Delicious Sea bass with Lemon, Potatoes and Swiss chard (£2.64 per person)

 

Sorry, it’s been a while since I wrote a recipe but we have been extremely busy. It’s end off quarter here and my husband is working around the clock, which means I have been alone with Baby “Flipper” and Toddler “Blip”. 

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Lemony Courgette and Chorizo Spaghetti (£1.09 per portion)

 

Its exactly 4 weeks since I gave birth to Baby “Flipper”. Where has time gone, I haven’t had time to neither cook or update my blog. I have instead enjoyed lots of cuddles from both of my amazing kids.

I have also been very lucky that my friends and especially people from my local Church has brought me food for 2 whole weeks. So I didn’t have to cook, they also brought me quite a lot of dishes to freeze. And for the first two weeks my husband was home and cooked for us.

I still got quite a few of the dishes in the freezer, but I’m keeping them for days where I really do not have the energy to cook anything. Especially with a baby and toddler around. It’s a totally different challenge than just having one kid. At times, I feel like pulling out my hair.

Baby “Flipper” is a very good baby, however, I do suspect that he may have silent reflux, I literally can not put him down after he has eaten for at least 30 minutes. If I try to put him down, he just cries and arch his back badly. But except for that he is very good.

Toddler “Blip” still loves the baby, he always wants to give him hugs and cuddles. It’s so so sweet!

The other day, I thought I better start cooking some food again for the family. So as the husband are still on low carb I decided to use up the ton of courgettes we got. Especially, as I won a Riverford veg box on Facebook and I was given a ton of courgettes there plus all the ones we had in the fridge already.

So what to make? Courgette Pasta of course. I have made this before in different versions. So this time, I took the time to weigh and measure the ingredients as I went along.
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Baby “Flipper” has safely arrived!!

Finally, after 9 months of sickness due to Hyperemisis Gravidarum, Multiple hospital admissions and 3 days of hard labour… The Husband, Toddler “Blip” and I proudly present, Baby “Flipper”.

daddy, Noah and Joshii

He arrived on 12 August 2017 weighing 6.9lb… Which was huge compared to Brother “Blip” who was only 5lb when born.

noah new born

I was induced at 40 weeks due to all the complications and the risk of having a stillborn being too great with my history of miscarriages. I had hoped that by waiting to full term I would naturally go into labour, but that did not happen. Hence, my dream of having a waterbirth never happened. However, the most important thing is that I had a healthy baby boy.

I was induced on the 10 August 2017 and Baby “Flipper” arrived to this world on the 12 August 2017.  

Baby “Flipper” was born at 11:20 with the umbilical cord was around his neck and when he finally came out he didn’t breathe, and they rushed him off to the neonatal unit. It was the scariest thing ever. Luckily, a few hours later I was reunited with my perfect little baby boy, who I adore.

When finally, Toddler “Blip” saw his brother, he turned around to me and said, this is my baby…. You make another for you and daddy… my response. NO WAY JOSE!!.. 😊 but I do love that Toddler “Blip” is so sweet and loving towards his little brother.

joshii noah

Sorry, for the long wait for a blog from me, but as you can imagine, I have been rather busy these 3 weeks with a new baby and a toddler. Hopefully, soon I will be posting my recipes again.

Thank you! The Versatile Blogger Award!

I’m so overwhelmed, its been a very hard 9 months here, going through a pregnancy with Hyperemisis Gravidarum. However, It has now ended with the birth of Baby “Flipper” on 12 August 2017, who weighed a massive 6.9lb compared to big brothers 5lb. However, there will be another post about this amazing event!!

Just before I had my amazing son, I was nominated for a Vesatile Blogger Award (which I never ever would have dreamed of)  by heidihoshi at Heidihoshi’s Adventures an amazing blogger, who blogs about Craft, Origami, and cooking and in general Awww moments. 🙂 Having done Origami in the past I absolutely love the posts and seeing the cards she creates.

versatile blogger award, heidihoshiIt’s an honour to be nominated, though in this case, every nominee is a winner

According to the Versatile Blogger Award Rules, I need to do five things to preserve the spirit of this award:

#1 Nominees should know that if you are nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, you have already won

All done!

#2 Display the Versatile Blogger Award logo on my post

🙂 Also done!

#3 Write and publish a blog post thanking and linking back to the person who nominated me

Done! after I found out how to add a link to the blog!

