All posts filed under: Recipes

Recipe: Dutch Mustard Soup

This Dutch Mustard Soup is the perfect winter warming dinner. Make enough and you have a delicious lunch the next day, too. Ingredients 1.l water 2 chicken stock cubes 125ml creme fraiche 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 125 ml cream cheese 4 tbsp cornflour 1 spring onion, chopped 5 rashers bacon, sliced and fried Extra virgin olive oil to drizzle Salt and pepper to season Method 1. Bring water to boil. Add creme fraiche, mustard and cheese and whip until smooth. 2. Add cornflour. When the soup thickens, add salt and pepper to taste. 3. Garnish with spring onion, bacon bits and olive oil.

Recipe – Steak San Marino

This is the first in a series of recipes that I will be posting from a challenge that my ex boyfriend and I set ourselves when the Olympics came to London – we attempted to cook a dish from every country that took part in the games and called the challenge Eat the Olympics. We only made it to 170 something out of 204 but had some incredible experiences along the way, including a supper club and trips to Marrakech and Brazil. Steak San Marino was one of our favourites and we scored it gold. Ingredients: 1kg topside beef steaks Plain flour 2 tsp salt 2 tsp ground black pepper 1 x tin chopped tomatoes 100ml red wine 1 medium onion 4 carrots 3 tsp dried mixed herbs 1 bay leaf 1 tbsp hot sauce Method: 1. Peel and chop into chunks the onion and carrots 2. Cut the steak into four serving portions 3. Combine the flour and salt and pepper and coat the steaks with the flour mix. Coat the bottom of an oven proof …

Recipe: Beetroot, Carrot, Apple, Spinach, Kale and Ginger Juice

Yesterday morning I decided to put two things to good use – my juicer and that bag of veg I bought when I was spaced out in the greengrocers at the weekend. I walked around the shop five times, basket in hand, hastily placing random fruit and veg in a neat pile. I am quite happy with my selection, though, as I was able to make a really delicious juice before work. Beetroot, carrot, apple, spinach, kale and ginger juice  Ingredients (enough for one) 2 small bulbs of raw beetroot, root chopped off Handful of curly kale Handful of spinach 3 medium sized carrots One apple 1 inch ginger, peeled Method Simply juice everything and enjoy straight away. There’s something so satisfying about creating a delicious and healthy homemade juice. I didn’t eat anything after this until lunch time, which I regretted as I was starving by 11am, but at least I was safe in the knowledge that I had fed my body with nutrients! In the future, I’ll supplement it with something equally as …

Recipe: Bavette Steak with Chimichurri

I can’t tell you how much I am loving living down the road from a Ginger Pig butcher, particularly as my weekend walks around Victoria Park are ending with a trip to pick up a steak for dinner. Although I adore fillet steak, I prefer to cook bavette, not just because it never fails on the flavour stakes (pun intended), but because it’s also ridiculously cheap. A steak for one costs a mere £3.50. What I also love about steak is that it is super easy to cook. All I did was pan fry it for 2 ½ minutes on each side, dressed it with a homemade chimichurri and a mound of leafy salad. Bavette Steak with Chimichurri  Ingredients 100ml red wine vinegar 50ml extra virgin olive oil Large handful of parsley, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed Pinch of chilli flakes 1 Bavette steak Salt and pepper to season 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (for frying) Method Start by taking the steak out of the fridge half an hour before you want to cook …

Recipe: Homemade Hummus with Aubergine Salad and Halloumi

There is something so satisfying about making your own hummus. I also adore the Moroccan tomato salad that I learned to make on my trip to Marrakech a couple of years ago and can’t get enough of grilled halloumi. Put it all together and you get a delicious brunch dish. Hummus with Aubergine Salad and Halloumi Ingredients For the hummus 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tin chickpeas 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp ground cumin 180g tahini 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp paprika (plus a bit extra for dusting) Salt (to season) For the aubergine 1 whole aubergine, cubed 1 x good quality tin of plum tomatoes 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric Salt and pepper to season Big glug of rapeseed or olive oil, for frying Method 1. Make the hummus. Place all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Season or add more lemon juice if need be. 2. Heat a big glug of oil in a pan and fry aubergine for 10 minutes, or until soft. 3. Add …

Cinnamon American Pancakes Recipe

I do love a good weekend brunch. And there’s nothing that makes me happier than waking up on a Saturday morning and whipping up a batch of fluffy American pancakes. This weekend was no different. I had planned breakfast a few days in advance and knew I was going to make cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup. Pancakes are such a simple and totally decadent way to start your day at the weekend. You probably have most of the ingredients in the cupboard, you just need to put them to good use! Here’s my recipe so you can have a go at making your own pancakes. Ingredients 135g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 1 tsp Schwartz ground cinnamon 130ml milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2tbsp melted butter, plus extra for cooking Method Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon salt and golden caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then the melted butter. Pour the milk mixture …

Grana Padano and Prosciutto di San Daniele Baked Toastie Recipe

A few weeks ago I was sent a rather lovely hamper, which contained some delicious ingredients – Grana Padano aand Prosciutto di San Daniele. The idea? For me and 11 other bloggers to compete in a recipe challenge competition to win £450 worth of vouchers for La Cucina Caldesi Cookery School. It sounded great so as soon as my hamper arrived, I got cracking, literally. The competition is to raise awareness of the “PDO – The taste of origin and tradition” campaign, which was launched in partnership with the Consortium or Prosciutto di San Daniele and the Consortium of Grana Padano Cheese and is designed to promote Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) products. The recipe I have devised for this competition is simple. I am a very busy lady and it is designed for people like me – who like to be able to cook something quick and delicious on a work night. In fact, I cooked this before a netball match on a Monday evening – it was quick, delicious and very satisfying. Grana Padano, …