Wednesday, 23 October 2013

hot samphire salad and mizuna flowers

hello lovely readers, happy wednesday!

today i have some of my latest eats for you - by way of hopefully inspiring your dinner times out of the ordinary:

chunky vegetable soup with thai red curry paste is a good thing. even better with mashed avocado on rye crispbread (takes me back to my time in Oz) - the perfect working lunch.

hot chicken and vegetable salad with roasted sweet potato, green beans, a thousand other veg and a side of fried samphire. covered with a beautiful drizzle of our favourite French's mustard.

chickpea salad with tahini dressing, mizuna flowers, raw homegrown courgettes, radish, sultanas and homegrown salad leaves (i use a mix from work, specially made for Autumn). this is my go-to lunch when i am working from home.

you may have noticed that i adore chocolate by now? well, i tried this new handmade raw chocolate called lovechock the other day (i had the almond/fig flavour). i think it would make the perfect introduction to raw chocolate for someone who is used to eating milk chocolate candy bars, and would make a lovely pressie for christmas, and at £2.78 for 40g it is a treat, but well worth it!

i also tried out some kale chips for the first time. baobab and onion may not have been my best choice of flavour, but the saltiness and texture were so crispy, they were addictive. i think next time i'd like to try something sweeter, and see how they were - the raspberry maca ones sound awesome. a perfect diabetic snack :)

cooking for Pete can be tricky - he loves lean protein, and we always have to make sure we get our 20-25g of protein at each meal. but it gets boring to have chicken again and again. so one day i decided to schnitzel it. surprisingly simple - all i did was bash a couple of breasts with a mallet and cover with spicy ground almonds, then fry in coconut oil. perfection with sweet potato fries and griddled asparagus. one of our favourite dinners.

thanks for reading!

currently listening to: the last episode of the Great British Bake Off - so happy with the winner, though I sort of thought they all deserved to win!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

courgette flowers and cherubim chocolate

good day! i hope you are well.

this weekend was our first wedding anniversary :) Pete did a lovely job of spoiling me - he took me for dinner at the Chesil Rectory in Winchester, and to a wine tasting space called The Black Bottle. then the following day we went for amazing breakfast (a proper veggie fry-up), and a walk along the beach front at Mudeford - the sun shone tremendously and i breathed in every ounce of fresh sea air.

unfortunately, there aren't any photos. but i do have photos from my week, which i hope makes up for it! so here are my latest eats and treats:

a simple, delicious and nutritious breakfast - spinach and a little homegrown sorrel, eggs, avocado and a tiny slice of toasted sourdough - perfection.

a simple dinner - smoked salmon, defrosted frozen veg, and bread for the husband - all sprinkled with a little dukkah (it just makes everything better)

cherubim chocolates - i came across Cherubim when we were on holiday, and then had more sent to me to test out the flavours. it's beautiful raw chocolate - with added carob and lucuma, which give it an amazing taste, and sweetened only with agave. i can't decide if i prefer rose otto with crystalised rose petals or pepperment with cocoa nibs. yummy! these are definitely added to my christmas list (for me as well as my family!)

bean burgers are the perfect dinner - i made these with a little grated courgette and some smashed crackers - so easy and so tasty (fancy the recipe?)

we've still got some courgettes and courgette flowers from our borders - i love the flowers ripped up on top of salads to give a little extra sunshine.

i'd like to grow a few more things next year. i have to say though that i'll stick with low maintenance plants... courgette, herbs and salad leaves have been productive and tasty this year with very minimal effort :) do you have any suggestions?

just in case you aren't a subscriber on my YT channel, i thought i'd add in my latest video, which features my favourites things from September, including the delicious Cherubim Chocolate!

thanks for watching and reading!

currently listening to: silver lining by kacey musgraves (i heard her sing on the Jools Holland show and thought her voice was gorgeous)