#4 List seven random facts about myself

  1. I got a phobia of snakes!!
  2. I love reading books, all kind of books and I’m a bit of a book hoarder (drives my husband mad!)
  3. As a kid I was the fussiest eater on the planet! Now I eat anything.
  4. My biggest dream would be to take my family to Lapland and stay in the Ice Hotel and hopefully we would see the Northern Light.
  5. I do not recognise peoples faces, I once could not recognise my toddler when picking him up at the nursery and walked right passed my husband!
  6. I love painting, it’s another passion of mine.
  7. I’m the biggest chatterbox on the planet!!

#5 Nominate up to 15 other blogs that you follow and believe deserve recognition for their hard work

  1. Vero and Canito in the kitchen from withcoloursandcanitointhekitchen, a new mum who blogs about life with her baby and posts some lovely recipes both for her baby and also for adults. I love the blog and the inspirational recipes from all over the world.
  2. Empty Nest – Full Tum for posting amazing inspirational recipes. It always makes me hungry and makes me want to try the food. If you are into food definitely check out this blog!!
  3. How To Hygge The British Way an amazing blog about how to create hygge, which is a Danish expression for cosiness but the British way. The posts makes you smile and reminds me of Denmark. It is inspirational, because of the everyday stories, that make such a difference to the life and creates hygge.
  4. 3 Sisters Abroad this blog is an amazing travel blog, about 3 sisters who travels to Europe and about their experiences. I really have enjoyed this blog as its lovely to hear about the journeys they experience

Thank you all for writing your lovely blogs, I so enjoy reading them. xx

Traditional Danish “Dreamcake”, waiting for Baby to arrive, lets bake and eat cake! (£2.48 for full cake or 28p a piece)

Traditional Danish Cake, Dreamcake from Brovst – Drømmekage Fra Brovst


Yes, I’m still waiting for Baby “Flipper” to make its arrival and I’m getting impatient, only because I really wanted to have a natural birth experience… But unfortunately, it now seems that Baby “Flipper” got other ideas and instead I’ll be induced tomorrow morning, which means no water birth for me. Makes me slightly sad, especially as my birth experience with Toddler “Blip” was rather traumatic.

Believe me, I have tried all the tricks in the book to get this labour started, but no luck. Only thing I keep reminding myself off is as long as the baby is healthy, that is all that matters. Also, at least my nausea and throwing up will be over when he comes into this world. Can’t wait for that.

But, I may just try and see if a walk will do the trick. I kind of invited myself over for a cup of tea at a friend’s place. So, I thought, why not bake a cake firstly it is a horrible rainy day, secondly when it rains there is nothing cosier (hyggeligere as you would say in Danish) than a homemade cake!

This cake, I remember from my childhood, I remember it from going to our neighbours and families houses for tea time and I was served. It was such a treat, as my mum (who I obviously love) would never cook anything this unhealthy! Way too much sugar and white flour! I can still see the face she would make if we got served this, almost of fury… we still ate it though.. My mum always was and still is quite health obsessed, sometimes a bit too much, it doesn’t help that she does suffer from a whole range of allergies, but I still love her – to the moon and back.

Now traditionally, this cake does not have the chocolate in the topping, so feel free to leave it out, I just love it as it reminds me of a giant bounty! Also, you could make it without the vanilla, this is traditionally in the cake but it still taste really nice without it.

This cake makes 9 generous pieces, but is easily doubled. What is important is to use a baking tin with high edges, as the cake raises and when you put the topping on it will fall down the side of the cake if not proper contained. Believe me, I have tried this… Not an experience I would like you guys to try.

A Danish expression says, “By experience you become wise, but seldom richer” which is very true.

Apologies for the quality of the picture, but as I’m taking the cake with me to a friend, I didn’t really want to start cutting into the cake. But this is how it looks before it is cooked.

Now, hopefully, next time I write a blog, it will be with the news of the arrival of Baby “Flipper”!

Dreamcake, Drømmekage fra Brovst

Servings 9, generous portions (Total price £2.48 or 28p per piece)

Baking time approximately 25 min.

