Category: Comfort food

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
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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

Tiramisu

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

STEP ONE
SPONGE CAKE

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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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PRAGUE

WONDERING EUROPE
Part 2 : PRAGUE

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I Could not recommend Prague MORE!
I had the best time ever, and was sad to leave

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It was so diverse, from visiting the sex museums, drinking EXCEPTIONAL Pilsner and dancing in the streets
to climbing to the top of the Astronomical Clock and hiking up hills to enjoy the view & hot chocolates.

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Prague is actually really romantic – and I thought I was in for a ‘lads’ weekend!
so it was lovely just to enjoy some time doing what we do best.

Eating &Drinking in Prague:

The wine is really bloody cheap, as is the beer – and the Czechs don’t not do badly at their regional tipple!
so finding little brick underground bars was my favourite lunch time mission:

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That’s right
That is hollowed out fresh bread
FILLED
with a beef!

OH GOD.

Incredible!

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and then getting lost in the incredible old cobbled streets near the famous gothic Chares Bridge
it was brilliant! I bought so many prints and things for our new home
everybody is a struggling artist, or a poet in Prague… or just plain drunk… I Loved it.

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After a day of museums of the less sexy kind
it was all about the cake!

I think Tiramisu is on the to make list.
so that’s the next blog for you to anticipate….

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Night in, Goulash!

 COLD DAY DINNER DATE

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Berlin was a trip full of amazing food, but my favourite meal was at the fantasticly rustic
Max & Moritz in the Student District.
(sort of wedged between some trendy bars and Turkish kebab shops was this beautiful little restaurant)

Dinner there was incredible, I had some life changing Goulash and Crispy dumplings
(I never thought I’d call Goulash “life changing”)

 and with an awesome 3 piece folk band rocking up half way through it was a night to remember!
Or not, after consuming 3 bottles of red wine….

So here is my take on the rich comfort food of Central Europe, eaten and enjoyed with a glass of red wine for a lazy late afternoon feast!

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I N G R E D I E N T S

Diced Beef
Red Onion
Garlic
Chorizo
Beef Stock
Tinned Tomatoes
Paprika
Salt & Pepper

Selection of Veggies:
Celery
Carrots
Courgettes
Cherry Tomatoes
(but basically anything else in your fridge)

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Dice all the ingredients up and chuck them in a crock pot with a little oil
brown the meat slightly, and add in the salt, pepper, paprika and let it cook together for a few minutes.

then its a simple as chucking in the tomatoes and your stock,
putting the lid on, and transfer to the oven on a medium heat for an hour or two.

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(the longer you leave it the more tender the meat will be and the more delicious your goulash)

To go with the Goulash, it is traditionally noodle dumplings,
but in my version – amazing smashed & roasted baby potatoes in a crispy garlic coating

Simple
Bring Baby potatoes to the boil with a little salt
and when they are semi-soft drain and squash them!

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sprinkle them in oil, a little flour and garlic salt
& roast until crispy!

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Leave the lid of the goulash for the last 10 minutes to give it a nice colour on the top and serve with glass Red wine.

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ENJOY

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BERLIN

Roaming Europe: Part I

I’ve spent a big chunk of the winter months running around Europe to somewhere
EVEN COLDER than rainy old London town.

It was brilliant, delicious and a little drunken
here are a few recommendations from the first stop!
The very, very cool, beautiful but bloody nippy

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it was Christmas when we arrived there
so there were the amazing traditional Christmas Markets

GLUWEIN & BRATWURST
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Literally, so much Bratwurst…
but they were worth the trip alone!

Between the Gluhwein, Hot Apple Ciders and Grogg
we managed to stumble our way around some pretty gorgeous sites too

SITES & BEERS
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The first afternoon – after drinking some seriously strong beers,
we strolled the sites and the Berlin Wall

DINNER & RED WINE
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Life changing Goulash and fried dumplings
& listening to some folk music in Max & Moritz

 COFFEE & CAKE
head to Michelberger Hotel

I sat in the bar sipping flat whites and eating heavenly chocolate tart
and reading their handrawn magazines

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HOTEL

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Gorgeous owners, and a great alternative to a standard hotel – for a really fun hotel I recommend The Huttenpalast whole heartedly! We stayed in the original 1940s Airstream caravan in a warehouse.

Too cool

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Decadent Monday Night in.

Super Simple treat

This miserable weather is such a fantastic excuse for hot chocolate and movie night!

CINNAMON & BOURNVILLE HOT CHOCOLATE

COMPLETE WITH DARK CHOCOLATE PRETZELS.

INGREDIENTS.

Salted Pretzels

Melted Dark Chocolate!

THATS ALL.

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put in the fridge for 5 minutes!

AND LICK THE BOWL.

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FOR THE BEST HOT CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD

1 Large Cardburys Bournville Dark Chocolate
(or whatever you like really)

1 Litre of Milk (Semi Skinned)

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 teaspoon of Vanilla

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Simmer the milk and Cinnamon for around 5-10 minutes, and then add in the dark chocolate:

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Separately,
Mix a little sugar & ground cinnamon together

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pour the hot chocolate into suitable china wear and take the chocolate covered pretzels
out of the fridge.

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Add Whipped Cream & Sprinkle on the Sugar Cinnamon Mix
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REALLY REALLY BAD FOR YOU

SO ENJOY

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Comfort Carbonara

Today was a day for comfort food!

After 5 x 14hour working days and battling a summer cold
it was time to regain some appetite and have a cosy meal at home with a glass of wine!

My favourite kind of comfort food is pasta!
nothing is better than a big bowl of CARBS when your feeling like a much deserved treat!

Creamy Prawn Carbonara

served with Chilli, Garlic Butter & Sourdough Bread
& Fresh Mixed Salad

To fill these beautiful vintage coloured glass dishes

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First of All
Put the kettle on for your Spaghetti &Put the oven on to warm your bread.

For the Chilli Garlic Butter
(which is so more-ish! – so beware of the GARLIC breath)

CHOPPED GARLIC
MINCED CHILLI
SALT
BLACK PEPPER
PARSLEY
BUTTER

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For your Carbanara Pasta:

You’ll need
ONION
GARLIC
SALT, BLACK PEPPER
BACON
MUSHROOMS

SINGLE CREAM
CHEDDAR CHEESE
PRAWNS

so simple

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add the first 4 ingredients with a little olive oil
when the onions are soft and the bacon is a little crispy

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add the cream, & cheese -until the cheese is melted
then add the prawns

I absolutely love this dish, it’s a good one to impressed with minimal effort too!
PERFECT.

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Then add in your cooked spaghetti, mix altogether with some parsley
&DONE!

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Enjoyed with a bottle of white wine, in front of a movie!

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