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!
My kids are absolutely obsessed with sausage rolls! Let’s be honest, as yummy as they are (and they are), they are not particularly healthy. I have been making sausage rolls for years using really good quality sausages to feed my boys’ habit but recently I’ve decided to try and make them that little bit healthier. That’s how my Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Turkey Rolls were born!
My Chocolate Brioche Pudding with Raspberries is a take on a classic bread and butter pudding. It’s the posh version, wealthier and better looking relation if you wish. So if you love chocolate, buttery brioche and custard, put your “fat pants” on and dig in! Sprinkling of fresh raspberries over the top should make you feel less guilty… 😉
Baked Pork Loin Chops with Carrots & Cheesy Crust – what can I say, I love pork! It is such a versatile meat that can be nice and lean and make nice change from the chicken. Did you know that you can eat every part of a pig? I know, I’m digressing slightly here. Back to the subject now.
This Baked Pork Loin Chops with Carrots & Cheesy Crust is one of our family favourites. It’s one of the dishes I used to watch my mum make for us. It later became firm part of my own family kitchen. One of the great things about this dish is that once assembled, it pretty much takes care of itself. I like to make it for Sunday lunch when I don’t fancy spending a lot of time in the kitchen. It is also great when it’s too hot to cook anything on the top of the stove but you fancy “proper” cooked dinner. We are this sort of family who eat roast dinners in the Summer almost as often as in Winter so you get what I’m on about 😉 but again digressing… 😉
I have been making these Easy Yoghurt Bread Rolls for good few years now and they never disappoint. I usually go through phases with these, making them almost every day only to stop for a while. Too much of a good thing I guess. 🙂
The great thing about these rolls is that they are oh so light and delicious. They also keep their freshness for good couple of days. This way you can enjoy them for longer (not that it happens very often in our house)! They are usually gone the day they’re baked!
This week I’m really pleased to bring you not only something tasty (Cheese Straws) but also really useful… 🙂
Recently I have been contacted by Steamer Trading Cookshop and asked whether I would like to write a post using Joseph Joseph 9 Piece Multi Nest Bowls Plus. You can only imagine my excitement. 🙂 I must admit, I was a little bit biased as I absolutely love Steamer Trading. I tend to visit it on pretty much every single occasion I’m in town (they have one of their shops near me in Chichester). It is a foodie heaven with lovely and helpful staff who are there to assist or leave you be if you’re only in for a browse. 🙂 I would highly recommend you check them out. They have 41 stores across the UK but in case there isn’t one near you, you can always visit them online at Steamer Trading Cookshop
I simply cannot get enough of asparagus this season and am really embracing it. This Asparagus & Sun-Dried Tomato Risotto is simply too good not to try. It marries two distinct flavours of sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus really well. Initially I thought that sun-dried tomatoes might be a bit overpowering and yes their flavour is definitely quite a dominant one. However, lovely chunks of asparagus thrown in definitely hold their own. Addition of lemon zest as garnish is pretty cleansing and helps to enjoy this dish as a whole.
What do you do with half a bunch of asparagus and half a bag of spinach? Of course, you make a soup. My Asparagus and Spinach Soup was born out of the need to clear the fridge (again)! The best of soups come to life this way, don’t you know? 😉
I bought this rather large bunch of fresh asparagus the other day and half was used straight away as a side dish. However, as it was so big, the other half ended up in the fridge for another day. With no lunch ideas and after inspection of the fridge the soup seemed like an obvious choice. It is my favourite type of lunch anyway.
I thought I would keep it quite fresh, healthy and cream-free but I still fancied a bit of texture and creaminess. The best way to achieve this without the addition of dairy is to use good old tatties. Once pureed, they give the soup nice thickness and body without the soup being too watery.
This gorgeous Double Chocolate Pavlova with Nutella Cream & Maltesers was one of many chocolate treats on our table during Easter. This one was specifically requested by the hubby who adores this dessert and I’m right there with him. Fully assembled it looks rather pretty so it is perfect for those special occasions and is most certainly extremely rich but light at the same time.
As with any pavlova, I would highly recommend baking the base in advance as best meringues need time to bake and cool slowly. With little pre-planning, once you’ve got the base, all the rest is child’s play. 🙂
Spring is finally here! Post Easter we all feel like we should get back on track, limit chocolate intake and start eating better. Spring Lemon and Dill Salmon Pasta with Asparagus and Peas I have on offer for you today will be your perfect start. It is one of those dishes that feels really rich and indulgent but at the same time is full of good, body nourishing ingredients. It will make you feel good about the way you eat (as long as you stick to one portion that is). 😉
I am a huge fan of fish and seafood but salmon in particular. I love how versatile and rich it is and simply love the flavour! To top it off, all the omega-3 goodness that comes with it speaks for itself. Fresh salmon can be quite expensive but I tend to get 1kg filleted salmon sides when they are on offer. I then portion as needed and freeze.