Tomato beef Bolognese (with) Fusilli

🙂 I had intended to share more cookery posts with you lovely people across the globe but Supermarket pre-prepared chilled meals put paid to that idea, my Grandmother (both actually) would be horrified I buy pre-packaged macaroni cheese for heavens sake but they’re convenient, there’s no after washing up and well I’m lazy?

Talking of readers to my blog out there in cyber-sphere, okay I know I’m not hugely popular but I’m near addicted to checking statistics, I’m not a numbers person but I DO love the world map and I’m still blown away someone in China India or the Lebanon is stopping by to read a post………………. amazing ❤ .

HOWEVER I’m lol here to tell you I do bake cakes and cook from scratch, preparing and following a time schedule isn’t difficult for a skilled engineer and I refuse to purchase bottled curry and bolognaise sauces, mainly because of the amount of preservatives and chemicals contained PLUS I’ll divide into four portions eat one and freeze four now isn’t that sensible?

So this evening I have a recipe for tomato and beef bolognaise to be eaten with Fusilli pasta…….. oh and with accompanying photos are taken by me! Ok maybe not the prettiest but my bolognaises are tasty and warming comfort food on a cold winter’s evening.

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  • 400g – lean minced beef
  • 1 – tin of chopped tomatoes (although I have used skinless fresh)
  • 2 – chopped onions (do you soften? I don’t bother)
  • tomato puree, 1 desert spoonful bought in tube or tin form
  • 1 – oxo cube?
  • olive oil (for browning mince)
  • 1 – brown paper bag of mushrooms, chopped
  • 4oz – Fusilli pasta (from Waitrose supermarket)
  • cheese cubes of choice to sprinkle on top
  • ‘splurge’ of Heinze ketchup optional! (I’ve a another idea why not use chili sauce or the like?)
  • Ground black pepper

And :/ no err I don’t make my own pasta, hmm does anyone?


  1. Brown mince in saucepan with a touch of olive oil (drain off fat)
  2. Chop 2 onions
  3. Add tin of chopped tomatoes to saucepan and one can full of fresh water
  4. Season with ground black pepper
  5. Stir in tomato puree
  6. Add chopped onion
  7. Simmer for 1 hour (remember after 30 minutes add button mushrooms)
  8. Follow pasta directions on packet (usually is add pasta to boiling water cook for ten minutes
  9. Drain pasta, plate and add bolognaise mixture, sprinkle with cheese (remember you have extra portions three of which you can freeze)

I simmer over a low heat for one hour (tell me if I’m going wrong please) HOWEVER if I leave the mixture cooling in a pan over night then come next morning, and yes this could be wishful thinking, but the beef and tomato bolognaise seems to taste even better! The meat absorbing the flavour from all those lovely ingredients?

And yes I guess adding Heinze ketchup is cheating, but much like my blogging I don’t know what I’m doing consequently I ‘wing it’ so to speak! (BUT note the recipe is my mothers)

🙂 Enjoy! 

A. Shepherdson 2018


‘Pure Nettle’ (herbal hot drink)

My box of ‘Pure Nettle’ photographed alongside nettles growing in my rear garden!

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For those readers following my virgin adventure into the world of drinking green tea I fear I have good and bad news for you. First the good, I absolutely love Tetley’s Mango and Passion Fruit, mind you getting used to the taste of drinking fruit flavoured green tea took a while but I’m here to tell you I drink little else, Mango and Passion Fruit is so refreshing bearing in mind Britain’s glorious June heatwave.

The bad news is the same cannot be said for Twining’s Blackcurrant, I’m afraid I’ve given up after drinking five mugfuls, however I gave the box with remaining bags to my mother and she quite enjoys the taste. For myself though, the Blackcurrant infusion is far tooo overpowering, so much it tastes to all intent and purposes warmed water with sweet Blackcurrant cordial, not to worry he who dares wins!

Please click ‘here’ to read the post for my two tea Reviews 🙂 .

This evening after working late in Oxford, I called in at my local supermarket on the way home, and if you’re interested I had ‘macaroni cheese’ then ‘strawberries and cream’ for my supper! But as I’m enjoying trying these different herb and fruit flavoured teas I always dwell at the shelves stacked with colourful Twinning’s boxes, in fact I stand for ages reading a specific sentence namely ‘What does it taste like’, and what a brilliant marketing tool they’ve dreamed up! Because I’d guess most customers will be asking themselves ‘I wonder if I’d like the taste they describe’?

