Very Nice, Tuna Niçoise

I’ve been taking a little break from writing, and I have been the worst food blogger ever!
Forgive me?
I have some really lovely recipes to make it up to you for my little absence!

Perfect for summer, and simple to achieve!

Feeling refreshed and full of inspiration from  my latest trip to Nice, Cannes and Monaco in the South of France.
I was definitely ready to get back in the kitchen, I had some really incredible food on my trip along the coast.

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From Moules Marineres, Cheese Boards, Homemade Gnocchi, Strawberry Tarts and Brie & Fig picnics on the beach – It was bliss!

Nice was our first stop, so I think it’s only appropriate to show off an amazing classic summer salad which was founded in this beautiful Italian/French town

Tune Niçoise

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 Tuna steak

1 Egg – Poached

Crisp Lettuce

Red Onion

Spinach

Basil

Mustard

Salt & pepper

Olive Oil

H O W  T O

First of all for a Nice french dressing, Basil leaves, Spinach leaves a little olive oil, french mustard and a splash of water.

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Next – I just made a really simple salad of lettuce, red onion and cucumber – black olives would be perfect here too!

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And of course pour yourself a nice glass of something…

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use some excess dressing and coat the cooked green beans, then cook again in a hot pan – oh yum!


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Sprinkle salt and pepper on the Tuna steaks and Put a little olive oil in a pan, cook on a high heat for 2 minutes on each side.
(Tuna is best served a little pink in the middle! OH YEAH)

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 To make this a proper Tuna Nicoise salad you need boiled eggs, in your salad – I am not a fan of hard boiled eggs!

Poached Egg, just slightly over done and laid on top of the tuna finished this dish of perfectly!

SUPER HEALTHY, really simple and delicious!

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Voila! Bon Apetit

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Spring Lunches

Grilled Goats Cheese Bruschetta

Bank Holiday Weekend is a mere day away! and it’s only bloody picnic weather!
This is perfect for a little Alfresco Petit Déjeuner.

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I N G R E D I E N T S

1 x Ciabbatta
1 x wheel of your favourite chees
1 x Jar of my red onion & chilli chutney
3 of your loveliest pals

Super Super Simple
& it looks pretty

1st of all you need to make the red onion chutney
I always have a little jar of this stashed away – because it is my favourite thing ever!
I have it in sandwiches, or with cheese boards. I chuck some in with gravy and have it with sausages and mash too – super versatile, and really effortless to make too!

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(Recap on how here)

1-2 Red Onions
Spoonful of Sugar
Dash of Balsamic
Dash of Red Wine
Salt
Pepper
Red Chilli (Optional)

Let this cool and then keep in a jar, I’m not sure how long this will last you for, because mine never sticks around that long! but I’m guessing a good month or so!

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Then pick up some of your favourite cheese from the market,

Grill your Ciabatta bread for a minute, and then top with the chutney and goats cheese
put under the grill until everything gets a little bit gooey.

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Serve with Pear & Walnut Salad

&Thats it! Promise!
Really quick and satisfyingly decadent lunch!

Enjoy the long weekend

stmr

The Rum Kitchen

REVIEW

The Rum Kitchen

I love reviewing restaurants, I love them even more when the word ‘Rum’ is in the name.
but this one in particular has been on my hit-list since last summer!

After indulging in some jerk swordfish and all the other culinary delights of The Rum Kitchen at Feast Festival in Bricklane last year… I’ve been dying to have a long and drunken lunch at their restaurant.

& wow!
it did not disappoint – from the gorgeous waitresses and the kiss and cuddle upon arrival
(she won me over immediately!)
This Jamaican shack of joy is so relaxed, we ended up spending all afternoon there.

We had some banging plantain crisps while we perused the mouth watering menu.
It isn’t a huge menu, but that is not a bad thing – you wont need any more options!
Trust me, you’re going to get something you love here.

To start we ordered two “Lesser of Two Weevils”

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To accompany our mind-blowing mash-up cocktail of red stripe, Jamaican ginger beer shandy spiked with Mount Gay Rum – We opted for the Salt Fish Fritters and sticky jerk ribs.

Now I don’t know if this is the rum talking, but they were some seriously excellent choices by us…

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After quickly downing our cocktails to calm the fire of spicey jerk and chilli dressings, 2 beers please.
& then swiftly followed by our mains

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I definitely won on the mains front :

after originally heading in for the rainbow salad with grilled tuna – which looked stunning at the table next to me.
I then saw the woman behind devouring the crab burger & then there was no question.
The crab burger would be mine…

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Soft Shell Crab Burger, with spicy tamarind sauce, ginger aioli & guava-lime relish.

We also had the Jerk Fried Chicken Thighs with Shoe-string onion rings, homemade slaw and rum jerk bbq ketchup.

Our awesome waitress gave us a tasting session of all the sauces, and well we went for them all…
a girls got to have options.

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With two more beers to follow, we were suitably hiccup-ing our way out of The Rum Kitchen, with very satisfied customers. I’m planning my next visit already!

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7 a Day

In light of this weeks big foodie news, that 5 fruit & veg a day just isn’t quite enough…
I’ll be starting a little series called 7 a day,
where I’ll be sharing some of the ways I reach well over my recommended fruit and veg intake!

