised i had missed this one!

So, with bag of spinach in hand, i attempted my first  smoothie at home. I decided smoothies were the way to go for me

1 – I cant afford to fork out for a juicer, it seems the whole food ones like this Philips Whole Fruit Juicer are the way to go.

2 – Smoothies create less waste – Yes there is more chopping and prep beforehand (but really – not that much), but from what i can gather, this means you are still consuming the much needed fibre from fruit and veg that most of us lack in our diet.

To make my smoothies i use my Cuisinart Soup Maker, an awesome present from parents this Christmas.

Anyway this is my favorite recipe i came up with – generally i find though that if you find the taste of your smoothie not quite right – add some more apple and coconut water, it seems to do the trick!

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

What You Knead Is...

  • 2 apples - cored and chopped
  • 1 Kiwi - peeled and chopped
  • 1 inch piece of Cucumber - chopped
  • 150ml Coconut water
  • Handful of Spinach
  • 1/2 a (small) thumb sized piece of ginger - grated (adjust according to your taste)

What You Wanna Do Is...

  1. Place everything into a blender and blend till your happy with the consistency.
  2. Makes about 3 250ml glasses.
http://kneading.it/2014/02/178/

World’s easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

When the boy’s away the girl will play!!

At baking and cooking that is..

Sadly this weekend the boy is working, so for a special treat this evening i decided to cook one of his most favorite things… pulled pork!

This gave me the opportunity to use one of my favorite things…. My slow cooker! The ability to make meat so wonderfully juicy and tender without having to pay any attention to it will never fail to win me over. I’m a sucker for gadgets and  a sucker for doing anything to minimize the washing up!

This is my favorite version of pulled pork – i’l admit, its more virtuous to make your own marinades/ rubs – but for sake of convenience and being plain lazy, i’l be using these..

Tesco Sticky Barbecue Marinade and Tesco Barbecue Seasoning.

I also used Pepsi

World’s easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

World’s easiest Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

What You Knead Is...

  • BBQ Seasoning
  • Mini Pork Shoulder
  • 300g BBQ Marinade/ Sauce (Use your favorite!)
  • 2 cans of Coke/Pepsi (Not diet)
  • Soft Rolls and Pickles/Coleslaw to serve

What You Wanna Do Is...

  1. Put Pork Shoulder in a large bowl, sprinkle BBQ Seasoning and rub in until all the meat is covered, then leave for 3 or 4 hours in the fridge.
  2. Place marinated shoulder in the Slow Cooker then pour in three cans of your coke/Pepsi along with 1/2 bottle of the marinade.
  3. Let it bubble away in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
  4. After this, check shoulder is cooked if it is, then remove the shoulder onto a plate and throw liquid away.
  5. Remove the thick piece of fat from the top of the pork then place shoulder back into the slow cooker, pour in the rest of the bottle of BBQ marinade and then using two forks just shred the meat apart and mix in the marinade.
  6. Leave in the slow cooker on low for about 45 mins and it will look dark and sticky.
  7. Enjoy with soft rolls and pickles!
http://kneading.it/2014/02/worlds-easiest-slow-cooker-pulled-pork/

 

Could it be? Millie’s Cookies!

Wow, how happy was i?

This recipe is unbelievable – Sticky gooey and gorgeous. These must be Millie’s Cookies! But there not, i made them and i am still utterly disbelieved at how good they taste! (Well, if i don’t like my own cooking, i certainly wouldn’t post anything that i didn’t truly think was worth posting about!).

I found the original recipe on good old faithful BBC Good Food and i honestly think it has changed my life forever – i will be making these babies for a long time…

Could it be? Millie’s Cookies!

Could it be? Millie’s Cookies!

What You Knead Is...

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 100g White chocolate chips
  • 100g Dried Cranberries

What You Wanna Do Is...

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4
  2. Cream butter and sugars with an electric mixer (if you have one) or spatula until perfectly combined and creamy.,
  3. Add the the egg and vanilla and stir.
  4. Sift in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chips and cranberries, use a spatula to fold ingredients.
  5. Roll into walnut size balls and flatten out with your hand until there the width you like OR roll into 'stumpy sausage' shapes and stand up like a tower - These will give you a smaller but thicker cookie.
  6. Place on baking paper, leave plenty of room for these little rascals to expand. If you want to have the real Millie's experience then bake for 8-10 minutes until golden at the edges.
  7. Take out of the oven and leave to harden for a minute before transferring to a wire cooling rack (they will be gooey and unable to move off the tray before this).
  8. Try to limit yourself - these are addictive!
http://kneading.it/2014/02/could-it-be-millies-cookies/

Cookie Dough

Cookie..Doh!

