Frugal Recipe: Vegetarian Pork and Beans

A few weeks ago I published a recipe for pork and baked beans. It’s a brilliant recipe, really frugal and tasty but not suitable for vegetarians, obviously. The clue is in the word “pork”. Anyhow, as a vegetarian I was a bit jealous of this homely dish and decided to make a version I could enjoy. I made a few changes and I was so pleased with how it turned out, I’ve decided to share my recipe for vegetarian pork and beans.

The basic recipe is much the same, but having considered my options, I swapped out the diced pork for Quorn cocktail sausages and the smoked bacon for Quorn bacon. If I’m honest, I didn’t love the Quorn bacon in the dish. It didn’t add any flavour, the texture was a bit meh and next time I make it I’ll probably leave it out entirely, or cook it separately and drape it artistically over the top. If you’re missing a bit of the smoky flavour, you could add a bit of barbecue sauce to the mix.

This recipe for Vegetarian Pork and Beans is so simple, it’s the kind of thing you can throw together and leave to bubble away gently in an oven for a few hours. Once it’s cooked, you can eat it straight away or divide it up into portions and freeze it.

Frugal Recipe: Vegetarian Pork and Beans

It makes a great lunch on thick toast, or would be great with a pile of buttery mash. I’m looking forward to having it later with a crispy fried egg on top!

This recipe is easy to make vegan, just swap out the Quorn cocktail sausages for your your favourite vegan sausage and enjoy!

Vegetarian Pork and Beans

Ingredients:

500g dried haricot beans, soaked for 24 hours
1 tablespoon oil, I used vegetable, but use what you have
2 packets of Quorn cocktail sausages
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1/2 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons of dried mixed herbs
Salt and pepper
1 pint of stock, made with a stock cube
4 rashers of Quorn bacon, chopped (optional)

How to make your Vegetarian Pork and Beans:

The day before you want to cook your Vegetarian Pork and Beans, soak your dried haricot beans in plenty of water, following the instructions on the back of the packet. Once they’ve soaked for 24 hours, change the water and boil them for half an hour, or until they’re not chalky inside. Drain and set aside.

Put all of the ingredients into a lidded casserole dish, don’t add the salt at this stage, the economy stock cubes I used were pretty salty, so it’s worth waiting until near the end to taste and see if you need to add more salt. Stir the pot gently and put into an oven at 160° for 2-3 hours. Make sure you give it a stir every half hour or so.

Ideally the sauce should be thick and it should look, smell and taste good. It might only take two hours for your beans to get to the right consistency, it might take nearer 3 hours. Just keep an eye on it and use your judgement. The beans should be tender and creamy inside. If the sauce gets too thick, you can always add a splash of water to loosen it.

Taste the sauce. Add more of whatever you think it needs, now is the time to add the salt if you think it needs it. Serve it however you like, it’s great on toast for lunch or piled on top of mashed potato. It’s a hearty dish, perfect for a winter warm up and ideal if you’re feeling frugal.

If you enjoyed this, you might like to try these vegetarian recipes:

Frugal Recipe: Vegetarian Pork and Beans

FREE Printables: St David’s Day Colouring Sheets

St David’s Day is on 1st March and is a day of celebration of both St David’s life and the Welsh people and their culture. St David is the patron saint of Wales and on 1st March it is traditional for Welsh people to wear daffodils or leeks, both of these are the symbols of Wales. The wearing of a daffodil on 1st March, St David’s Day was made popular by the Victorians. In Wales the daffodil is also known as “Peter’s leek” and its Welsh name is “Cenhinen Bedr”.

St David was born in Wales and he founded a Celtic monastic community at Glyn Rhosyn. The monastery was located on the western headland of Pembrokeshire at the site where St David’s Cathedral stands today. The son of an aristocratic family; St David has been credited with many miracles; not least of which was his ability to survive on a diet almost exclusively made up of leeks and water. This is perhaps one of the reasons why leeks are one of the national symbols of Wales.