Ingredients:

Sponge:
100 ml Milk (either whole milk or semi skimmed)
25g Butter (preferable unsalted)
150g Sugar (granulated sugar is fine)
2 Eggs (medium)
125g Plain Flour
1 ½ Tsp baking powder
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

Cake Topping:
50g Butter
50ml Milk (either whole milk or semi skimmed)
115g Light muscovado sugar (you can use the dark variety as well, makes it taste a bit more bitter)
25g Dark Chocolate (Optional)
100g Desiccated Coconut (unsweetened preferable)

Method:

  • Start by turning on the oven to 200C (conventional oven) or 180C (fan assisted oven). Then put some baking paper in a small square baking tin 7”x7” or (18CMx18CM).
  • Add the milk and butter to a small saucepan and warm it up on low heat, until the butter has melted. The mixture should be around 36C warm, so comfortable to touch with your finger. It is important it’s not scolding hot. When melted, turn of and leave.
  • Weigh off the flour and baking powder in a bowl, and leave it ready to mix into the batter.
  • In a bowl add the sugar and the two eggs and with electrical mixers, mix until it becomes a white airy sticky consistency. Then add the vanilla extract and give it another mix.
  • Now, you need to add the flour and baking powder to the egg mixture. For the best result, I would recommend sieving it into the mixture then fold it through as carefully as you can. Try to avoid knocking out too much of the air, when the mixture is almost combined slowly fold in the milk and butter mixture (don’t wash the sauce pan).
  • Make sure there is no flour lumps in the batter, before adding it to your baking tin, and bake for approximately, 20 minutes, or until a knife come out clean if you poke the mixture.
  • Whilst the cake is baking, you need to make the topping for the cake.
  • In the same sauce pan you used for the milk and butter earlier, add the butter, milk and sugar you need for the topping. Then on a low heat, make sure the mixture melts together to one mass (make sure it doesn’t burn), add the dark chocolate (if using it) and stir until melted. Now add the coconut and turn the heat up slightly, cook it through until well combined, you don’t want it runny, but not too set either.
  • When the sponge is baked, take it out of the oven, and turn up the oven with 20 degrees (so 220C conventional oven or 200C for fan oven). Now, spread the topping on top of the cake in an even layer and place it back in the oven for approximately 5 minutes, or until you can see the topping is bubbling all over. It is really important to keep a good eye on the cake at this point in time. You don’t want the topping to burn.  When you take out the cake, the topping will be extremely warm, leave to cool and the topping should become more set, but still nice and moist.

Eat it when cooled, I prefer it with a nice cup of tea – back home, as a kid it would be juice or as an adult properly a strong cup of coffee, but as I live in the UK I prefer it with tea. 😊

The egg, sugar, vanilla mixture
The topping before added to the sponge
The sponge when ready for the topping

Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per August 2017)

To bring down the price, I find buying the coconut at Asian Grocery stores, is a huge saving. But, used Tesco prices as usual for consistency.

Ingredients:
Milk ((£1.00/2272ml) x 150ml) = 7p
Butter ((£1.30/250g) x 75g) =39p
Sugar ((£1.35/2000g)x150g) =11p
Eggs (8p each) = 16p
Plain Flour ((55p/1500g)x125g)=5p
Baking powder 5p
Vanilla Extract ((£1.30/35ml)x5ml)= 19p
Light muscovado sugar  ((£1.50/500g)x115g)= 35p
Dark Chocolate (Optional) ((0.45p/100g)x25p=12p
Desiccated Coconut ((£2.00/200g)x100g) =£1.00

Total price: £2.48  (per piece 28p) 

 

Baked Eggs Also Known as Turkish Eggs.. (85p per portion)

Now, you may be wondering why I haven’t been updating my blog for a while, but since my last post I have had contractions on and off, and my midwife has said that I’m in beginning stages of labour. Well, this has gone on for a week now (I’m 39 weeks) and I’m getting increasingly impatient and moody. This has meant that looking at my blog or even writing or cooking has been the last thing on my mind… Instead, I have tried to keep my head nice and calm and not lose it (too often) with Toddler “Blip” and the Husband.

But, as nothing seems to be happening, I have decided I better try and get this labour on its way. Let’s just say I have tried walking, up and down stairs and all the other tricks in the book, but spicy food I haven’t really done yet. So therefore, this dish is perfect, especially with the extra chilli (you can leave this out).  Also, I have been craving baked eggs for a while. Now if you are purist and like your recipes to be authentic please look away, as this recipe is not authentic, I have added my own spin to the Turkish baked eggs also known as Shakshuka. To stretch it further I have occasionally (not this time) added a can of chickpeas to it.

