Saturday, 20 December 2014

Mustard glazed ham in cola (slimming world friendly)

I make this ham every Christmas and its always a hit, I had the original recipe from Nigella but I know cooking ham in coke has been popular in the USA for many years. I used to use ordinary coke but found it still works well with diet coke.

 The only syns are for the mustard glaze and if you want to be really good you can leave it but it is very tasty and only works out a syn or two per portion.

I made this one for my friend (Hi Joy!) and so used unsmoked gammon which she prefers but I usually make it with a smoked gammon joint. It keeps well in the fridge for about seven days.


Mustard Glazed Ham


Gammon joint, smoked or unsmoked (all fat removed) approx 1.5kg

2 litre bottle diet coke

2 onions (skin on cut in half)

2 tsp grain mustard

1 tbsp brown sugar


Place the gammon in a large saucepan and add the onions and pour over the diet coke. Bring to a boil and simmer for about three hours.

Take out of the coke and place on a foil covered dish (the glaze can smoke a bit and this makes it easier to clean up)

Mix the mustard and the sugar together and spread over the top of the ham and place in the oven at the hottest setting for 10 minutes until the glaze bubbles.



4 syns for the whole ham or syn free if you don't use the glaze. 




Saturday, 6 December 2014

Mini potato cakes (slimming world friendly)

Christmas is coming and I was trying to think of something to serve Slimming World pate and my Slimming World friendly smoked salmon pate (recipes coming soon) on as crackers are high in syns.

I came up with these and they worked well, you don't get a crunch like with a cracker obviously but  they are handy to have around, keep well in the fridge for a few days too so you could make them ahead of time.

You could make them with smash but this time I used mashed potato I had left over. the use of the egg yolks make the potato cakes taste really rich and creamy. You don't have to make them mini if you want to make them to serve as a side dish oh and they are really good with a full English (or Welsh) breakfast too.



Mini potato cakes.




Approximately 6 potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed (or use smash)

2 egg yolks

salt and pepper




Simply mix everything well together and fry teaspoons of the mixture in a non stick frying pan with a little spray oil. Flatten them down slightly and fry until both sides are browned.



Syn free on extra easy and green