month : 12/2016 9 results

Persian cranberry rice pilaf

We had this gorgeous rice as a side dish to our alternative Christmas feast Friendsmas- read all about it here! I have always been hopeless at cooking rice for big groups of people- it nearly always gets all glutinous and stuck together! This is rinsed through very thoroughly and also soaked, and it was perfect! The cranberries were a little nod to Christmas and worked really well in this rice and alongside the other dishes Pulled Persian chicken  and Crushed carrots with harissa and ...

Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios

  I can't claim this recipe unfortunately, it is from the amazing Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my all time favourite chefs- he can really work magic with vegetables! This recipe is from his book Plenty More (click here to see). We had this as part of an alternative Christmas dinner for Friendsmas (click here to see the full menu) and my husband and I both agreed that this was one of the star dishes. There is a hint of orange (perfect for the alternative Christmas dinner), and it ...

Pulled Persian chicken

This year I cooked an alternative Christmas dinner for a group of friends, a Persian feast (you can read all about my Friendsmas by clicking here, as well as seeing the full menu)! It was inspired by a Persian Street Food stall that I visited at a Food Festival earlier this year. I knew that I wanted to cook some kind of shredded chicken dish, with lots of rich flavours, but I couldn't find a recipe anywhere that seemed to be the sort of thing that I was looking for, so I bit the bullet ...

A Persian Feast for ‘Friendsmas’

I feel like I've got my Christmas dinner down to a tee now, we always have a huge turkey from the farm local to my Mum and Dad, we have to have Tom Kerridge's polished carrots, goose fat on the potatoes (slimming's out of the window on Christmas day as far as I'm concerned) and 2 types of stuffing. However, there's a new type of Christmas celebration emerging in our lives, and it isn't the one you spend with family on 25th December, it's 'Friendsmas', a gathering of friends, in the weeks ...

Bacon and mushroom quiche with sweet potato crust

  A sweet potato crust is my favourite way to do quiche at the moment- it's so easy (way easier than making pastry and more healthy!) and it really adds both filling power and flavour to your quiche. When I made this one, I was actually planning to do a chilli courgette quiche, but it turned out I had run out of courgettes, so I just used what I had in the fridge which was mushrooms and bacon! To make the crust I just thinly slice sweet potato with a  sharp knife and layer into a ...

Thai chicken curry

Thai curry is such a classic- I used to make it at least once a week and always with full-fat coconut milk! If you find a good quality ready-made curry paste it really is the easiest meal to throw together. I have always used the May Ploy curry paste- green or red- it is so good that for me it's not worth all the effort of making my own (well I would if I had a load of time on my hands!). This is what it looks like, and you can get it in most major supermarkets- I've deifnitely seen in ...

Mexican layered chicken bake

Mexican food is a real love of mine, fajitas are often a Saturday night treat for us, but unfortunately wraps generally aren't wholesome or healthy, so I really wanted to come up with an alternative which still seems like as much of a treat. I have made an enchilada bake before which is really delicious, but although it cuts down on the amount of wraps you would normally have, it does still use them. I decided to trial grated sweet potato as one of the layers both to create more ...

Pavlova wreath

This recipe is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts cookbook. I was lucky enough to try it at the Slimming World head office blogger's Christmas lunch (read all about it here) It tastes lovely, looks great on the table and is only 3 syns per serving. The one in the picture was made by the fabulous staff in the Slimming World Head office kitchen, and photographed by me //  

Winter raspberry and chocolate log

I was lucky enough to be invited recently to a Christmas lunch at the Slimming World head office(you can read all about it here )- this was one of the pudding choices and it was absolutely lovely! It is only 3 syns per slice so perfect for a guilt-free Christmas treat and it makes a gorgeous centrepiece for a Christmassy table! This is from the Slimming World Festive Feasts Cookbook which is available in Slimming World groups, priced £4.95. Please note the one in the picture was ...