FREE Printables: St David's Day Colouring

On this special day, Welsh people celebrate with parades, eisteddfods and meals of leek soup and Welsh lamb. Some people like to dress in traditional Welsh costume; which consists of a long wool skirt, apron, white blouse, woollen shawl and a Welsh hat.

Click here to download your FREE Welsh Dragon colouring sheet.
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If you are marking St David’s Day, I’ve made some FREE colouring printables which your family might enjoy. From a lovely Welsh dragon, to a proud looking daffodil; these free printables will help your family celebrate St David’s Day.

If you enjoyed this post, you might want to try your hand at making this lovely cheery popsicle stick daffodil flower or maybe this egg box dragon.

Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!

FREE Printables: St David's Day Colouring

Win a copy of Paperscapes – The Amazing World of Animals

Last week we reviewed The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs, a Paperscapes books from Carlton Books. This week we are taking a look at Paperscapes – The Amazing World of Animals. The Paperscapes books are beautiful hardback books, filled with die-cut illustrations and facts and information about all kinds of animals.

Meet the world’s most curious creatures! From ferocious hunters to cunning disguise artists, eagles with attitude to deadly dragons, you’ll discover a new furry, feathery or scaly beast with every turn of the page.

Win a copy of Paperscapes - The Amazing World of Animals

The Amazing World of Animals is a really lovely book. There are perforations around all of the illustrations, so you can press out around the images so they really stand out. The Amazing World of Animals is illustrated by Stuart Martin. Each illustration is beautifully detailed and the creatures on the pages really stand out and grab your attention.

Written by Moira Butterworth, The Amazing World of Animals is packed with animal facts; including their size, what they eat, lifespan and conservation status. There’s also a map of where they live and some did you know style facts.

Each page is filled with facts and information about each creature. For example, did you know that the Emperor penguin can dive as deep as 550 metres below the surface of the Antarctic sea and they can hold their breath for over 20 minutes. No? Me neither

The Awesome World of Animals is aimed at children aged 7+. It’s a really colourful, interesting, engaging reference books for children, right into their early teens. The facts are pitched at just the right level and the language used is fine for a good reader aged 7, but not too simple so that a teenager can enjoy reading it.

Win a copy of Paperscapes - The Amazing World of Animals

If you like the idea of these Paperscapes books, but dinosaurs aren’t your thing, There are three other books in the series –  The Incredible World of Bugs;  The Spectacular Journey into Space and The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs.

Paperscapes – Amazing World of Animals by Moira Butterfield is published by Carlton Books and costs £12.99. It is available online and from good bookshops.

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Review: Creamline Best of Local Box delivered to your door

Over the years we’ve tried all kinds of veg box schemes. We’ve tried those recipe boxes and we’ve had a milkman, then no milkman because the local diary closed, now we have another milkman because another dairy opened. Getting food delivered to the door isn’t just convenient, with the Creamline Best of Local Box scheme, you can get brilliant locally produced food from independent producers delivered to your door.

Review: Creamline Best of Local Box delivered to your door

I live in South Manchester and I was asked to give the Best of local Box a try. Where I can I do try to shop local, and I buy directly from a number of the Best of Local suppliers on a regular basis. I knew that the contents of the box would be of a really high standard, but would it be more expensive?

The Creamline website it really simple to use. Just browse and add to your basket the products you want delivered, choose your delivery day, pay and then wait for the knock on the door.

Review: Creamline Best of Local Box delivered to your door

I had a good look and what was on offer, then meal planned around that. I was excited that there was a baker, something we don’t really have locally anymore; so I did go a bit wild when ordering bakery products.

Here’s my order for my first box…

Review: Creamline Best of Local Box delivered to your door

The meat products are what I usually buy from the butchers who supply Creamline anyway. The meat were the most expensive part of my order; we ate some straight away and I put the rest in the freezer for another day. I always think it’s better to buy good quality meat and eat a little less of it, than cheap, low quality meat.

