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Check your Meat and Veg – Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Check your Meat and Veg – Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign – As a woman I think we get great support and coverage for female cancers such as breast cancer and cervical cancer, but there is still a long way to go where all cancers are concerned.

Men (most men) are ridiculous when it comes to going to the doctor when it comes to genuine medical concerns. They’re all ready to claim near death when it comes to a bout of man flu, but in general they tend to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to genuine concerns.

We’ve all heard of Movember where men grow all kinds of moustaches in support of Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer and Mental Health in men.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

The Check Campaign

Heck Sausages have changed their name to Check for the duration of November to support men who are affected with Testicular Cancer encouraging them to Check for lumps in their testicles, and for women to Check their partners too.

The Heck family have a personal story for their support, and want to break the silence of the men of this earth.

Jamie Keeble says, “I found a small lump, immediately went to my GP and received my diagnosis. Even though a lot of stigma surrounds going to the doctor for such an intimate area, it is key to be proactive if you find a lump.

“Our research shows that too many men would ignore it if they found something and that many are unsure how to correctly check themselves.”

“Too many men are dying young from ignorance and lack of quick action. This disease needs to be openly discussed so that more guys will check themselves and feel they can talk to someone if something doesn’t feel right.

“60% don’t even know what a cancerous lump would feel like. In this day and age this has to stop! People need to be educated so that we can start making a difference.”

Check Sausages are available to buy in ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose at £2.99 for a pack of six.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

The Facts

  • Did you know more than three quarters (76%) of women admitted they wouldn’t know what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles. Whereas almost half of men (46.6%) said they would know what a lump on their partner’s breast would feel like!
  • Hecks research revealed 82% of blokes are unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals.It seems that our men are too embarrassed to discuss their testicles with their GP, alarming new research has revealed.
  • A survey of 2,000 people has discovered the true extent of the taboo subject, with 82% of blokes unwilling to talk to their doctor about any issues with their genitals.The worrying results were commissioned by HECK – a Yorkshire-based sausage brand which is working alongside the world-leading men’s health charity The Movember Foundation.

Commenting on the poll findings, a spokesperson for The Movember Foundation said:

“Unfortunately this latest polling from HECK is accurate.
Too many men are not checking themselves, not knowing what to look for and being too embarrassed to discuss the subject.
Tackling these taboos head on, getting more men educated on the health risks they face, taking action when needed and talking when things get tough, is exactly why The Movember Foundation exists.”

The survey also showed that almost one in 10 (9.8%) of men between the ages of 18 and 24 would do nothing if they felt a lump on their testicle.

Testicular cancer is often described as a small pea-like lump on one testicle, but many men are unaware of this. Two thirds of men had no idea this was a sign of the deadly cancer.
One in five blokes (18.4%) of men incorrectly assumed that a cancerous lump feels ‘like a flat coin’.

The research also found that three-quarters of women (76%) would have no idea what a cancerous lump would feel like on their partner’s testicles.
In contrast, slightly less than half of men (46.6%) said they’d know when to be concerned about a lump on their partner’s breast.

The research was carried out by the brands founder, Jamie Keeble, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer two years ago. He said, “If men don’t know what testicular cancer might feel like, how can they possibly check themselves? Testicular cancer is on the rise and men can reduce their chances of dying simply by knowing what to feel for.”

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Other results from the research include:

• The three UK cities where men are most likely to know what a cancerous lump feels like are: Warrington at 71%, Portsmouth at 61% and Sunderland at 57%

• More than one-quarter of men (26.7%) in Scotland say they’d wait a few days before doing anything if they discovered a lump on their testicle, compared to just 12% of men in the South-West

• Almost one in 10 (9.8%) of 18-24-year-old men say they’d do nothing if they felt a lump on a testicle; by contrast just 3% of women would do nothing if they felt a lump on a breast.

The facts speak for themselves really.

Come on Fella’s GET CHECKED! Better safe than sorry.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

About HECK

HECK is a family run business making farmers market quality sausages for Britain’s supermarkets. They have since increased their range to include burgers, meatballs, gluten-free and vegetarian sausages. All their products are made using ethical meat and ingredient choices to achieve award winning quality at affordable every day prices.

We were asked by HECK to produce a Meat and Two Veg Recipe in support of the Check Campaign.

