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

seven 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!