Monday, 25 February 2019

Cheese and Onion Pie Batch Cook Recipe

This is one of the hubster's favourite dishes. 

Potatoes 1kg
Cheese 900g
Red Onions 1kg
Dijon Mustard
Plain Flour 900g
Butter 400g
1 Egg

Peel, chop and put the potatoes in water to boil.

Mince the garlic.

Dice the onions.

Fry them until soft.

Mix 900g of plain flour and 400g of butter.


Until it forms a dough.

Roll it out.

Place over an oven dish.

Trim off the excess pastry.

Mash the boiled potatoes.

Add the onions and garlic.

And a quarter of a jar of mustard.

Grate 900g of cheese.

Add the cheese to the filling mixture.


Fill the pies.

And top with more pastry.

Brush with a whisked egg to glaze.

Bake at 200 degrees centigrade for about 45 minutes.

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Visit to Samlesbury Hall, Preston

There aren't many free kids days out that are suitable for rainy days, Samlesbury Hall is my favourite.  The parking is free and so is entry to the Hall.  There are regular free tours which are hugely entertaining.  

There is a small farm and a bee centre, both of which are well worth a visit.  

The adventure playground is excellent, a firm favourite with both of my Littles.

I'm always impressed with the efforts the staff make to entertain youngsters.  Today they have set up a hook a duck game in the fountain.  Little Miss loved it.

They regularly offer free treasure hunts that are a great way to explore the Hall and grounds with little ones.

There was also a free story time but as is often the case, is was extremely busy so we gave it a miss.  It's well worth getting there early if you hope to get close enough to hear.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Simplicity 1332 Leggings Sewing Project

Hurrah - A perfectly fitting leggings pattern!  It's really simple to make too.

Tools and Materials:

I often get the front and back mixed up on this style of pants so I've got into the habit of pinning my label to the back.  It also helps remind me to sew the label in too.

Pin, sew and serge the inside leg seam.

With right sides together put one leg inside the other.  Pin, sew and serge the crotch seam.

Serge the hems.

Press the hems.

Insert elastic in the waist.

Sew the casing in place with a twin needle.

Hem the bottoms with a twin needle.