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Creamy Tuna Stuffed Spuds (Potatoes)
I tagged this one to make in a recipe game I play, I have not had a stuffed spud in years, only jacket potato with sour cream, cheese and chives. So to make a filling reminded me so much of when I was pregnant as this one of the few things I could eat that did not upset my tummy. I practically lived on stuffed spuds, be it tuna, baked beans, cheese etc.. So these brought back memories for me and they were really tasty too. I loved how minimal the effort was in making these, with maximum taste. I made my mornay sauce from scratch and I also added some gruyere cheese to the sauce as well as topping the potatoes with it. Serving the extra sauce on the side was a spot on idea from Pat as we poured all of it over our spuds and it was totally delicious. I did not change a thing in the recipe but to view this recipe please click here. Be sure to check out all of her fab recipes while you are there she has some really yummy ones.


8 Potatoes (large)
425g Mornay sauce (cabonara was specified) (I made mine from scratch and added some gruyere to it.)
425g Tuna, canned in water
2 Spring onions (scallions chopped)
1/2 Cup cheese, grated


1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced).

2. Wrap each potato in aluminium foil and put on a shallow tray and put in the oven and cook for 1 hour or until tender.

3. Heat carbonara sauce in a small saucepan until simmering.

4. Drain the tuna and flake and add to the carbonara sauce and then add the spring onions.

5. Make a cross in the cooked potatoes and carefully push open.

6. Spoon in the tuna sauce and then sprinkle with cheese.

7. Put potatoes on a tray and bake for a further 10 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.

If you have sauce left over serve in a jug for people to pour over as they make their way through the potato.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

Pesto and Lemon Gnocchi
This is a super simple recipe that can be thrown together in no time at all and is also budget friendly. I did not make the basil pesto from scratch as I had some already made in the fridge, you could also just use store bought basil pesto, to make this recipe even quicker to put together. It is a lovely sauce and goes very well with the gnocchi, we topped ours with extra grated Parmesan cheese for a filling, yummy dinner. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe or view more photos please click here.



2 Cups fresh basil, firmly packed
1/4 Cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 Garlic cloves, chopped
1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 Cup parmesan cheese, grated


2 Teaspoons olive oil
1 Garlic clove, crushed
300ml Cream
500g Potato gnocchi
Salt and pepper
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
Fresh basil, to garnish
Lemon wedge, to serve


1. To make the pesto, combine the basil, pinenuts and garlic in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil. Add the parmesan and process until smooth.

2. Heat the oil in a small pan. Add the garlic and cook over medium heat for 1 minute. Add the cream and 3 tablespoons of the pesto and bring to the boil. Be careful as it will boil over easily. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 3 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi according to the packet instructions. Drain and place the gnocchi in a large bowl. Pour on the sauce and toss thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper and stir through the lemon juice just before serving.

Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with basil and serve with lemon wedges.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.