Cheese and Marmite Pasties !

Well if you no like the marmite, look away :)   I LOVES IT SO MUCH!  I put it in most recipes!   So here’s a marmitey twist on a trad Cornish Pasty … It HAS to be Cornish ‘cos it’s made by me and I’m Cornish heeheehehe ;)

Ingredients!

Feeling lazy so got a pack of Jus-rol short crust pastry.

4 medium potatoes

1 medium onion

1 veggie stock cube

BIG teaspoon of marmite

Loads of cheese, the more the tastier, as much grated as you can get in hehehe! Say a half of one of those big packs .

egg for painting and making pasties look gorgewah!

Chop the potatoes and onions into small cubes and put a tiny ickle bit of olive oil in a pan, add the potatoes and onions and fry for a minute, then add a little water, add the stock cube, marmite and salt and pepper, give it a good stir and simmer for 15 mins till soft, you want some liquid, so keep an eye, but not too much or you end up with soup, a bloody tasty soup, but no good for pasty making! I know, I done it hehe!

Put aside to cool, and when cool add the grated cheddar as much as you lie, I add loads ‘cos that’s the main nom of the pasty!

Then roll out your pastry into circles and put a dollop of the mixture in so it’s nice and full then flip the top over and crimp round the ages. If you want to make less trad ones, you can use star cutters, cut one for top and one for bottom, then put the filling in, egg round the edges, roll the top one so it’s a big bigger and then slap it on top, and stick it down

What ever shape you’ve made put them on a non stick baking sheet, paint with egg and make a hole in the top :)   I made my star ones with little faces, but that’s just me ;)

Cook in an oven at 180, for 15 – 20 mins for small  ones, or 150 for 30-35 mins for bigger pasties.  You’ll know when they’re ready as they are golden brown and smell like heaven :)

You can eat them hot or cold, on a picnic, out on the Moors with a home brew beer and a view to die for :) We’m be goths right, so we say stuff like that ;)

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Curry Night at Moonmaiden :)

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee :)   We does loves a good curry night :)    This might seem a  lot, but when you think most curry’s have similar spices and tasty things, it’s not too much trouble to make your own, low fat, tasty delicious home cooked spice off !

Right !  First we make the seitan curry ! I’ve adapted this recipe from Chef Punchin :)

Here’s a link to our totally nom worthy  seitan   http://www.theafterdeath.co.uk/whisperings/?p=2100

Ingredients for the steaks

6 seitan steaks

2 teaspoons garam masala

3 tablespoon’s of natural yoghurt

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Slice up the seitan steaks and coat in the  yoghurt, spice and oil. Leave to make themselves well tasty and juicy, while you make the rest :)

For the sauce

2 medium onions

4 garlic cloves

Sprinkle of ginger ( I hate ginger but I put a token nod of it into all my curries ;) Add more if you like the nasty !

2 good squirts of tomato puree

1 can of tomatoes all chopped up.

400ml of bisto beef veggie granules :)   ( they are soooo tasty for us veggies!)

Spices

1 teaspoon of cumin

1 teaspoon of coriander

1/2 teaspoon of fennel

1/2 teaspoon of fenugreek

2 teaspoons of mild curry powder

1/2 a teaspoon of chilli flakes, (you can always add more later if you like it hotter but you can’t take them out ;)

SO!    Mix all the spices together and fry them in a naked frying pan till hot. Put to one side.  Fry off the onions and garlic in a little olive oil, till nice and soft with a little ginger if you must :) hehehe!  Then add the spice mix, all or a little less if you like, it really depends on your taste.  Fry them off for a few more minutes and then add the yummeh Seitan spice yoghurt and all, tomatoes, puree and gravy :)    Stir and simmer for about 5 mins then it’s ready to re heat when you are :) This is THE best Curry I’ve made so far so thank you Mr Punchin for the inspiration :)

NEXT!  You can’t have curry night without Lentil Dahl !

Ingredients

1 cup dried red lentils

1 onion

5 cloves of garlic (I loves me garlic )

olive oil drizzle

1  teaspoon of cumin and corriander

Sprinkle of the nasty ginger more if you like it!

