Surprise Shrimp Bake

This recipe is in the teach your child to cook chapter, so I got my daughter in to help with this. She does love to help in the kitchen and I think that’s helped make her quite adventurous when it comes to trying new food!

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So first off we put the eggs onto boil, and then we were using canned shrimps rather than frozen. We opted to just throw the whole can in!

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Once the eggs had boiled we sliced them and layered in top of the shrimps..

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Next we got chopping the veg, she insisted I post this photo..

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So my daughter insists she hates celery, but she was quite happily eating wee bits raw that she had chopped up!

Then we got the celery and mushrooms frying in the butter, and she insisted I post this action shot of her stirring..

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Once the sauce is done it’s poured over the egg and shrimps..

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Then rather than faff about with grating slices of bread I just used some breadcrumbs I had in the freezer..

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After 30 minutes it was looking nicely golden, but I had forgotten to keep back some egg for garnish..

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It does kind of slop out of the bowl, am thinking maybe the sauce wasn’t thick enough..

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Well I actually quite liked this!! Shrimps are good, sauce with the mushrooms and celery is good, eggs are also actually quite good in this and then the breadcrumbs add a nice cruncy texture!

So what did my daughter think?? I don’t think she liked it quite as much as me! She did eat it but I don’t think she’d rush to have it again!!

Would I make it again? Maybe..

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Liver Casserole

I’ve had varying success with any liver recipe. I’ve tried ragout of liver, and Mexican liver and neither really appealed to me. Then I did make simple liver and onions. And I did actually quite like that, I think the reason was I didn’t overcook the liver. So considering the liver in this recipe was getting fried and then baked I was thinking I was going to end up with tough, unappetising chunks of liver…

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I had bought half a pound of liver from the butcher for pennies! It really is a cheap cut of meat, just a shame it doesn’t taste better!!

So I started by frying the bacon, onion and liver altogether..

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It says to fry until just brown which I tried to do but when it’s browned in places yet still bleeding in other I just felt I needed to give it longer. I think I had this frying for over 5 minutes..

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Still not loving the look of this! It’s into the casserole with the tomatoes and Wocestershire sauce..

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After half an hour I checked the liver and it felt pretty tough so I removed from the oven. The sauce had thickened slightly..

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I decided to serve this with some mashed potatoes..

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Well the sauce is nice!! The liver is pretty awful!! It’s just soooo overcooked! I had made this for all three of us and even my 7 year daughter had a go at the liver. She had a few bites and told me it tasted like poo, but then actually carried on trying more just to make sure. I don’t think she hated as much the more she tried it! I didn’t like the liver much at all, it was ok when I cut it into tiny bits and mixed with the bacon and onion but the big chunks of it were really hard to eat!

Would I make this again? Nope!!

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Dressed Cauliflower

I really don’t buy cauliflower very often and when I do it’s either to make cauliflower cheese or tempura! Then when I do make cauliflower cheese I forget how good it is! Can’t beat a good cauliflower cheese! I did make a gratin recipe that pretty much was cauliflower cheese and that was good. So tonight I decided to try this..

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First off I boiled a whole cauliflower for about ten minutes until tender..

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Then while that was cooling I made the dressing. I’ve posted the french dressing a few times but it’s basically salt, pepper, mustard, sugar, vinegar and oil. I sometime mix it up and use balsamic vinegar or another flavoured vinegar but tonight just kept it simple and used cider vinegar.

Then the recipe suggests bacon, well there was nothing to think about there! Adding crispy bacon can only be a good thing!

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That’s all there’s is to this, the dressing is poured over and gently mixed..

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Then the bacon is sprinkled over the top..

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We were just having this with some pan fried fish, and yet again was a very bland looking dinner! I was also expecting some objections from my daughter when this was put in front of her but she loved this and her plate was scraped clean!

I hadn’t made a lot of dressing, only about 1.5 tablespoons which was just enough, I should maybe have made a touch more. The crispy bacon bits are good and I also think more of them wouldn’t go wrong! Overall this was way better than expected.

Would I make this again? Yes I would!

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