Half Moons

I love this savoury snack served with sauces. My aunt passed this recipe on to me from a South African cook book.

Ingredients;

Chicken breast diced,

1/2 tsp Cumin Powder,

1 tsp Salt,

1/4 cup Lemon juice,

Green chillies,

1 tsp crushed Garlic,

2 tbsp Mayonnaise,

2 tbsp butter,

sweetcorn,

Pepper,

diced potaotes

2 beaten eggs,

breadcrumbs and

cornflour.

Dough:

2 cups water,

2 tbsp butter,

1/4 tsp salt and

2 cups plain flour or more.

Method:

Combine chicken, cumin, salt, lemon juice, pepper garlic, mayonnaise, butter, corn and pepper in a pot. Let it cook over medium heat until dry ( when there is no water left from chicken).

Mix the cornflour and milk together in a pot. It will feel hard but this is fine as long as there a no lumps.

Add this to the chicken and stir over medium heat until thick and saucy. Allow to cool.

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Place the water, butter and salt in a pot over heat and bring to boil. I kept this lukewarm as you need to knead the dough.

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In in a big dish I added the flour, we used 3.5 cups of plain flour. Add the above water mixture and knead. That’s the cup I used for all measurements.

 

Roll the dough out thinly on a floured surface. Cut in to circle shapes or make them in shapes of small puris.

 

 

 

 

 

Place a spoonful of the filling on to one half of the circle or in the middle depends how you prefer to do this. Life up and press edges together to seal, forming a half moon shape.  My mum did this part as I am useless.

 

Dip the pies in the beaten egg and then breadcrumbs.

 

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You may now freeze them. Or fry them until golden brown.

Healthy protein flapjacks

This was an experiment and loved the outcome.I had enough of partner spending £2+ a day for a small bar from the shops everyday and I’m trying to eat healthy at the moment and craving sweet things and not eating it, is a struggle. So I decided to make healthy flapjacks. I tried it the first time round without any maple syrup, which made the flapjack really crumbly. The second time round I added maple syrup, just a bit to get the stickiness. Also the second time round I forgot to add almond butter, which means adding less syrup! I used rolled oats first time which made the texture very powdery, so used jumbo oats which helped a lot.

I have mixed the pictures below from first and second time, forgot to take picture with honey etc inside the bowl second time round because I was missing my gym class. 🙈😥

Also don’t have exact measurements because it’s up to you, how many nuts you want inside it, how healthy you want to be, how much protein you want etc.

Ingredients 

Jumbo rolled oats-sainsbury Scottish ones were the ones I used.

Chia seeds

Flaxseed -I purchased Linwood milled organic flaxseed sunflower and pumpkin seed. It’s really good as it’s all powder and easy to use and can’t even taste it that much but at least you’re getting your omega into your diet.

Protein powder- I used vanilla flavour,this is optional.

Almonds and pistachios-my mum has a jar of these all thinly sliced, so thought why not.

Cinnamon powder

Maple Syrup- Canadian maple syrup if possible can be found in Waiterose and Sainsbury

Lucy bee coconut oil

Honey, try to use Manuka if possible.

Almond butter

Milk

METHOD

I used around half a packed of the oats, 3 scoops of protein powder, the other dry ingredients I used according to my taste. I’m not fond of nuts in food so I put less in. Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

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Mix everything properly so it’s evenly distributed.

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Once everything is mixed thoroughly, on the other side get a small pot add around 7 tablespoons of the coconut oil and on low heat let it melt.

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One the oil has melted pour on to the dry ingredients and add all the wet ingredients. Don’t add too much maple syrup if you’re trying to be healthy. Add more of the almond butter around 4-5 tablespoons. Honey around 2-3 tablespoons. Syrup I’d say around 4-6 tablespoons, if you’ve used almond butter I’d only put in 3. Just see how the texture is once you’ve mixed it, if you think it’s not sticky enough add more oil and butter or honey but not syrup. I added around 4 tablespoons of milk.

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Yes, I had to use my hands to mix the above. This is the best option so you don’t have too much syrup or honey in one of your bites. You need it all to mixed properly and with a spoon I noticed the dry ingredients stayed at the bottom of the bowl. So use your hands my lovelies 🙂 ( this was from the first time I tried)

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Once everything is mixed and you’re happy with your mixture, get a tray, add greaseproof paper and put the mixture into the tray. Flatten the top with a spoon so it’s not uneven.

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Put in the oven at 180° for 15 minutes only. The sides will look like its burnt but don’t  worry it’s not and you can’t even taste it.( I added chopped dates on my side of the share because I was too lazy to half the mixture and mix it in)

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If you want to treat yourself, melt some dark chocolate in the microwave and drizzle on top. Voila 😀

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S’mores

So, I decided to try s’mores at home, but since I’m the only child at home and parents don’t like anything baked/made that has sweets/chocolates in it, I have to make small portions. I didn’t want to put a few mallows in the oven for 20 minutes I wanted to eat it straight away, no patience for food sometimes. 🙈 The traditional way to enjoy smores is over a campfire when your camping with friends. I guess it would give a nice bbq taste.

You need a few simple things, marshmallows, biscuits, chocolate and skewers.

The halal marshmallows I buy, are the sweet zone branded ones, which can be found in any Asian shops and Asda in the world food section.

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I turned the stove on, I would recommend keeping it on medium. Got three marshmallows and added them on to my bamboo skewer I found in the draws.

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I held the skewer over the hob for 10-20 seconds. But the marshmallows were on fire 😂 so I had to blow the flames of the mallows, but it actually gave it the nice BBQ taste, which I didn’t mind. The second time round I literally waved it over the flame beacause I didn’t want it to on fire again, this worked.

Be careful they melt pretty fast and cam start falling off the stick.

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The plainest biscuit in the kitchen I wanted to try this with was rich tea. So I got two rich tea biscuits, kept one on plate and with the other biscuit I took the hot,melted mallows of the skewer. It is very sticky so used the other biscuit to keep hands clean, it works. You can use any biscuit you want to.

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I added boost chocolate bites on top. You can use any chocolate you want. Maybe in drizzle some raspberry sauce over it and add some sprinkles?

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