Here in the UK we have been enjoying a bit of a heatwave for the past few days. It is lovely to have some sun at last, but I am struggling a bit in the heat; it has made me incredibly unproductive! I’ve been eating lots of ice cream and smoothies to keep me cool and also because I really haven’t felt like cooking as it is so hot. I am planning on making a batch of these crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle red cabbage slaw tomorrow as there is minimal cooking involved – just a few minutes of frying the prawns. And they are exactly the kind of thing that you want to eat al fresco on a hot Summer evening accompanied by a cold beer (or a margarita!). (more…)
One of the ingredients that I always make sure my freezer is stocked with is frozen spinach; I even prefer it to fresh spinach as the fresh stuff cooks down so much that you have to buy a vast quantity of it to end up with barely any once cooked. I use it for a variety of things, my favourites being spinach pesto and various variations of spanakopita – Greek spinach cheese pie. Spanakopita is traditionally made with homemade filo (phyllo) pastry, though shop bought can absolutely be used as well; but I was in the mood for something different so tweaked my usual recipe to turn it into a quiche instead. (more…)
Barring some extremely boring vegetable broths I made when I tried following the 5:2 diet for a while (I lasted 5 weeks and only lost 2lb… and fast days were a nightmare, I have been banned from trying it again, apparently I am not very nice to be around when I’m starving, shocker.), this quinoa, lentil, kale and feta salad has to be the healthiest meal I have ever cooked. But unlike the vegetable broth it is actually, genuinely delicious! This is definitely due in part to the fact that it contains cheese, everything is better with cheese; but it is also loaded with green vegetables and provides lots of protein in the form of lentils and quinoa (and salmon), all of which also happen to be very tasty. Seasoned with lemon juice, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, paired with the feta and the fact that I cooked the quinoa in vegetable stock, it is an extremely flavourful and more-ish salad that is also very very good for you; and because it is high in protein it is also actually filling! Something that I struggle with when it comes to lots of healthy meals is actually feeling full and satisfied afterwards (I’m looking at you courgetti), no problems with this meal though, and I enjoy eating it! (more…)
The July Daring Bakers’ Challenge was brought to us by Manal from Manal’s Bites. She introduced us to an authentic Palestinian dish from Jaffa that is served as a main meal along with a bowl of soup or a salad. The “Yafawi Sfeeha” or also known as “Milwayeh” which means twisted, is crispy yet tender and full of flavor.
I have had a truly terrible week, and am in somewhat of a foul mood at the moment, so I apologise if I don’t really feel like talking about food today and this post gets a bit ranty… Skip straight to the recipe if you like! We were supposed to be going on holiday today to Wacken festival in Germany, everything was booked and paid for (and non-refundable…); but we are unable to go because the British passport office are the biggest bunch of unhelpful incompetents I have ever encountered. (more…)