Win: A Higgidy Summer Picnic

Win a Higgidy picnic bag packed with coupons to help you enjoy the summer! 

Win a Higgidy picnic pack

Whether it’s in a park, in a wood or even on your living room carpet picnics are a huge part of summer. To celebrate picnic season Higgidy are giving one Fish Fingers for Tea reader a chance to win a special Higgidy picnic bag filled with coupons that can be redeemed against picnic essentials including yummy quiches and sausage rolls! Read on to find out how to enter.

Along with egg mayo sandwiches we don’t think you can have a picnic without a sausage roll and Higgidy have launched three new sausage roll recipes which sound pretty good: Herby Pork & Pancetta, Roasted Tomato & Pork, and Feta & Red Pepper.

To be in with a chance to win a Higgidy picnic pack then fill in the Rafflecopter widget below (if it’s not there then refresh the page and it should pop up). There is one main mandatory way to enter, two bonus entries and a daily entry too! The giveaway opens at midnight on 29th July 2014 and runs until midnight on 12th August 2014.

If you aren’t successful this time, there is still a chance to win instantly by playing ‘Catch a Quiche’ at Prizes include quiches, salad, yoghurt, crisps, fruit snacks and ginger beer and high scorers can also win a Higgidy Picnic Pack.

So tell me, what is your summer picnic essential?

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Disclosure: We received a Higgidy picnic bag with vouchers.

Recipe: (Almost) cheat’s apple crumble and custard pies

There are times when it’s too hot or I just can’t be bothered to do a full on baking session so I like to have a few easy and tasty cheat’s bakes up my sleeve. These (almost) cheat’s apple crumble and custard pies are a great way to serve up a treat without spending hours in the kitchen. They’re also fantastic for small people to get involved with.

Cheat's apple crumble and custard pies | Fish Fingers for Tea

Apple crumble and custard is one of my all-time favourite puddings. As is apple pie and custard. And cake and custard. Sense a running theme? I adore custard and will pour it over anything I can with wild abandon. I don’t make my own though – unless you count the occasional nostalgic trip accompanied by a tub of Bird’s custard powder. The bought stuff – fresh or tinned is fine with me.

In fact I don’t have much of an issue with using shop bought ingredients in my day to day cooking. I cook from scratch the majority of the time but sometimes using a ready-made version within that is a complete god send time wise. And I always have shop bought pastry in my fridge. Any cooking is better than no cooking in my book.

These (almost) cheat’s apple crumble and custard pies combine three of my pudding loves – apple crumble, apple pie and custard. They are quick and easy to make, using mainly shop bought ingredients and are great for knocking up with the kids. The only real work you have to do is whip up the crumble topping but that takes no more than a couple of minutes and you can let the kids loose with the rubbing in (for those wanting to carry on the CBeebies ‘I can cook’ theme then you’ll need to get those tickling fingers out!). Continue reading

Recipe: Easy meatballs and tomato sauce

Meatballs are a super popular choice for tea here and have a regular place in our meal plan. They can be made in advance and left in the fridge ready for later that day and offer a whole heap of options when it comes to serving them, especially when paired with an easy tomato sauce.

Easy meatballs and tomato sauce | Fish Fingers for Tea

These meatballs make an appearance with obscene regularity in our house. But I have to confess that it’s only been in the last 18 months that I’ve been able to produce a decent meatball. I picked up some tips from Florence Knight and haven’t looked back since.

A small amount of bread soaked in milk is used as a binder. I was a bit dubious about this at first but you really can’t taste it, it’s just there. The onions are finely diced and beautifully softened so the days of having to push too large pieces of raw onion back in whilst shaping are over. It was also (very subtly) pointed out that I was making them far too big, you need to aim for the same size as a large cherry tomato. Though I am the first to admit that you can always tell when I start to get bored as their size gradually creeps up towards the end.

I also picked up the tip of adding the zest and juice of a lemon to a tomato sauce at the end, it really lifts the whole thing and adds a zing to the dish. I add tomato puree for a bit more depth of flavour and love to add one that also has some chilli in there – it adds a very gentle heat, enough for the adults to get a slight tingle but keeps things small person friendly. Continue reading

Recipe: Warm salmon salad with dill and caper mayonnaise

Filling and tasty this warm salmon salad is great for boosting your fish intake. Baking the fish in foil parcels takes away a lot of the fish cooking stress and it’s a quick meal on the table in 30 minutes. The dill and caper mayonnaise is worth making on its own too.

Warm salmon salad with dill and caper mayonnaise | Fish Fingers for Tea

It took a while to convince Rich and Izzy about fish. In fact it was this salmon salad that finally convinced Rich that he did like salmon after all. Cooking fish can be a little worrying if it’s not something you do on a regular basis and I’ve certainly been out of practise until recently. That’s why I like cooking salmon – well, most fish really – in foil parcels in the oven.

Baking fish like this seriously reduces the fear of ending up with a dry overcooked piece of fish. The parcel keeps fillets lovely and moist and seals in a ton of flavour.

We all know that fish is good for us and most of us should probably eat more. This salad is a great way to boost your intake. It’s filling and tasty but not too heavy for warmer days.

Don’t be put off by what seems like a long list of ingredients or a lot of steps. It’s really just a case of cooking the potatoes and salmon at the same time, whizzing a few ingredients in a food processor and then plating up. 30 minutes from start to finish with time to pour yourself a glass of wine. Continue reading

Recipe: Apricot shortbread rounds

Soft and buttery, these apricot shortbread rounds are an easy treat to whip up for the biscuit tin.

Apricot shortbread | Fish Fingers for Tea

Rich frequently volunteers my baking services and frequently forgets to tell me until the last minute. With only a few hours until he was due to leave for work and a promise of birthday goodies made I needed something that I could knock up quickly. My go to baking for gifts is normally gluten free hazelnut brownies but they were a no go thanks to a lack of both cocoa and hazelnuts.

I did have half a bag of dried apricots though and thought they might be just the thing for a summery shortbread. Buttery, sweet but not overly so and packed with pieces of apricot they make for a lovely treat with a cup of tea and a sit down.

I sliced the dough thickly to get a substantial biscuit that stayed quite soft. Popping the dough into the fridge makes it so much easier to cut. The ends aren’t likely to be perfect but hey, cooks perks as far as I’m concerned! Continue reading