Happy Marvelous Monday! Hope you had an enjoyable weekend!
Steve and I had our Valentines Day this weekend, as he will be at a meet with his team on the 14th. We got him fitted for his Tux (he looked so handsome!), and we went to our favorite restaurant around here; Malone’s steakhouse. It is our special treat restaurant, but truly one of those, you get what you pay for meals.
The steaks we both had were incredible, I know it is Meatless Monday, but I do make sure to get my meat in the rest of the week! One bad thing, is that it has ruined all the other steaks for us. We noticed when we went to Texas Roadhouse recently, we were really unimpressed; once you have had melt in your mouth USDA Prime Beef from Malones, all other steaks are gross in comparison!
We then stuffed some ice cream from Coldstone into our already bulging bellies, but we had a BOGO, which would be a crime to waste right? Steve had the love it size…..so naturally I had to as well 😉 Thats what I tell myself anyway!
I can hardly believe it has been 13 months since I visited home last! Before this, the longest I had ever gone was 8 months, and now its over a year. It actually has not been as bad as I would have thought….Christmas was a little rough at times, but overall, I have handled it well…..and rightly so, at 26 you should be able to not run home to mummy and daddy every minute 😉
I get asked all the time what I miss the most about home, and other than the obvious friends and family, a lot of it is food; Indian curries, Marks and Spencer everything, Ushers Bakery bread. Those are the things I just have to suck up and get on with life without.
However, there are a few things that I fill my suitcase with on return home; Milkybar, Oxo cubes, Salad Cream, Golden Syrup. My 97 year old nanny Jolly also does a great job of keeping me stocked up with the English sweets through her little packages, but by now I have run out of most of it, and I have to attempt to make my own. Baked beans in a Jacket Potato was one of these; I craved Heinz Baked Beans in that crispy, fluffy potato, and I cannot stand American baked beans.
After 3 attempts, I finally feel as though I have this recipe right, it is about as close to Heinz as I could possibly get, and I LOVED it. Even more so with the sausages (dont worry, they are vegetarian), as it reminded me of a healthier, grown up version of beans and sausages many English children had growing up.
If you have never cooked a potato like this, you need to, NOW, you will not regret it!
English Style Jacket Potatoes with Sausages and Baked Beans
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 2 hours in the slow cooker
3 roma tomatoes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/3 cup brown sugar
4 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1/2 tbsp cornstarch
4 tbsp tomato ketchup (pains me to use this, but I haven’t found a better solution yet!)
3 Russet/baking potatoes, washed, and dried thoroughly
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup navy beans, cooked (I cooked mine in the slow cooker the day before)
1/2 medium bell pepper, cored and cut into small pieces
1/4 cup sweetcorn
1/3 cup chickpeas
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Remove the core from the tomatoes, and place in the food processor/blender. Pulse until a liquid.
Add to the slow cooker, with the salt, pepper, cumin, brown sugar, worcestershire sauce, cornstarch, tomato ketchup, and bell peppers. Stir well to combine. Turn the slow cooker to a high temperature. Leave to cook for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
After 30 mins of cooking, prick the potatoes with a fork, and rub the 1 tsp oil over the 3 potatoes, sprinkle the 1/2 tsp salt over the top. Place in the oven, directly on the rack.
With 30 mins to go, add the sausages, navy beans, sweetcorn, and chickpeas.
Serve over the potatoes, and make sure you enjoy the noise of the knife cracking through the potato shell 😉
424 calories, 4g fat, 1348g sodium, 72g carbohydrates, 16g fiber, 32g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 21g protein
What is your special occasion restaurant? What do you miss from your childhood?