Maple Buttery Carrots

Maple Buttery Carrots with Hazelnuts

A super easy recipe for you this evening – I love experimenting with veg dishes and this is one of our favourites – Maple Buttery Carrots with Hazelnuts.

The cuteness factor increases by using Chantenay Carrots but obviously how ever you like your carrots is just fine.

Maple Buttery Carrots

Serves 3-4
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Meal type Side Dish
Misc Serve Hot
Sweet syrupy carrots with the crunch of roasted hazelnuts - Making veg more inspiring!


  • 1lb Carrots (Topped & Tailed if using Chantenay)
  • 50g Hazelnuts
  • 3 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • knob Butter


Pre-boil the carrots until just starting to soften - meanwhile preheat the oven to 180C
Place the carrots, maple syrup and hazelnuts in an oven proof dish and bake for 20 mins - Stir and turn over in the syrup at least once throughout
Remove from the oven and add a knob of butter just before serving

Disclosure: This recipe was developed in conjunction with Clover #NothingArtificial

Maple Buttery Hazelnut Carrots

Getting Adventurous with Glorious Soups

Getting Adventurous with Glorious Soups

It has to be a really tasty soup to get a comment from me. I resisted the joy of a warming bowl of steaming goodness for such a long time – As soon as the weather changes (and hasn’t it just changed?!) out come the soup and their accompaniments. Its all about what a soup is served with that creates a wonderful dish for me!

Glorious Soups are encouraging us to get adventurous with our soup choices this November. Their range of adventurous soups is inspired by their travels around the world.

Mexican Tomato Fire Roasted Red Pepper Glorious Soup

There’s a great competition open to win a trip for two to Mumbai worth over £3000 – I can guarantee you’ll have a huge adventure there! All you have to do is write a blog post, telling Glorious about how you have been inspired by one of their adventurous soups. There’s 13 flavours to choose from so you shouldn’t struggle for ideas. You don’t actually have to have already been to this destination – it could be one on your ‘to-visit’ list.

For more details on how to enter the competition visit Closing date: Midnight 30th November 2015.

Glorious Soups

We chose Mexican Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper flavour – A fresh Skinnylicious Soup containing less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion. We are huge Mexican cuisine fans in our house, even choosing to visit Acapulco for our honeymoon because of the food. I could bring you wistful tales of romantic meals, a perfect location and the holiday of a lifetime. It wouldn’t quite be true though, jet-lag, food poisoning and a hurricane sort of took the shine off the holiday but we enjoyed it nonetheless!

So what did we think of the soup – Really good actually. I’m a bit of a soup snob, I like to think my own homemade soups are wonderful but actually we really enjoyed this flavour. Good consistency for a ‘skinny’ soup and a good depth of flavour.

As we were celebrating all things Mexican we decided against a boring old bread roll and went for toasted tortilla triangles and a veggie salsa.

To make your own salsa, you need: (serves 2)

1/4 Onion, Finely Chopped
2 Large Tomatoes – Chopped into small cubes
A good handful of fresh coriander, chopped
Sprinkling of Ground Black Pepper

Disclosure: This post is written in partnership with @Foodies100 and Glorious Soup #GloriousAdventures

Glorious Soups #GloriousAdventures

Christmas is coming! #GeorgeSecretSanta

#georgesecretsanta gift swap

I’m determined that I’m going to experience a full Christmas this year – Last Christmas I had proper grown up flu for 2 weeks beforehand then spent the next 5 weeks getting over it. I’ve started as I mean to go on, by joining in with quite a few Secret Santa projects – I like the variety of the ones I’ve chosen. There’s really cheap ones, creative ones and completely fun ones. I’m also lucky enough to be part of the #GeorgeSecretSanta programme this year, run by Asda.

I have to admit this is one of the most easy Secret Santas I’ve ever taken part in. I didn’t even have to leave the comfort of my office chair – I didn’t even have to wrap a thing. Even better!

We were all given a fellow blogger to choose gifts for – We had to stalk investigate their blog, instagram, pinterest or twitter feed and choose gifts from George’s Christmas Gifting Range that we thought appropriate.

