Friday, 20 April 2018

thai prawn massaman salad.


A fragrant and colourful salad perfect for these brighter evenings. A lighter option to your usual noodle dish, this Thai inspired salad brings together vibrant, crunchy veg with juicy king prawns. Enjoy as a light main dish, as a side or even as part of a BBQ banquet.


Monday, 16 April 2018

gluten free salted caramel brownies.


A classic brownie recipe that I swear by - the only difference with this one is there's a tasty salted caramel twist. This recipe also happens to be accidentally gluten free, as I prefer to use ground almonds over flour; though if you're a a fan of nutty flavours then these will be a winner. Gooey on the inside and a bit of crunch to the outside. Divine!


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

individual lemon tarts.

lemon tart recipe

If all good things come in small packages, then these lemon tarts are no exception. With a rich, buttery pastry and the zing from two lemons, this dessert recipe is the perfect mix of sharp citrus and sweet indulgence. Make ahead for a Spring or Summer dinner party, dusting with extra icing sugar to finish.

lemon tarts

Thursday, 29 March 2018

easter egg macarons.


Happy (almost) Easter! I have made these Easter egg inspired macarons for my friend's birthday. it falls on Easter Sunday so we have decided to do a homemade Easter afternoon tea (I'm sure there will be Instagram pics to follow...) Any excuse to make macarons really! These are good for gluten free gifts as well as people who aren't fans of chocolate. Have a lovely Bank Holiday everyone!



Wednesday, 21 March 2018

dairy free mint hot chocolate.

vegan hot chocolate

A cosy (and super simple) hot chocolate recipe for this chilly Spring we're having. Last March I remember sunny drives visiting friends down south, warm evenings in pub gardens and getting ready for Spring weddings. Now, we get snow and frostbite. So it makes sense to share this minty hot chocolate recipe which also happens to be vegan and dairy free. Perfect in your favourite mug curled up in a blanket fort with a box set. Plus, you only need three ingredients.

mint hot chocolate
dairy free hot chocolate recipe

Friday, 16 March 2018

smoked salmon, ricotta and asparagus tart.


Although the weather isn't feeling up to it, Spring is just around the corner. And that means one of my favourite ingredients is almost in season... asparagus. Perfect with seafood and fish, the colourful asparagus adds an extra something to this smoked salmon and ricotta puff pastry tart. It's super quick and easy to make too; you can have it for a light lunch, make ahead for picnics or for dinner with a side salad. Tulips optional.


Friday, 9 March 2018

easter bunny rabbit macarons.


A cute, bunny shaped treat for Easter. I just couldn't resist creating some rabbit shaped macarons for the occasion, filled with moreish Nutella chocolate spread. I actually made these for a bunny mad bride to be last year and have waited until the run up to Easter to share these little sweeties with you. I may just be tempted to make them again myself...

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

creme egg macarons.

Creme egg macarons recipe

Just in time for Easter... Creme Egg macarons! Made with two tone yellow and chocolate macaron shells, I've well and truly jumped on the Cadbury Creme Egg baking recipe train with these tempting treats. They're then filled with a classic Creme Egg buttercream to make an Easter inspired delight.

Creme egg macaron recipe
Creme egg macarons

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

sunday roast at the windmill inn, brascote.

sunday-roast-windmill-inn-brascote-review

Who doesn't love a Sunday lunch, really? So many combinations, so many traditions. Whether you're a veggie, meat eater, Yorkshire pudding obsessive or insist upon roast potatoes every Sunday... everyone has their favourite way to enjoy a roast.

A local pal and I have since decided to start a little Sunday lunch club. I mean, it's just us and every roast we can eat in Leicestershire. But it's going well so far. One I was particularly fond of recently was The Windmill in Brascote. I'd been recommended the restaurant a few times, so it felt about time to venture out.


Friday, 16 February 2018

bounty macarons.


