As a keen foodie, I am thankful to share with you my favourite autumn meals and baked goods, particularly those I’ve cooked, made and eaten this autumn in my seventh post as part of the Blogtober with BOA challenge by Louna from Bursts of Autumn.
Fray Bentos Pies (Minced Beef & Onion and Just Chicken), mashed potato, mushy peas, Yorkshire puddings and onion gravy
Love them or hate them, Fray Bentos pies are underrated occasional treats. One initial problem I had with them was trying to open one with my MagiCan can opener (it’s usually an excellent can opener unless you try to open a Fray Bentos pie with it!), so I bought an OXO Good Grips can opener especially for the pies. They are great served with mashed potato, mushy peas, the odd Yorkshire puddings and onion gravy.
Betty Crocker Peanut Butter Cookies
I bought the cookie mix from Randallsuk.com, a small business that sells groceries and drinks from around the world. The mix only needed 2 additional ingredients of vegetable oil (although I used sunflower oil instead) and water. I added the ingredients to the mix, formed it into a soft dough, rolled it in 12 small balls, placed the balls onto a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper sprayed with Fry Light (despite the packet instructions saying to put them on an undressed baking sheet), flattened each ball with a fork to make criss-cross designs in them and baked them in the oven for 10 minutes at 190 Celsius (the equivalent to 375 Fahrenheit as stated on the packet). Although the cookies were a little bit overdone, they had a lovely crumbly texture and a sweet peanut taste.
SimplyCook Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken with Garlic & Herb Mash and Tenderstem Broccoli
I have been using SimplyCook recipe kits since May 2020 (please read this blog post to see what I thought of my first box) in order to rotate them with my HelloFresh boxes. The Creamy Honey Mustard Chicken is probably the best SimplyCook meal I have cooked and tasted purely for the gorgeous garlic and herb mash. This dish inspired me to make my own honey mustard chicken with garlic and herb mash albeit with Chicken Tonight Honey Mustard Sauce and peas instead of the Tenderstem broccoli. The chicken that I cooked with onion, mushrooms, the sauce, some Colman’s mustard powder and some honey was lovely, although the garlic and herb mash wasn’t quite as garlicky as the one I had made with the SimplyCook dish.
Quaker Instant Oatmeal Dinosaur Eggs Brown Sugar
I first heard of this kind of instant porridge when I saw a HiHo Kids YouTube video where they try some snacks from the 1990s. The concept of the little eggs in the porridge/oatmeal that turn into dinosaurs sounded really cool, so I was thrilled to see that I could buy it from ATasteoftheStates.com (£6.45 for 10 sachets – sold out at the time of writing this post, but you can sign up for text and e-mail alerts for when they go back in stock). To turn the eggs into dinosaurs, you pour half a cup of boiling water to the oatmeal and use a spoon or a fork to see if you can find any dinosaurs. This is a fun instant porridge for kids and adults alike and the brown sugar taste is wholesome too.
HelloFresh Speedy Sausage Pasta
I have wanted to make this dish ever since I heard about it 2 years ago, but I’ve only added it to one of my boxes this year. This was a very quick, tasty and comforting dish to make.
Pinch of Nom Orange Marmalade Baked Oats
There are several baked oats recipes on the Pinch of Nom website, some of which I have tried before, but I have made these orange marmalade ones in the autumn. The most special thing about these baked oats is that I used my mum’s homemade marmalade in them to make them taste extra divine.
To make these baked oats, here is the recipe: https://pinchofnom.com/recipes/orange-marmalade-baked-oats/
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