My recipient was Tasha at Tasha is a graphic designer based in London. She blogs about lifestyle, design and the most beautiful stationery. She also has a love of triangles! I will admit to having a moment or two of feeling sooo old when I read Tasha’s blog – I soon got over it though and submerged myself into the beauty of her writing and photos.

A few days later and my Secret Santa present arrives! Yay! I always wonder if people can sense the ‘real me’ from my blog so this was a real test. I don’t know who organised my gifts but I owe them a huge thank you. I love them! They are so me – see if you agree…

stamping impressions set

I’ve had my eye on an impressions set for so long – this is such a lovely gift. I can’t wait to get creative in the kitchen using these.

Initial Cup & Cake Picture

I fully expected quite a lot of cake references but was pleasantly surprised with this picture. It will fit in with pretty much anywhere in our house.

Who wouldn’t love a cup with their initials on? Both uppercase and lowercase – Perfect for making sure Dermot keeps his hands off my brew!

Slipper Socks George

These socks made me giggle. After the needle in the foot incident, we are definitely being more careful about having something on our feet. Very toasty!

George Photo frames

Photo Frames – Always a winner!

Hot water bottle george

Perfect for those horrible 4am starts taking Millie to training. Everyone should have a hot water bottle in the car – Love that it has a 2 year guarantee too.

Pink Cake Bowl George

My very favourite! I love love love this cake bowl – Really heavy and good quality yet pretty and a great size.

So what do you think? My questions to you today are, What would you have sent to me? Are you taking part in any Secret Santa swaps? What would you really not like to receive?

Disclosure: All gifts were provided by George at Asda. Many thanks to them for such a fun project.

Getting creative with Minions at Tesco

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

One of the brilliant things about being a mum is being able to suggest random activities when they take your fancy. No-one blinks an eyelid when you suggest making fun stuff if you say you’re doing it with your kids. If I’m honest, I was always making fun stuff even before the children arrived but lets keep that quiet, eh?

Its fair to say Minions are BIG NEWS in our house – There’s so much Minion stuff around in the shops that we seldom come back without a Minion themed item. Even better are the after school trips to our local Tesco, purely to buy fun Minion stuff.

We were recently asked to show off our favourite supermarket and undertake a ‘fun shop’. No problem! Our Tesco is HUGE! I think it was the largest in Europe when it opened about 5 years ago. There’s so much variety and tons of special offers. We were actually in there last week and Tara asked about buying all the Minion stuff in the world so I promised her we would go back in a couple of days …Here’s what we found:

Minion Tins Tesco

We bought some really cute Minion Tins and filled them with Minion Eyes (also known as Sultanas & White Chocolate Chips). Love this cheap after-school snack that the girls just devour!

Minion Eye Balls After School Snack

We also hit the Minion stationery and party aisle…

Minion Stationery Party Aisle

and made Minion Cup Holders!

Minion Cup Holders

But as with any fun project, there must always be food involved. So we made some Easy-Assemble Minion Cookies:

Easy Assemble Minion Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 packet of round Shortbread Cookies
  • 1 pack of yellow fondant icing
  • 1 pack of black fondant icing
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Cool boiled water
  • Equipment: Rolling Pin, paintbrush, straw, kitchen knife ( a child’s one will do if kids are making these), scissors


  • Roll out the yellow icing and cut out into circles
  • Paint the back of the icing with the cool boiled water and attach to the top of the cookie
  • Roll out a pea sized amount of black icing into a circle & stick to the yellow icing
  • Roll out a small amount of black icing and cut into thin strips – attach either side of the black circle
  • Insert one white chocolate chip into the black dot
  • Cut the end of the straw in half to make a smile shape and insert into the yellow icing

Minion Biscuits

As you can see, we had a ball. We loved getting creative and having fun and obviously eating what we had made afterwards. Who knows, our Minion tablecloth might still be on when we eat Christmas Dinner!


Orange & Raspberry Swirl Cookies #Bakeoftheweek

Orange Raspberry Swirl Cookies

I’m super happy to be back in the Costello kitchen. If you have read my post earlier today you will realise why I’ve not been around much. It hasn’t stopped me constantly thinking about and reading about food though, so the good news is, there are tons of recipes coming up!