Sausage, Bacon & Bean One Pot

Ingredients:

  • 2 Packs of Check Sausages (12 sausages)
  • 1 Packet smoked Bacon
  • 1 sliced red pepper
  • 400g tin Butter Beans
  • 200g tinned tomatoes (half a tin)
  • 700g Jar passata
  • 400g ton of beans
  • 2 Teaspoons English Mustard
  • 2 Teaspoons Barvarian Sweet mustard (can use wholegrain mustard)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • A couple of sprigs of rosemary
  • A handful of parsley
  • A squirt of barbeque sauce
  • 2 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

What to do:

Roughly chop the bacon and fry in a little bit of oil and set to one side.

Brown off the sausages and add in the rosemary.

Put in the beans and add the bacon back in.

Add all the remaining ingredients and leave on the hob on a low heat for 30 – 40 minutes.

Towards the end add in the fresh parsley.

We had ours with buttery mashed potatoes and broccoli.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

Our Comments

We’re big fans of one pot meals, and both of our kids are fans of sausages. We were really impressed by the quality of the sausages with very little fat coming out during cooking. They stayed in tact as well which not all sausages do when added into a saucy one pot. The meal went down very well with all of us enjoying it, and as an added bonus there are plenty of leftovers to make another meal.

SO COME ON FELLA’S – CHECK YOUR MEAT AND VEG!

For more sausage recipes head on over to HECK where they have loads of suggestions. You can also check out the rest of our Family Recipes on our Family Recipes Page.

Our family has recently been hit by the reality of male cancer so we were more than happy to help promote the CHECK Campaign. We were sent two packets of sausages for the purpose of this post but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Check Testicular Cancer Campaign

 

 

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe – Today the weather was so weird. One minute it was bright blue sky and the sun was shining so I put out the washing and was due to head out for a walk with the dog. I turned my back and the next thing it was bucketing down and I had to run like a crazy person to get all the washing back in. This occurred three times so I gave up and put the washing on the airer and we made the decision to bake. So here the recipe which is really easy to make.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

What you need:

For the dough

  • 300g/10oz Plain Flour
  • 150g/5oz Caster Sugar
  • 250g/8oz Butter
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

For the filling

  • 60g/2oz Butter
  • 90g/3oz Icing Sugar
  • Jam
  • A couple of drops of Vanilla Essence
  • 1 tsp Water

How to make the dough:

Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and beat together.

Add in the egg yolk and vanilla essence and mix until smooth.

Sift in the flour and salt and mix everything together to form a dough.

Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in clingfilm and pop in the fridge for around 30 minutes.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

To make the biscuits:

Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 4 (180ºC/350ºF)

Sprinkle the work surface with flour so that it doesn’t stick and then roll out the dough so that it is about 1/2cm thick.

Grease your baking trays (we used two).

Get your cookie cutter of choice (we went for a heart shape with a circle in the middle) and cut out your biscuits.

Once you have cut out the biscuits, count them. Put one half of the biscuits to the side and the other, cut out a smaller circle in the middle. These will be the tops.

Bake the cookies in the oven for approximately 12 minutes or until golden.

Whilst these are cooling you can prepare your filling.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

For the filling:

Put the butter in a bowl and microwave for about 20 seconds. This makes it so much easier to make butter icing.

Sift in the icing sugar and add the water and vanilla essence.

Mix together until you have a smooth consistency.

Once the cookies are completely cooled, spread a small amount on the bottom biscuits (without the hole) and then add a small blob of jam before popping the lid on.

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

Eat!

This is the first time that we’ve made these, and we’ll definitely make them again.

Lisa x

Jam Heart Biscuit Recipe

 

Recipe – Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

I’ve been so slack on the cooking front this week and Chris hasn’t really done any either. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is a really lazy recipe which has a big effect. All of us love the kind of meal where you stick it all in the middle of the table and help yourself.

Even better is that you put it all in the slow cooker in the morning and hey presto it’s all done in time for dinner later on.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

What you will need:

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat
1 1/2 cups BBQ Sauce (I used Sweet Baby Rays Honey BBQ)
3 medium red onions, grated
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp brown sugar

What to do:

Pop the chicken breasts in the slow cooker.

Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl and pour over the chicken.

Add the onion.

Leave to cook throughout the day.

Shred the chicken which should just fall apart.

Serve with salad, coleslaw in a roll or wrap.

Perfect.

Lisa x

5 Japanese inspired Chocolate Truffle Recipes

5 Japanese inspired Chocolate Truffle Recipes

Easter is upon us and everywhere you look there is chocolate to be seen.

