Mince pie porridge, because hot-damn if things aren’t getting Christmassy here at Chubby Towers. Cases in point:
- Paul has yet to tire of me caterwauling my way through ‘Can’t Fight This Feeling’ from the John Lewis advert yet, even in spite of me constantly pointing out that thanks to his dry skin and always-fuming temper, he’s my very own Excitable Edgar
- we’ve swapped out the candles for some frankincense oils – Paul wanted to try another Christmas oil, but I demyrrhed
- you can fuck right off – that’s the best Christmas joke you’ll see this year, especially on this sham of a cooking blog
- our Christmas tree is up and, even better, we managed to put it up without arguments, recriminations or divorces AND without me repeating the time I managed to get a pine needle right down my mucktunnel placing a bauble on the top
See? Isn’t it pretty?
Those lights are from Amazon, by the way, and called Twinkly. You can set each colour, have them react to music and, more importantly, if you line them up just right (which we never do) you can spell out words. Unbelievably tempted to hang them in the window and autoscroll JC4PM to the neighbours. You can buy them here.
Anyway! We have some lovely Christmas recipes coming up this month, including this mince pie porridge, but more importantly:
I can barely believe it myself. I’m skedaddling down to London this week to pre-sign some copies and I’ve told it looks absolutely glorious in print. But that’s obvious, because there’s a picture of me in it. It’ll keep the kids away from the swearing. And now, even better, I can present our trailer! Yes, we have a trailer. For some inexplicable reason they’ve added banjo music to make it a touch Deliverance but that’s OK, because these days I only squeal when he wipes himself off on my curtains afterwards.
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So in light of the above, I thought I’d take the opportunity to answer a few questions about the book itself, so you know what to expect. If you’re only here for the mince pie porridge, then forgive my waffle!
What’s in the book?
100 recipes that we used to help us lose weight – all the proper flavourful meals that we’ve always done, easily cooked, no stupid ingredients – meals that you’d want to eat even if you weren’t on a diet. They’re not flash, they’re not fancy: just food to be enjoyed, not endured. Yes, that made my teeth itchy too. But seriously, we’ve always been about good food here at twochubbycubs, and we know that this carried across into our book.
We’re damn proud of it!
The recipes are a mix of breakfast, lunch and dinner ideas, together with sides, snacks and drinks. There’s a few dessert ideas thrown in and – our favourite – a few meals for when you can’t be arsed with dieting anymore and want a ‘blowout’ – indulgent meals that’ll not completely ruin your day but absolutely worth spending your calories on. We’re realists here: being on a diet 100% never happens. Better to have something to keep you going!
Where can we buy it and how much is it?
All good book shops, including Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith. Thanks to strong sales Amazon have dropped the price to £10, as have the others, and we heartily encourage you to buy it now!
If you click on that banner, you’ll be taken to the Amazon page where you’ll also be able to download a wee Kindle version with three recipes, to give you an idea of what is coming up.
Of course, if you want a signed copy (also £10!) you can buy one from Waterstones! I promise not to write anything too rude in there.
If you’ve been reading us for many years, it really would mean a lot for you to buy our book and have us in your kitchen. The fact that we even have a book at all is beyond my comprehension – people actually going out and buying it blows my bloody mind.
Does it have the twochubbycubs’ humour?
There’s meant to be humour on this blog? Christ almighty, that’s where we’ve been going wrong. No, of course it does – each recipe is accompanied by a little tiny bit of blog or new writing which made us laugh as we go along. There’s some mild swearing, of course, but nothing that would require you to get on your knees in front of a holy man. Like you’d need an excuse.
Does it cater for vegetarians?
Yes: the paper in the pages can be chewed up and washed down with a glass of warm water, although that does create the terrifying idea of a photo of me emerging somewhere unpleasant. I jest: the recipes includes more than a few vegetarian ideas, and where meat is used, you can easily swap it out. Mind, you’ll struggle with the beer-bottom chicken, but use your imagination.
What about syns?
There’s no syn information in the book – quite right too, we’re not Slimming World, and syns are their intellectual property. Slimming World have always been excellent to us and we will continue to respect their decisions! That said, you’ll find that all of the recipes, bar a few ‘blow-out’ recipes, will slot nicely into any diet plan.
We have also included calories per serving, if you need it to work out!
We will publish a full list of recipes and their respective syn values online the day after publication, and across all our social media stuff. We’ve got you.
Will the recipes make their way onto the blog?
Nope – the new recipes in the book will stay in the book, but we will continue publishing on here too. Like anything is going to shut me up.
Anything else coming up?
Yes, we can announce that French and Saunders will be playing us at the Edinburgh Wellbeing Festival at the start of February, as evidenced by this lovely photo below.
Actually, that’s not a bad picture, though fun fact, I had to stand three hundred meters behind Paul just to make sure the scale was correct and my giant five-head got into shot. Also, listen, I was tired, hence looking like I’d been stung by wasps. WASPS. ALWAYS WITH THE WASPS.
Listen – if you’re in Edinburgh, we would love you to come along and hear us gab and speak about writing a cookbook, keeping a blog going and how to enjoy your food whilst ostensibly dieting. We’ll also give tips on how to satisfy your partner and the best way to raise a cat. I mean I’m assuming we’re giving a talk, they might have just accidentally booked us to come push the hoover around, but who knows? Find out more here!
Oh and we absolutely will sign your rack if you get them out.
As for other stuff? Some excellent things coming up! Watch this space, at least before Paul’s gelatinous frame fills it.
Right, that’s enough nonsense and flimflam. Let’s get to the recipe!
See! That’s a bowl of Christmas right there: mince pie porridge for a cold hearted moo!
mice pie porridge - christmas breakfast awaits!
Yield 1 bowl
Look, you try making a bowl of porridge look exciting - you can't. But that said, this is warming, low syn and tastes so Christmas you'll be papping out tinsel afterwards. You don't need to add the shortbread on the top if you're feeling really tight with the old syns, but I like it - it adds an extra layer of taste and mouth experience.
Urgh, mouth experience. Even I winced.
- 50g of porridge oats (HEB)
- 150ml of skimmed milk (use some of your HEA) (or syn this at 2 syns)
- 1 level tablespoon of mincemeat (2 syns)
- half a shortbread finger (2 syns)
- I mean, it's porridge, what do you want?
- but let me help
- before you add the milk into the pan, toast very gently your oats - gives it a much better flavour
- add the milk and cook til the porridge is done
- add the mincemeat and stir through, topping with crumbled shortbread
Enjoy your mince pie porridge!
You want MORE ideas for breakfast? Sigh. A boy can only do so much, you know…
- cafe mocha overnight oats (syn free)
- blueberry and lemon overnight oats (syn free)
- ready, steady, go overnight oats (syn free)
- overnight oats (syn free)
- peanut butter and jelly overnight oats (4 syns)
- rocky road overnight oats (3.5 syns)
- strawberries and cream overnight oats (1.5 syns)
- rhubard and custard overnight oats (0.5 syns)
- apple pie overnight oats (1.5 syns)
- carrot cake overnight oats (2 syns)
- lemon meringue overnight oats (3 syns)
- banoffee overnight oats (3.5 syns)
- chocolate orange overnight oats (3.5 syns)
- cranachan (4 syns)
- cookies ‘n’ cream overnight oats (4 syns)