Summer is finally here! Ok let me rephrase, it definitely popped in for a visit over the Bank Holiday weekend and wasn’t the weather glorious! Glorious and hot and when proper hydration becomes priority. Having had rhubarb delivered in my veg box on Friday I thought it would be only appropriate (having already baked a cake which I shall be sharing with you soon) to concoct some sort of refreshing drink. This Rhubarb & Ginger Cooler with Mint & Lemon turned out to be a perfect thirst quencher during last weekend!
We are huge roast chicken fans here and eat it quite a lot. As much as we all love proper full blown roast chook dinner, when it comes to midweek cooking roast chicken thighs and drumsticks will win every time! This Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots came about when I was looking for ways to use my gorgeous Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto and as I had a bag of shallots from my weekly veg box still untouched I decided to throw these in for their lovely sticky sweetness. The result was incredible!
Continuing my love affair with wild garlic, today I’ve got for you this fantastic Wild Garlic & Walnut Pesto! Its flavour is simply incredible and quite different from the store bought one due the use of wild garlic of course but also walnuts instead of pine nuts. Pesto is super versatile and can be used in so many dishes either as a main player or flavour enhancer. Did I mention that it is super quick and easy to make plus if you make your own you know exactly what’s in it!
Welcome to Baking Crumbs Linky – May 2018 which I have privilege to guest host this month for lovely Angela of Only Crumbs Remain blog. This linky is the ultimate place for bloggers to share their bakes and non-bloggers to get inspired and find recipes for some wonderful delights! At the end of the month I will publish a full round-up of all May’s bakes and also highlight one recipe I decided to recreate! Now, without further ado!
Wild garlic! My oh my! It’s another delicacy I’ve discovered so far this year (next to blood oranges) and what discovery it was! Beautiful, green, almost baby spinach like and quite delicate too but don’t let the appearance fool you as this baby packs a punch! If you are a garlic person like myself than you will most certainly love it. I’ve done some research and settled on couple of recipes which are simply perfect for wild garlic, one of which I’m sharing with you today. It is a variation on one of my favourite ever dips – Wild Garlic Hummus.
I haven’t posted new Instant Pot recipe for a while even though it’s been getting a lot of use in my kitchen pretty much on daily basis. I love making risotto in the Instant Pot now although initially I was a bit sceptical but it really works. This Instant Pot Fennel & Leek Risotto is a doddle to make in your IP or on the hob if you don’t own one and it’s a perfect mid week dinner your entire family will enjoy!
When revisiting my Jamie Oliver’s Inspired Chicken Tikka Masala (you’ve got to check it out!) I promised you recipe for lovely side dish to go with your curry. And here it is… Forget plain basmati rice and try my Easy Indian Spiced Basmati Rice, ready in just under half an hour.
Easter has come and gone, weather is still pants, chocolate is still flowing as kids are enjoying their second week of holidays and I fancied soup! Good, warming, wholesome, warm your cockles (and soul) type of soup. With few bits and bobs leftover in my weekly veg box and inspiration not going far beyond another chocolate bake this Veg Box Spinach & Mushroom Soup was created! 🙂
I thought I would share one more Easter bake with you before I take a short break to enjoy some time with the family over Easter period. These Easter Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits with Mini Eggs came about by accident but what a delicious accident it was! They will be perfect as a tasty baking project with your kids during Easter break!
With Easter only a week away, I thought a classic dish involving some lovely mince lamb wouldn’t go amiss. With weather not playing ball despite it being almost April, I still very much welcome some hearty and comforting dishes like this Shepherd’s Pie with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes! And what a delicious pie it is! I don’t think there are many meat eaters who would say no to this gorgeously comforting and classic British dish! I know I wouldn’t!