From Jamie’s amazing Meat-free Mondays, I’ve started Sunrise Smoothies and all sorts of other healthy ways to eat more fresh foods and steer well clear away from processed and microwavable foods in this house. Not only is eating that way super expensive, it’s not happy or healthy food!

Reaching your 7 a Day and above doesn’t need to seem like such a chore!
& I am excited to show you breakfast, lunches and dinners that can help you load up on all that veggie goodness!

BREAKFAST
Morning smoothie’s
Here is a lovely loaded berry recipe:

I N G R E D I E N T S

1 x Banana
1 x Advocado
a bowl of Frozen berries and cherries
5 teaspoons of your favourite yoghurt
1/2 cup of milk

if your feeling cheeky add a tiny dash of maple syrup! it has less calories than honey – did you know that?

It is super simple!

throw it in and whizz it up, gulp it down and then your already 3 of your 7 up before you’ve even had a shower!

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SUCCESS!

Strawberry, Cherry, Banana goodness!
The added avocado adds a delicious creamy texture

A perfect way to start your day!
What are your favourite homemade smoothies? I’d love to hear!
& if you have any top tips for cramming in lots of fruit and veg into your everyday I want to hear all about that too!

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Spring Lunches

Homemade Salmon Fishcakes
Serves Two

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I N G R E D I E N T S

1-2 Salmon Fillets
1-2 Potatoes – Mashed and cooled
Salt & Pepper
Chilli Flakes
Nice Chunk of Ginger
2 Garlic Cloves
Coriander
Soy Sauce
Sweet Chilli Sauce

with/
Flour
Egg & Milk Mixture

First of all boil some potatoes and mash them with a little salt and pepper
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Having still not gotten my s**t together after moving house
– it only occurred to me I don’t have a masher when it was too late!
But that’s ok – handy fork

At the same time as your boiling potatoes
-Mix together a little oil, salt, pepper, ginger, chilli flakes, sweet chilli sauce, and garlic with a dash of soy sauce!
then pour over the salmon and put in the oven for about 10 minutes.

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Once the salmon is cooked -Flake it all up and mix in with the potato, taste and season to your liking!
i added more chilli and lots of coriander at this point!

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then make into small balls, and squish into flat rounds (like little burgers)
and then i dipped them in flour, egg the flour for a good coating! it gives a really good crunchy outside.

Next put a tiny bit of oil in a pan on the stove

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they don’t take long! maybe 1.5minutes on each side

I quickly made a simple salad sprinkled in a soy dressing and chilli’s

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and serve immediately with a bottle of Tiger beers or white wine.

This really is the perfect lunch for a spring weekend and i definitely plan on doing this a lot over the next few months!

so quick to do and with lots of guests booked in this is a great go-to-recipe!

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Tiramisu

Ok here it is, a super sexy, I mean, super easy version of Tiramisu,

STEP ONE
SPONGE CAKE

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i n g r e d i e n t s

100g Self Raising Flour
100g of Sugar
100g Butter
1 Egg
teaspoon of Baking powder

MIX IT UP. STICK IT IN THE OVEN.
10 MINUTES LATER

you have 3 little cupcakes / yorkshire pud tin cakes.
(because you’ve just moved house and have lost your cake tin)

STEP TWO
COFFEE

1 tablespoon of good coffee and a teaspoon of sugar with about a 1/3 of  cup of water.
Pour this over you sliced sponge that you’ve put in your dishes ready to serve…

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STEP 3
THE MASCAPONE

(Nearly There)

Beat 2 egg yolks, a two spoons of sugar until light and then whisk in the Mascapone

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ASSEMBLE!

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That’s it! a sprinkle of chocolate on top finishes this quick Tiramisu off!

Perfect to impress on a saturday night, and it takes all of half hour to make, assemble & eat!
(even quicker if you buy your sponge – if your that way inclined)

ENJOY & HAPPY SATURDAY

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Pad Thai & Tuna Steak

Ok, so I know I am bad and have promised a Tiramisu recipe!
but this week there just hasn’t been time, and it’s been about speedy meals after long days.

So I’ll be sharing this absolute winner of a dish instead

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I N G R E D I E N T S

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For this dish I topped with 1 tuna steak between two, which was more than enough!
(you could use chicken, pork, beef, salmon, anything you fancy!)

For the Pad Thai
Rice Noodles
Courgette
Peppers
White Onion
Cherry Tomatos

Best Easiest Sauce Ever!
Soy sauce
Sweet Chilli
Chopped Red Onion
Fresh Ginger
Garlic
1/2 Red Chilli
(Lemon Grass if you have it)
1/2 Juice of 1 Lime

Additional
Shrimp
Squid

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First of all put ALL the sauce ingredients in a blender, and viola there is your base of the best dinner you’ll have this week!

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Then put your Pad Thai ingredients in a little oil in a hot wok for a minute of two, add half of your your amazing sauce, then the squid and prawns if your using them!
and then add the other half , let this do its thing and cook for a few minutes.

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Get a frying pan or griddle pan really hot on the stove and then add your Tuna.
I sprinkled some Sesame seeds on each side, because I’m fancy like that and placed the tuna steak in the pan for around 2 minutes on eachside
it was rare, and perfect for me – but feel free to cook a little longer on each side.

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Sprinkle with some peanuts and top with fresh Coriander if you have this handy.

Super Quick, and only around 400 calories

BEAUTIFUL!

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