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    Cheats Lemon & Raspberry Tarts

    If you aren’t a confident baker but still want to make an impressive looking dessert then this recipe is for you, my friend! The combination of fresh raspberries with the zesty lemon goes together beautifully and these tarts make the perfect pud to serve at a BBQ as an alternative to a chocolate dessert. The tarts take just minutes to make, they look amazing on the plate and of course taste absolutely divine – you really can’t go wrong!

    This recipe makes two larger tarts but feel free to make individual sized ones or alternatively you can use miniature cases to make the cutest little bite size sweet canapés!

    Ingredients

    • 1 x 500g tub of mascarpone cheese
    • 1 x Jar of lemon curd (I use the cheapest one I can find normally)
    • 2 x 195g sweet pastry cases
    • Fresh raspberries to decorate
    • Icing sugar for dusting
    Method
    1. In a large bowl mix the mascarpone cheese slightly to loosen and add in the lemon curd a few spoonfuls at a time until your happy with the flavour. I normally add the whole jar as I like it quite lemony but it really is personal preference. Stir until thoroughly combined although try not to over mix as it could go too runny. If the mixture appears to go lumpy then give it a quick whisk using a hand whisk and this should get rid of any lumps.
    2. Spoon the filling into the pastry cases and top with fresh raspberries and pop into the fridge to firm up until you are ready to serve.
    3. When you are ready, dust the tarts with a little icing sugar and serve with either vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of cream.
    4. Enjoy!


    As always, please share a photo if you make them as I would love to see!
    Harriet xo

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  • InLifestyle, Recipes

    What We Ate #3

    Its been a couple of months since I last share a ‘What We Ate’ post so I thought I would share our meals from last week as they were all super tasty! If you have read my blog before then you will know that I absolutely love cooking for my family but recently I found myself stuck in a bit of a rutt and I noticed that I was cooking the same meals week in week out. Before we left for our holiday I was really lacking inspiration but a week away from my kitchen has definitely helped reignite my love for cooking. During the week I’m often short on time so I try to cook fairly fuss free recipes that I know I can get on the table quickly. Last week I dug out my favourite recipe books and rediscovered a few recipes that we had previously loved. I made sure I only bought ingredients for those recipes which meant I had to stick to them and this definitely stopped me from straying from my meal plan.

    Monday – Slow cooked gammon with jackets, soft boiled eggs and salad
    Probably the simplest meal ever. I literally stick a medium gammon joint in my slow cooker with a couple of inches of water and cook it on low all day. I served ours with cheesy jacket potatoes, some hard boiled eggs and lots of salad!

    Tuesday – Stir fry chilli beef and noodles
    If you’re looking for a healthier takeaway alternative then this is it. Fairly quick and easy to make and absolutely delish! I keep mine fairly mild but you can add more chilli if you like it hot.

    Wednesday – Crispy chicken parmagiana with new potatoes and spinach
    I first made this recipe a few months ago and forgot just how tasty it is. And simple! It has very few ingredients so doesn’t take long at all!

    Thursday – Teriyaki chicken with coconutty rice, bok choy & toasted cashews
    Another fab takeaway alternative. Adding coconut to the rice isn’t something I ever would have thought of doing it before but it makes plain rice so much more exciting and it tastes bloody divine too.

    Friday – Pea, pancetta & mushroom pasta topped with parmesan & pine nuts
    So so easy yet so tasty! The creamy sauce is literally just creme fraiche! Bella absolutely loved this one too!

    So that is what we ate last week! If there are any recipes in particular you like the look of then do let me know so I can share them on the blog! I’m also going to be sharing a couple of posts soon focusing more on what Bella eats, as during the week we don’t get to eat dinner together every night as she eats at nursery on a Monday & Thursday and at my Mums on a Tuesday!

    Harriet xo

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  • InFamily

    What We Ate #2

    We are now into the 8 week countdown until our holiday to Greece so I’m trying to be super good food wise and keep treats to an absolute minimum which really is easier said than done! 😉  Over the last week I have made sure we’ve eaten a proper homemade dinner every evening with lots of protein and veggies and only healthy carbs. I remembered to snap a photo each night so I thought it was about time I shared another ‘What We Ate’ post as the last one was very popular.

    Monday – Turkey mince stuffed peppers. For these I use 2% fat turkey mince so that it’s super lean and I follow The Body Coach’s Turkey Moussaka recipe which is in his Lean in 15 book but instead of making the actual moussaka I just do the mince part and then mix in a small amount of cous cous then whack it in some peppers with a sprinkle of cheese and stick them in the oven! Super tasty and surprisingly filling, Josh and I both left a half and took it for lunch the next day.


