We have some stunning red tulips in our front garden which were a lucky inheritance when we bought the house. This morning I noticed one had been decapitated and was lying limp on the ground. I rescued it and popped in water not expecting much but two hours later and this happened...
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Welcome back to my Home series. Today I am thinking about kitchen design. We had our kitchen installed 5 years ago just before Little E was born and if I could rewind time and do it all over again there is so much I would change. The general layout is good, we lived with the old 1970's kitchen for a couple of years to work out what we needed but there are tons of design details I would change in an instant.
A huge error was going for a cheap worktop. It is showing signs of age and wear and it lets down the rest of the kitchen. Our theory at the time was we may not be in the house too much longer so it wasn't worth splashing out on a worktop. Fast forward 5 years, two babies and me not returning to work and you get the picture; we aren't moving for the foreseeable future! So the worktop is number one on my change list. I'd love a shiny gloss work surface. I have heard they are hard work to maintain but they look so amazing and give the kitchen an edge.
We cannot wait for the summer because it means we can finally eat outside! Hurrah! We have the most amazing view from our garden so we try and eat outside whenever possible.
One of my favourite recipes too cook when we have family and friends over relaxing in the garden is my Mini Tortilla Crust Pizzas. They are fab because they are so versatile; great on their own as bite size canapes, alongside other mini treats as a buffet or a quick dinner for the kids. You can prepare them before hand then bake when your guests arrive. They freeze well too (if you have any leftover that is - they all disappear in my house!). Last year we had an amazing book club meeting in my garden with lots of different varieties of these mini pizzas, including traditional Hawaiian, pesto and pine nuts, sweet chilli prawns and BBQ chicken. All washed down with a big jug of fruit filled Sangria! Happy memories.
The kids love help making these pizzas so Little E is going to demonstrate how quick and easy they are to make...
Mini Tortilla Crust Pizzas
Tomato pizza sauce (homemade or jarred)
Toppings of your choice
Firstly you cut circles from a tortilla using a cookie cutter or a tin can.
Place the torilla circles into a muffin tin. Spread some tomato sauce across the tortilla (you can use pesto, sweet chilli sauce or BBQ sauce instead)
Top with grated cheese and whatever toppings you fancy. Here we are using ham but I have used torn chicken and sweetcorn, gammon and pineapple, prawns, caramelised onions. The possibilities are endless...
Shake over some Italian herbs and they are ready to cook (You can pop them in the fridge at this point if you are cooking later). Simply bake in the oven at 180 for about 10 minutes.
When baked pop them out of the muffin tins and serve.
Little E made these completely herself and she loved every second. She and her sister demolished them for dinner! We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
This is my entry to the DirectStoves.com Stovey Trio competition.
Bedtime stories are an important part of our day. My girls love them and are constantly asking for one more... and another... and another! Until I have to be firm and insist it is bedtime, after just one more!
Last night Little E caught this candid snap of me reading to Little I before bed. I didn't even realise she had taken it until I picked up my phone later on. Perfectly sums up bedtime - although usually I am balancing two little bottoms on my knees!
Husband was sent on a very special mission on my behalf last month. It was a tough to find someone with the relevant experience to review Prime Burger, Euston but with his vast experience of burger restaurants he was the man for the job!
The restaurant is situated on the upper mezzanine of Euston train station looking out onto the concourse. Husband's office is only a few metres away from the station so he popped along in his lunch hour to sample their offerings. The restaurant is fast food style: you queue up and place your order and are given a little electronic device which buzzes and lights us when your order is ready. You can eat your food at a table or take it away to enjoy in the park, at your desk or on the train home.
The burgers at Prime are made from high quality grass fed forequarter and rib of British beef and cost between £6 and £10 depending on how many toppings you want. If you fancy pushing the boat out you can have truffle on your burger! If you don't want beef there are chicken and veggie options available. Husband ordered the Guv'nor burger which is a beef patty loaded with cheese, bacon, gerkins, tomato, lettuce, onion and mayo, priced £8.25.
For an extra £3.50 you can make your burger a meal by adding regular fries and a drink. Husband upgraded to cheese and bacon fries (£4.50) and added a side of onion strings (£2.75)
If you have room for a dessert Prime offer Frozen Custard instead of traditional ice cream with 'concrete mixers such as Oreos and Mars Bars. That sounds amazing to me but Husband is all about savoury over sweet so he didn't give it a try (boo!). Prime haven't forgotten about the kids, little ones can choose from a children's menu costing around £6 for burger, fries and a drink.
So what did Husband think? The service was great, quick and easy with the bleeper system. The burger was really good. Tasty and juicy with a good amount of topping. The salad looked super fresh and inviting. Not the best he has ever had but very good for the price. The fries were a bit disappointing as they were a little dry but the onion strings were excellent and complemented the burger well (you can get them as a burger topping too). So overall he was pleased and would certainly visit again. Perfect for catching a quick bite to eat after working late in the office.
You can find Prime Burger restaurants Euston and St Pancreas Stations. You can order online for super quick collection.
Husband received this meal free of charge but all opinions are his own
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.