Steamed dumplings

Lamb stew and homemade dumplings in a slow cooker

This is the first time I’ve ever made homemade dumplings and I have to say I am completely in love them. Granted I absolutely underestimated how big these get after they’ve been steamed so if you try this I’d recommend one large or two small person. It does however now completely make sense that this was done in more frugal times in history to make a really hearty meal. Complete genius if you ask me.

Stew Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 500g lamb cubed
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 100ml of Guiness beer (or any dark beer)
  • 1 carrot peeled and chopped
  • 1 large potato peeled and chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Thyme
  • 1 tbsp of plain flour
  • 1 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 onion chopped and dcied
  • Salt and pepper
  • 200 ml of water
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 splash of sunflower oil
  • 50g peas
  1. Add your lamb to a pan with the oil and brown on a high heat to get a good crust on the outside but not cook them through
  2. Add your onions to give them a little colour
  3. Add the flour to coat the beef and dump everything into a slow cooker. If you don’t have one I’ve dropped a link below to one similar to mine
  4. Add all of the other ingredients and mix. Set the slow cooker to low for 4-6 hours
  5. Stir occasionally
  6. 30 minutes before the end add the dumplings
Lamb Stew

 

Slow Cooker:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007XEJ322/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B007XEJ322&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=6c3a8a40cc3a26687153625b622378aa

Dumplings Recipe:

  • 100ml milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powdr
  • 50g butter
  • 125g self raising flour
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs. I cheat on rubbing in recipes and use my pastry cutter as it reduces the time your warm hands handle the mix which tends to help with most recipes and keeps your hands less sticky. See a link below of mine from Amazon.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and form into balls
  3. 30 minutes before the end of the stew cooking add gently to the top of the slow cooker and close the lid
  4. Serve!

Pastry Cutter

https://amzn.to/2×60600

Dumplings

Dumplings Before

Dumplings steaming

Dumplings steaming!

 

Buffalo Honey ‘copycat’ Boneless wings

Have you ever been to America and eaten the boneless buffalo wings in any of their famous restaurants? Myself and my husband literally adore them. Here’s a recent review I did of a ‘Wingstop’ that we stumbled across in central London and that’s the closest we could get to recreating the experience.

https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2019/06/03/wing-restaurant-review-wing-stop-london/

That experience inspired me to try it at home. They would very good but not 100% perfect, however they were better than any you can order my any of my local takeaways in the UK.

Ingredients:

Chicken

  • Chicken breast strips
  • Cup of plain flour
  • Cup of milk
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1 tsp of paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • Inch of sunflower oil in a frying pen
  1. Add all the dry ingredients into one bowl
  2. Put the milk in another
  3. Drop the chicken into the flower and then into the milk
  4. Drop back into the dry mix and lay on a baking sheet
  5. Repeat until all the chicken is coated and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Heat the oil until when you drop some batter mix onto it the mix sizzles and starts to cook
  7. Fry the chicken until golden brow
  8. If you are worried it’s not completely cooked you can pop in the oven for 10 minutes to cook through

 

Sauce

  • One jar of buffalo hot sauce
  • 1/2 jar honey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper
  • 50g butter (melted)
  1. Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix
  2. When the chicken is cooked add to the bowl and coat the chicken by turning the sauce over the chicken
  3. Serve!

Some buffalo sauces to try out:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01HGOJCXI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01HGOJCXI&linkId=bd5d73ecbcd3ce7f05d47b51e3c39ef0

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00CWCNQRI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00CWCNQRI&linkId=f424cb3bd1c017dd3b47d078b0c58f24

My ‘saucing’ dish – the largest one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01BPDXW8M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01BPDXW8M&linkId=560865ee89f7887d0a7048841c6ebf41

 

My ultimate tip for making pasta sauces

Not a recipe but more of a tip that we now do every single time we make a pasta sauce or in fact a lot of other sauces but it’ll make more sense in the first instance with pasta.

We randomly received a free jar of jalapenos (three large ones to be exact) and were pondering what to do with them.

Pasta tip

We started with the obvious by adding them to fajitas and pizzas and then any other funky sandwiches we were making. I definitely think your resistance/ability to withstand the heat goes up the more you eat them.

Then one night we were doing our usual recipe after work making pasta sauce for our evening meal, to which we have progressively been making it more and more spicy (probably linked to the previous point!). We add a mix of chill power; onion powder, garlic powder and different types of paprika for a nice balanced background to the sauce. All credit for this goes to my husband who then proceeded to chop up some of jalapenos and add to the sauce.

