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.
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!
1-2 Red Onions
Spoonful of Sugar
Dash of Balsamic
Dash of Red Wine
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!
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.
Serve with Pear & Walnut Salad
&Thats it! Promise!
Really quick and satisfyingly decadent lunch!
Enjoy the long weekend
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!
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!
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!
COLD DAY DINNER DATE
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!
I N G R E D I E N T S
Salt & Pepper
Selection of Veggies:
(but basically anything else in your fridge)
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.
(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
Bring Baby potatoes to the boil with a little salt
and when they are semi-soft drain and squash them!
sprinkle them in oil, a little flour and garlic salt
& roast until crispy!
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.
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.
Melted Dark Chocolate!
put in the fridge for 5 minutes!
AND LICK THE BOWL.
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
Simmer the milk and Cinnamon for around 5-10 minutes, and then add in the dark chocolate:
Mix a little sugar & ground cinnamon together
I’m so excited about food today!
well, no, most days.
I have been talking to a really good friend of mine down in sunny old Brighton,
his working on a really exciting project “Flavour Town” and has asked me to help him at the Street Food Diner
in a few weeks, so I’ll keep you all updated on that one!
Make sure you go say Hey over on Twitter too
But as my stomach rumbled whilst listening to his incredible South American inspired menu
I realised I hadn’t eaten any Argentinian Food in months!
Argentinian Steak Houses are where dreams come true
But since I’m on a health kick, and I’m strapped for cash
I’ve swapped the steak for some cheap, easy fish
So this little, simple, delicious recipe is for
Sardines & Chimichurri Sauce
– eaten in the Bank Holiday sunshine, with a glass of white wine
H E R E ‘ S H O W :
(Fish / Meat of your choice)
Stuff your lovely fish with your Chimichurri Sauce, and sprinkle, oil, flour, chilli, salt & pepper on top
SUPER SIMPLE CHIMICURRI SAUCE
Parsley, Garlic & Onion finely chopped
Really finely chopped
KEEP Chopping – alternatively use a food processor / chopper
then pour in the Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper to taste
Some people add Red Wine Vinegar to their Chimichurri – I don’t
Then I add some roughly chopped red chilli, because I’m an addict – and it has to go in everything!
I served mine on some delcious rustic seeded bread baked in a drizzle of olive oil & MORE GARLIC!
You did not want to kiss me last night…
& then some roughly chopped cherry tomatoes & rocket.
Bloody delicious! I recommend Chimichurri on meatier fish, Tuna would be amazing, Swordfish too!
I have been totally obsessed with the garden this bank holiday
I’ve been camping in it (yes really),
drinking far to much wine in it, Sun-bathing, painting yet more garden furniture
& reading my new book
so really there was only one thing for it
We had a perfect, very simple Sea-Food BBQ
- Flat Leaf Parsely
- King Prawns
- Sweet Chilli
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Spinach / Rocket
This was a really lovely and simple BBQ, because we had some gorgeous Sea-Bream to use!
– After quickly running out to grab a disposable BBQ when we saw the Sun was out for the day.
I stuffed the Sea-Bream with parsley and lemon, scored the skin on both sides and rubbed salt & pepper all over
Then lovingly placed them onto the BBQ & Then rubbed a mix of Butter, Chilli, Garlic over them while they cooked!
Then for the prawns,
they’d been marinated in some sweet chilli, which is all gooey and perfect for skewers,
so all i had to do was soak the skewers in some water for a bit and
put the two together
& pop them on the BBQ
(With some Asparagus, just add a little oil, salt & pepper – so tasty!)
All you have to do for the pasta dish is cook some linguini, spaghetti, tagliatelle (your choice)
drain, add extra virgin olive oil pop some rocket/spinach in, squeeze on a whole lemon and tonnes of cracked black pepper!
Enjoy with a glass (Bottle) of Pinot Giorgio
HOPE YOU ALL HAD A LOVELY BANK HOLIDAY!
Brilliant Genius Ideas
Firstly a quick but BIG Thank You to two women who are consistently inspiring, talented and so supportive!
Laura Crickmore, and Kathleen Sargeant – sisters are just the best.
I’m really excited to have joined in with a fantastic blogging social sharing idea – Foodie Pen Pals is a delicious and genius way for bloggers, and blog-lovers to get to know each other – By Sending & Receiving a package of goodies every month!
… So off I went to Borough Market this morning for some inspiration, and some Brunch…
Those of you a bit more with it than me on a Sunday morning will remember that in-fact Borough Market is
SHUT ON SUNDAYS…
So there I am hungry, and well stumped! I wanted to buy lots of cheese, wine, bread and chocolates, and get some ideas for my #foodiepenpals parcel!
So, after a moment of sheer panic, and well soul destroying disappointment –
off we ran to Camden Lock, for a street stall lunch, some wine on a sunny roof top terrace, and a good catch up!
Taking snaps all along the way and being so overwhelmed and excited at the VAST amount of foodie-stalls on offer it got me thinking about Sausage Tarts & Marmalade Rolls opening up a market stall,
Maybe a few days a week to sell some delicious Tarts!
BUT ALL IN GOOD TIME I THINK…