2 teaspoons of tumeric

sprinkle of chilli powder, not too much you want to taste the lentils

nice bit of low salt

veggie stock cube

Easy peasey :)   Or should I say easy lentil-y heheh :)   Chop the onions and garlic and fry them off in a little olive oil till soft. Then add the lentils, other spices and stir. Cover the lentils with water and add the stock cube, stirring it in so it doesn’t get to blob out!   Put a lid on and simmer for 15 mins, or till  it’s soft. I add water through out as I like a nice runny dahl, but again that’s up to you :)   This is SOOOO addictive so be warned, try and save some till it’s time to nom !

Next onto a Quorn Tikka Masala – I adapted a recipe from the amazing Food Pleasure and Health site by Dixya :)

Ingredients

Bag of Quorn pieces, defrosted and fried up just before serving :)

Spices

2 teaspoons of garam masala

1 teaspoon of tumeric

sprinkle of that evil ginger

1 teaspoon of chilli powder

1 tin of chopped tomatoes

100 – 200 ml cream or yoghurt to pour in and make it all creamy and smooth

Ok so fry the onions and garlic and ginger off same as the others :) Then add  all the other spices, and fry some more. Add the tomatoes, and  remove from heat and blend into a smooth paste :)   Looking good!  Then as if it needed anymore, add the cream and stir in :)   Taste it and you’ll think WOW  Did I just make that?  And how easy was that ?

When you’re ready to eat, heat up the sauce, fry up the quorn pieces and then mix together :)   It’s the only true  tikka masala recipe that has tasted like it should do! :D

Nearly there, I’m a total poppadum fiend so I like to fry up my own in advance and cover with cling film to keep fresh!

All the hard works done, and all that’s left to do is to heat up the curries and dhal and enjoy :)    I like to serve it all on a big platter and then everyone can help themselves :)

 

Have a good one  :)

love and light as always

Sarah Moonmaiden

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Eat Me Chocolate Chip Cookwahs :)

Oh I made these for last months Summer Solstice :D   Before I went to the best Feary Fest ever!  It was an Alice themed day so these seemed appropriate ;)

Ingrediants

100g Pure vegan margarine

150g soft brown sugar

1 egg

150g self raising flour

40g cocoa powder

Oven 180

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

150g of dark chocolate chips (nommmmmmmm)

Well this is pretty easy!  Mix the marg and sugar together until all soft and happy! Add the eggies, and mix them all in. if it looks a bit curdly don’t worry the flour, baking powder and chocolate powder soak it all . Add them and make a yummeh smooth mixture.  Then add the  chips!   EASY!!!!!!

Put onto baking paper in little dollops I made 14, but do keep them apart so they don’t become one giant cookie hehehe!  Although that wouldn’t be a bad thing I suppose ;)   Cook at 180 for 12 – 15 mins.

 

Then leave to cool and use an icing tube to right the letters on :)    Store in a tin till they’ve all gone ;)

Even I liked these and I’m no choco fan :D

Loads of Alice Madness and love

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Vegan Seitan Steaks and Strips

Well!  Are you in for a treat or are you in for a treat ?  SEITAN    !!!!!!!! No not the devil himself, totally vegan, delicious, meaty steaks !  You’ll never want for beef again !  It’s so adaptable you can make steaks, burgers even a Sunday roast out of it !  And all home made, low fat and nommy!

Ingredients for Broth

4 cups of water

2/3rds of a cup of soya sauce

1 big teaspoon of marmite

2 teaspoons of garlic power

Veggie stock cube

and a liberal sprinkling of bisto veggie beef granules.

Put all  the ingrediants into a pot and bring to the boil! Take off and leave to cool. It’s as easy as that!  Any left over makes a yummy rich gravy, perfect for roasties!

 

For the steaks

1 cup of vital wheat gluten flour

3 heaped tablespoons of yeast flakes (just nommy on their own, go on try a few)  ;)

Another sprinkling of bisto beef granules

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1/2 a teaspoon of chili flakes (optional)

1 tablespoon of veggie oil

Stir all the dry ingredients together , then slowly add the oil and the broth till you get the consistancy you like. (about a cupful) I like mine really quite moist, so the steaks melt in your mouth ;) If you’re making the setain strips you’ll need 3/4 cup of liquid.Experiment and see what you like :)   Make sure it’s all thoroughly mixed and then let it have a rest for 5 :)

 

Now you can cook these how ever you like.