The result is an immensely flavored sauce with loads of background.

A word of warning though.. do not add to many or you end up eating each spoonful with a dash or soured cream (not necessarily a bad thing!). I’d also recommend adding a little of the juice from the jar for a bit of background sweetness.

If you can’t get them in large quantities easily like we do try this link from Amazon:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00FEHRNK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B00FEHRNK4&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=33948d5ab4e3ac5bb2d88b4bbe1d3188

Personalised glass bottles for cleaning and bath products

I’m slightly obsessed with watching ‘clean with me’ vlogs at the moment. Does anyone else do that? A lot of these types of videos on ‘You Tube’ show recipes on how to make cleaning products. Now I’m not really (well yet) that into making cleaning products as I do like a good strong bleach, which I know isn’t great for you.

However, I am into the personalised bottles that you can decant your favourite cleaners into. I’ve also discovered the highly concentrated cleaners that you add water to to make up large batches at a much lower cost that buying over and over again. I do also like the idea of having pretty glass bottles on display and not constantly throwing plastic bottles away (into the recycling but you know what I mean).

So I started with some glass bottles I already had (old amaretto and gin bottles) and replaced the caps with some nice corks I had from my elderflower wine and beer making crafts (https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2017/03/09/elderflower-champagne/). I also had a really cheap hand cleanser that I peeled off the label from.

Next I’ went to eBay and ordered some personalised labels which were very cheap for use now and in future projects.

The labels arrived and I stuck them on my lovely recyclable glass bottles.

I filled with what I had already such as hand cleanser and bubble bath.

I have on ordered now some classic bottles to make up with some Fabulosa cleanser for both glass and around the house. When they arrive I’ll do another update.

See links to my Amazon products below if you are interested in doing the same:

Cleaning Bottles (on order)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B071YPN12Z/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B071YPN12Z&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=05147042f7280214a426d96cc0c9d233

Cleaning Product

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00KWLIHIE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00KWLIHIE&linkId=380b36dc98debf88fbc206f681619cd9

Corks

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01DDNWQYS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B01DDNWQYS&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=e237ae8acec201b6b14b26d5fb1492ec

Homemade cat treats

Homemade Cat Treats (Tuna & Catnip)

We spend a lot of money on treats for our lovely cat Molly moo.

Picture for you:

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She’s a gorgeous short haired tortoiseshell.

I’m not overly precious about what I eat but I do care what she eats as it’s not like she can decide she doesn’t like or is allergic to things to and tell me!

Therefore, the recipe challenge for this week was to find a recipe where I could make and entirely control what she was eating. I figured it’s probably best to start slowly as cat food itself I presume is designed to give cat’s a balanced diet (or that’s what the vet said anyway).

I found a lot of recipes but equally I didn’t want to try something I know she’s never eaten before just in case.

So this is a combination of a few recipes I found and trusted:

Ingredients:

  • 200g of oat flour
  • 100g cornmeal
  • 1 large tin of drained tuna
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of cat nip

Method:

  1. The best way to make oat flour if you can’t find it is to grind down using a food processor some porridge oats
  2. Mix everything else in with the ground oats and keep blending until reach a relatively dry and non-sticky mixture
  3. I tried two methods of shaping which is rolling into little balls and pressing into a baking tin and cut into small squares
  4. Bake for 15 minutes at 190 degrees c but make sure they are completely cooked so they will store nicely dried out

It was a good sign that Molly was walking up and down in front of the oven like she does when we have a chicken in the oven.

Initial thoughts are that she loves them but I think maybe they won’t last that long in the jar as they are made of fish. I’ll keep them for the next couple of weeks and feedback on how we get on.

Here’s a lovely jar you can buy to store them in:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B079CBR78J/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B079CBR78J&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=380724acbdb2db3d5e2b6c25b3bc0d2f

Jam jar labels:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B009WNNET0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B009WNNET0&linkId=4432b0423636c1262fe823c3ddb129a6

Some Cat Nip:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00EMATHRG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=melmosparkly-21&camp=1634&creative=6738&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B00EMATHRG&linkId=e97d424a87bb05d34b08757247d588bb

 

 

Homemade Burgers

 

This week I finally managed to make the simplest and best burgers I’ve ever made before. Myself and my husband are not into very elaborate and expensive burgers. We have our own burger rankings and like to classify new burgers we try across the world.

Making a burger therefore is an interesting recipe challenge. I’ve tried recipes with chopped up little onions; breadcrumbs, eggs to bind and lots of different seasonings.