The bread, rolls and bakes were incredibly quality. I’m so used to bland supermarket bread that just some toast made with the bloomer was a real treat. If you order the Best of Local Box, them it’s well worth stocking up on this gorgeous bread. I can also highly (HIGHLY) recommend the millionaires flapjack, which was superb.

The fruit and veg come daily from Manchester’s Smithfield Market. It was as fresh as could be. The watermelon lasted for ages and made one boy very happy (watermelon is his favourite thing).

I really loved my Creamline Best of Local Box. I knew everything was made within a few miles of my home, by local people who really care about the quality of what they produce. It’s exactly the kind of thing I would order and will order in the future.

Review: Creamline Best of Local Box delivered to your door

I think that sometimes when you order a food box, you’re not really sure where the food has come from and what kind of quality it will be. I already shop with a number of the shops who supply the Creamline Best of Local boxes; so it’s just a more convenient way for me to shop, without the bother of carrying it home. It’s delivered to my door, well packed, free of charge and by a cheery person.

The box is no more expensive that going from local shop to local shop. It’s great quality and I feel like I’m still doing my “shop local” bit to help my high street.

They’ve even got a discount code on their website right now if you want to try it out for yourself!

For more information about the Best of Local Box, visit the Creamline website.

We reviewed the Creamline fruit and veg box a few years ago, you can read about that here.

Disclosure: I was given a Creamline Best of Local box for review purposes. All images and opinions are my own.

What’s On at the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

Thanks to my love of the TV series, The Last Kingdom, and my son learning all about Vikings at school, we’ve been reading a lot about life as a Viking. One way for us to learn more about Viking life is for us to visit York for the day and take in some of the JORVIK Viking Festival. The JORVIK Viking Festival happens every February, around half term and it’s a full on festival of all things Viking.

I’ve been wanting to go for a few years, but this year we are going for the day and I honestly can’t wait and neither can my 8 year old.

What's On at the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

What’s On at the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

This year the JORVIK Viking Festival will be taking place on 20 – 27 February 2019. It’s a family friendly festival and the largest event of its kind in Europe. There are historic encampments, talks, tours, combat displays and much more, all during half term week. So what’s on at the JORVIK Viking Festival?

Have-a-go sword (10am – 4pm daily, Spark:York – £5 per child)

The sword was one of the most important weapons for any Viking warrior, and training in its use started young! Skilled teachers will take children (aged 5 – 12) through basic training in fun battle workshops. Pre-booking is recommended.

Poo Day! (10am – 4pm, 20 and 27 February, DIG – included in entry)

Guaranteed to be germ-free, participants in Poo Day discover how important human waste is to understanding diet and health. Visitors will even have the chance to make their own replica poo fossil!

Little Diggers (10am, daily except Saturday, DIG – £5 per child)

Perfect for the youngest budding archaeologists in the family (ages 3 – 7), each day the Little Diggers team will help them explore treasures from the past, from Viking hoards to food and clothing.

Family walking tour (1pm, daily except Saturday, starts from JORVIK Viking Centre – £5 adult, £4 concession, £15 family)

With 4500 years of history to work with, this family friendly tour is packed with fascinating facts about York’s colourful past; led by one of JORVIK’s own Viking guides! Expect to hear about everyone from Roman Emperor Constantine and Eric Bloodaxe; to Robin Hood and King Arthur in this hour-long wander around the streets.

Viking Encampment (10am – 4pm daily, Parliament Street – free)

The Vikings were a people who liked to travel and they have set up a camp in Parliament Street for the week of the JORVIK Viking Festival. Meet traders and crafts people and get the chance to handle replica artifacts and weaponry in this interactive Norse experience at the heart of the city.

Birds of Prey at Barley Hall (10am – 5pm, 22 February, Barley Hall – included in entry)

Birds of prey featured heavily in Norse sagas and Viking mythology; get up close with these stunning creatures at Barley Hall. Meet a variety of ravens, owls and falcons in the medieval Great Hall, and learn about their significance to the Vikings in the accompanying exhibition. Visitors will also enjoy Seers and Shamans: Magic in the Viking Age, a special extension of Barley Hall’s Magic and Mystery exhibition.

