Another month has whizzed by and Autumn is drawing in. Here’s a quick look back at some of the lovely things I’ve eaten, read, cooked and been sent to review in the past month. Continue reading “A Month in Review: September (& Spiralizer + Cookbook Giveaway – RRP £39!)”
Waffles – YUM! I think of them as a very indulgent breakfast option, but in fact they aren’t really too high in sugar and fat, (depending on your recipe, of course, and what you choose to put on them!). The thought of mixing up batter and making them fresh first thing in the morning is lovely, but in our house, not likely to happen, (we’re in a ‘toddler up before 6am’ phase, and dragging some cornflakes into a bowl is about as much as I can muster most days!). So, I’ve been experimenting with making up batches of waffles and freezing them, then just popping them straight in the toaster in the morning., topping with fresh fruit, yoghurt and a drizzle of honey from my Dad’s bees – delicious. Continue reading “Recipe: Plum Crumble Waffles”
We had a fantastic response to this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge which I was guest-hosting for Choclette over at Tin & Thyme.
We Should Cocoa is a monthly recipe challenge for bloggers, asking them to create something delicious from chocolate and an ingredient of the host’s choice. As autumn was setting in I decided to choose blackberries as the theme, and what a lovely selection of gooey, chocolatey, berry-licious creations we received. Continue reading “Recipe Roundup: 9 indulgent Blackberry & Chocolate Recipes”
Here’s a cheeky veggie burger recipe for you to try this weekend. Not one of those dry, crumbly, bland veggie burgers which never fail to disappoint in pubs and second-rate restaurants across the country, but a great big, juicy, lip-smackingly tasty quarterpounder.
I’m posting this in a hurry before setting off early tomorrow morning for Food Blogger Connect 2015 – a huge food blogging conference in Chiswick, London – SO exciting, and it will be great to meet so many food blogging friends ‘offline’ at last! Continue reading “Recipe: Marmite & Chilli Quarterpounder”
At last…. I can finally tell you about my latest kitchen gadget that I’m a little bit in love with… my new blender! Until now, I really didn’t see the point in having a stand-alone blender, thinking my stick-blender and mini-chopper surely did an equivalent job. Errrr… no. This is blending on a whole new level – the power of my new Froothie Optimum 9200A is quite incredible, and so far everything I’ve tried making in it, (soups, smoothies, sauces, pestos, cocktails and slushies, mousses and hummus) are just so ultra-smooth and creamy, a world away from my puny little mini-chopper. I’m now, (as you may have guessed), a total high-speed-blender
bore convert. Continue reading “Recipe: Broccoli & Walnut Pesto (and Pasta alla Genovese)”
Couldn’t agree more – most things taste better with a
splash glass of red wine, and this olive and pinto bean bolognese is no exception. A rich, hearty bolognese sauce, which will be on the table in under 20 minutes thanks to a simple shortcut…. blitzing the vegetables in a blender or food processor rather than chopping. (I’m itching to tell you more about my new blender… it’s AMAZING – watch this space!).
It is always fascinating to discover which blog recipes become super-popular, and get lots of Pinterest Pins, re-Tweets and Facebook likes, (and similarly, which don’t!). Often, it’s not the ones I expect… and recently some of my most-viewed recipes have been the super-quick ones, using supermarket ‘cheat’ ingredients or shortcuts, which can be on the table in under half an hour for a speedy midweek supper.
With this in mind, I’m starting a ’20 minute meals’ series, (I know Jamie does 15 minute meals, but it takes me at least 5 minutes longer Continue reading “Recipe: Thai Coconut Noodle Soup (& how to rescue curdled coconut milk!)”
Harissa is a North African spice paste, usually made with a base of chilli peppers, paprika, garlic and olive oil, plus variety of other spices which vary between regions. Its now widely available in UK supermarkets, and a fantastic way to add a splash of Moroccan mystique to your dinner in one easy dollop.
Roasting chickpeas is a new one on me, but they really are as good as everyone says! These would be fantastic as a snack or party nibble, but I particularly love this combination of the crunchy, spicy chickpeas with creamy sweet potato mash and charred aubergines.
Continue reading “Recipe: Harissa Roasted Chickpeas and Aubergine with Sweet Potato Mash”
Phew… where did the summer disappear to? Somehow September is upon us already, and there’s so many books, products, restaurants and recipes to share with you that I’ve put them all together into a giant ‘Month in Review’ roundup below. Who knows, this might just become a monthly feature! Continue reading “A month in review: August”