Monday, 16 October 2017

three autumnal yoghurt recipes to try this season.

What are your favourite Autummal breakfasts? Mine really range from warming porridge with almonds, pecans and cinnamon, through to baked eggs when I have a little more time. Desserts too take a different turn - embracing nutty flavours, comforting spices and rich chocolate.

Whilst recently trying out the Hansells yoghurt maker I've been inspired to play with Autumn and Winter flavours. With white chocolate and cranberry, cinnamon and chestnut and salted maple pear and pecan, simply stir though the yoghurt to make for a tasty topper. Plus, the lovely lot at Hansells are offering to give away a yoghurt starter pack (RRP £17.99) to one lucky reader. Scroll on to find out more...

Thursday, 12 October 2017

quick & light recipe inspiration from riverford organic.

Quick and easy recipes for midweek meals? Looking for healthy inspiration, colourful dishes and those extra veggies? Riverford Organic might be for you. Their latest recipe boxes, which can be ordered as one offs, mixed and matched or as a subscription, all feature great quality organic produce. The particular one they send me to try out was the two meal Quick & Light Vegetarian Box at £29.95. Find out how I got on, with a little giveaway,

Monday, 9 October 2017

eggs en cocotte with salmon and leeks.

I do love a good breakfast. Eggs Florentine, avocado on toast and smoked salmon and scrambled eggs are up there on my priorities. It turns out I'm not alone. For British Egg Week (9th-15th October), British Lion Eggs conducted a little study, you see. They found Brits are willing to spend 30% longer preparing breakfast at the weekend than they are during the week. The survey also revealed that the Full English is the nation’s favourite breakfast, with a whopping 42% of people saying they always order it. Also making the top three are classic Eggs Benedict and creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon.

A relaxing weekend brunch is a favourite activity of mine and I'm always looking for new breakfast based ideas to add to my morning routine. Lazy baked eggs, one pan huevos rancheros and simple frittatas to name a few. If someone makes it for me, even better. These eggs en cocotte are a French twist on the classic baked eggs, featuring delicious salmon, softened leeks, fresh dill and indulgent double cream. Duvet optional.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

pumpkin spiced baked doughnuts.

HELLO AUTUMN! Anyone else as excited as me? Shame about the lack of Summer and that. But now it's October I'm truly embracing being an Autumn baby and getting involved with ALL of the Autumn leaves, cosy accessories and obviously a million PSLs. (Pumpkin spiced lattes, by the way). Over on my Instagram I couldn't resist a Boomerang throwing up some leaves and sharing my newest scented candle. So are you surprised I've been baking pumpkin spiced everything too? First in line are these heavenly pumpkin spiced baked doughnuts. Think cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with a topping of maple sweetened pecans and syrup. But I can't promise I'm stopping here...

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

six reasons to visit parma.


Parma. Found in the Emilia-Romagna region, this Italian city is a must-travel for foodies, adventurers and history lovers alike. Before my trip, I lost track of the people asking me what I'd be doing in Palma, Majorca. But no, this is far from it's Spanish soundalike, this lesser known Italian haven is more familiar than first thought. Remember delicious platters of thinly sliced Parma ham, boxes of Barilla pasta or that twist of Parmigiano-Reggiano to finish your dish? Well, this is where it all hails from. And I'm not surprised why they're so proud about it. 

As a guest of the official Prosciutto di Parma consortium, I spent three days exploring this lovely part of Italy. If you're keen to visit too, here are a few things to tick off your travel to-do list...

Monday, 2 October 2017

chilli & lemon crab risotto.

Mixing light, lemony flavours and delicate crab with hearty risotto and a kick of red chilli. Really easy to rustle up from cupboard and freezer essentials, this crab risotto recipe features a few of the range from the Very Lazy lot. With an ethos of fuss free cooking, the likes of chopped red chillies, garlic paste and preserved ginger are just a few of their popular staple ingredients. In this recipe, it's all about the finely chopped red chillies (no sore eyes) and pungent garlic pasta to create this flavoursome (and super simple) seafood risotto dish.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

aubergine, paneer & sweet red pepper curry.


A super easy curry to make-ahead as a midweek meal, or simmer away on a weekend. This medium spiced vegetarian curry doesn't really have an origin as such. I was influenced by Indian and Thai flavours but on the whole it's pretty made up - why not eh! With a tomato base, the paneer and deliciously softened vegetables are flavoured with the likes of lime, red chillies, ginger, garam masala and fresh coriander. The dish is finished off with a crunch of peanuts and extra lime juice. I ate it with chopsticks just because it made the paneer fun to skewer, but there really are no rules here. If you're a fan of tikka masala and red Thai curries, you might just like this too.


Monday, 25 September 2017

7 must-dos in malta.

From ancient, winding streets to azure blue waters, Malta is 120 square miles of pure discovery. Stretches of stunning scenery, foodie specialities and pages of history make this small European island a destination to tick off your travel to-do list. Found just south of Sicily, sun soaked Malta combines Mediterranean influences with North African culture and cuisine. So if you’re already packing your bags and looking up the weather forecast, here are 7 must-dos, must-sees and must-eats to add to that all important itinerary. `

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

roasted lemon & herb salmon linguine with the saucy fish co. + recipe video.