Twinning’s have hit on a very clever marketing tool indeed!

So this evening after dwelling a rather long time in the hot drinks aisle I bought ‘Pure Nettle’, and if you’re interested here’s how Twinning’s describe their herbal ‘tea’?

‘Experience the softer side of nettle with this light, delicate infusion. A smooth, refreshing blend perfect for any time of the day.’

Well all I can tell you is after my first taste of Pure Nettle I absolutely love it, and no as a consequence my tongue didn’t get stung! (Not that I thought it would lol).

A. Shepherdson 2018

‘mango & passion fruit’ Green Tea

I’ve acquired a pleasant taste for Mango and Passion fruit Green Tea, and I’d agree with anyone who says fruit flavoured green tea makes for an odd combination and I thought the same looking at the box sitting on the promotional shelf inside my local convenience store!

Hmm ‘very odd indeed’ as I stood looking at a green Tetley’s carboard box containing only 20 bags and thought to myself, ‘it’s half price,’ I’ve never tasted green tea before so yes I’ll buy it and see what all the fuss is about?

I should at this point I’ve drunk regular tea with a dash of milk for the last forty years and if you reside outside the UK you may already be aware us Brits are addicted to tea, in fact some of us like myself would be more than happy if intravenously fed straight into the tummy…………….. :/ coffee I can take or leave but tea without sugar is the drink for meee, and never more so than that first mugful when I arrive at work 7.20am!

Returning to my carton of green tea bought in Tesco’s around the corner!

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Silly really I’ve reached the age of 50 without never having tasted green tea AND without milk, apparently that’s very important! I’ve lived 40 years of my life drinking regular tea but never tried green? .………….. Jeeze you can tell I’ve led an adventurous life, oh and here’s Tetley’s mouth watering phrase designed to catch the customer’s eye,


BTW product packaging bs never works with me, if a price has been slashed then lol I’ll try.

So after having purchased said box from the lovely Melanie behind the counter, she’s twentyish dumpy very sweet and friendly (big bust) and if I was 30 years younger I’d ask her on a date but there you are the years pass by and I suddenly realise I’m older than her father!

Anyways I pay for the box of bags take them home, fill the kettle and follow Tetley’s brewing instructions,

‘Pop one bag into a warmed mug. Add freshly drawn nearly-boiling water stir and gently squeeze. Brew and enjoy!’

Ok lol I’m an intelligent guy.

So having followed Tetley’s instructions I settle myself in an armchair and take a first sip of near-boiling Mango and Passion Fruit Green Tea and you know exactly what I’m about to say, yes I hated it! However because I’m exceedingly tight with money I persevered drinking every last drop………….. but just know I didn’t particularly enjoy it!

How would I describe the taste? Hmm all I’m going to say is I didn’t like the fruitiness, further my tongue kinda numbed and there was a distinct ‘chalky’ after taste. But as I’ve told you before, I hate wasting money so I persevered brewed and drank all 20 tea bags………. ‘waste not want not’ as my grandmother used to say.

“So Andrew what’s your opinion now?”, you may be asking?

Well shortly after snapping the above photograph, then drinking the above mugful whilst sitting here tapping away contentedly on my laptop, all I can inform you now is I absolutely adore mango fruit flavoured green teas, in fact at both home and at work I drink nothing else.

The ONLY problem is…………………

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…………I’ve gone and bought a box of Twining’s Blackcurrant & Blueberry green tea and I absolutely hate the taste, far tooo sweet to my taste but time will tell whether in a week’s time I’ll drink little else?

The point to this post, if there is one lol, the thought process behind this evening’s post is I guess the combination of human brain, a sense of smell and taste buds on our tongue always always takes a period of time to become accustomed to new taste experiences, in fact recently I heard a ‘parenting expert’ on the TV say that a parent must introduce a new food to their baby’s mouth TEN occasions before they’ll begin to accept the taste….. you’ll have to comment on this one!

AND as all you parents out there feeding your 2 year olds understand, mealtime is a constant battle of wills, but persevere and they’ll probably enjoy all foods the world has to offer as an adult, give in and they’ll only ever eat junk flavoured with fat and sugar.

A. Shepherdson 2018


Eggy Bread & a shout out!

