Norway-Inspired Salad Bowl

Finding a large piece of reduced smoked salmon (unfortunately not gravlax salmon) in Tesco, I have taken inspiration from an incredible salady meal I had while in Norway a few weeks earlier. I got my super-health-geek on and had this with a pot of gunpowder green tea. Good times. The Salad: Smoked salmon Wild/wholegrain rice…

New and Improved Breakfast Muffins

Having just run out of my last batch of banana breakfast muffins, I decided to replenish supplies immediately, slightly re-vamping the recipe. They were a very successful, efficient breakfast event and went a treat with yogurt and blueberries. However, the coco powder, even though a small amount made them just a tad too rich. I…

Week 2: Stew and more Stew

Such wonderful winter food, and this one turned out really well. I am self-proclaimed queen of stews. It must be my Irish family roots. Pork shoulder, shallots, garlic, sage, rosemary, mushrooms, parsnips, stock. Serve with boiled cabbage (or at least that’s what I’ll do in the coming week). All in a cast iron pot: Cut…

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