I love chocolate with dark chocolate being my favourite and when I was given the opportunity to try some Japanese inspired Chocolate Truffle recipes I jumped at the chance. The flavours we’re going to make are:

  • Miso Caramel – think salted caramel with a twist
  • Shaoxing Rice Wine – a warm, boozy hit
  • Wasabi Furikake – milder than chilli with the added crunch of sesame
  • Pickled Sushi Ginger – chocolate & ginger with the surprising tang of pickle
  • Yuzu – a hint of citrus

Japanese Inspired Chocolate Truffles

I have to be honest when I received a box of ingredients I was hard-pushed to imagine them paired with chocolate but here goes.

This is the list of items needed to make the truffles:

Good quality Dark Chocolate
Double Cream
Unsalted Butter
Truffle cases
Shaoxing rice wine warmed
Vermicelli
Yutaka Wasabi Furikake
Drinking chocolate
Yutaka sushi ginger
Cocoa
Yutaka Yuzu
White chocolate
Sugar
Water
Yutaka Miso
Pink salt crystals

Japanese Inspired Chocolate Truffles

Quite an interesting list of items, but this is to make five different flavoured truffles and will make approximately 30 – 36.

Chocolate Easter Truffles Recipe

200g dark good quality chocolate
60ml double cream
80g unsalted butter
Truffle cases

Method for all truffles

 In a double saucepan (or a Pyrex bowl in a saucepan), place chocolate, butter and cream. Heat through slowly until smooth whilst whisking. Remove from heat and divide into 5 equal portions, adding the various flavourings to each individual portion as below. Place in the fridge to set – overnight if possible.

Remove the various truffle mixes from the fridge and, with a teaspoon, scoop out a goodly amount. Roll into a ball and place on a plate (remembering to keeping the various flavours separate) and continue until all the mixture has been used.

Yutaka Shaoxing rice wine flavouring

2 tbs Shaoxing rice wine warmed
Vermicelli for coating

Yutaka Wasabi Furikake flavouring

2 tbs Yutaka Wasabi Furikake
Drinking chocolate for coating

Yutaka Pickled Sushi Ginger flavouring

2 tbs chopped Yutaka sushi ginger
Cocoa for coating

Roll the ginger truffles in cocoa and place in truffle cases.  Roll the Wasabi Furikake in drinking chocolate and the rice wine truffles in vermicelli and return to fridge.

Yutaka Yuzu flavouring

2 tsp Yutaka Yuzu
100g white chocolate – gently melted for coating

Using a double boiler (or Pyrex bowl in a saucepan) melt the white chocolate over a low heat and, when removed from the heat & cooled slightly, spoon over Yuzu truffles until coated.   You can use a cocktail stick pushed carefully into a truffle to help you turn and coat with the chocolate.  This needs patience!  Leave them to set on a plate.

Miso caramel sauce filling

75g sugar
25ml water
50ml double cream
1 tbs Yutaka Miso
100g dark chocolate – gently melted for coating
Pink salt crystals for sprinkling on the top

Miso caramel flavouring method

Put sugar and water in a heavy bottomed saucepan, stir and leave on a medium heat, stirring occasionally, until caramel in colour. Carefully add double cream (it will hiss a little) and whisk whilst off the heat, add miso paste and whisk thoroughly until smooth. Add 2 tbs of miso caramel sauce to the remaining truffle mixture.  The remainder of the sauce saved and used over ice cream for a delicious dessert.

Melt the dark chocolate and coat the Miso caramel truffles using a cocktail stick pushed carefully into a truffle to help you turn and coat with the chocolate.    Sprinkle a couple of pink salt crystals on the top.

We made up the five different flavours and left them in the fridge whilst we went out for the day. Three of them were fairly easy to mould into ball shapes, but the Shaoxing rice wine flavour and the Pickled Sushi Ginger were quite tacky still.

We thought it was quite fun smelling all of the ingredients and wondering how the truffles were going to taste. I thought that the Shaoxing rice wine smelt quite nice. We all agreed that the Wasabi Furikake smelt awful and Daddy and I had a taste of it neat which was a bit of an experience for the tastebuds.

These are our lovely looking truffles all ready to be tried.

Japanese Inspired Chocolate Truffles

Miso Caramel – We all agreed that it was quite salty, but not in a bad way so this one gets the thumbs up.

Shaoxing Rice Wine – This one was up there as one of our favourites.