You can bake them in the oven , for 7 mins one side and 5 mins the other at 180.  If you do  shape them into strips, and place on a baking paper so they don’t stick. These are drier and chewier but just as tasty!

For steaks, flatten out the mixture and cut into 8 squares. Then pop them back in the broth and simmer for 40 mins. Put the lid on and watch them grow! :D  Or cut in to 4 squares and then roll the big bit up for a roast joint! cook the same way!

 

When the buzzer goes take them out of the broth, and place them to cool, but please try and not eat them all hehehehhe!

They freeze fine, if you can’t eat them all :)   You can roast ‘em, fry ‘em and even barbeque  ‘em :) Perfect for Cornish pasties, pasty pie, stir fry’s or what ever else you can think of!

NOTE!  Do not eat if you are gluten intolerant.  I have a gluten free smokey gammony recipe which I’ll put up later ;)

Pic to follow later, I can’t find me old ones, so I’ll take some new next time I make it :)

Seitan love to you all :)

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Ultimate Summer Solstice Hash Browns

10 small potatoes

4 -5 quorn bacon

2 small onions

2 garlic cloves

125 g Cornish blue or stilton or cheddar if you no like the stinky ;)

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon English mustard powder

2 tablespoons soft soft cheese

Method.

Peel the potatoes chop and boil till really soft, drain and put in a bowl. Chop the onions and bacon really small and add the garlic and fry in very little oil till soft.  Add to the potatoes and mush together. Chop the cheese into small chunks and mix in as well. Add the paprika and mustard and cream cheese and mix together really well. Add salt and pepper and taste to see just how nomful this is!

 

Chill in the fridge, and when cool, shape into shapes and then fry till golden brown !      UPDATE!!!!!!!!!   Tried to fry them but they turned into a soggy mush, a very tasty soggy mush  ;)    We also deep fried some in a thick batter, totally nom, but oh the indigestion hehehehehe :) You have been warned !  Next time I’ll just fry them up like a corn beef hash and serve with salad!

 

They looked dreadful so I didn’t take a pic :)

Love as always

Sarah Moonmaiden

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Film review – Pride (15)

“Mining communities are being bullied, just like we are!”

‘Pride’ is a comedy based on the true story of a support group set up by a gay and lesbian people to support Welsh miners during the miners strike of 1984.  Before I go on the review, it’s important to state that I am not objective when it comes to the miners’ strike.  I was only 10 years old when it began, but have an uncle who worked in the local mine for over 20 years and I went to school proudly wearing my ‘coal not dole!’ badge.  The film would’ve have to be atrocious for me not to enjoy it, but it’s not, and I loved it!….

During a gay pride march, Mark Ashton (played by Ben Schnetzer), decides to grab some buckets and raise some money for the miners who are on strike, after a successful impromptu collection, Mark decides to carry on supporting the miners and forms L.G.S.M. (lesbians and gays support the miners), with friends.  They make several failed attempts to join forces with the national union of mineworkers, so decide to find some miners to support and end up supporting a group of Welsh miners.

The feel and energy of this film is fantastic.  It shows just how much prejudice there was in Britain in 1984, and how the support group carried on, despite some severe prejudice from the very people they were trying to help!  Even when the press turns nasty branding the support group as ‘perverts’, they turn it to their advantage by claiming the label and hosting a ‘perverts and pits’ benefit gig.

Although it’s a very serious topic the film manages to inject humour without being disrespectful.  There’s a great soundtrack that even includes some Billy Bragg… Though it would be a crime not to include Mr Bragg on the soundtrack given the topic.

Everyone knows the miners did not win, but the film remains positive and by the end it still feels like they won :)
See it if you liked: Made in Dagenham

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Film review – Belle (12A)

“What is right, can never be impossible!”

Set in Britain 1769, when the slave trade was still very active ‘Belle’ is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle who was the mixed race illegitimate daughter of a navy admiral.  When the admiral learns his daughter is an orphan, he takes her to his uncle and begs that he raise her with all of the privileges that any child of his should receive.  His uncle is reluctant, but agrees to do, so as she will make a good companion for the other niece in his guardianship.

The film tells the story of Belle’s journey into adulthood and the discrimination she faces.  We also see the dilemmas her great uncle faces.  He wants to do right by Belle,while also maintaining his respected status as a high court judge in a world where coloured people are not seen as equal.

