month : 03/2017 9 results

King prawn and sweet potato curry

I was excited when Iceland asked me to create a healthy dish using their frozen fish and seafood range- I love seafood, and I've been meaning to get more into our diet. I popped along to my nearest Iceland store to have a browse, and was so impressed by the range of frozen fish- I was very tempted to pick up the red snapper after watching the video of how Iceland freeze it at source- I quite liked the idea of a jerk style red snapper curry (might still do this at some point!), ...

Goodlife vegetarian frozen range

I've never really been one for convenience food, and then when it gets to an evening when I really can't face cooking I kick myself as I have nothing to fall back on and have to still cook from scratch! When Goodlife contacted me asking if I would like to try their vegetarian frozen range I decided to give it a go- I thought if we liked it it would be perfect for us and the kids as the whole range is stuffed full of good stuff and we are often thinking that we should try to have a few more ...

Easy sweet and sour chicken

I've looked at lots of sweet and sour recipes, and as I always like the easy route I couldn't really find any that just seemed quick and easy to do, so I came up with this one. I wanted to avoid adding cornflour, but to still have a thick sauce, and I really wanted to have it packed with flavour but full of healthy ingredients. This is so so easy to make, and tastes great.  

Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)

I wanted to have a go at making my own char siu pork as I love the look of it! We never get takeaway as there isn't anywhere to get it where I live, but I still love the takaway experience (lots of dishes to help yourself to!) so will often do a Chinese, Indian or Mexican at the weekend. Because there are so many amazing flavours in these cuisines anyway, you really don't need all the fat and oil that you would get in a takeaway dish in order to have something that still tastes amazing. ...

Popeye quiche

I go back time and time again to the sweet-potato crust quiche, as it is just such a brilliant alternative to pastry. Sometimes I slice the sweet potatoes, and sometimes I grate them and it is lovely both ways. I have explained before that this doesn't give a crisoy crust the edges do get a crunch but the bottom and sides stay fairly soft- it is still however and effective crust for the quiche and adds a difference texture and taste which is lovely! I stuck with a very simple ...

No fuss traybake tomato and basil soup

I really love soup, and it's such a brilliant way to get in lots of portions of vegetables, but I just don't always find the time to prepare it as it usually involves lots of chopping! I discovered a new way of making soup in a baking tray just before Christmas (see my Best Soup recipe here) and I thought I'd try it again with more of a basic soup. So with this one, I just peeled and roughly chopped and onion, threw in some whole cloves of garlic and then just chopped tomatoes, carrot and ...

Blueberry vanilla & almond baked oats

This makes such a delicious and filling breakfast- and it's good enough to feel like a weekend treat! If you are short on time in the morning it is fine to pre-cook and re-heat in the microwave. I just love the crunchiness of the almonds on top of these. I don't add any sweetness into the mix- I like to serve them with raspberries, fat-free yoghurt and some maple syrup, but if you prefer it to taste sweeter you could add some sweetener or fruit syrup/maple syrup into the mix. I recently ...

Easy chilli garlic meatballs

There's nothing more satisfying than a big plate of meatballs! I've always loved them ever since watching Lady and the Tramp share a romantic plateful. Equally it can be a bit of a faff to make and I'm all for the easy life, so I've come up with this version which is so so quick to prepare, but tastes so good every time! The key to this is that the sauce doesn't involve any chopping or standing over the cooker, it's just blended and then left to simmer. It's also a real lesson in how ...

Za’atar spice mix

Za'atar is one of my favourite discoveries in the past 6 months. I was introduced to it by Sabrina Ghaynour in her fabulous book Sirocco which is full of beautiful Middle-Eastern food ideas. Just before Christmas I hosted a Persian themed dinner party in which za'atar was a key ingredient! However, I have found it pretty expensive to by compared to other spice mixes, and so far I have only seen it in Sainsburys and Waitrose so it's not super-easy to get your hands on. That is why I had a ...