Kung Pao Broccoli with Brown Rice and a sprinkling of Sesame Seeds

We were pretty hungry yesterday after our visit to the beach. The boys braved the sea, but it’s still way too cold for me, so I just relaxed on the beach, listening to some summer tunes (in actual fact, I just fall asleep, it’s my default setting as soon as I close my eyes… makes yoga fun!) Anthony likes Chinese style food, so I thought I’d make us a big old stir fry with a Kung Pao (or Kung Po) sauce, the dish was really tasty and quite spicy, my only addition to it would be to add a little […]

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Deliciously Moreish Home Made Petit Fours

I didn’t quite get around to my millionaire’s shortbread today but I did create some pretty cute petit fours which took about 15 minutes to whip up and another 15 minutes for the chocolate to set. Martin bought me some marzipan for my birthday the other week and I wanted to make some sweets, so I took inspiration from the boxes of petit fours my nan used to get from Marks and Spencers and added some dark chocolate and a decorative little almond just to make them look pretty! The truffles, I just fancied making! The mixture itself was sweet […]

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Portobello Mushroom & Black Eye Pea Cassoulet with Basil Bulgur and Green Beans

I went crazy in the kitchen last night and could easily have catered for about 6 people rather than 3, so the boys had double helpings to get it all finished! I also made my samosa bake yesterday which we had for lunch and I made the dark chocolate cupcakes for dessert and today I’m just about to go whip up a falafel pie and if I get time later this afternoon I might just make a nice batch of millionaire’s shortbread…. can you tell I haven’t been in the kitchen much these last few days??  Severe withdrawal pangs! I […]

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Fruit & Nut Cake with just a hint of Rhubarb

I have in my fridge a delicious Rhubarb Jam that I bought at our local market and it’s really quite tasty, so I put together this incredibly easy cake recipe specifically to include some of this jam. I’ve made a marmalade cake before, so felt confident that this would turn out fine. I should say though that this cake, is  more dense than my usual cakes, as soon as you add in the flax seeds it completely changes the texture of your cakes, so keep this in mind.  If you want light and fluffy, then miss out the flax seeds […]

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Curry Lentil & Butter Bean Slice served with Cucumber Mint Raita and Paprika Spiced Oven Baked Chips

To be honest, this started off as a burger recipe, but when I was getting ready to set up the patties I just thought that it would be easier to cook as one slice and divide it up into the necessary portions, as I knew I’d be saving half for lunch the next again day. Really glad I opted for this as it did make the process quicker and there’s no need to flip it over half way through either, I’m all about simplifying! Our guest Anthony has arrived, just picked him up from the airport, we were going to […]

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Visit to my sister’s place, May 2013

“What’s this got to do with inspiration..?” I shall tell you. My sister is an absolute inspiration to me, she lives in a foreign land where no one speaks a word of English and yet she has mastered the language to such a level that she converses freely with anyone she meets, she’s confident and helpful to others, she gets up at the crack of dawn to start the day (I tried to get her to do some Yoga in the morning but she wasn’t feeling it!!) Bless her heart, when I arrived we did a pit stop for some […]

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