Some more after-school cookies for this week’s Bake of the Week – Even my jam-hater, Violet loved these cookies. You can experiment with various flavours of jam and even use lemon or lime zest for different effects.

Orange & Raspberry Swirl Biscuits

Orange & Raspberry Swirl Cookies

Serves 20-24
Prep time 1 hour, 15 minutes
Cook time 12 minutes
Total time 1 hour, 27 minutes
Meal type Dessert, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Serve Cold
Occasion Casual Party
Crumbly tangy orange cookies with a raspberry jam swirl - Perfect for after school snacks and great for freezing


  • 200g Softened Butter
  • 110g Caster Sugar
  • 2 Oranges (Use the zest of both and juice of 1)
  • 1 Medium Egg
  • 250g Plain Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 6 tablespoons Seedless Raspberry Jam


Using an electric whisk, mix together the sugar and butter until pale and well combined.
Add the egg, orange juice and zest - ensuring they are well mixed in.
Fold in the flour and baking powder and bring together in a dough
Wrap in double cling film and refrigerate for 45 minutes
Roll out onto a floured surface until 1/2 cm thick and a rectangle shape
Spread over the raspberry jam and roll into a long sausage
Wrap in double cling film again and place back in the fridge for another 10-15 minutes
Meanwhile, line 2 baking trays with baking parchment and preheat the oven to 180C
Remove the dough from the fridge and cut into slices approx 1cm thick
Arrange about 6-8 per baking tray depending on the size of your tray and bake for 12 minutes or until turning golden
Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack. Bake the next lot of swirls.

My featured bake from the last Bake of the Week entries is the brilliantly named Christmas Morning Wife Saver – I have such great intentions of relaxed, leisurely breakfasts on Christmas Morning but the reality is we tend to have coffee served with a side helping of wrapping paper and chocolate. Perhaps this ingenious recipe from Made With Pink that can be prepared beforehand will change all that?

Christmas Morning Wife Saver

Bake of the week baking entries

1. I just love the simplicity of Sprinkle Cakes and A Strong Coffee’s is one of the prettiest. Don’t be fooled though, they are incredibly messy to make!
2. Perfect for autumn snacks, these Apple & Cinnamon Chunk Muffins from ET Speaks From Home are just divine. Love the muffin cases too.
3. I didn’t think Gingerbread could get any better but Domestic Gothess has gone that step further with her Toffee Apple Gingerbread Loaf.
4. Perfectly mobile and ultra tasty, Hijacked by Twins’ Yorkshire Parkin Buns are ideal for getting through these winter months.
5. A real table showstopper, Peanut Butter Cake from Hijacked by Twins
6. The More Than Occasional Baker has over achieved again with her Banana, Chocolate & Walnut Waffles – these look so rich and filling. Delicious!

We are now open for entries for our next Bake of the Week – as usual there is no theme, anything baked in an oven or slow cooker counts. Sweet, savoury, little, large, novice or professional. Old posts are welcome as long as you include the badge (below). If you tweet your recipes, don’t forget to tag me @CasaCostello and include the hashtag #Bakeoftheweek and I will share like crazy.

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Sweden, Blogfest and Deafness

Sweden Stockholm

Its been a mad old week, that’s for sure. You may have noticed that things have been quiet around the blog – Life just simply took over.

We started the week with a trip to Stockholm for Millie’s first ever International competition. I’ve known for a few months that we were going to Sweden but it just didn’t really sink in that we were actually going to get there. The competition went brilliantly with a silver medal finding its way home in the Costello suitcase – All the team did really well and Millie’s scores were fantastic. Great preparation as we head to the big competition of the year in a fortnight – the dreaded Age Group Championships!

Stockholm Synchronised Swimming competition

Sweden Medal Presentation

I wasn’t expecting to see much of Stockholm. Any sporting parent will tell you that you rarely get to explore but surprisingly we had quite a bit of free time after the comp finished. Monday was spent pottering around Stockholm – You know when you are getting old when you prefer to see the old town and leave your daughter and her mates shopping in H&M. In all seriousness though, I though Stockholm was lovely – The palace is smack in the middle of the city and you can walk right up to the front door.

