Sunday, 24 July 2016

Thai Turkey Meatball Soup

Today I'd like to introduce you to my new favourite midweek meal. We all love a curry, but I have to confess Thai green curry is my absolute favourite. The combination of those classic flavours of lemon grass and ginger is just so uplifting and refreshing, I feel like I'm eating a bowl full of health!  I've adapted my favourite curry into a soup, foregoing the heavy rice and making it a quicker and lighter midweek meal. However if you like a little something extra, a handful of rice noodles at the bottom of the bowl would give you your noodle fix without making the dish too heavy.

I've chosen turkey as a nice light lean meat, however pieces of chicken would also work. Seafood would also really take this dish to the next level, I'd personally like to try this with prawns. I also love plenty of chilli in mine, however I've left it out of the recipe this time as the rest of the family aren't too keen on too much heat. If you're a lover of the spice, throw a finely diced red chilli in alongside the garlic, it'll made it just that bit more colourful too!

Monday, 18 July 2016

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne

At long last, a new recipe post from me! I've chosen this delectable vegetable lasagne as my 'comeback recipe' for several reasons: firstly, and most importantly, because it was seriously good! I wanted to make a vegetarian lasagne and had been browsing through a few recipes but in the end decided to just have a go and make it up myself, and I don't like to blow my own trumpet but, boy did it turn out good! This is definitely a vegetarian dish that will satisfy both carnivores and herbivores alike. The Boyfriend was most put out that I wouldn't let him have seconds as I was saving leftovers for dinner the following day.

The second reason I've chosen to start with this recipe is that I feel it represents quite well hoe my cooking style has changed. I've had a few digestive related health issues recently and I've been trying to combat this with changing how I eat. I've been advised to avoid fatty food and I've also gone down a route of a lot less carbs, a lot more vegetarian dishes, a lot more fish and therefore a lot less meat and more vegetables. Too often I was feeling stuffed and bloated and heavy after meals and I was getting really really fed up with it. 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

It's been a while...

So the eagle eyed among you may have noticed, it's all been a bit quiet on the blog for the past six months. There are many reasons way, but mainly,  life got in the way. My lifestyle has changed dramatically over the past year. Moving from living at home with my parents to moving in with The Boyfriend and Stepdaughter has meant a massive change of routine, and many changes along the way as we've juggled working hours alongside school & club routines etc. Yes, I know this is normal life for most people, but for me it's been a big adjustment and the suddenly much more heavily packed schedule meant the blog and cooking fell to the wayside and became slightly more of a chore than a hobby. I was still loving and enjoying food, it just became a bit more routine and I found myself experimenting less and therefore not really cooking anything that I'd not written about before. 

It's taken a while but now that we've finally settled into a routine, we have all found that there's a little more time to think about food, get a bit more experimental and generally all enjoy cooking a bit more. Especially when we all get involved and do a bit of weekend baking as a family! 

I didn't want to just start posting any old content to get the blog back onto its feet so I've taken my time and been a bit more mindful of what I'm cooking and trying to keep things original whilst also keeping it realistic. There's no point me getting experimental with loads of rare and expensive ingredients if none of you are going to be able to give it a go at home yourselves! It's very very rare that I'll cook something you can't get in your local supermarket. Running a family has also made me so much more conscious of what we're all eating and how much it costs so keeping everything healthy, nutritious, balanced and all the while not breaking the bank is very much more at the forefront of my mind than before.

So above is a sneak preview of a few things I've been rustling up lately, some of which you will certainly find me writing about in the not so distant future.

Friday, 15 January 2016

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Hash

Sometimes dinners need to come together super quick and require minimum fuss and minimum washing up. One pot dishes are ideal for during the week when time, and probably also your patience, is at a premium. This super quick spanish style potato hash is thrown together in a matter of minutes and packs plenty of flavour. Chorizo is one of my favourite ingredients to add to a simple dish to really amp up the flavour. 

Tinned potatoes are not an ingredient I've use before and I really don't know why not. I guess I could have easily boiled some potatoes alongside cooking the vegetables and added them to the dish, but that would increase both washing up and my prep time. Whilst I do object slightly to buying those packets of potatoes that have already been chopped and had butter smothered all over them (because they cost twice the price for an added extra that you could easily do yourself and wouldn't cost as much), tinned potatoes canned in water do not have any nasty or unnecessary additives and don't cost a fortune, in fact they're really cheap. The 800g can I bought from Sainsbury's was a thrifty 80p.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Chicken & Leek Cheesy Pasta Bake

My apologies for being notably absent over the festive period! Whilst many bloggers were busy posting their recipes for homemade mince pies and top tips for getting the timings of Christmas dinner spot on, I unfortunately was really busy. Christmas is also predominantly my parent's domain so, as much as I love to be in the kitchen, I don't actually end up making that much festive food at Christmas time and therefore most of my every day recipes seemed a little irrelevant in December. However, I am back and although I'm generally taking a healthier approach to cooking in January, first I'd like to begin with something to warm you all up in this absolutely freezing weather.

One of my favourite family meals is a nice hearty pasta bake. I'll confess the cheesy creamy kind is my favourite. I've never been a fan of those pasta bake sauces that come in a jar, they always taste just a little bit bland and powdery to me and it just feels like they need more substance. It's really not very difficult to make your own and the ingredients required are so basic (butter, flour, milk and cheese) that once you know how, you'll wonder why ever even looked at those jars. 

Friday, 11 December 2015


One of my favourite things to make at home, but that I rarely get the chance to, is bread. There is something so satisfactory about making your own bread I really wish I did it more. This weekend I sat down and flicked through a few Paul Hollywood books for inspiration and, after considering making a basic white or wholemeal loaf to use for sandwiches, I eventually chose to make a focaccia as its something I've not done before.

Focaccia is an Italian bread often enriched with rock salt and herbs. You'll probably be most familiar with it being served in Italian restaurants before your starters arrive with oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping. It's a pretty simple bread to make as the dough is quite plain and the herby flavours come from the toppings as opposed to it being incorporated in the dough. It's ideal for serving to dinner guests alongside starters, or we shared a loaf with our Saturday night dinner of chicken and rice in an orange sauce, to mop up the extra juices.