Category: lifestyle

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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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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American Pancakes

VALENTINES WEEK & FIRST BREAKFAST IN THE NEW HOME

There was really only one choice!
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To Make the Fluffiest American Pancakes
(For 2)

Get a mixing bowl / mixing jug out and add:
150g Plain Flour
2 heaped Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Teaspoons of Sugar (caster or soft brown)
250ml Milk (I used skimmed)
1 Egg
20g (around a tablespoon) of Melted butter
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(Thanks Cath Kidston for my beautiful measuring jug)

and whisk.. I have no whisk currently – moving in nightmare! forks, spoons or whatever you can get you hands on, I’m learning that improvisation is key!

Leave it for a minute to rest while you make the coffee and set the table
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two tablespoons of the batter into a hot pan (a little oil or butter)
and then wait till the bubbles start to come through from the bottom to the top

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AND FLIP

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Repeat, and then serve with lashings of maple syrup & strawberries on top!
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SO SIMPLE!
ENJOY

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A FRESH START

I’m back!

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After 4 long months of complete blogging darkness I am finally back
&I think I have some explaining to do!

First of all an apology to you my lovely readers!
&Then a big Thank You!
I have had lots of lovely new subscribers over the last few quiet months
so that’s bloody lovely – nice to meet you all!

but between getting a new job in London, & travelling around Europe for a bit

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and moving in a new home

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I have been a crazy busy lady
& something had to give,

…so sadly Sausage Tarts &Marmalade Rolls has been in hibernation!

But I’m back now, and I hope all is forgiven!
I have been cooking more than ever
and looking forward to sharing some new recipes with you,
as well as a new home, and new projects!

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Caramelised Cherry Tomato, Brie & Parma Ham

The weather has officially turned to Autumn!

YAY,
I’ve been wearing my favorite jumpers and boots,
and I’m counting down the days until that amazing spiced pumpkin coffee is back in Starbucks.

…the carb cravings have kick in massively!

SO here is something new from

Tarts Selling Tarts

to warm you up on a lovely sunny, cold September lunch time!

H O W  T O

For the Sticky Sweet Caramelised Red Onion & Cherry Tomatoes with a hint of Chilli

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REALLY SIMPLY,
just reduce all of those ingredients with a sprinkle of
sugar
salt & pepper
a little balsamic

MY OREGANO PATRY

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For this tart I used Delia’s really simple short crust recipe,
which is so simple with 110g of Plain Flour & 50g of Butter & a dash of cold water.
BUT Boring Pastry NO MORE, I added a s**t load of cracked black pepper to the mix with some dried Oregano.

My favorite Tart base yet!

Then filled this lovely base with the Cherry Tomato & Onion Mixture first, then some Gooey beautiful Brie

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Then Some Parma Ham, which is quite salty – so don’t add to much salt anywhere else!

Pour over a Mixture of 1 Egg & Milk

& chuck in the oven for 15minutes
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PERFECT

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These were really enjoyed after a day out in the cold, with a glass of Red!

WHAT ARE YOU HAVING FOR LUNCH?

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