It’s not quite Spring weather yet so a hot baked apple was warming and perfect for lunch!
I was very happy to find a jar of mincemeat left over from Christmas and so my apple was ready in no time!
There really aren’t any ingredients, but this is nicer than a plain apple on cold days.
I cored 1 apple, then split the skin about a third of the way down and all the way round. I spooned the mincemeat into the hole where the core once was and also added a spoonful or 2 round the base so that I’d have extra if I wanted. I spooned over a tablespoon of water so that it wouldn’t be too dry and so I’d have some hot juice. Then I put it in the microwave and cooked on high for 3 minutes. This was perfect for a fluffy piping hot apple and the mincemeat was sweet and juicy.
When making more than 1 apple, I check after 3 minutes in the microwave and then increase minute-by-minute the cooking time (4 or 5 is good for 2 apples).
I enjoyed this plain but it’s also great with vanilla ice-cream, pouring cream or crème fraîche and topped with a sprinkling of crushed almonds.
If you don’t have any mincemeat, it can be replaced with a mixture of glacé cherries, raisins, a knob of butter and a sprinkling of brown sugar.
This is a deliciously light chocolate and pear dessert.
There is no flour in it – only ground hazelnuts!
These easy little bread cases are perfect for nibbles and canapés. They can then be filled with pretty much anything you like!
They make a nice change and are very easy to prepare!
This quick apple compote, or apple sauce, is great for using up apples!
It’s extremely easy to make and it can be sweetened just as you like it!
The above photo makes it look like there are chunks of apple in the compote, but there aren’t – it’s deliciously smooth and thick!
This chilli bean casserole is a tasty vegetarian alternative to traditional chilli.
It’s also great served as a side dish with sausages or grilled meat and crusty bread.
It’s made with store cupboard ingredients and these spicy beans can be frozen if there is any left over.
Quick and summery!
Ingredients: enough for 4 as a side dish
3/4 cup corn
1/4 cup red or green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup red onion, very thinly sliced
3 – 4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes
How to: Toss everything – except the tomatoes – together, refrigerate until ready to eat then gently mix the tomatoes through and serve.
simple roasted vegetables or roasted vegetable and chickpea salad
This side dish of roasted vegetables is great served with a barbecue and is very quick to prepare.