It’s nearly the second best day of the year (after Christmas) – pancake day! I love pancakes in all forms and make them regularly, for breakfast, dessert, dinner (savory or sweet ones!) or a snack; they are infinitely adaptable, easy to make and one of my favourite foods. I realised that I hadn’t really posted any dessert pancakes on the blog, just breakfasty ones; so I am remedying that with these indulgent pancakes with caramel oranges and almond ice cream. (more…)
Quesadillas have to be one of the meals that I make most often, as regularly as once a week because they are not only soooo tasty (anything with cheese is good in my book), but they are also pretty quick and simple to make and are infinitely adaptable. These particular ones are loaded with veggies and black beans so actually make for a pretty healthy and filling meal. (more…)
Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and I’ve got a last-minute post for you in the form of Persian love cake. The story behind this cake goes that there was a Persian woman who was madly in love with a prince so she baked him a cake to make him fall in love with her; because what better way is there to win someone over than with cake?! There are multiple versions of the story floating around, some ending happily, some definitely not. It is extremely unlikely to actually be true and is most likely a fairly modern invention; but I do like food with a story!
Even though my fiance and I don’t bother celebrating Valentine’s Day, I will still take the opportunity to do some themed baking and use my neglected set of heart shaped biscuit cutters. Not that these Linzer biscuits should be solely reserved for Valentine’s Day of course, they are far too delicious for that! Obviously you don’t have to use a heart shaped cutter, as long as you have one larger cutter and a small one for the cut-out (it doesn’t even need to be the same shape) then you are sorted so they are suitable for any time of year. (more…)
Yesterday I took a trip to London to attend the first ever Best Of PinterestUK awards as several (five!) of my recipes had been shortlisted; I didn’t win in the end but my spiralized vegetable noodle bowls did come runner up in the best healthy recipe category (beaten by a recipe by Fearne Cotton) for which I won a whole kilo of chocolate. Even better than the chocolate though was actually getting to meet a load of my fellow food bloggers, most of whom I had thus far only known online and who were all even lovelier in real life. (more…)
I do love a long, leisurely breakfast spent scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, but the sad reality is that there often isn’t time to dawdle in the mornings; that is where this chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie comes in. It takes mere minutes to whip up, can easily be drunk on the go, is full of nutritious ingredients and fills you up nicely, making it a perfect option for busy mornings. (more…)
Last summer I was asked if I would like to contribute a recipe to a seasonal food journal published by BrightHouse; I jumped at the chance as I thought that it would be lovely to actually see one of my recipes in print (I would love to write a cookbook one day!). (more…)
I was craving cake so badly at the weekend that I just had to give in and bake one, there was no point resisting! Besides, I spent a good portion of my weekend re-organising the kitchen (no small task!) so I think that cake was well deserved. To make a bit of space in the cupboard I decided to use up one of my jars of clementine marmalade and make a marmalade and ginger cake. This is a beautifully soft and moist cake with a lovely orange flavour and a hint of warm ginger.
I have porridge for breakfast most weekdays (I am half Scottish after all, though I don’t go as far as making it the way my dad insists is traditional, with just oats, water and salt). But at the weekends I like to have a bit more of an indulgent breakfast. I love pancakes and waffles with all the toppings, but they don’t lend themselves particularly well to a healthy eating plan. I am a big believer in balance, so I think that an indulgent breakfast every now and again is perfectly alright, as well as regular slices of cake; but I wanted to come up with something that fit both bills – decadent but good for you. (more…)
Apart from my mincemeat bundt cake and a few biscuits and things left over from Christmas I have been doing fairly well so far this year at eating healthily (and yes I know it hasn’t been very long yet, shush you!); I’ve been making lots of soups and stews, stocked up on veg and have put all the packets of lentils at the back of the cupboard to good use. There is no denying that I have a sweet tooth though and I crave a little something sweet after most meals; usually a couple of squares of dark chocolate is enough to satisfy the craving however and has the bonus of actually being good for me. (more…)