Sun-dried tomatoes and dried mushrooms. Two of the most expensive ingredients available, especially in comparison to their fresh counterparts.
With the weather looking to hot up this week and many people bringing out their BBQ's and picnics, I wanted to share one of my favourite summer recipes with you. My Thai-Style Tofu Noodles are a great alternative for a tasty, light summer lunch or as an exiting side dish for your BBQ.
I like to pop these in the freezer for about an hour and then take them out for a few minutes before serving. This recipe doesn't make too many but they're rich and moreish and you could always double the recipe if you're craving more!
I've always been a bit of a sucker for gadgets in the kitchen and the spiralizer is most definitely my appliance de jour! (Soz Nutribullet). If you don't have a spiralizer machine fear not as you can buy spiralized vegetables from most supermarkets.
Oh my word I've never seen so many herbs in the garden! This spell of warm wet weather has sent everything into a growing frenzy. The rocket is living up to its name - 'wild'. The parsley is going to need mowing if it grows another inch.
This Mediterranean warm halloumi and potato salad is the perfect lunch on a hot summer's day. It's quick and easy to make, spicy and full of flavour and, whether your guests are meat lovers or vegetarians, they'll LOVE IT!! It's also perfect for anyone following a low FODMAP diet such as people with IBS or digestive disorders.
This courgette and lemon risotto is sublime. It's healthy, tasty and full of nutrients, meaning that you'll look great, feel great and, best of all, it's not a diet so no restrictions. Just healthy choices.
Part 2 of baking with chickpeas. This was initially intended to be a chocolate cake. When it emerged from the oven, I thought it was ruined, but in fact, it was something even better!
Since beginning my new Food Optimising way of eating via Slimming World, I am always looking for ways to reduce my use of processed ingredients and for foods with lower syn values. This way of eating limits all kinds of flours, even wholegrain flours, although the whole grain itself, say quinoa, can be eaten freely in unlimited quantities.
Wild garlic season may just be the highlight of the spring for me. As much as I adore asparagus and Jersey Royals, there is something so alluring about shards of garlicky green leaf growing free in the wilderness.
Turmeric is a very powerful spice, a popular spice in India, used for thousands of years. It contains curcumin, which is the substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and is a very strong antioxidant.
Nothing says Springtime like a posy of flowers. After the seemingly endless grey of winter, early Spring flowers are a welcome splash of colour and life. They look almost good enough to eat. Which is handy. Because with many of them, you can. So hurrah for edible flowers.
The Tories have crossed the line in their latest move to impose cuts on the BBC... Ministers are planning to axe several "soft" elements of the broadcaster's output, including travel advice and 'magazine' style features. But the most shocking casualty will be the removal of most of its cooking recipes, which range from a humble burger to a painfully fashionable kale and quinoa sauté.
There's no exact measurement for the amount of ingredients here; mix and match whatever veggies you like, add some sprouts, rice noodles, shrimp, different herbs, etc. The beauty of these is using what you have on hand or changing it up with what's in season for different colours, flavours, and textures.
These aren't currently on the menu but they're something my Mum cooked for me last week and as soon as I ate them I realised I needed to update the specials showcasing these delicious crispy and addictive morsels. These are what we call 'Gateaux Bringelle' meaning aubergine cake, similar to ad pakora or bhaji but lighter in flavour and texture.
As muffins go, these are fairly healthy. I resisted the temptation to pipe maple cream cheese frosting all over them (but don't let me stop you, in fact send me photos) and I reduced the butter and sugar content a fraction but they're honestly not as joyless as I'm probably making them sound.