Here is is where I’m at with the more simple and best recipe.

  1. Buy the best beef ground meat you can afford.
  2. If you buy mince you can always grind it down a bit further if it stays chunky with a food processor. I like to do this a little so you get a good mix of textures.
  3. Add salt and pepper.
  4. The only spice mix I enjoy adding that doesn’t overpower the mix is Weber’s Steak seasoning. I’ve included a link from Amazon below. It just gives a background seasoning.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004VRJV8K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B004VRJV8K&linkCode=as2&tag=melmosparkly-21&linkId=2701c0f34f2e0542cf7b0cb5874218bb

5. Shape into thin patties. I’d rather have two think burgers than one fat undercooked burger. Press them down with your hands. Try and let them come to room temperature before cooking.

6. Then cut your buns in half and I like to smear with butter and dry fry on a hot griddle or frying pan to give some crunch but keep the insides soft.

7. Set aside and add slices of your favourite cheese.

8. Put a pan on a high temperature and add the meat patties. If they are thin even they will char and brown quickly but the insides will cook too. Cook on both sides and lay on the buns.

9. I like to serve mine with copycat Mcdonald’s sauce. See my previous blog for a recipe.

https://modernmrsbeeton.blog/2018/12/20/making-homemade-mcdonalds-burgers/

 

 

Additional content in ebook or paper form

If you’d like to read some more from The Modern Mrs Beeton I’ve started publishing my blogs in part form, just as the original Isabella Beeton did.


Each part contains around 40 different blogs in the areas of cooking; cleaning, gardening, crafting, and organising.

  1. Part 1: Managing a budget; and how to clean anything with baby wipes. Making mint sauce; perfect roast potatoes and cupcakes for Halloween. How to pant our seedlings and label them correctly. Basic vegetable growing and crafting candles through to Pear Wine and Elderflower Champagne. Lots more.

Digital Kindle

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Paperback Version

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Keto friendly pizza

Just before my wedding I was on a really enjoyable Keto diet that I will very likely go back to before our honeymoon to lose a few more pounds. It’s not a lifestyle I’d like to do longer than a month or so but it is incredibly effective at removing any indulgences you’ve done.

One of the recipes I found whilst doing this is Keto pizza so I have to share.

The copy cat base is the standard fat head dough that’s really popular on the internet. Effectively you melt in a microwaveable bowl some grated cheddar cheese and cream cheese (Philadelphia)until soft and you can mix together. You then add almond or soy flour with a pinch of salt and pepper. You can also add some bread yeast if you want more rise.

Mix into dough and use a spatula as it can get really sticky. Oil a baking sheet (baking parchment is also really helpful as it’s very sticky dough) and press the dough on it. Bake for about 10 minutes at 200 degrees c.

In the meantime make up some fresh toppings by mixing some canned fresh tomatoes with a pinch of sweetener and whatever spices you like. You can also make it a bit sweeter by adding a dash of sugar free tomato ketchup. I love a bit of oregano so I always add a bit of that to the dough and sprinkle after.I simmer this on a low heat for about 10 minutes so it thickens up.

Once the dough is ready coat in tomato sauce and add whatever cheeses you like. I love a mix of mozzarella and Parmesan. This time i added some chopped veggies what I had left which were some peppers; mushrooms and a little red onion.

Bake for another 10 minutes until golden brown.

This is my sugar free ketchup if you are interested:
The Skinny Sauce Co. Tomato Ketchup Sauce Zero Calorie, Sugar Free, 425ml

Keto pizza

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Sauce

100 Blog Posts!

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Super excited today as I’ve finally celebrated my 100th Blog Post on ‘The Modern Mrs Beeton’. It has been a complete joy to share all of the recipes; crafts and reviews I’ve been sent over the past few and a massive thank you to all of you who have contributed and fed back to me. I really appreciate it.

I also want to thank Mrs Beeton herself who inspired this.

Excerpt from the introduction of her book:

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Thanks again, from ‘The Modern Mrs Beeton’.

Looking forward to the next 12 months…

Hot Dog Posh Dog

Posh dogs

Absolutely not a recipe but just sharing something we absolutely love at the moment. In this lovely BBQ weather at the moment the best thing to do is get the BBQ on or even just get your griddle pan and make some summery food.

The best tip we’ve discovered recently are these “Posh Dogs” from Marks and Spencer. Not sure what makes them posh but they are the perfect texture with good quality meat; nice snap on the outside and cook evenly. They also sell perfectly proportioned buns to go with them.

My BBQ summer tip!

Posh dogs