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maltesers fudge

Maltesers fudge

This simple recipe for Maltesers fudge is delicious and tasty. It makes the perfect homemade gift and is a great, easy way of getting kids busy in the kitchen.

slow cooker fudge

Slow cooker fudge

Slow cooker or crockpot fudge, with 4 ingredients, is so easy to make. Simply melt chocolate, condensed milk, butter and vanilla extract in your slow cooker for a few hours, stirring every 15 minutes, then leave to set. Yum

slow cooker beef ragu

Slow cooker beef ragu

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 minutes plus 4 hours+ cooking

Serves: 8


1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
500g beef mince
2 carrots, sliced
1 pepper, chopped
2 400g tins chopped tomatoes
1 beef stock cube
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 splash Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Italian herbs
1 tbsp oregano
100ml red wine (or water)

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We use our slow cooker a lot, especially in the winter. Beef ragu is one of our favourites because it’s so simple and can make a quick mid week meal served with pasta, or be turned into something a bit more special like lasagne, or cannelloni. Using the slow cooker is convenient, but also makes the sauce really rich and flavoursome. If you don’t have a slow cooker simply follow the steps below but cook everything together in one pan for 30 minutes+. This recipe normally leaves us with leftovers which we freeze for dinner another day.


Heat some oil in a large non stick frying pan and fry the onion over a medium heat for a few minutes until it has softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute or two.

Add the mince and cook for 5 minutes or so until it has browned.

Transfer to the slow cooker and stir in the carrots, peppers and tinned tomatoes.

Add the stock cube, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and herbs and 100ml of water (or red wine) and mix everything together one last time.

Cover with the lid and cook on low for 4+ hours.

slow cooker beef ragu
Serve with pasta or use the ragu to make a lasagne or cannelloni.




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slow cooker sausage casserole

Slow cooker sausage casserole

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30 minutes + 4 hours cooking

Serves: 6-8

1–2 tbsp sunflower oil
12 good quality pork sausages
Pack of bacon lardons
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp paprika
400g can chopped tomatoes
300ml chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato purée
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dark brown muscovado sugar
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves
100ml red or white wine (optional)


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This sausage casserole is a delicious , hearty slow cooker dinner full of sausages, bacon, and tomatoes. It’s probably not one for teeny tiny chefs, but Hannah enjoyed measuring out everything and helping to make the sauce and learning from her Daddy how to chop onions.


Brown the sausages
Heat and spoonful of oil in a non stick frying pan and fry the sausages gently for 10 minutes. Turn them once in a while so they are brown on all sides. Add to your slow cooker.

Fry the bacon
Get your child to help add the bacon lardons to the pan (being careful not to get too close). Fry them until they are nice and crisp then add to your sausages.

Cook the onions and garlic
While the sausages and bacon are cooking get your child to help you peel the garlic and onions. If you have a garlic crusher, they can help you crush the garlic as well. If they are a bit older they may be able to help you cut the onion as well.


Cook the onions in your pan on a medium heat for five minutes or so until they start to soften.

Add the garlic to your pan and cook for a few more minutes until the onions are a golden brown.

Add the paprika. Hannah helped us measure this out. We put it in a small bowl first and then put it in the pan, as this was a bit easier for her to manage.

Prepare the sauce
Rather than add everything straight to the pan, we got Hannah to help measure out the dry herbs to a bowl and the wet ingredients into a jug. That made it much easier to then add it safely to the pan.

Start by getting your child to put the stock cube/pot into the measuring jug. Add the water and get them to give it a stir. Add the tomato puree (2 tbsp) and Worcestershire sauce (1 tbsp).


In a separate small bowl, get your toddler to measure out the sugar (1 tbsp), mixed herbs (1 tsp), bay leaves (2) and thyme (1 tsp).


Once everything is measured out, get your little one to pour the herbs and jug of sauce into the frying pan and give it a stir. Pour over some wine (100ml) or if you’re not using wine, just the equivalent in water. Bring the sauce to a simmer.


Add the sauce to the sausages and bacon in the slow cooker. Cook your sausage casserole a medium heat for 4-5 hours. If you are not using a slow cooker, pop everything in a flameproof casserole dish and cook on a simmer for 30 minutes or so, stirring from time to time.


Serve your sausage casserole with vegetables, rice or some rustic bread.

slow cooker sausage casserole

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