The Return of the Cast Iron Pot

It was snowing again in Edinburgh today, and the cosy, wintery vibes inspired another one-pot stew. It’s pork, apple, carrots, parsnip and red onion with rosemary and all the usual seasoning. Thyme and parsley would go great too. All using the same pot: Brown the pork in olive oil, s&p over a high heat then…

Coconut flour banana muffins

The idea behind these was to find something nutritious I can make in advance at the weekend and have quickly for breakfast before my 9am starts at uni. The use of coconut flour means the recipe involves many, many eggs. 6 to be precise. So I can still have eggs for breakfast, but I don’t have…

Guacamole experiments

As an attempt to liven up my weeknight meals, I made a guacamole-ish dip to accompany  the usual tasty-but-often-bland format of ‘some meat with some veg and some leafy greens’. In a food processor: Whirl together an avocado, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, and some nuts (I used pistachios).

Christmas! And Norway! And Norwegian Christmas!

During a recent trip to Norway, my friend’s father being a talented cook and extremely willing to impart knowledge on Norwegian traditions, cooked us a typical Norwegian Christmas Eve meal. In the photo is sheep meat, pork meat balls, red currents, pickled cabbage and swede mash. It was explained to us that, prior to oil…

Coconutty Curry

These days my Sunday night pre-prepped dinners are rather samey, usually involving simply a range of stir fried veg (aubergine, spinach, bean sprouts..) with halloumi, fried egg and lashings of soy sauce. This week I branched out a little, feeling something slightly sweeter & hotter. Sweat onions, garlic, chills, ginger in cumin, turmeric (lots) S&P,…

Chinese foodie adventures

Here are a sample of the best foods I had through travels in Nanjing, Beijing and Shanghai. My favourites from this lot would certainly be the garlic cray fish, they were incredibly fresh but so messy! You were given plastic gloves to eat them with. Also the plum steamed buns, which I shall long for…

Aubergine and Rainbow Trout

The Aubergine cooking was inspired by a recent trip to Nanjing where it is widely found in restaurants. Could be the best vegetable dish I’ve ever had. 1/2 Aubergine, 1/4 Sweet potato, Frozen Fillet of Rainbow Trout, a pepper?, 2 Garlic Cloves, S&P, Paprika, Mix Herbs, Butter, Olive Oil, Parmesan Finely chop the garlic cloves…

Mega-Salad

This is such a nourishing lunch and tastes explosive. Salad: Cucumber, Beetroot, Onion, Spinach, Radish, Red Cabbage, Can of Chickpeas, Walnuts, Parmesan, Seed mix, any other desired salady stuff (feta might work a treat) Dressing: Olive oil, Yellow Mustard, Cider Vinegar, Rosemary, S&P, Lemon Juice all shaken together in a large bottle   Chop into…

Porridge Lite

A lighter version of my usual porridge for lazy mornings: Use a mix of oats and coconut flour Add a mix of almond milk and water Microwave for 1:30, stir, add frozen berries, microwave for another 30 Top with more berries, cinnamon, peanut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds and the rest of the kitchen sink

Salt and Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

Delicious, protein rich snack! (and a great way to get rid of those left over hibernating tins of chickpeas before moving out of halls day) I used tins of water soaked chickpeas, but you could alway soak dry ones beforehand Boil chickpeas in vinegar/water solution (mostly vinegar) for about 5 minutes Leave to rest in…

Chicken & Avocado

  Simple Salad with sweet potato: Chicken fillets, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 sweet potato, white wine vinegar, olive oil, pumpkin &sunflower seeds Prep chopped sweet potato, avocado and chicken with olive oil, S&P and paprika Bake for about 25 mins Put chicken, avocado and dressing onto spinach and lettuce leaves Sprinkle with seeds   Slightly more…

Week 9: Salmon

Really simple baked salmon: Salmon, mango chutney, pumpkin, sunflower & flax seeds, chopped tomatoes, S&P Simply bake for around 15 mins! Makes a great, quick, weeknight meal