All posts tagged: recipe

Quick and Easy Dinner? Belazu has the Answer

I wish there were more hours in the day. I really do. I find that there isn’t time to do everything I want to do in life. I like cooking but I also like eating out and playing sport during the week. But I can’t do it all. Or can I? I really don’t think quick, easy and cheap meals have to come in ready meal format. There are loads of solutions that are healthy, will tickle those tastebuds and be kind on your pocket. I play netball on Mondays and Wednesdays and find it really hard to find the time to cook on those evenings. So I was really pleased to see that Belazu has just launched sauce jars, which heated up are perfect poured over cous cous. I made this a couple of evenings before netball. I tried the Tomato and Smoked Paprika and the Red Pepper and Rose Harissa sauces and it took literally 10 minutes to prepare. I served with a fresh side salad and it was the perfect dinner – …

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, …

Crab Linguine – The Potted Fish Company

I’m a busy girl but despite being pretty time poor on weekday evenings, I will never settle for a ready meal. So I was glad when I was sent a few pots of potted fish to try at home. Founded by Devon based Jonathan Bailey at the age of 22, The Potted Fish company produces a small but well formed range of potted fish using no additives or preservatives. I went to see Franz Ferdinand on Tuesday evening in Brixton but had some time to quickly go home and make myself some dinner beforehand so decided to use my pot of Old English Crab to make crab linguine. I used a recipe card that I was sent as a guideline but made a couple of my own additions. This dinner takes literally 15 minutes to eat and is totally delicious. Crab Linguine (Serves 2) Ingredients 160g dried linguine 1 pot of Old English Crab 4 spring onions, finely chopped Handful of parsley, finely chopped One tso chilli flakes Handful of rocket Parmesan shaving Splash of …

Gluten Free Lemon and Polenta Cake

I can’t count how many times I have baked this cake over the last few months. It has become a staple in my household and is definitely one of the best cakes I have ever baked. Better still, it’s gluten free so I can eat as much of it as I like! Gluten Free Lemon and Polenta Cake Ingredients 200g unsalted butter 200g golden caster sugar 200g ground almonds (I grind my own, skin on) 100g fine or coarse polenta 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder (I use Doves gluten free) 3 large eggs zest of 2 lemons For the syrup Juice of 2 lemons 150 g golden icing sugar Method 1. Cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy 2. Mix the polenta, ground almonds and baking powder in a bowl 3. Add the dry mix and eggs, alternating as you go and ending with the dry mix 4. Add the lemon zest 5. Pour into a prepared cake tin and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean …

Lemon and Rosemary Drizzle Cake Recipe

“You ran from Webmley?!”, exclaimed the friendly apron clad woman. Yes, we replied, seeing full well that she thought we were crackers. We had risen at 8.30am on a Saturday morning and ran through the windy sleet and snow to view a couple of marble tops that were listed on eBay not too far from where we live. Jack had forced me into my running gear and I plodded along the street behind him feeling a serious bout of misery coming on. It’s late March and barely above freezing. We had planned to frolick with friends this weekend but the weather is putting a stop to our will to venture out of our comfort zone. We arrived home and I was thoroughly miserable. We cooked a delicious breakfast of eggs poached in tomatoes, which brightened up my mood slightly but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon a magical video by Nigel Slater that my day really started to kick into gear. I watched Nigel, sat on the floor with my back against the radiator, mouth …