If you like Bounty bars and you like macarons, well, you've come to the right place. If you've read a few any other my other macaron posts you'll know I'm on a mission to create macarons for everyone's favourite chocolate bar. From Crunchie to Mint Aero, I'm here for you guys. All you have to do is adapt the centre with your favourite filling. I'll warn you now, Bounty spread is addictive.


Friday, 2 February 2018

bakewell tart cheesecake.


In the Midlands we're pretty spoilt for food. With Leicestershire as the home of Melton Mowbray pork pies and Stilton cheese, breweries in Burton-on-Trent and the amazing curry houses in Birmingham and Leicester, there really is so much to choose from.

A particular favourite of mine is the Bakewell tart, or pudding, which hails from the Derbyshire town with the same namesake. The puddings and tarts are a little different in recipe and texture, but they both have that delicious medley of almonds and cherries that I can't get enough of. If you've read my recipes or scrolled through Insta before, you'd know I'm pretty obsessed with any adaptation of my beloved tart. So when Leisure cookers challenged me to make a twist on a classic regional dish at my next dinner party, I knew I had try a Bakewell cheesecake. My mixer and range cooker are my best friends in the kitchen so I couldn't wait to get started.


Monday, 29 January 2018

chocolate pancakes with jersey salted caramel sauce.

Chocolate Pancake Recipe

There are just so many good foodie things happening soon. Pancake Day, Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day, which of course is an excuse to eat fancy food to make pink cocktails. Win win! Today's post is all about Pancake Day, which of course is an excuse to eat pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not just any old pancakes though, this recipe calls for indulgent chocolate pancakes with a hefty drizzle of salted caramel sauce. Giving up chocolate for lent? This is the recipe for you!

Salted Caramel Pancakes
Chocolate Pancake Recipe UK

Thursday, 25 January 2018

veggie meatballs with baked eggs.


A wholesome, low carb meal idea with lots of veggies, meat-free-meatballs and tasty baked eggs on top. It's great on it's own as a bake, or with your favourite bread for dipping. Simply make the meatballs, beans and sauce ahead and crack on some great quality free range eggs right before baking. I actually use frozen "Swedish style vegetarian meatballs" as they are such a cupboard staple to have in the freezer and bulk out bakes. In fact, a lot of this dish is make with the likes of chopped tomatoes and canned beans which are always so handy (and great on a budget too). Without further ado...


Friday, 19 January 2018

breakfast at gee's, oxford.

 

Just outside of Oxford city centre and past a few of the beautiful university parks, you'll find the decadent glass house that is Gee's. As well as serving up trendy cocktails and curating three course meals, the elegant glass conservatory, bar and terrace is said to do a rather good breakfast. Turns out the rumours are true.


Monday, 15 January 2018

baked dill salmon with beetroot risotto.


A tasty and wholesome dish for seafood lovers. Salmon, dill and beetroot go hand in hand, so I thought it was about time I made something with them again. When I have extra time at the weekend I love to slowly stir a risotto, simmering away. So I thought I'd bring these ingredients together in a vibrant risotto, for a recipe that is a great source of protein, iron, energy and also goes towards your five a day.


Tuesday, 9 January 2018

vegan bean chilli.


A chilli for the chilly months. This cosy and warming dish is perfect for getting those veggies in after the festive season. Whether you're in a post-cheese slump or are fighting the sniffles, this could be wholesome, veg-packed dish for you. It's vegan, dairy free and gluten free too - plus since it's so easy to whip up and batch cook it's perfect for lazy Winter teas and midweek meals.


Wednesday, 3 January 2018

turkey meatball bake (slimming world friendly).


A tasty (and super easy) Slimming World friendly meal featuring lean turkey meatballs. I don't follow SW myself, but after having friends and family follow it I've often used their website for healthy recipe inspiration. Turkey is even leaner than chicken so makes for a great meatball alternative. Though if you're veggie the Quorn ones are delicious too. Since this is a tomato based sauce featuring syn free pasta and vegetable speed foods, I can imagine this being rather low on the syn count. I couldn't resist a cheeky sprinkle of cheese, mind.