I’m a huge fan of aubergines, and often got 1 laying around in my fridge, and I find it especially good in this dish. It’s not in the traditional recipes I normally have seen, but trust me its nice. I have also added extra chilli, well to be exact a full chilli instead of the half I would normally add (well I did say I wanted this labour to progress!). But please feel free to leave it out or use as much as you like.

There are loads of different versions of this dish, also with chorizo which is wonderful.

One of the things I find really important when you cook is to amend the dishes to fit in with you and your families taste. No point in making something that you already know the family don’t like, so if a dish calls for coriander and you really dislike it, CHANGE it…. It’s your food and your dish!.

As this dish is spicy, I’m not expecting Toddler “Blip” to eat it, he will have a taste, but got him a portion of his favourite n food at the moment, Macaroni Pasta.. If you got kids and you still want it to be spicy, you could just do as I sometimes do with dishes, and add chilli oil to your finished dish.

Normally, I would serve this dish in the big frying pan, or cast iron pan, with all 4 eggs baked at the same time. But as the Husband was coming home later, and he wanted one portion for lunch, and I want a portion tomorrow as well, I ended up making the tomato base first, then reheating it all with the individual eggs. You also, put this in individual ramekins and then bake, perfect for lunch.

The tomato sauce before the eggs are added. 

I do apologies, it may be a while before I add another blog post, depending on when Baby “Flipper” actually decides to do his appearance, I will update you when we know more. 😊

Baked eggs

Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 tbsp veg oil
1 Red or green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1 Medium white onion finely chopped
½ Medium aubergine, cut into 1cm matchsticks (optional)
3 Garlic cloves minced
½-1 Red hot chilli finely chopped (optional, or to taste)
1 Tsp cumin
1 Tsp smoked paprika
1 Can chopped tomatoes
125g Roughly chopped spinach
1/2 Tsp salt
1 tsp Pepper
4 Eggs
Parsley – Small bunch,  (roughly chopped) to serve  

Method:

  • Firstly, add the oil to a pan, then add the chopped onion and peppers to the pan, cook for 4 minutes on a medium heat until starting to soften. Now add the Aubergine, and cook for a further 4 minutes, until the onions are translucent and the pepper and aubergine has become soft.
  • Now, add the garlic, chilli, paprika and cumin and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the mixture, fill up the tin again and add the same amount of water to the pan, then add the salt and pepper. Leave the pan to simmer for 15-20 minutes on a medium heat or until the sauce is thickened.
  • Now add the chopped spinach and stir it through until wilted, adjust the seasoning.
  • Make 4 wells (holes) in the sauce and add the eggs, you can now either put a lid on top of the pan and let it set, or place it under the grill for a few minutes. But keep a good eye on it, you don’t want it totally set, the yolk should still be runny.
  • Serve it with the chopped parsley on top, and just a pinch of smoked paprika.
  • It taste really good with a nice piece of bread on the side as well. But there are lots of different options for toppings though, avocado, feta cheese etc. Let your imagination go wild.  

Bon appetite – as my granddad would have said

Costings:

These has been based on Tesco’s prices and the basic products where possible (Correct as per August 2017)

Ingredients:

Vegetable oil 6p
Bell Pepper 52p
Medium onion 10p
Aubergine 35p
Tinned tomato 31p
Spinach 95p
Garlic 9p
Chilli 30p
Cumin 5p
Smoked paprika 5p
Eggs 32p
½ tsp salt 1p
Pepper 1p
Parsley 25p

Total price: £3.37  (per portion 85p) 

 

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum? Hyperemesis Gravidarum means Excessive nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

I thought I would add a blog post, that is totally unrelated to my normal food posts. Why, you may ask? because, I have mentioned more than once that in this pregnancy I have suffered from Hyperemesis Gravidarum.  It’s a pregnancy complication that is very underestimated and not very well known.

If you read this post and think you are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and are not getting the help you need, please contact PSS the Pregnancy Sickness Support in UK. They are amazing and will help you get the treatment needed! https://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/

Morning_sickness_or_Hyperemesis

Now most of you have probably heard about morning sickness or pregnancy sickness, which is a better term for it (as it does not only happen in the morning). It is well known that 7 out of 10 women will experience some level of Nausea during pregnancy. This is expected and for most people it will settle by week 12. Also, the nausea or pregnancy sickness is not overwhelming and the woman can continue their lives more or less as normal.