Wasabi Furikake  – We were all very nervous about this one. We gave it to Ryan without telling him what it was which he wasn’t impressed by. For me this felt like attempting a ‘Bush Tucker Trial’ so I only had a very little taste. Now that we’ve ticked this off our list of tried and tested I don’t think we would go for this one again. Daddy is very keen to use this in savoury cooking though.

Pickled Sushi Ginger – I wasn’t too sure that I would like this one as it seemed like a lot of ginger, but surprisingly it was a nice hit of ginger.

Yuzu – This was up there as our other favourite. I think the white chocolate made this the prettiest one as well.

This was definitely a taste experience for us all which we enjoyed.

Lisa x

*We were gifted the ingredients by Yutaka for the purpose of this review but all the opinions are our own.

 

 

Recipe: American Pancakes

American Pancake Recipe

This is the first time that I’ve tried and cooked American Pancakes so I’m looking forward to trying something new.

American Pancakes

What you will need:

150g Plain Flour
2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda
35g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs
125mls Buttermilk
25g Butter (melted)
Olive oil for frying
8 Thick slices of streaky bacon
Maple Syrup

Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Add in the sugar, mix and make a well (hole) in the centre.

In a separate bowl whisk the eggs and add the buttermilk and melted butter.

Pour this into the well of the dry ingredients and gradually whisk together.

Put the batter in the fridge for about 30 minutes to an hour.

Heat a large frying pan and add a little bit of oil.

Spoon in dollops of the mixture making sure that there is a little bit of space between them. This will depend on the size of your frying pan.

Cook them for 1 – 2 minutes until they start to bubble on the surface, turn and cook on the other side until golden.

Keep them warm in the oven whilst you batch cook the rest of the pancakes.

In a separate pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil and fry the bacon rashers until crisp.

Serve the pancakes in a stack with the crispy bacon and maple syrup on top.

Alternatively you could have these with fruit and maple syrup as Ryan did.

American Pancakes

Lisa x

Pancake Kebab Recipe

Pancake Kebab Recipe

These little pancakes are so cute. You can make a batch up and freeze, and then you can take a few out the night before for breakfast.

Pancake Kebab Recipe

 

Pancake Kebab Recipe

Isabelle had her friend over to play today so it was the perfect time to test these out. Apologies for my none too professional maple syrup drizzle. I think I need a bit more practice!

To make the pancakes you will need:

135g Plain flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Tbsp Caster Sugar
130ml/ 4 1/2 fluid oz milk
1 large egg
2 Tbsp melted butter, plus extra for cooking

You will also need:

Short Wooden kebab sticks
2 Kiwi fruits
2 Bananas
A few Blueberries
Approx 8 Strawberries
Maple Syrup to serve

To make:

Sift the flour, baking powder and sugar into a bowl and add the salt.

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg with the milk and melted butter.

Mix the wet and dry ingredients together then lightly whisk until well combined and lump free.

Make this mixture a little in advance as it works best if you put it into the fridge for a while.

Melt some butter in a frying pan and if you’re confident put a small amount of mixture in small blobs to make small bitesized pancakes. If not you can either use a squirty bottle or a round biscuit cutter to get the correct size.

Slice the fruit ready for construction.

Once all the pancakes are made you can make up the kebabs alternating pancakes and fruit or you could give them to the kids to make how they like.

To serve add a squeeze of maple syrup.

These got a massive thumbs up from both girls.

Yum!

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup.

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup. The best bit of the cold weather are the scrummy soups, casseroles and home comfort food. I love a big bowl of soup, and it’s a great thing to make in advance, freeze and take out for work or a meal when you’re super busy.

Spicy Carrot and Lentil Soup

What you will need:

600g Carrots, washed and grated
140g Split red lentils
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Litre hot vegetable stock
2 Teaspoons Cumin Seeds
Pinch of  Chilli flakes
125ml Milk

Spicy Carrot And Lentil Soup
Heat a large saucepan and dry-fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes for 1 min, or until they start to jump around the pan and start to smell yummy.

Spicy Carrot And Lentil Soup

Add the oil, carrot, lentils, stock and milk to the pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins until the lentils have swollen and softened.

Whizz the soup with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth, but can be left chunky if you prefer and serve with naan bread and a dollop of yoghurt.

Really easy to make and totally scrummy.

For all of our other tried and tested recipes, pop over to our Recipes Page.

