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Sunday morning bircher muesli

I eat porridge most of the time for breakfast and I also love eggs but sometimes don’t have the time to make them. So this is my prepare the night before breakfast that can also feed a crowd so excellent for a brunch. I also want to tell you about a delicious dish a friend cooked for me last weekend when I was staying with them in London, it was packed full of eggs, spinach, mushrooms and chorizo. I failed to take any photographs as it smelt too good to try and find my camera so I  will just have to make it myself and take photos so I can share the recipe. For the bircher muesli (serves 2): In a bowl pour 150g porridge oats, 100 ml apple juice, 2 tsp honey, 1 tsp cinnamon and 50 ml water or almond milk and a tbsp of chia seeds. Mix altogether and leave in the fridge, covered over night. When ready to eat grate a whole apple including the skin and add more water or …

Aubergine and sweet potato Thai green curry

You can get very good shop bought Thai curry pastes these days, but there is nothing more satisfying than making your own from scratch. The aroma alone makes it worth it, it almost stings your nostrils it is so fresh and zingy. We try not to eat meat every day but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have the same dishes and replace your protein with beautiful vegetables. Using lots of vegetables in this dish gives different textures which I sometimes find vegetarian food lacks. First of all the curry paste. This one takes a little bit of time but I make double the amount and freeze half so that if we want a last minute curry then I have the paste in the freezer. Then all you need is a tin of coconut milk in the cupboard and a few pieces of veg and chicken or any other protein that is a quick mid week supper sorted. Thai curry paste Ingredients 4 tsp cumin seeds 4 tsp coriander seeds 1-2 tsp dried chilli flakes …

French Onion Soup

  I always thought French onion soup was rather complicated but having tried it myself, I realise it is terribly easy, just slightly time-consuming and a non stick pan is essential. It feels very French too, full of butter, onions, baguette and cheese. It is a hearty, filling soup with caramelised onions topped with croutons and melted gruyere cheese. This soup I have also tried to freeze. If you freeze in bags and also make the croutons, you can bag them up separately. When you are ready, defrost them and top with the cheese,  and melt in the oven. I know I make a lot of soup- it’s that time of year, and it’s comforting to have something you can hold in a bowl, legs crossed on the sofa. Ingredients: (serves 2) 6 large white onions 1 litre beef stock large knob of butter tsp olive oil (extra for brushing on croutons) tsp caster sugar salt & pepper heaped tsp cornflour 50g gruyere cheese small baguette Finely slice your onions by hand or in a food …

Naughty little cakes

Sometimes one just needs chocolate cake and sticky sickly icing and that is what I was seriously craving yesterday. I had a couple of girlfriends coming round for tea, it was a cold and wet day and we wanted some serious comfort food in the form of cake. To stop us (I mean me) from eating large slices of a cake, I decided to make little cupcakes. I have always preferred cakes when they are made with vegetable oil, it gives a much more moist texture and a slightly springy feel to the cake so it’s not too heavy. I also find a lot of cupcakes that you buy don’t really taste of anything it is all about the icing so I wanted to make sure my cakes tasted of chocolate as if I am eating the calories, I want at least to be able to taste them! Ingredients: (Makes 9 small cup cakes) 118g plain flour 125g caster sugar 20g cocoa 1/3 tsp bicarbonate of soda tsp coffee granules diluted in 120ml boiling water 140 …

Cooking for an easy life.. Chorizo & bean soupy stew

This is my go-to recipe when I need to feed a bunch of friends something warming, hearty and filling. Also it is easy, almost impossible to get wrong and the flavours taste even better the next day so it’s perfect as a make-ahead dish! My basic ingredients are chorizo sausage, onions, garlic, paprika, cayenne and some type of bean. You can add so many further ingredients to bulk it out as well as any sort of bean (kidney, butter, black bean). Sometimes I add spinach and roasted aubergine to make it more like a stew, other times I leave it as it is and just serve it as a soup with a hunk of chunky bread! This weekend about 8 friends are coming for lunch after a countryside walk.  So I need to make something that I know as soon as I walk back into the house will be ready within minutes. I will buy fresh bread from the bakery before we go and then heat the soup up on our return letting everyone help themselves to …

lemons, limes and all things citrus

How many times have you only used half a lemon for a recipe, or just a few wedges of lime for your gin & tonic. Then you pop that half unused fruit back in your fridge and it dries up and is basically useless for any other purpose? I’m addicted to drinking a slice of lemon and fresh ginger in hot water. I drink it all day long but what I don’t want is an air dried lemon from the fridge – I want a juicy citrus fresh lemon. So here is my trick, taught to me by my mother in law! Take a plate and add a thin layer of cold water over the surface and place your citrus fruit cut side down and place into the fridge. I promise, this will keep it almost like fresh for up to a week.    

Cappuccino cake

I am a really lazy baker sometimes. I love to make a recipe that you just put all the ingredients into a food processor, whizz it up then pour into a cake tin then bake while you make the icing. This is one of those recipes and it is really rather tasty too. I realised that I kept making carrot cakes as my default tea time treat when friends came over so needed to show them I could actually bake something else. I love to invite friends over for tea, it is the time of day when I feel one needs a sweet treat and I am very British in that I always have a cup of tea late afternoon.  Also during the winter months, once it is dark it can become a very long evening ahead of you so the perfect time to see friends and then all can go home to get tucked up in front of the tv with their loved ones without having to brace the dark cold night too late. Cappuccino …

It’s Soup Weather!

Are you like me, a little bit bored of soup with no texture and in need of something a bit bulkier to make lunch time more of a pleasurable experience rather than just feeding time? I have always shied away from lentils, thought they tasted like chalk and were a little too ethnic for me. But I have been proved wrong recently on more than one occasion when I had a delicious coconut dhal and also a lentil and chorizo soup. Two very different dishes but it made me think what do I have in the house that I can make something delicious and hearty for my lunch during these winter months. I bought tinned puy lentils ages ago but never used them and have some bacon in the fridge so thought actually lets try making a soup out of these two and top it with some fresh parsley. I’m going to use the basics of a good soup: carrots, celery, onion, garlic and chicken stock. These basics can be used for many soups or …

Sugar free apple crumble

I am a real puddings person, such a sweet tooth and my January rule is no refined sugar so I have been looking for sweet treats that are not filled full of sugar. My friend asked me round for dinner the other night and I said I would bring pudding. This meant I didn’t have to have the awkward conversation of  “Oh i’m trying to be sugar free at the moment. Do you mind making  a real effort because I am being difficult?” I wouldn’t call this a diet as much as more of a changing my way of thinking long term. Eventually I would like to avoid using natural sweeteners* too but then I come back to the way of thinking that life is too short to worry about everything and I should just take a little more exercise when I can. Apple crumble with a big dollop of ice-cream is one of my all time favourites so here is my version which is packed full of oats, nuts, fruit and a few variations …

Coffee – a fat burning start to the day?

My one vice that I just can’t give up is coffee and each year I think to myself.. maybe this new year I should make a resolution to give it up. Then when I wake up from lack of sleep on New Years day I quickly realise this is a rubbish idea. I have also managed to wean myself off a teaspoon of sugar and on to agave syrup in my coffee so I am not going to give up everything for the one thing that will get me out of bed! I am actually one of those people who likes to get up in the morning. I hate to lie in bed thinking about all the things I could be doing. I would much rather just get up and do them (sometimes of a weekend, I have an afternoon nap – it feels like the ultimate indulgence). Anyway, back to coffee. I have recently read that it isn’t as bad as once thought and some studies have proven that one is less likely to …