Stockholm City Stockholm City

The little trinket shops are wonderful for doing souvenir shopping and the cafes have the most divine selection of cakes. I may have indulged!

The flight home definitely didn’t help my deafness that I’ve had intermittently since July so Tuesday was a bit of a write off. Turns out that its just congestion rather than ear wax – contrary to my stupidly sexist doctor telling me deafness is caused by the same thing that makes you go blind. He also said the fact that it is affecting my driving is because I’m a woman driver -Time to look for a new doctor I’m thinking! Its awful how lethargic and isolated being semi deaf can make you feel though – The kids have had a great laugh at me and planned all sorts of tricks when I couldn’t hear them.

No sooner had I unpacked then it was time to hop off again. This time to London for a really fascinating day with World Vision UK looking at tracing the steps of a Syrian child (More to follow soon).

Georgian House Hotel

A super night in the Georgian House Hotel in the smallest room known to man and up early to my first appearance to Mumsnet Blogfest conference. It was great to be accompanied by the lovely Emma from Me, The Man And The Kids too. I had heard that Blogfest was much more content led than other blog conferences but was really impressed. The speakers (including Sandy Toksvig, David Baddiel & Val McDermid) were high quality and super interesting to listen to.

Blogfest Speakers 2015

I even booked in to a blog clinic to try to fix my blog look – Many thanks to the lovely Jax Blunt for her time.

I loved the photography session with Hayley Willis and thought the final session chaired by Fi Glover, talking about sharing our private lives in public was like watching a brilliant tv show. I could have listening for hours.

A whirlwind visit to the after show party then home for just one night – I’m spending every Sunday and Monday in Leeds at the moment for Millie’s training. She’s doing so well but I’m knackered!

A Bit Of Everything

Entering into this week’s Happy Diaries Linky


Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf #FeelingFibrant Oats & Veg Box Giveaway

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf

This is an advertorial feature.

There are times when you want the feel and comfort of a piece of cake without the guilt of indulgence. Contrary to popular belief, I more than occasionally eat heathily – You can’t bake as often as I do without having a selection of ‘healthier’ recipes in the repertoire.

This Apple & Walnut Cake manages to be tasty enough to eat on its own and interesting enough that even the kids enjoy it. They never guess that it is healthier than some other cakes. Containing vegetable oil instead of butter, this cake is not as high in saturated fats as most cakes, therefore being a better treat for people watching their cholesterol levels. The oats too, have been linked to lowering cholesterol. Over time, I’ve managed to reduce the sugar content – I use Pink Lady apples so they are not too tangy and just 100g of soft brown sugar. You may even find that you can reduce the amount of sugar you like in the cake even more than me. The crunch of the pecans and the spice from the cinnamon keep this cake interesting – There’s no need for any topping or icing. Its definitely a sit down with a good book and a brew type of cake.

Tea & Walnut Apple Oat Loaf Cake

I’ve talked before about my love of using oats in my baking – cakes, breads, crumbles, biscuits all benefit from substituting flour with some oats. Quaker Oats are challenging bloggers to come up with creative recipes using oats. I struggled to do just one – I put oats in nigh on everything!

Slices of Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf


  • 60g Oats (equivalent of 2 Quaker Oats packets.
  • 260g Plain Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 100g Light Soft Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 3 Medium Eggs
  • 150ml Vegetable Oil
  • 3 Pink Lady apples – Grated & juice squeezed out.
  • 60g Chopped Walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 180C and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  • In a large bowl, stir together the oats, flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and sugar.
  • Whisk together the eggs and the oil and add to the dry mixture. Mix together until just combined.
  • Add in the grated & squeezed grated apples and walnuts and mix.
  • Pour into the prepared loaf tin and flatten down the surface.
  • Cook in the oven for 30 mins.
  • Reduce the heat to 160C and cover the loaf with tinned foil. Continue to bake for a further 1 hour.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
  • Best eaten within 24 hours – Suitable for freezing.