Lisa x

 

White Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

White Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

 

What’s better than a recipe that you don’t have to cook. I’m pretty sure that I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like cheesecake or if I do they haven’t mentioned it. What’s not to like, Yummy creamy topping on an even yummier biscuity base (which if you’re the one serving you get to have extra – servers rights) and fruit. Fab combination!

What you will need:

For the filling

150g White Chocolate
25g Butter
1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
200g Cream Cheese
25g Icing Sugar
50mls Double cream, whipped
1 Punnet Strawberries

For the base:

Half a pack digestive biscuits
50g Butter, melted

For the base, put the biscuits in a freezer bag and using a rolling pin crush the biscuits. Add the crushed biscuits to the melted butter.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Put 12 cupcakes cases into a cupcake tray and add a spoonful of biscuit base to each case. Put into the fridge to chill whilst you prepare the topping.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Melt the white chocolate, butter and vanilla extract in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Making sure that the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Once all the ingredients are melted, take off the heat and stir to make a smooth mixture and set aside to cool.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

In another bowl add the cream cheese, icing sugar (sifted) and cream until smooth.

Add the chocolate mixture to the cream cheese mixture.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Take about half the punnet of strawberries, wash and chop off the tops and cut into very small pieces before adding them to the cream cheese mixture.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Top the biscuit base cases with the cream cheese mixture and put in the fridge for approximately 4 hours. Top each cheesecake cup with a quartered strawberry and serve.

And there you have lovely little scrummy White Chocolate & Strawberry Cheesecake Cups.

Strawberry Cheesecake Cups

Enjoy!

Lisa

www.babynotincluded.co.uk 

Breakfast Mash-up

Breakfast Mash-up.

It’s that time of the month when the big shop is due so all you’ve got left is odds and ends. This is the time when having a kitchen know-it-all comes in handy and makes a Breakfast Mash-up.

I look in the fridge and see nothing.

Chris looks in the fridge and then hey presto we’re eating something scrummy and he’s basking in his culinary expertise.

Looks pretty good doesn’t it!

Breakfast Mash-up

This is what he used:

Chorizo cut into small pieces
4 New potatoes cut into small pieces
A pack of bacon lardons
1 Tin of Baked Beans
1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
1 Clove of Garlic, chopped
4 Spring Onions (sliced, separating the white from the green)
5 Eggs
2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
Oregano
Thyme
Barbeque Sauce

Cook the bacon lardons in a frying pan (no oil needed) and set to one side.

In the same pan cook the chorizo and then put to the side with the bacon lardons.

Add to the pan the cubed new potatoes, garlic with a sprinkle of thyme and salt and pepper. Once fried off remove from the pan with the rest of the cooked bits.

Breakfast Mash-up

Put the white spring onion, tomatoes and the baked beans into the pan and heat through. Season to taste.

Breakfast Mash-up

Add in the paprika, a squirt of barbeque sauce and a sprinkle of oregano.

Add in all the cooked items and keep on the hob for a few minutes, mixing through.

Put in a large oven proof dish and make some wells where you will crack in the eggs and add the green of the spring onion.

Crack the eggs and season again (I know).

Bake in the Oven for about 15 – 20 minutes or until the eggs are cooked.

Breakfast Mash-up

We served ours with hash browns and mushrooms.

 

It was totally scrummy!

Lisa x

If you like what you see then check out our other Family Recipes.

 

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

I think everyone gets bored of the usual breakfast offering of cereal, toast, fruit and yoghurt so I’ve been having a little search around for some great brekkie ideas which are quick but tasty.

What you will need:

  • Crusty White Loaf
  • Grated cheese (enough to top as many slices of bread you want to make)
  • Butter
  • Salt and Pepper (optional)
  • Eggs

How to do it:

Slice the bread into nice thickish slices.

Using a spoon or knife press the middle of the bread down to form a square that will hold the egg.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the bread to your liking (lots for Daddy).

Butter the non-flattened edges of the bread and add the grated cheese to the edges.

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Season the top.

Bake in the oven at gas mark 5 for about 15 – 20 mins.

Breakfast is ready!!

Cheesy Baked Egg Toast

Enjoy

Lisa

Ps – I have to confess that my earlier attempts at this were a major fail as I put them in the pan which resulted in the bottom of the bread burning and the egg not cooking so I flipped them over and this is what I got!

For more Scrummy Breakfast Ideas pop over to our Yummy Breakfast Ideas Pinterest board.