If you enjoy cooking it probably does take you out of yourself, and immerses you in a constructive and productive activity. You mix up a batter, pour it in a pan, whack it into he oven and, et voila, a cake. Of course that's good for your brain - if not your waistline. But I think it is more than that.
I had to check my calendar this morning to make sure we're actually halfway through February. I mean it seemed like only last week I was enjoying a glass (or five) of Prosecco, counting down the seconds to 2016!
I know the feeling of coming home from work in the evening and not wanting to make anything at all yet still being completely famished. I also know the feeling of coming home in the evening and really looking forward to a warm and comforting meal to enjoy while you cozy up for the remainder of the night. This recipe is the happy medium.
You can throw in almost any vegetable here; baby corn and pak choi seem to fit the Eastern-themed flavours the best but I wouldn't say no to some broccoli, spinach or potato and peppers were they a) permitted or b) abundant in my fridge.
We had a dinner party in December where I made a batch of these chai spiced brownies for pudding and I can say with happiness that they definitely seemed to do the trick / elicit moreish noises, recipe requests and the satisfied licking of fingers. And best of all, they are good for you, and surprisingly quick to get going.
Did you know the Bramley apple is only grown in Britain and is over 200 years old? It's loved by both chefs and home cooks for its excellent flavour and texture. It's higher malic acid content and lower sugar levels give it a stronger, tangier taste that retains its flavour when cooked.
Cauliflower is the ugly-duckling-turned-swan of the food world. This is indisputable. You may be thinking, "Whoa, hang on a sec. Isn't kale still king? Aren't we still talking about kale?... Hey, should I be making cauliflower crisps now?"
Most of us don't eat enough fish. The UK government guidelines say (and I know we don't trust them after they cut our recommended booze allowance, but still) we should eat two helpings per week, one of which should be an oily fish. This is a good place to start.
Did you know that's it's national breakfast week? So to celebrate my favourite meal of the day (in fact I go to bed dreaming about what I'm going to have for breakfast the next day!) I thought I'd share some breakfast inspiration...
So this recipe is in spite of everything I've been seeing on my Instagram feed recently of spicing up kale crisps as a treat! This is a treat. A real, pure, unadulterated treat which should be treated with care in the administering and devouring of this delicious baklava (or baklava) recipe.
Just delicious, accessible food that all generations can get stuck into preparing and eating together. That happens to be sugar free. Oh, and ideally involves only a single mixing bowl or oven dish so very little washing up (you've got to dream, haven't you?)
These pumpkin gnocchi are so moreish and simple to make. They start off a little tedious but once you get the hang of them, they really are quick to have ready. I've been making this at least once a week since I started having it...
At this time of year, it's easy to become tired of eating roasted root vegetables. In our- post Christmas search of something fresher, greener and lighter, purple sprouting broccoli is a welcome taster of what Spring is to deliver.
These are really straight forward to make. My advice is to have the batter mixture right next to the frying pan to avoid those unnecessary splats of batter right across the hob rings!
Although these came about by mistake, they turned out to be a great healthy snack. If you're looking for something simple to make that still tastes delicious (and happens to be good for you!) try them out for yourself.
Merry back to normal! We're here, we made it! December is done. The tree's down, the cards recycled and the kitchen raided of all sprouts, stilton and stollen. I love Christmas; love, love, love it, but, I do like getting back to normal just as much.