Archive of ‘Spice’ category

Roasted Red Pepper And Chilli Hummus With Home-Made Pitta Chips

Roasted red pepper and chilli hummus with home-made seasoned pitta chips. Easy to make and the perfect snack!

Roasted red pepper and chili hummus with home-made seasoned pitta chips. Easy to make and the perfect snack!

I adore hummus, and always have done. One of my favourite lunches is a pot of hummus with some crusty bread and vegetable sticks for dipping, I will happily eat the entire tub in one sitting. While I do often buy hummus (I’m lazy), it is so quick and easy to make your own and that way you can control the flavours to get the balance of lemon, garlic and olive oil that suits you. (more…)

Hot Cross Bun Chocolate Truffles

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

Hot cross bun chocolate truffles - rich, decadent chocolate ganache truffles flavoured with spices and mixed dried fruit, topped with a white chocolate cross.

I only realised a couple of days ago just how close we are to Easter. This year seems to be flying by already and while I am relieved that Winter is over and the weather is warming up, time does seem to be passing by at an alarming rate. I hadn’t planned any Easter recipes at all so whipped up these hot cross bun chocolate truffles so that I at least had something Easter related on the blog. (more…)

Spaghetti With Lemony Rocket & Walnut Pesto, Asparagus, Peas & Goat’s Cheese

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spring is just about here, and with it comes an abundance of fresh produce, in particular, green things! This super green spaghetti with lemony rocket & walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goat’s cheese makes great use of a few of spring’s best vegetables – asparagus, peas (ok, so I cheated on the pea front and used frozen ones, but it would be even better with fresh) and rocket. (more…)

Spiced Red Lentil And Root Vegetable Soup (Vegan)

Vegan spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup - a hearty, healthy and filling soup that is quick and easy to make.

Vegan spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup - a hearty, healthy and filling soup that is quick and easy to make.

There are definite signs of spring in the air and I’ve spotted plenty of flowers starting to bloom while out on my daily dog walks; but the weather is still decidedly wet and chilly and I am not quite out of the craving comfort foods stage yet. Soup is one of the meals that I make most regularly throughout the colder months and this spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup is my new favourite. (more…)

Loaded Veggie Quesadillas

Loaded veggie quesadillas - delicious, filling, healthy quesadillas stuffed with spiced roasted sweet potato, peppers, black beans, avocado, cream cheese and cheddar.

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…)

Marmalade And Ginger Cake

Marmalade and ginger cake - soft, moist cake made with marmalade and fresh ginger

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.

Marmalade and ginger cake - soft, moist cake made with marmalade and fresh ginger

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Mincemeat Bundt Cake

Mincemeat bundt cake - a moist, lightly spiced bundt cake full of sticky fruit, perfect for using up any mincemeat leftover from Christmas!

Christmas may be over and we may be in the throes of the usual January healthy eating resolutions, but I think that there is still place for cake (there is always place for cake); particularly one that uses up leftovers. I had a jar of my homemade mincemeat left over from Christmas; it would probably have kept till next year but I don’t have much storage space so wanted to use it up quickly. I had already made mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns and had bought a new bundt tin in the sales that had yet to be used so mincemeat bundt cake it was. (more…)

Mincemeat And Marzipan Cinnamon Buns

Mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns - and wonderful festive breakfast and great way of using up leftovers.

After making my own mincemeat recently I found myself with rather a lot of it! There are only so many mince pies a girl can eat (though that number may be quite high), so I tried to think of some other ways to use some of it up. The best way I came up with was these mincemeat and marzipan cinnamon buns, which also helpfully used up the marzipan leftover from covering my Christmas cake. (more…)

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