Sometimes the simplest of recipes are the tastiest, aren’t they? No fuss, fresh flavours and a variety of colours and textures are what I look for in a midweek meal. Comfort and convenience is key, but I like to keep it light and fresh too. (However much I love pasta). That’s where The Saucy Fish Co. offerings come in. They’re perfect for adding to healthy veg or stirring through a recipe for a delish balanced dish.

Monday, 18 September 2017

new kitchen additions.

I can't believe I've been in my house now almost a year. The kitchen was definitely the selling point for me (of course) and I was lucky enough that the decor already totally suited my taste. In recent months I've widened my kitchen accessory collection... rather a lot. With a mix of vintage finds, charity shop hauls and lovely press samples I've been able to add a few personal touches to my favourite place. Maybe this year will be the one I finally keep that herb garden alive...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

chorizo and prawn paella: slimmer's secret supercook challenge with the tefal actify.

All your fave dishes, just that little bit healthier. Could it be possible? From curries to cakes and stir fry to fried chicken, the possibilities are endless. And I know what you're thinking, I'm up for a competition here so of course I'm going to say the Tefal Actifry is awesome. Actually, having had mine since the start of 2016, it's probably one of the top gadgets used in my kitchen. Never packed away, my Actifry sits pride of place next to my mixer ready to conjure up tasty sausages, sweet roast vegetables and those famous chips

So as part of the new Slimmer's Secret Supercook I got my thinking cap on to create this Chorizo and Prawn Paella. Scroll down for the video and recipe below. If you loved it as much as I enjoyed created it - please head over to Tefal and vote for my recipe. You will also be put into a draw to win a luxury spa getaway for two - so it's a win win really!

Friday, 8 September 2017

monkfish wrapped in parma ham with a black olive and tomato risotto.

A wholesome but light fish dish, perfect for the beginnings of Autumn. As part of my second recipe featuring Parma ham, I've put together a seafood and prosciutto ensemble, on a bed of black olive and tomato risotto. My first recipe, Parma ham, ricotta and basil bruschetta, showcased a delicate starter or canapĂ© idea which would be perfect for party guests or a weekend lunch.

This risotto recipe is particularly great for a dinner party main, where you can make ahead the monkfish wrapped in prosciutto di Parma, allowing the Mediterranean inspired risotto to bubble away on the stove.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

my ultimate comfort bolognese.

A comforting Italian inspired bolognese recipe, ideal to batch cook for an easy midweek meal. Combining pork and beef mince, this hearty recipe goes towards your five a day with sweet, softened red peppers and slightly salty black olives. Serve up with your favourite pasta and a good grating of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Though for me it has to be spaghetti. Classic.

Monday, 4 September 2017

the best places to eat and drink in leicester: my foodie favourites.

Leicester, how I love you. Living in the Midlands means I get a good pick of the bunch from the likes of Birmingham to Nottingham. An hour up to Sheffield, two hours to Leeds and a speedy train to London make it super handy for trying out the culinary treats that England has to offer. 

But in recent years, there's less reason to venture away from the LE postcode for foodie destinations. Independent burger joints, metre-long pizza offerings and local gins mean that the indie food and drink scene has become more mouthwatering by the month. There are a few old haunts that I've been visiting for over a decade now, as well as a few new foodie favourites to join the (ever growing) list. So where do I think are the best restaurants and bars in Leicester at the moment?

Saturday, 2 September 2017

pizza spinaci: back by popular demand.

Back by popular demand; the Pizza Spinaci from Dr. Oetker. And I think I just found out why. With a crisp base, flavoursome herbs, earthy spinach and generous slatherings of mozzarella and Edam cheese, I'm not sure convenience could get much tastier. Super easy to just pop in the freezer for those lazy days (and rather good value too), the spinach and cheese pizza from the Ristorante range is just the simpliest of no-hassle treats. That's right - #SpinaciIsBack!

Thursday, 31 August 2017

heartier: tasty local produce by post.

Introducing Heartier, the convenient delivery box which promises to deliver proper tasty local produce from our favourite British Producers. Think of them as everyone's local farm shop. Whether you're cheese mad or a raging chocoholic, Heartier have a range of cheese, charcuterie and confectionary to suit all taste buds. Simply mix and match boxes, choose their pre-made parcels or make up your own with your favourite foodie bits. The choice is yours...

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

vegan tacos with homemade mushroom & bean mince.

A delicious homemade veggie mince recipe that is both vegetarian and vegan! In this case, I've added some subtle spice to create a chilli style mince, perfect for tasty tacos. But the results are so versatile! The recipe is also perfect for dairy free diners who also may avoid soya or eggs in the supermarket bought varieties.

Using my trusty new Veggie Bullet, I was so pleased that shredding up healthy mushrooms and borlotti beans was such an easy way to create a mince-like base for so many meals. With around 20 calories in 200g of mushrooms too, the cheap ingredient means you can create a really low fat, low price meat substitute which is packed with nutrients too. Will you be giving it a try for #MeatfreeMonday?

Friday, 25 August 2017

a taste of summer with mr. kipling + giveaway.

Brighten up your Great British Summer with tasty treats from Mr. Kipling! Think a pretty pink twist to the beloved Bakewell, a trifle inspired iced slice and French Fancies with the flavours of Wimbledon. To celebrate their ‘Exceedingly Good Summer’ range, I've teamed up with Mr Kipling to feature a few of my faves as well as host an exciting giveaway. If you love Bakewell tarts as much as I do, this one's for you.