    Tuesday – Lamb grill steaks with sweet potato mash and broccoli. Tuesdays are my longest day of the week and I don’t get home until almost 7pm so I try to make sure dinner is fairly fuss free or otherwise I get too tempted by a naughty take away. I got the grill steaks from Tesco and they are really nice, I also cheated and bought the sweet potato mash pre made but it is super low in calories and so much smoother than I can ever get it myself! This dinner was on the table in less than 20 minutes. Which is a serious win in my book!

     
    Wednesday – I made my homemade pork and apple burgers which you can find the recipe for here. There is literally three ingredients in them and they are so simple to make but yet there is absolutely no compromise on flavour! I served them topped with some mozzarella and chutney with homemade sweet potato wedges and some spinach salad.


    Thursday – I knew I was having a friend over for dinner on Thursday so I pre made a homemade clean bolognese crammed full of veggies and stuck it in the freezer last weekend. I’m not normally so organised but I was so glad I had done this as it saved me loads of time after work and it meant I could just heat it back through and cook some brown pasta to go with it. There was also enough for lunch the following day which is always handy especially as it’s Bella’s favourite.


    Friday – As we had pasta for lunch on Friday we kept dinner fairly low carb and cooked our favourite Lean In 15 recipe which you can find here. Basically a jumble of chicken, chorizo, spinach, red onion, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella and pine nuts. Simple, but tastes SO DAMN GOOD.


    Saturday – I was feeling fairly uninspired by the time the weekend rolled around but I was determined to still eat well so I made a simple chicken curry using a couple of tablespoons of curry paste and some light coconut milk. We had this with a small portion of brown rice and it was surprisingly really lovely and Bella absolutely loved it!


    Sunday – We had my Dad over for dinner so I cooked Joe’s Chicken Pie, again from the Lean in 15 book! You can also find the recipe here though. This is definitely another one of our favourites and my Dad loved it too and has already put in his request for a batch for his freezer! I love how it’s so much lighter than a normal pie, yet it still feels like such a treat. I served it with some sweet potato wedges, broccoli and courgettes.


    If you’re interested in what I eat for my other meals and snacks etc then I post most of it over on my second Instagram account here. I’m always on the hunt for new healthy family friendly recipes so do let me know your favourites!

    Harriet xo

     

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  • InMama

    My Goals For The New Year

    I have been thinking a lot recently about things I’d like to achieve next year so even though it’s a bit early I thought I would get them written down and share them with you.

    I love January purely for the fact it feels like a fresh start, a completely clean slate and a chance to start over. For the past few years I have set myself that same cliché New Year’s resolution; lose weight. I can happily say that over the past two years, I have actually done so.

    That one will still continue on into 2016 but this year I wanted to set myself more goals for the year ahead. I think it’s so important to have goals and to challenge yourself. I’ve decided to try and be realistic and only share 5 things I’d like to do in 2016, I do also have a few other goals for the coming year but they are more personal.

    I’m writing these goals down here because apparently  (Thanks Charlie for this one!) if you write them down you are 50% more likely to actually stick to them! So here goes…

    1. As I mentioned above; lose weight. I’m starting this year over a stone lighter than last and I’m so much closer to my goal weight which has made me feel more determined now than ever before. I will get there this year, sooner rather than later hopefully!
    2. Read a book a month. Pre Bella I absolutely loved reading and it’s something I really miss. Since becoming a Mama I’ve probably read one book, possibly two max?! This year I’m going to try really hard to set aside more ‘me’ time of an evening and read more.
    3. Try a new recipe a week. Josh and I both love cooking but I tend to do most of the cooking in our house as he works long hours and if it was up to him we’d eat super naughty calorific food every single day and I’d be the size of a house 😉 I follow Slimming World and there is some really tasty looking recipes on their website that I’m very excited to try out.
    4. Move more! Earlier this year I got really into exercising and I stupidly let this slip as the weather got colder and the nights got darker. I’m planning to start off with a couple of exercise classes a week and try and squeeze in some kettle bells workouts at home too. I’d love to also run a 5k or maybe even a 10k before 2016 is out.
    5. Take more photos and document more for my family. I’m no photographer but I have always taken loads of photos on my iPhone and I have to regularly off load onto my mac as I take so many. Although since I got my DSLR I have been really enjoying taking ‘proper’ photos on it and I really wish I’d got one sooner so I could have taken better photos of Bella’s first two years. I know I’m going to get so much use out of it over the years to come. I plan to try and print more photos off and document more of the things that I really don’t want to forget, either here on my blog or on paper. I feel like Bella is changing every single day and I’m worried that I might just blink and miss it all!

    What are your New Year’s Resolutions and Goals for 2016?

    Thanks for reading
    Harriet xo

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