Apple Walnut Oat Loaf Cake

  • Oats contain a form of soluble fibre called beta glucan, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High levels of blood cholesterol can increase the risk of heart disease.
  • The recommended daily intake of fibre has recently been increased from 24g to 30g per day. The UK has a traditionally low fibre intake compared with other countries – Oats are high in fibre content and can contribute towards this daily suggested intake.
  • Oats are 100% wholegrain – Dietary guidelines suggest we should be achieving an intake of 48g of wholegrain per day.

I’m happy to be hosting a quick competition to win a 3 month supply of Quaker Oats plus a 3 month fruit & veg delivery from Abel & Cole. To enter, simply leave a comment telling me about one of your recipes that includes oats. The competition closes on Friday 27th November after which time, I will chose my favourite from the entries. Please see Terms & Conditions for more details.

Fruit Oat Loaf Cake

This blog post was commissioned by Quaker Oats and Foodies100 as part of the Quaker Oats #FeelingFibrant campaign. I was compensated for the cost of ingredients and my time.

This giveaway can be found over at The Prize Finder

SuperLucky Blog Giveaway Linky

10 Reasons to love Google+

10 Reasons to love Google+

I’ve got a feeling this blog post is about to divide opinion. I’m a fan of Google+ and have used it more and more this year. I know though, that many people haven’t had the same relationship with Google+ that I have. One of my most frequent discussions on social media is why I use G+ – For the past 18 months there has been rumours (and then slightly stronger hints from Google themselves) that G+ will be disappearing. I completely understand why some people think its not worth the bother to get familiar with yet another social media channel but I’d like to share some of my G+ findings with you. Feel free to wade in with your thoughts but please be nice!

I get tons of interaction on my G+ posts and there’s so many ways to let someone know you like their post. You can G+ it (Its a bit like saying you ‘LIKE’ the post). You can share the post (It will show up on your profile, showing the sort of posts that you are interested in) or you can simply comment. I tend to find that when I comment it often leads to more followers.

I love the communities on G+ – There’s hundreds of them and you can tailor them to whatever you are interested in. I’m a member of 16 foodie communities alone – I know that if I searched, I could easily find another 16 within seconds. All the people in those communities are members because they’ve added themselves and are likely to be interested in your post too. There’s no adding your friends to bump up the numbers of your own community.

Each post has a photo attached to it that is a good size and is shared when you/someone else shares your post. There’s none of that annoying habit that Facebook has, of sharing a completely random picture from about 4 posts previous.

Ugh, the technical stuff that is the holy grail of all bloggers. Simply put, because G+ belongs to Google, they prioritise G+ posts, leading to better rankings. Each post gets its own Google ranking as they are seen to be separate than just one G+ account. All helps to attract readers to my blog.

Its quick to share
Once you get used to the layout, it can be really speedy to add your blog posts. The wheels behind G+ find your blog post really quickly once you input your link. Even quicker if you have a G+ share button already on your blog post (I use Shareaholic to display a G+ button above & below each post).

Sharing Other People’s Posts
Its not only a place to publicise your own post, I love to discover other blogs, read posts and often share them on G+ too. It’s quick, the other blogger gets to know you’ve visited and shared their post. Commenting is easy & there’s no nasty Capta either!

In just 2-3 minutes I shared my last post to a massive 343,037 people signed up to either my G+ feed or 8 of the communities I posted to. Within seconds, I was shared 6 times which never happens that fast on my Facebook page or Twitter feed.

G+ is reliable
Have you ever known G+ to go down? Its one of Google’s babies – One of the world’s biggest search engine is going to look after their own.

Blog Traffic
I get traffic galore from Google+ – Its my 3rd largest source of Traffic (after general Google searches and Pinterest). Even I was surprised when I discovered that a couple of months ago – That was after just 2 months of making a concerted effort to remember to share on G+.

Happily, there doesn’t seem to be any! I’ve never experience any Spam accounts following me, never get any annoying requests to share posts and no troll comments either. Its definitely my happy place :-)

So there you have it – My quick guide to all that is good about Google+. Do you use it?

