Coffee and Walnut Loaf with Maple Frosting

It can’t be, surely! But yes, yes it is, it’s me using my loaf tin again! Coffee and walnut is one of my very favourite cake combinations, they go together so well it would be rude of me not to make it often, so using my trusty side-kick, the loaf tin, I went to work baking this cake and then had a lightbulb moment of cutting it in half and lathering it in beautiful maple frosting, oh the sheer decadence of it! If you’re not a fan of coffee, you could sub it for cocoa powder and make it into […]

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Roasted Seasoned Portobello Mushrooms & Courgettes, with Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli & Sun Dried Tomatoes finished with a Chili & Chive Tahini Dressing

I love a recipe that takes little or no prep time, you bang it in the oven, go about your business (my business being baking cookies) and then after 30 -35 minutes you have a delicious and super filling dinner to present. This is just one of those recipes.  I can’t get over how easy it was to put together and even though it was a big old bowl of roasted vegetables it was so flavoursome and we were stuffed afterwards. I do mention in the recipe that the tahini dressing was killer hot, I had a couple of red […]

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Mushroom, Spinach & Lentil Polenta Loaf served with a Tangy Tomato and Basil Sauce

I only started using polenta about 2 years ago, up until then I’d never heard of it, tasted it or even had the notion to buy it, but when we changed our eating habits suddenly I was introduced to this world of polenta loveliness! I love it, there is just something about it which I can’t quite put into words, it’s comforting, it’s hearty and I just know I’m going to melt when I eat it! This is where my loaf tin came in handy again, see I told you it was a kitchen lifesaver! It’s an ideal way of […]

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Iced Carrot and Blackberry Jam Loaf

I simply love my new loaf tin, so much so I think I might be slightly addicted to it. I’ve made 3 different cake/loaves and I made our main dinner dish tonight using it too, it’s just such an easy tool to have in the kitchen, if you haven’t already got one, go get one, go get one today! So I christened my loaf tin with the cranberry, pineapple and chocolate chip loaf which gave me the sterling introduction I needed in getting me back into baking on a grand scale, this time I thought I’d go for the traditional […]

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Fenugreek & Chickpea Biryani with a side of Bombay Spiced Potatoes and a Wilted Spinach & Roasted Cherry Tomato Curry Sauce

I think I have found a whole new favourite food as these Bombay Potatoes are incredible. I’ve just eaten the leftovers, cold, for lunch today and wow, just wow, I’m going to have to make some more pronto! I made this dish on a whim as I’d found some fenugreek that I wanted to try out and a nice big bunch of spinach just waiting to be used up so it all just grew from there. I will mention here that the addition of the fenugreek into the biryani recipe was just fabulous, it was a bit like when I […]

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Mexican Veggie Burger with Sliced Avocado, Aubergine Bacon & Red Onion Chutney

What a fabulous morning I’ve had so far! Started out with a spin class which was a lot harder today, we’re pretty sure she upped the resistance by a few notches, so I am feeling the effects already, I then came home and decided to have an impromptu yoga session as I’ve been reading through The Yoga Bible (Christina Brown), which is fabulous by the way, and I really got into it, I had a lot of time to think about the poses and gave myself the chance to relax and push myself further and get my technique right, I […]

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