RHUBARB MUFFINS WITH STREUSEL TOPPING

If you’re stuck working from home now and can’t stop off on your commute to the office for an ‘energy’ giving treat to get you through the day. What about baking some of these, eating all you can then freezing some for later.  A bit more effort perhaps, but well worth it!

MINCE PIES WITH POTATO PEA MASH

I think it’s the potato pea mash that attracts me to this recipe from the Woman’s Day, although I do like a good pie.  I can see a few other uses for the potato pea mash too – topping for a shepherd’s pie, as a side dish and what about fried up with an egg for breakfast??

EASY LEMON MERINGUE PIE

Lemon Meringue Pie is my husband’s favourite dessert, but made the traditional way it’s a lot of work and so I rarely make it for him.  This recipe is full of shortcuts – a biscuit base, instead of homemade pastry  and sweetened condensed milk/egg/lemon juice filling, instead of a lemon curd filling.  I confess I haven’t made it, but I think I’ll give it a try and see if it meets with his approval.

EASY LEMON COCONUT TART

Years ago I used to make a dessert called Impossible Pie, like this it was a recipe that you mixed everything together and as it cooked the heavier ingredients formed a crust and the top was soft.  It tasted quite good, but wish I’d had this recipe as the addition of lemon would have made it even better.

MAGIC SLICE

You can probably see that this recipe was one Mum saved from the label on a tin of sweetened condensed milk.  I thought slices and biscuits using sweetened condensed milk had gone out of fashion, but maybe not, as during this Covid crisis it’s been one of the items that’s been hard to get at my supermarket.  Maybe that’s because, like this recipe,  slices and biscuits using it are usually fairly quick and easy to make.  Great for baking and eating while stuck at home…………

BACON, EGG AND TOMATO PIE

The traditional egg and bacon pie in our family never has tomato or onion in it, so to me this is a very fancy version.  But if you must add the tomato my advice would be not to add too much as it can make it soggy – or just follow our example and leave it (and maybe the onion as well) out. Sometimes the old way is the really best way!!!!!

MEATBALLS WITH RATATOUILLE AND RICOTTA RICE CAKE

This is a great way to jazz up fairly boring meatballs.  Ratatouille is a great vegetable side dish that goes really well with roasts and these meatballs.  The polenta/riccotta cheese cake finishes off the dish really well and makes it a just that bit more interesting.