A Bit Of Everything

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Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol is a new discovery for me. I was approached a couple of weeks ago to try it but must admit to being unfamiliar with the drink. Its certainly not a new drink though – originating in 1919, it became a popular drink for young adults in Italy, post war.

Aperol is a bright orange colour (I spotted a lady drinking it in the Trafford Centre last week and straightaway knew what it was!) with a mix of orange & herb flavours. It is described as a unique taste and it most definitely is. Not too strong, it is not overpowering which makes it more than suitable for a variety of cocktails.

The most popular way of serving Aperol is the Aperol Spritz – A combination of 2 parts Aperol, 3 parts prosecco & splash of soda.

I wanted to test its use in a different type of recipe though so tried it in a simple Mascarpone Trifle.

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Aperol Mascarpone Trifle

Serves 6
Prep time 2 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
Occasion Barbecue, Birthday Party, Casual Party
If you like a stronger alcoholic jelly, feel free to add more Aperol! This makes a perfect substitute for Christmas Pudding if you fancy something lighter.


  • 2/3 packets Lady Fingers/Sponge Fingers (This really depends on how sturdy you like your triple sponge base)
  • 1 pint Orange Jelly (1 Packet made according to instructions on the cover)
  • 1 tablespoon Aperol (Per Individual Trifle serving - About 6 tablespoons in total)
  • 250g Mascarpone
  • 8 tablespoons Icing Sugar
  • 284ml Double Cream (Thickly whipped)
  • 2 Segments Terry's Chocolate Orange (Grated for decoration)
  • 2 Zest Orange (Finely Grated)
  • 1/2 Orange Juice


Pour the jelly over the lady fingers and allow to soak in. Mash with a fork until fully combined and lump free.
Stir in the Aperol - If making individual portions, distribute into glasses now. Leave to set in the fridge for 2 hours.
Using an electric whisk, mix together the mascarpone, icing sugar and double cream until fully combined. Stir in the orange zest and juice.
Spoon or pipe on top of the Aperol jelly and keep in the fridge until needed - Leave at least 1/2 hour.
Just before serving, sprinkle the grated chocolate orange on top

Aperol Individual Orange Trifles

Other trifle recipes can be found at these blogs:

British Blackberry & White Chocolate by Emma from Supper in the Suburbs.
Raspberry & Gin Trifle from Claire at Foodie Quine (I hope if I ever meet Claire she makes this for me!)
And not forgetting my own Christmas Lemon Curd & Amaretto Trifle

Disclosure: This post is in collaboration with Aperol – I have been provided with expenses to produce this post. All findings and opinions are my own and accurate at time of publishing. There is a short video showing how to best make an Aperol Spritz here.

We're going on an adventure

Scouse – Bake of the Week #TravelodgeFoodies


If you didn’t know where I lived, you would never guess how close to Liverpool we are by my accent. The combination of a Dad from Leigh and 4 years at uni in Preston have given me a proper Lancashire accent. I do love Liverpool though – One of the best cities on earth.

Its a common debate around here what you call Scouse. My mum calls it Hotpot (but I tend to think that is more slices of potatoes?) and other St Helens folk call it Lobbies? (presumably because you ‘lob’ it all in?)

I was hoping to bring you lovely news of a relaxed Bonfire evening with traditional Scouse and treacle toffee but this happened last night and we spent the night in A&E. OH stood on a sewing needle and it broke off in his foot. We are waiting a call to go back for surgery to remove it. What joy!

Needle in foot

I’m not precious about what meat I put in Scouse – Most people put lamb in but tonight we only had a tiny amount of lamb so actually added beef too.

Two things are compulsory though – there must be HP sauce and bread to dip in!


Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 2 hours, 45 minutes
Total time 3 hours
Meal type Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party
Region British
Warm & Hearty Scouse - perfect for Bonfire Night & New Year's Eve


  • 12 Medium Potatoes
  • 2 Carrots (Chopped into circles then halved)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1kg Diced Beef or Lamb
  • 3 tablespoons Plain Flour
  • 2 Onions
  • 1 splash Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1l Beef Stock
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 10 sprigs Fresh Thyme
  • Brown Sauce & Fresh Bread to serve


In a large pan, boil the potatoes and carrots until just soft - Keep to one side
Heat the Olive Oil in a large casserole pan, and add the meat - browning all over. Add the flour and coat all over.
Add the beef stock & herbs and heat through. Drain the potatoes & carrots and add to the pan.
Add the worcestershire sauce, s&p to taste & bake in the oven with a lid on for 2-2.5 hours. Make sure the liquid doesn't evaporate - you may need to top up.

Travelodge are asking bloggers to highlight one of their local delicacies in the hope that we can invite people to our area. I’m in a lucky position to be so close to Liverpool, Manchester & parts of Lancashire – I could keep going with local recipes forever! They have more information on Liverpool dishes over on their website. If you do come over to Liverpool, give me a shout and make sure you pick up some Everton mints!

Scouse Recipe

Now I know that this Scouse recipe is a bit of a departure from my normal Bake of the Week style but after making an Apple & Walnut Oat Loaf and Toasted Coconut Cupcakes this week, I needed some savoury home cooking. Scouse is still mostly cooked in the oven so happily still fits in the Bake of the Week theme.

Thanks to all who joined in last week with BOW – I have learnt to use Bake of the Week in the title, otherwise no-one knows it is there! We learn something every week :-)

My featured Bake of the Week is from th lovely Eileen at Et Speaks From Home – Eileen is such a great participant in the Bake of the Week family. I love these Chocolate & Walnut Brownies – I think brownies are definitely more interesting with nuts and her presentation is just delicious!

Chocolate Walnut Brownies

I’m highlighting large cakes/tarts and individual portions this week in my round up – Here’s what has been going on in the food blogging world this week:

Bake of the Week Roundup

1. The workmanship in Domestic Gothess’ Blackberry Elegantly Gothic Halloween Cake is breathtaking – I could admire the colour, design and those magnificent black roses forever. This is one cake that MUST be re-enacted next Halloween!
2. Fancy some Lemon Chantilly Cream & White Chocolate Ganache? This Lemon Drizzle Cake from Baking Queen 74 has it all! Hope she is getting over the Bake Off coming to an end x
3. I would never have thought of trying the combination of these flavours in Only Crumbs Remain’s Lemon Tart with Goat’s Cheese. Sounds like a tart for the grown upS!
4. Reminding me that I don’t use Peanuts in baking nearly often enough is Kirsty From Hijacked By Twins with this lovely Peanut Butter Cake

Now for the individual, mostly squares but some wonderful crescents too – Not enough food is crescent shaped!

Bake of the Week

5. Who wouldn’t love these Meringue & Toasted Nut Crescents from Lemon and Lime Thyme? I just love the idea of combining dough, meringue & toasted nuts and those tree pictures are stunning!
6. I am so intrigued by Winnie’s Honey Magic Cake – How those layers appear is just a mystery and truly quite magical.
7. Tempting us with Apple & Cinnamon Madeleines is Baking Queen 74. These would disappear off that plate very quickly in this house!
8. Loving the idea of ‘studding’ these Pumpkin Spice Squares with Chocochips from Potpourri. There’s also a great recipe for making your own Pumpkin Spice in this post.
9. I agree with Patisserie Makes Perfect that Homemade Marshmallows taste much better than shop bought but I really need to get better at making them. Looks like PMP has cracked it with her Strawberry & White Chocolate Marshmallows though!

The link is now open for our next Bake of the Week – It will remain open until Tuesday next week (10th Nov) when hopefully we will be minus a needle in a foot.
As usual there is no theme, all bakes welcome – sweet, savoury, oven baked, slow cooked, small, large. All entries are commented, pinned, tweeted, yummed & Google+ed as well as links back in the roundup. If you could please add the badge below to your post and share the Bake of the Week love? Any comments left on other entries are much appreciated too!

I’m looking forward to the December Bakes of the Week – Hoping to start giving some prizes away!

Casa Costello
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