I did not know what to expect from this film, but thought at the very least they would be some beautiful costumes! There certainly is, but the film delivers a whole lot more than the pretty dresses.

The tone of the film is perfect, it does an excellent job of conveying the mood of the time and what it was like for Belle, without being patronising.  There is a very strong cast and the performances by Gugu Mbatha-Raw (who plays Belle) and Tom Wilkinson (who plays her guardian Lord Mansfield), are outstanding.

It is not easy to do a true story justice in film, this time everything is right.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it.  It’s been a while since I enjoyed a film so much!

See it if you liked: Pride and Prejudice, 12 Years a Slave

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Film reviews – Blue Ruin (15) & The Two Faces of January (12A)

I am combining two film reviews into one because I don’t have much to say about either film, but as I’ve seen them I thought I may as well share my opinion…

Blue Ruin is total ‘revenge’ film.  When Dwight (played by Macon Blair), is told that the man jailed for murdering his parents is being released, he returns to his home town to get revenge.  At first glance, it would be easy to dismiss this film as violent and shallow.  While it is certainly violent, it isn’t shallow.  The excellent performance by Macon Blair who does a very good job at expressing the anguish Dwight has being living with for years, brings credibility to the film.  This combined with some skilful editing and cinematography make the film a quality production.  However, there is no escaping the revenge theme and violence, so if you can’t stomach that, then give this film a miss.

See it if you liked: Killing Them Softly, No Country for Old Men

Set in 1962, The Two Faces of January is about a couple who arrive in Athens, the husband is a conman and has gone there in an attempt to escape the clients who want their money back.  While in Athens they meet a young American called Rydal (played by Oscar Issac).  Rydal becomes involved with the couple whose glamorous lifestyle unravels, as the past catches up with them.  Kirsten Dunst who stars as the conman’s wife described this film as an old fashioned style thriller…  If that’s the case, I’ll stick with the modern ones!  Perhaps it’s just not my kind of film, but I found it slow and quite boring.  I saw this film with two friends who thought the same.

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Film review – Transcendence (12A)

“People are suffering, I can fix them!”

Will Caster (played by Johnny Depp), and wife Evelyn, (played by Rebecca Hall), are devoted scientists with a particular interest in the human mind.  They appear to have successfully transferred thought processes between monkeys and feel they are on the verge of a big breakthrough, but first they need to give a presentation in order to attain more funding for their research.

All seems to go well, but after the conference Will is shot, though not instantly fatal, Will has limited time left to live.  Wife Evelyn comes up with an idea for saving Will’s brain through painstaking recording masses of data whilst he is still alive.

If you switch your brain off and go along purely to watch Mr. Depp, you’re likely to enjoy this film a lot more!  It’s begins with a small degree of plausibility to those with an open mind, but science soon turns into extreme science fiction.  I found the jump was too much and as the film progresses it looses credibility.  At the start of the film, we are told nano technology is at least 20 years away….but a couple of months later, nano cells are taking over the planet and can fix everything from humans to satellites! Toward the end it felt like I was watching one of the ‘Terminator’ films.

Don’t get me wrong, the film never set out to be anything more than a story, but even fiction has to maintain a degree of plausibility.  There are decent performances by the actors, but an actor is only as good as the script.  It’s not a terrible film, but would’ve been so much better if it was less ‘spectacular’ towards the end.

See it if you liked: Source Code

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Film review – The Other Woman (12A)

“No, you can’t have my husband and my brother, that’s just being greedy!”

Carly Whitten (played by Cameron Diaz), is a lawyer known to her friends for ‘playing the field’ with no desire to settle for just one boyfriend!  However when she meets Mark King (played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau), she believes she has finally met her ‘Mr Right’!  She is stunned when she discovers the man of her dreams is actually already married.

After some persistence on the part of Mark’s wife Kate (played by Leslie Mann), the wife and mistress become friends and decide to plot their revenge!

Although this may sound like the easiest way to review a film – what you see in the trailer is what you get.  If the trailer appeals to you, it’s likely you’ll enjoy the film.  However, in an attempt to be slightly more analytical, it’s a well written comedy, with some very funny scenes and the three main actresses  gel together beautifully.  It’s light-hearted, fun and packed with ‘girl power’!  If you want a laugh with your mates this is one to watch.

See it if you liked: Bridget Jones Diary, This is 40

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