Photo’s taken by meee 🙂 , A. Shepherdson. (Shouting out to two bloggers at the end.)

Hmm how to describe this post, I mean it could be a cookery post then again eggy bread isn’t exactly Michelin star restaurant food, IT isn’t restaurant food full stop lol! But if any students are reading and sadly have only a sliced bread loaf, 2 eggs and a little oil then why not give this tasty snack a try AND it’ll only take you approx 5 minutes.

Btw I’m not a bad cook, if I’ve time I make wicked Victoria sponge cakes but I work long hours and live on my own (123 big ahh) and there never seems the time to spend an afternoon baking or whatever? NO excuse though! (Masturbation is good for one’s general health and mental well being SO you have to make time for that instead, only jesting!! 😀 )


  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 slices of thick wholemeal bread, thick so it’ll soak up all that eggy liquid.
  3. A splash of olive oil.
  4. Salt and pepper to season if you wish.

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  1. Crack open two eggs into a small mixing bowl and whisk until err fully mixed?
  2. Pour the egg mixture onto a large dinner plate and lay the 2 slices of bread on top.
  3. Allow the egg mixture to soak into the bread for 2 minutes (call this a number 2 recipe, then again perhaps don’t!) Then turn over until all the mixture is absorbed.
  4. Heat a little oil (olive is the healthy option) using a low heat setting, gently lay the bread onto the frying pan (forgot to mention that kitchen utensil) and cook for 2 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Finally turn the bread over and repeat recipe number 4.

So there you are easy as and with a dash of Heinz Tomato Ketchup eggy bread is a tasty quick snack for when you’re in a hurry. Oh and here’s a link to my Chicken rice and peas………..another easy recipe.


The shout out video I uploaded onto my YouTube Channel.

A. Shepherdson.

Chicken, egg fried rice & peas – ‘idiot proof cooking!’

Made by A. Shepherdson with photos.

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Meal for one

When our family’s pet, a gorgeous Border Collie, is ever off her food a veterinary surgeon once suggested giving her ‘chicken & rice’ as a first meal after she was feeling much better. Well after having three collies over the space of twenty years not one ever turned their nose up at the sight of chicken and rice or refused to eat. Quite the contrary they’d play up after going back on to the dried stuff.

I have absolutely no idea why I told you that anecdote except to say if you ever needed a light easy meal made in 25 minutes then I’d recommend oven cooked chicken boiled rice and frozen green peas cooked in the microwave. You’ll guess by this recipe I am no great shakes in the kitchen, well living on my own I’m not that bad, I live by the mantra ‘if I don’t cook, no one else will, the consequence I go hungry!!’

Joking apart chicken and rice is super quick, very tasty if bland for some people (why not marinade) and very healthy, even healthier if you add vegetables and cook as a stir fry, perhaps even cook as an egg fried rice after having boiled…………… use olive oil for the healthy option.


  1. Half a mug of easy cook white rice.
  2. One boned chicken breast.
  3. Half a cup of frozen green peas.
  4. Nob of butter.
  5. 2 eggs.
  6. Baking foil.

Recipe! (Idiot Proof, ‘quick  simple’ and impossible to f*** up!)

  1. Pre heat an oven to 170 degrees centigrade, with oven tray.
  2. Cut a 200mm square of aluminium baking foil, lay out on a chopping board, place a nob of butter on the foil.
  3. Place a boned chicken breast on top of the butter and foil, add another nob of butter, then wrap the foil around the chicken securely.
  4. Place the foil chicken package onto the baking tray and cook for 30minutes (my mother says so.)
  5. Now returning to the rice, pour the rice into a pan of hot water which has been boiling on the stove, turn down the heat and simmer for 13minutes making sure to add a little water if the rice is near drying out!
  6. Drain the rice into a sieve using boiling rice and cover to keep warm.
  7. Now returning to the chicken, open the foil and make sure the chicken ISN’T pink. Drain off the butter juice then cut the chicken into slices.
  8. Heat the peas in a microwave until hot.
  9. Place rice into wok and stir fry adding eggs after a minute or so. Hot oil!
  10. Place peas chicken and hot rice onto a plate, mix and add seasoning.
  11. Easy easy as!

Making egg fried rice to which I added the chicken and peas, oh and not forgetting a mug of green tea without makes a perfect combination. (I adore herbal also green tea!)

A. Shepherdson