What's On at the 2019 JORVIK Viking Festival

Strongest Viking Competition (11am, 23 February, St Sampson’s Square – free)

Pick your champion and cheer them on in these trials of strength and endurance to find JORVIK’s strongest Viking! This annual competition pits warrior against warrior in a series of challenges that will leave muscles aching for days!

March to Coppergate (1.30pm, 23 February, starts from York Minster – free)

Watch a fearsome Viking army of over 200 warriors dressed in their finest combat gear parade through the streets of York. Watch them form a formidable column of combatants, making their way from York Minster to Coppergate, and on to the Eye of York. 

Annual Best Beard Competition (3.00pm, 23 February, St Sampson’s Square – free)

Natural-grown, woolly, cardboard – young and old; male and female beards of every description are welcome to compete in this annual celebration of fabulous facial follicles! There are prizes and trophies for the best entries – voted by the audience – with participants registering on the day.

Battle Spectacular at Folkvangr Fields (6.45pm, 23 February, Eye of York – £15 adult, £11 concession, £44.50 family)

The biggest event during the annual JORVIK Viking Festival is the Battle Spectacular; featuring drama, music, combat and concluding with a stunning firework finale! Wrap up warm and take your place around the Eye of York, in the shadow of Clifford’s Tower. It’s an unforgettable evening where the forgotten sagas of the most extraordinary women in the Viking world are brought to life by a cast of over 100 warriors.

The full programme of events for this years JORVIK Viking Festival is available at  www.jorvikvikingfestival.co.uk

Easy Recipe: Vegan Sausage Rolls

Since high street bakers Greggs launched their vegan sausage rolls, they’ve been the talk of the town. My local Greggs sells out of them as quickly as they put them out, I’ve managed to get my hands on them only twice and unlike Piers Morgan, I really like them.

I’ve been making my own vegetarian sausage rolls for years because it’s always been pretty hard to find nice veggie ones in the shops. Last year I shared my recipe for vegetarian black pudding sausage rolls, which are my current favourite. It occurred to me that it would be pretty easy to change my recipe for vegetarian sausage rolls and make them vegan.

Easy Recipe: Vegan Sausage Rolls

I used Jus-Rol ready rolled puff pastry which is vegan. The Granose Meat Free Lincoln Sausage Mix is also vegan, but if you have a sausage mix you prefer, use that instead.

VEGan SAUSAGE ROLLS

Ingredients:

1 sheet of Jus-Rol ready rolled puff pastry
150g pack of Granose Meat Free Lincoln Sausage Mix
2 tablespoons of parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper
1 tablespoon of unsweetened soya milk

Easy Recipe: Vegan Sausage Rolls

How to make Vegan Sausage Rolls:

Take your pastry out of the fridge and pre-heat your oven to 200°. Cover a baking sheet with a piece of greaseproof paper.

Make up the mix of Granose Meat Free Lincoln Sausage according to the packet instructions. Stir through your chopped parsley and season with salt and pepper. Mix well and taste, you might want to add more seasoning if you think it needs it. I tend to use quite a lot of pepper.

Unroll your sheet of puff pastry. Cut your pastry sheet in half length-ways. Spoon a thick line of the vegan sausage mixture along the middle of each piece of pastry and paint some of the soya milk in a line along one edge of the pastry. Roll the sausage up and make sure the pastry edge is sealed well. Cut the long sausage roll down into smaller sausage rolls.

I cut each of the two long sausages down to 7, so I had 14 in total. But you can decide how big you want each roll to be, you could just make two giant vegan sausage rolls! Place them on your baking sheet with the sealed side down. Slash the top of the pastry with a sharp knife and brush with soya milk. Put them in the oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown and delicious.

Serve hot or cold, whichever you prefer. They’re not a copy of the Greggs recipe, which contains Quorn, but these make a tasty vegan lunch or snack.

If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like to try these easy cheaty sausage rolls or my vegetarian black pudding sausage rolls.

