Oh, it’s so good to be back! We have enjoyed really fun (if on a cold and windy side) camping trip in Cornwall last week but I must admit it is good to have all my creature comforts back now. 🙂 It’s hard to believe that there are only three weeks left before kids go back to school and we are going to start thinking about warming stews and comfort foods… I thought we should hang on to the Summer for a bit longer and have got few recipes lined up which pretty much scream Summer.
The one I’m posting today is my version of very popular Greek dip/side/meze – Tzatziki. I do not claim for this to be authentic Greek tzatziki but it surely is delicious! I am absolutely obsessed with this humble little dish and put it literally on anything from barbecue or roasted meats, veggies, in wraps, sarnies or to dip some pita bread wedges in. It’s absolutely gorgeous and as far as I’m concerned the more garlicy the better!
Here we are, finally the end of term and the very first day of Summer holidays! Unfortunately, it rained and rained a lot! 🙁 It’s been such a crazy week here due to some house renovations I won’t bore you with and all I needed today for me and my boys was some sunshine. Anyway… that’s enough of my moaning.
To cut the long story short, I haven’t really had much time to focus on food or blogging for that matter during the past week as I’ve been spending my evenings covered in dust and paint. We are almost there now though and I felt it was ok to take an evening off for a bit of blogging, hence my quick recipe for delicious Smoked Mackerel & Horseradish Pâté.
Oh I do love brownies, blondies, all sorts of easy, chocolatey tray bakes. You name it and if it contains chocolate (white, milk or dark) I’m there. 🙂
I tend to keep a small (ahem!) 😉 stash of chocolate for baking purposes and for some reason recently I have acquired quite a substantial amount of white chocolate. Must have been using milk and dark for baking much more of late obviously. Anyway, this sort of prompted me to come up with a way to use it up and what better way than to bake some blondies!
I absolutely adore cooking with mince and since I’ve discovered healthier, turkey version I have been utilising it a lot! I think turkey mince must be one of the most versatile meat there is especially when you need to feed family of “fuss pots”. 😉 The main reason I love it so much is because it is quick and easy to cook with. To add to that, it is a fab carrier for different cuisines and flavour profiles and my family love it!
My Hidden Vegetables Turkey Chilli Pie is one of our family favourites. Whenever I cook it I can be certain there will be empty plates and happy faces all round. What not too like?
I have discovered overnight oats very recently as only around March time this year. It’s not that I haven’t heard of them before cause I have. The thing is, they didn’t appeal to me much. I’m a porridge girl you see and the idea of cold oats didn’t really agree with me!
It was also around that time when I started my food blogging journey and have been introduced to hot yoga which I completely fell in love with from the first class. I decided to look into the whole overnight oats thingy with a bit more enthusiasm as it could prove to be perfect instant brekkie on a really busy mornings when time is so precious. It also sounded as it could be a perfect sustenance before my sweaty yoga class! Needless to say, I tried it, I loved it and have been making lots of different variations since. I simply cannot get enough.
Do you find yourself struggling for meal inspiration? Perhaps you tend to cook same things week in, week out? I think we are all guilty of that sometimes as more often than not it’s just easier and we are so busy with our daily lives.
Being a food blogger I tend to “live food”. My mind is constantly pondering next meal or recipe idea. This is what I do and love. However, there are days I’d love for somebody to simply tell me what’s for dinner. It would be even better if they could cook it for me too but that’s a different story. 😉 When lovely peeps from HelloFresh got in touch asking if I wanted to take part in their Flavour Campaign and have a play with their new Flavour Generator, I was very excited.
Banana Bread must be one of the most popular bakes of recent years. There are countless recipes for this lovely bread, different variations and adaptations. I have been baking my banana bread for a long time and throughout the years I’ve tried and tested many different recipes. This particular variation is my healthier version with lovely wholemeal flour used to increase fibre and sugar and butter reduced as well. My Wholesome Banana Bread relies on really (and I mean REALLY) ripe bananas for its sweetness and some of the butter have been substituted with natural yogurt without the loss of moisture in a final bake. I say RESULT!
My family loves pastry and eggs hence quiches do feature quite regularly on our table. There is always something in the fridge and cupboards that can be used for the filling which is also perfect for sneaking a veg or two. This particular Smoked Mackerel Quiche with Horseradish is one of our favourites.
It appears we have Summer in full swing now and even had our first proper heat wave! You have no idea how happy it makes me and I don’t even mind being too hot, bring it on! 🙂
Add some wonderfully tasty Summery food and drink to the equation and I’m in heaven and as weekend is almost here I thought that a bit of cake wouldn’t go amiss! Won’t you agree? I thought something light and fruity would be appropriate. As it’s June and Strawberries are at their best I decided upon this Easy Strawberry Yogurt Cake.
Haven’t we been spoilt this weekend with proper Summer weather (and it’s not even technically Summer yet)! So many of us took to great outdoors (including yours truly) and what’s better way of enjoying the sunshine than to have a picnic! Oh, or BBQ of course, although this post is all about another picnic food – Asparagus and Parma Ham Twists with Pesto!