Steak, Brown Ale and Blue Stilton Pie – 13sp

Much to my family’s disappointment, I’m just not a fan of Shepherd’s or Cottage Pie. Nothing to do with the taste or flavour, I just can’t handle the texture of mince with mashed potato for some reason! Keep to make a nice, wintery and warming meal this weekend, I decided to put a bit of a twist on the regular Cottage pie by replacing the traditional beef mince with some chunky beef stewing steak and turning the whole thing into more of a Steak and Ale pie vibe. The addition of the stilton to the mash is wonderful, it adds a lovely tang to what is a smooth and comforting pie topper. If you aren’t keen on blue cheese, simply leave this out. If you do, the points are 10sp per portion.

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Smoked Bacon, Kale and Gorgonzola Pasta – 13sp

I have had a few requests for a healthy and tasty carbonara recipe so I thought it was about time I obliged! Now I’m not the biggest fan of carbonara as I find it rather carb heavy and plain so I decided to pump up the taste factor as well as the veg component and the result was delicious and tasted exactly like something you would have in a restaurant. The gorgonzola added a lovely distinctive flavour which both the OH and I really enjoyed but if you don’t like gorgonzola, feel free to replace this with some low fat crème fraiche. This was my first time cooking with kale and I really enjoyed it. It added a lovely texture to the dish and a lovely pepperiness (plus its so good for you!!)

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