A perfect gift for your Valentine.

Zeitgeist!

Zeitgeist!

Zeitgeist!

So last night, we decided to try a place that had caught our eye sometime ago. Mainly because (interesting fact coming up…) the original pub (Known as the ‘Jolly Gardener’) was featured in the Brad Pitt film – Snatch. It has changed greatly since the year 2000 and is now a laid back German bar serving a range of German Beers and selections of Schnitzels and Bratwurst.

I was first to arrive and was immediately taken aback at how ‘roomy’ the bar was. I’m more used to a cosy pub with a roaring fire, this was much more modern, but still felt quite traditional. I was also impressed with the soundtrack they had blaring (a selection from the 80’s and 90’s).

Zeitgeist Bar

Zeitgeist Bar

Beer Menu

Beer Menu

 

I ordered my usual (Dry white wine) and the boy arrived swiftly after and chose from a selection of beers (the weakest being 4%!). Now for the food…

We decided upon Chilli con Carne chips and cheese and a sausage platter.

Chilli Con Carne Chips with Cheese

Chilli Con Carne Chips with Cheese

The portions were massive!

Sausage Platter

Sausage Platter

And the presentation was certainly… European.

Mash and a second portion of chips came with the sausage platter which seemed a little overkill…

It tasted great, the cheese stuffed sausage was a little rich according to the boy, but he did eat it mostly to himself. The smoked sausage was divine..

If you fancy an alternative meal out, a German pint, or just to hear some iconic music, go on down to the Zeitgeist!

Info can be found here:

http://zeitgeist-london.com/gastropub/

Sausage and Chorizo bake!

Sausage and Chorizo bake!

Sausage and Chorizo bake!

What You Knead Is...

  • A tablespoon on Olive Oil
  • 8 Sausages
  • 2 onions (i used red and white)
  • 2 Peppers (i used red & orange)
  • 1 Courgette
  • 1 aubergine
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • Tin of chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons of Tomato puree
  • Slices of Chorizo (as many as you wish, i used 8!)
  • Beef Stock cube
  • 1 Teaspoon of Oregano
  • Pinch of Paprika
  • Pinch of Chilli
  • Salt & Pepper

What You Wanna Do Is...

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees (Fan oven)
  2. Pour olive oil onto the baking sheet and add garlic, onions and sausages. and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes, turning everything once half way though.
  4. Add the remaining veg along with tomato puree.
  5. Crumble in the stock cube and add the Oregano and as much Paprika and Chilli as you dare!
  6. Bake everything for another 20 minutes and serve with pasta, cous cous or potatoes!
  7. Enjoy
http://kneading.it/2014/02/sausage-and-chorizo-bake/

Six Nations Burgers…

I love a Burger.

I mean it.. I bloody adore Burgers!!!!!!

For me, it must look like pure filth.

Luckily, one of my favorite haunts does just this, and has a mighty selection of what burgers they do offer (along with some great roasts, steaks and Poutaine!)

What i needed on this fine evening, was a Kennington Black Prince Burger. Usually they have car themes (‘The Cadillac’ and ‘The Mustang’ to note) but at the moment, now the rugby is back on (horray!) they are doing themed ‘Six Nations burgers’. What a treat!

I of course, went for an England Burger..

'The England'

‘The England’

A bacon and cheddar cheese burger with mustard Mayo, chunky chips and Curry sauce.

Oh my. It was a taste sensation – it was just bloody amazing.

Mouthwatering...

Mouthwatering…

Look at it, just standing up like that…the crispy bacon and oozy cheese…!

I’m unashamed to say i devoured the whole thing within in minutes.

The boy went for steak, equally just delicious..

Steak man!

Steak man!

Apologies, he had eaten half the thing before i got the chance to take a picture, i was too busy making my way through my burger with sticky cheesy burger fingers!

Get yourself down there is your a self confessed burger addict like me (Monday’s are £6 burger night – How could you refuse?).