Easy Recipe: Vegan Sausage Rolls

FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable

Express yourself and your love of reading this Valentine’s Day with this FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable for children.

Children often like to give little tokens of affection to the important people in their lives. My son is always writing me sweet little notes and bringing home pretty leaves and pebbles he’s found. On special occasions he likes to make his own cards. He’s a creative kid and it’s a very lovely thing and only to be encouraged.

He’s now part of a junior book group with some of his friends from school, they’re all avid readers and what to avid readers need? Book marks! I’ve put together a Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable for those who just love to read.FREE Valentine's Bookmark Colouring Printable

Download your FREE Valentine’s Bookmark Colouring Printable here.

Print them out onto card, colour them in, cut them out and give them to the special people in your life. If you’re feeling fancy you can punch a hole in the top and thread through some ribbon to give your bookmarks a bit of finesse.

Modern bookmarks are available in a wide variety of materials in a range of designs and styles. Many are made of card, but you can also find bookmarks made from paper, ribbon, fabric, felt or plastic.

Some bookmarks can be very ornate and expensively made, some people use bus tickets, post-it notes or scraps of paper to mark where they are up to in a book. If you know someone who uses an old bus ticket, why not make them a pretty bookmark they can treasure and enjoy using forever.

To make your coloured bookmarks last forever, you could cut them out and laminate them. They really do make lovely little gifts and sweet tokens of affection for keen readers.

Check out my other Valentine’s Day crafts here –

FREE Valentine's Bookmark Colouring Printable

Win a copy of Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs

Last week we reviewed The Incredible World of Bugs, a Paperscapes books from Carlton Books. This week we are taking a look at Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs. The Paperscapes books are beautiful hardback books, filled with die-cut illustrations and facts and information about dinosaurs.

Meet some of the most incredible creatures to have ever walked the Earth! From leggy leaf-eaters to reptiles that rule the skies, mean killing machines to creatures with musical crests, you’ll discover a new beast with every turn of the page.

Beautifully illustrated by Stuart Martin and Clare Baggaley, each intricately detailed dinosaur illustration has perforations around it, so you can carefully press out the blank surrounds. This makes the dinosaurs really stand out on the page and it turns a seemingly normal book into a work of art.

Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs

Written by Pat Jacobs, The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs is packed with dino facts, including where they lived, their size, what they ate and what their name means. There’s also a map of where they lived and some did you know style facts.

The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs is aimed at children aged 7+; but I think it would appeal to dino loving children right into their early teens. The facts are pitched at just the right level and the language used is fine for a good reader aged 7 and not too simple so that a teenager can enjoy reading it. It’s packed with facts and my 8 year old positively devoured it. It’s exactly his kind of book, and we all know how much he loves dinosaurs!

If you like the idea of these Paperscapes books, but dinosaurs aren’t your thing, There are three other books in the series –  The Incredible World of Bugs;  The Spectacular Journey into Space and The Amazing World of Animals.

Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs by Pat Jacobs is published by Carlton Books and costs £12.99. It is available online and from good bookshops.

Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs

WIN A COPY OF Paperscapes – The Fearsome World of Dinosaurs

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30 Interesting Ideas for Kids’ Birthday Parties

I love organising my son’s birthday party each year, and I also absolutely dread it. It can be hard to come up with ideas for fun, interesting and unique birthday parties; something a bit different from everyone else in the class, but something that’s lots of fun and not too much of an organisational headache.

Over the years my son has had some great parties and some not so great parties. He’s had soft play parties, laser quest, science parties, parties on steam trains and parties at home; all with lashings of jelly and ice cream, party bags and lots of fun and fuss.

But if you’re sitting down to plan a party and you want to do something a bit different, I’ve gathered a list of 30 interesting ideas for kids’ birthday parties to get you started. Some of them might offer the full package; from food and drinks, to entertainment and party bags. Some venues you might need to take packed lunches, or party bags. It’s best to contact them to see what they can offer.

