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Spicy Cheese & Bacon Loaf.

If you love cheese and bacon you will love this. It's great served up as a meal or cut up to share at a party.

You will need: 1 Baguette
                       2cup/8oz/240g cream cheese
                       1 red pepper (diced)
                       1cup/4oz/120g mozzarella (grated)
                       1cup/4oz/120g cheddar cheese (grated)
                       1tsp ground pepper
                       2tsp hot chilli flakes
                       3 packs of bacon/jambon cru


First of all you will need to cut the Baguette in half length ways and hollow out the middle.

Mix the cheeses, pepper and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Stuff both halves of the baguette and place the halves back together again.

Wrap the baguette with the bacon or jambon cru.

Bake at 180ºc/350ºf/gas mark 4 for approx 25mins 


Tina made this for us the other night and it went down a treat. You don't have to use chilli if you are not up to spicy food. We use Jambon cru instead of bacon as we are in France and Ja…

The Perfect Burger

I've always liked a good burger. McDonalds was ok but I did prefer Burger King, think maybe it was because they were bigger and the salad seemed fresh and crunchy. But since Tina has been making these burgers from scratch at home I haven't had one out since. 
I don't know what she does but they taste amazing every time.

This recipe makes two large burgers, if you need more adjust the ingredients to suit.

500g minced/ground beef
1 large onion
salt & pepper to taste
cream cheese or raclette
1 chilli

 Tina grinds her own beef, you can also use shop bought ready minced beef. Cut up the onion and mix with the beef.
Separate the beef/onion mix into four balls. Next you will need to use the burger press http://a-fwd.to/5Eo6oDJ 
Press each ball into a flat burger. 
Take one burger and put some of the cheese onto the middle then add the chillis (optional). Put another burger on top and then press the edges together making it one big burger. You will have to mould it a bit in your hands bu…

Stuffed Chicken, wrapped in Bacon.

Here's a different take on the good old chicken breast. Why not open it up, stuff it and then wrap it in Bacon.
Sound like a good idea? Trust me, they are lovely. 

As with any of these recipes that calls for you to stuff something. The world is your Oyster! Only your imagination limits what you can put in there. 
Tina is a dab hand at making these and this last time she made them I asked her to put a Scotch Bonnet chilli in mine, that gave it some serious heat! 

This recipe will feed two, if you need more you can just adjust the ingredients to suit.

You will need:
2 Chicken breasts
6 Rashers of bacon/jambon sec
Raclette cheese, you can use cream cheese or any other cheese.
1 Scotch Bonnet chilli (optional)

Method/ How Tina does it.

Open up the chicken breast, scoring the side of it with a knife to flatten it out.
Put the cheese and optional chilli on top of the chicken breast. Then roll it so the filling is inside.
Lay out two rashers of Bacon and place the chicken breast on them, wrap the bre…

Bacon wrapped Jalapeno poppers.

Until recently I hadn't even heard of Jalapeno Poppers. But when we had a glut of peppers from the plants we had growing I did a quick search online to find something to do with them. That's when I came across 'Poppers'. It seems they are quite popular in the USA and this is my own take on them.

For this you will need: Jalapeno Peppers, Thin bacon or Jambon cru, Cream cheese and then what ever filling you want to put with the cheese.



First you will need to take your Jalapenos and cut them along the length, some people leave the stalks on to prevent the pepper from folding outwards. I take the stalks off as I have never had that problem. What you do is up to you! 
Now you will need to remove the seeds and the membranes.

Next step is the Cream Cheese! Here you can try anything, it's just down to your own imagination. I have tried mixing the cheese with Sweet chilli sauce, dried chilli flakes and I have even cut up some hotter chillis and mixed those in with the cream che…

A real winter warming treat

Have you ever spent the day outside in the cold only to come indoors and really fancy something nice and hot to tuck into. If so then try this recipe, lovely served up with Garlic bread.



This recipe serves two and you will need:

2 Chicken breasts
1 Tin of tomato soup
2 Medium onions sliced
3 Garlic cloves sliced
4 Thai dragon chillis
Small tin of baby carrots (we used our homegrown carrots)
1-2 tsp Dried Italian seasoning
25g Butter
150g Cream cheese 
Quarter cup of water
Pepper to taste

Method:

Mix the melted butter, softened cream cheese, soup. water, Italian seasoning and pepper together and stir until blended.
Cut the chicken into strips, put into sauce pan with the onion, garlic and chillis then cover chicken with mixture and carrots then cook slowly on the hob for about an hour or until cooked through.

Alternatively you can add all the ingredients into a slow cooker and set it going for about six hours.
Check that the chicken is cooked all the way through and that the carrots are soft.

Dish it …

Wildlife photography in a wheelchair

Its that time of year again when there is very little in the way of gardening jobs that I can do. Some things I can, like take care of the greenhouse and keep the plants in there watered and fed. But Tina is doing a pretty good job of keeping on top of the rest.

This has given me more time to focus on photography again and at this time of year when we are feeding the birds its great to get outside and get some shots. 

We have a few different visitors come into our garden, the main ones being Sparrows. Also we have a lot of returning Great Tits and Blue Tits a Robin and some Blackbirds and also some Finches. I always get confused with Finches and what sort they are so I'll just call them Finches.

Photography I find is a great way to get you outdoors and connected with nature. What better way to spend an hour or two watching and listening to the wildlife in the garden. Even domestic wildlife in our case as when our dogs start they scare off the birds so I just photograph them instead.
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