This is one of Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals, a delish “Saucy Sausage Pasta”. The photo is of the actual meal that he made (can’t claim it as my own unfortunately!) and I couldn’t find the recipe online anywhere so had to watch, rewind, fast forward his TV show so I could write it all down!
- 4x (good quality) Pork Sausages – I upgraded to 6, just because we like it a bit more meaty.. 😉
- Red onion
- Jar of Peppers/Capsicum
- Fennel Seeds, 1x heaped teaspoon
- 4x Rosemary sprigs
- Garlic cloves
- Fusilli Pasta
- Tomato Passata
So with this recipe, Jamie had 3 different things going on at once to get this meal prepared in only 15minutes – the sausages, the sauce & the pasta. Lets call them A, B & C.. Safe to say it took me slightly longer than quarter of an hour to create & I did have alot of mess, stress & dishes haha. Although now I have made it once, I think next time will be alot smoother!
- A – Butterfly the sausages in half & smooth the insides with a knife (gross sounding, hard to explain…kind of like buttering)
- Oil the inner sides of the sausages and put face down into a griddle pan
- B – Into a food blender, put the roughly chopped onion, about 4 of the jarred peppers, fennel seeds, 2x rosemary sprigs, salt & pepper and blend until a paste
- In a hot pan add a tablespoon olive oil & a couple cloves of crushed garlic. When the garlic starts to colour, add the blended paste & cook on high heat for 2mins
- C – In a pot add boiled water, salt & the pasta
- A – Turn over sausages. They will curl over so you can press down with the lid of a pan to keep flatter
- B – Add half a jar of passata to the paste (and optionally a few teaspoons of balsamic) and stir together to heat
- A – Break the remaining 2x sprigs of rosemary up and add to the sausage pan, moving it around with the meat & fats to add flavour
- C – Drain the fusilli – remember to save a cup of starchy water which will keep the pasta moist, not dry or clumped together
- C -> B – Add the pasta to the sauce with a bit of the starchy water. Mix together & pour into your serving dish
- A – ‘Hack’ the sausages up with the rosemary and present on top of the pasta
- Drizzle with balsamic
…Now I look back and the A, B, C’s look a bit confusing but you’re just jumping from pot to pan, it’s not that hard a dish!
Also somewhere (possibly between adding the rosemary to sausages and draining the pasta) Jamie made a salad. He used round lettuce, cress & rocket with a dressing of 3x tablespoons yogurt, 2x teaspoons mustard, 1x lemon juiced, salt & pepper and chopped chives – This is displayed around the edge of his board.
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My son has been drinking formula milk since he was 14months old (last november) so we go through many baby formula tins! Once one was finished, I used to use it for storage or keep opened chip packets or crackers fresh in it as airtight containers but they aren’t that attractive SO… time to get out the paints!
I am loving this colour atm and even the horizontal lines on the tin give them a cool design texture… but as below, it can be done with any tin/shape not just baby tins so go wild!
^^ Cover with a top coat to seal the colour if it will be in contact with water like the herb pot in the top photo, or even just for a longer lasting finish
^^ handy dandy, fun & colourful utensil holder
^^ I use these tins all over my house now! (ugly photo lol)
^^ bright vase + bright flowers will cheer up a gloomy day!
Since painting these tins, I have now completed a couple more in a fun orange colour so watch this space…! X
I looove this for lunch…raw energy salad is quite popular at the moment! I base this version on a recipe from Ripe but have included a few of my own ingredients & you too could do the same. Its also fab with added chicken or haloumi for more of a ‘main’ dish.
- 1x grated carrot
- 1x grated beetroot
- 2-3 cup brown rice
- 1/2 to 1 cup toasted seeds (i like a combination of sunflower & pumpkin)
- handful mint leaves finely sliced
- cos lettuce
- 1x tablespoon balsamic
- 1x tablespoon pomegranate molasses
- 3x tablespoon orange juice
- 3x tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon honey
The first 6 listed are the main salad ingredients – put into a bowl (yes, its that easy). The last 5 ingredients are for the dressing, shake in a jar to combine & pour over the salad.
As you can see, its not hard at all to make…sometimes takes a bit of time preparing everything (if I’m not organised or have a leach on my leg!) but is very delish so good for impressing visitors!
I planned posting up this recipe while making my salad & then of course forgot to take a photo of the final product, so here is my half eaten & very unattractive raw energy salad…but I love it. Enjoy x
I LOVE tea, I LOVE herbal tea ♥ Whats even better is homemade herbal tea, or better still…homemade organic herbal tea! This tea is Lemon Verbena, Spearmint, Chamomile & Rosehip – all organically grown, the leaves have then been dried & one heaped teaspoonful provides a delish pot of tea!
My baby boy has a little cough at the moment & isn’t interested in eating, so for his sore throat Im thinking to make him a hot drink. The Lemon Verbena is antibacterial, calming & will help ease a fever, Chamomile has been used for centuries as a sleeping aid with its natural relaxing properties, & is also an anti-inflammatory so will calm any swollen glands, Spearmint aids digestion so will settle any sore stomach,indigestion or gas & also improves headaches (nice minty taste too!) and Rosehip is great for colds & flus also!
Add a little Manuka, antibacterial + a powerful antioxidant, and a squeeze of lemon juice, another antibacterial boost, and this drink should be a winner. Now…heres to hoping he likes it!
Sometimes there is just so much happening – too much work, cleaning, cooking, shopping, organising, etc etc that can be (NEEDS to be) done. When it seems like there are not enough hours in the day, I take a minute and read this poem…it brings me back to reality and reminds me what is really important ♥ I think it will apply to anyone & not just mums. Everyone at some point (in my case, most days!) needs to slow down a bit, life goes too fast to worry about the little things. It is the moments & the people who share them with you that you will remember xx
Slow down mummy, there is no need to rush
Slow down mummy, what is all the fuss?
Slow down mummy, make yourself a cup of tea
Slow down mummy, come & spend some time with me
Slow down mummy, lets put on our boots & go for a walk,
lets kick at piles of leaves, and smile & laugh & talk
Slow down mummy, you look ever so tired,
come sit & snuggle under the duvet, and rest with me for a while
Slow down mummy, those dirty dishes can wait
Slow down mummy, lets have some fun, lets bake a cake!
Slow down mummy, I know you work a lot,
but sometimes mummy, its nice when you just stop
Sit with us a minute,
and listen to our day
Spend a cherished moment,
because our childhood will not stay
I wish I knew the author so I could thank them, xxx
So if I wasn’t already busy enough, I have decided to start a blog. I am a 22 year old mumma to an amazing 16 month old boy, I love all things natural & organic, colour & creativity inspire me & I have too many ideas of things that I could do. I started up a business distributing makeup (one of my loves) when my son (biggest love) was 2 months old and now work is taking over when there is so much more that could be done!
During those precious first few months after my baby was born, there was so much free time! While he was asleep (I should have been sleeping), breastfeeding (should have been making the most of that specialness), laying happily in the sun (should have been cleaning), I was searching the internet for things to keep me amused and got into the wonderful world of blogging. They helped me find answers to my baby problems, kept me entertained during the night & gave me sanity when I had only a newborn for company.
My plan is to update with “things in my world that catch my eye, pull on my heartstrings & take over my thoughts”… who knows how often this will happen or what it will entail? It may not be a good idea & it may not work but we will see how far we get. This is ME, welcome to my life x