Legoland Manchester birthday party

30 interesting ideas for kids’ birthday parties

  1. Adventure Golf
  2. Afternoon Tea
  3. Animal Handling
  4. Bowling
  5. Build a Bear parties
  6. Cake Decorating
  7. Chill Factore – snow park party, snowboarding etc in Manchester
  8. Cinema
  9. Climbing Wall
  10. Craft
  11. Farm Parties
  12. Football
  13. Go Karting
  14. Gymnastics Party
  15. Ice skating
  16. Indoor Skydiving
  17. Laser Quest
  18. Legoland Discovery Centre
  19. Magician
  20. Outdoor Adventure
  21. Pamper Parties
  22. Party Bus
  23. Pottery Party
  24. Pizza Party (make your own)
  25. Princess Party
  26. Roller Skating
  27. Sea Life Centre
  28. Silent Disco
  29. Soft play
  30. Trampoline Park

I live in Manchester and these kinds of parties are all available to book locally, so something similar should be available in most large towns and cities. Once you’ve got an idea for the kind of party you want, you can search from something suitable which is local to you.

I’m not sure what his birthday party this year will be. What kind of parties do your kids enjoy?

30 Interesting Ideas for Kids' Birthday Parties

Giveaway & Review: Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs

Our dog, Penny is about as lively as a dog can be. In another life she would have been an incredibly enthusiastic gun dog; but she’s found herself in a fairly normal family home where she gets 2 or 3 good walks a day. She lives for tennis balls and loves bounding through the woodlands around here, chasing through meadows and diving into the river for a swim. She’s full of life and I want to keep her bouncing for as long as we can.

Review: Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs

Like humans, dogs can feel their age. Their joints get stiff and sore and Penny with all of her racing and bouncing is a prime candidate for arthritis in her old age.

We used to give my old dog cod liver oil for her joints, but the smell was something else. We put up with it for her sake, but it used to make me gag and she would smell for hours.

Thankfully, times have changed and there’s a sweeter smelling oil supplement for dogs. Actif Pets is a family business based in Kent, they provide pet owners with holistic products and resources to help keep their pets in fine fettle. I got a 500ml bottle of Premium Flax Oil for Penny to try out.

The Flax Oil is made from flax seeds grown and cold-pressed in Yorkshire. The flax oil is 100% pure and packed full of omega 3, omega 6 and omega 9, which can be really beneficial for active dogs. The flax oil supports mobility, flexibility and the immune system, and can help to maintain and improve the condition of their skin and coat.

Actif Pets Flax Oil is currently available in two sizes, 500ml (£10.99) and 1 litre (£15.99). The bottle has a clever design, squeeze it and there’s a dosing chamber which fills with the flax oil, this helps you measure how much you need.

Penny is classed as a medium breed, so her dose is 5ml – 7.5mls of oil per day. I drizzled the oil over her complete dried food, and she wolfed it down, licked the bowl clean and asked me for more. So it obviously tastes pretty good too.

We’ve been adding flax oil to Penny’s meals for a week or so now. Her coat is definitely looking in better condition, and she’s loving the meals with the oil in. She’s a pretty picky eater, so knowing she actually enjoys this, means her meals with flax oil are a real treat for her.

Review: Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs

Having owned and loved several dogs who have suffered with arthritis; I know starting active dogs on good supplements can help them stay in good condition for longer. As a dog owner, it’s up to me to do the best I can for her. I can’t make her take supplements she’s not happy to gobble down of her own volition, and she really is very keen to gobble this down. Good dog!

For more information about Actif Pets, visit their Facebook page.

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To be in with a chance to win a 500ml bottle of Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs, simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck!

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3. To enter, please use the Rafflecopter widget above, complete any mandatory entries and any optional entries you would like.
4. The winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
5. The winner will be sent a 500ml bottle of Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs.
6. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm GMT on 24th February 2019.
7. The winner will be informed by email within 7 days of the closing date.
8. The winner will be asked to provide a full UK postal address with postcode for delivery purposes.
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Disclosure: We were sent a 500ml bottle of Actif Pets Flax Oil for Dogs for review purposes. All images and opinions are our own.