But then you got woman who suffer from the rarer form of pregnancy sickness, also known as Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Approximately 1 out of 100 pregnant woman suffers from this during their pregnancy and it is extreme. Imagine having an extreme hangover, where you can’t sit up, even the smell of coffee, food, your partner makes you feel horrible. Sitting up in bed you feel like throwing up the room spins and you can’t even have anything to drink as it makes you throw it straight up. With the hangover, you know that within a few hours or if really bad, at least by the next day you will feel better.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is like a hangover from hell, but instead of it disappearing within a few hours days, it continues for ever. For me it lasted from week 6 to 32 in a really bad way, then from week 32 I have been slightly better and feeling at least a bit better. I have actually been able to cook for the last few weeks, but still being sick up to 10 times in a day. If lucky, only 3 times a day… those days have been a blessing.

 

What is even worse than suffering from HG is that professional people like doctors and midwifes often does not now a lot about this sickness complication and therefore doesn’t take it seriously.

In my first pregnancy, with Toddler “Blip” I had never heard about HG, and when I went to the doctors and told them that I had been sick more than 20 times in the day and hadn’t been able to eat/or drink for almost 3 days, all I was told was that it was normal to be sick and to try and drink more water and eat small meals. I was informed that some women had more problems to accept they are pregnant and therefore psychologically they couldn’t manage as well and morning sickness felt worse than it was.

It took doctors 8 attempts to take blood and get me drip due to being dehydrated. Every time my veins collapsed. It was so painful!

When I went back from that doctor appointment I felt so bad, I felt that it was me that was wrong and couldn’t cope. The following day I was so bad that I lay down with a pillow in the bathroom so I didn’t have to move when I had to throw up. When my husband came home he took me straight to A&E who admitted me straight away to get medication and fluids. First at this point did I learn about Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Even then, it wasn’t treated proper at doctors etc. More than once I was made to feel bad that I had to take medication for the sickness… But first pregnancy was the easy one. I had one hospital admission…

Second pregnancy, was a total different ball game. I have been admitted 6 times… at week 38 I’m still on 3 types of medication, and still throwing up multiple times a day. Last night, I was up at 1am throwing up, 2:37, 3:16 and a further 3 times… But at least I was able to request medication and treatment from the beginning of the pregnancy… I still ended up in A&E twice due to my doctor surgery refusing to give me medication.

What NOT to tell a woman suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum

       Have you tried, Ginger, sea bands, Lemonade, herbal supplements, thinking about something else, small meals etc….

I can tell you that when someone has thrown up every day for weeks and months then they have tried everything… believe nobody would ever want to have their heads down in a toilet for 9 months!!!


       You should just eat small meals

No, you just don’t get it… I can’t eat anything, small or big… everything is horrible!

       It’s just mind over matter

This is probably the worst you can suggest to someone with HG, because it indicates that there is something wrong with the person who is suffering, and HG isn’t real. Believe me it is very real… You wouldn’t tell a person with a broken arm to just ignore it, so why would you tell someone with HG that it is not real?


       Just remember that if you are sick your baby is healthy…

This is not true, with extreme sickness HG both mummy and baby are at risk of losing their lives. Especially when not correctly treated.

       You should not take medication whilst pregnant it is dangerous for the baby.

When a woman is pregnant she would always want to do the best for her baby, and believe me there is more than enough guilt associated with not being able to eat and being so sick. I can tell you, had it not been for the medication, neither, Toddler “Blip”, Baby “Flipper” and I would not be alive…

       Oh, I had that, but I had to go to work…

Well in that case, you definitely did not suffer the same form of HG as me, I couldn’t even get out of bed!

       Have you tried Ginger… Just stop


       You are so lucky to not gain weight
No I’m not.

       Just be grateful you are pregnant; many women can’t become pregnant.

 

If you think you suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum and you are in the UK then please contact PSS. https://www.pregnancysicknesssupport.org.uk/ They are amazing and will support you to get the right treatment!!

 

The pictures are borrowed from PSS with permission. 

Please do not suffer in silence, and raise awareness where possible x

A busy mummy, trying to live, eat and cook on a budget

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