Baked Ham & Cheese Breakfast Egg Cups

baked ham and cheese muffinsThese ham and cheese breakfast muffins are so delicious, so easy to make, and so versatile. I make these quite a lot because it’s a quick and easy breakfast to prepare, makes almost no mess, and it’s impossible not to love them! You can pretty much add any ingredients to this recipe including tomatoes, spinach, onions and whatever else you like to have with your eggs. I keep mine simple and just do ham and cheese and if you have any leftover you can simply heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds and enjoy the next day. Continue reading

Recipe: Banana Apple Sauce Muffins

banana-apple-strawberry-muffinsDon’t they look pretty! The photo above shows the banana and apple sauce muffins next to some strawberry muffins I baked on Sunday!

No matter how much I try, I always end up with horrible brown bananas, even though I buy them while they’re still green to avoid this problem. However, it’s always a good excuse to make banana bread, where the more ripe the banana, the better it tastes! I’ve previously shared a great easy recipe for banana bread, but there’s so much more you can make. Continue reading

The Swan With Two Necks, Blackbrook

the swan with two necks starterThe Swan With Two Necks is part of the Paragon Pub Group, the same ownership as The Orange Tree in Newcastle Under Lyme, so it’s no wonder the food and atmosphere in this place is so good! No matter what day of the week you visit, this place will be full, which is a good indication of quality. Continue reading

Recipe: Baba Ghanoush (aubergine dip)

baba-ganoush-recipeI’m a big fan of middle-eastern flavours, particularly the delicious dips like hummus, baba ghanoush, tahini, and all the different yoghurt dips. With fresh ingredients and a good food processor, they’re not very difficult to make and you can enjoy fresh healthy dips anytime. You can find all the ingredients at any supermarket, and making them fresh at home tastes miles better than any ready-made dip you can buy in store, so make the extra effort to make your own, it’s really not that hard! Continue reading

Recipe: Vegan Bean Burgers

vegan bean burger recipeI’m a big meat-lover, but I can appreciate a vegan or vegetarian meal once in a while. Bean burgers are great because, although they’re completely meat free, they still give you that much needed energy you get from meat, and keep you full for long. This recipe is really easy, and is partly inspired by Jamie Oliver’s 15 minute meals, although I’ve added a few extras here and there. This recipe makes about 8 large bean burgers, which is ideal for freezing. Continue reading

Lamb and Yoghurt Stuffed Aubergines

lamb and greek yoghurt stuffed aubergine

This is a middle-eastern style recipe that is easy to make with ingredients you can find pretty much anywhere. I originally found this recipe on the five:am website, and slightly adapted it. It’s easy to make, healthy, and makes for a really creative meal.

I used 2 large aubergines for this, which is enough for 2 people. I only ate one half of the aubergine for dinner, meaning I had leftovers to take to work the next day! Continue reading

Recipe: Turkey Breast Schnitzel

turkey breast schnitzel recipeSchnitzel is such an easy recipe to follow, and can be made with a variety of different meats from veal to chicken, beef, turkey or pork. I make mine with turkey breast steaks as I prefer the taste, and I can easily find thin steaks at the supermarket, so no need to try to slice a whole breast into thin steaks! This recipe makes a bit of  a mess in the kitchen but it’s delicious! Continue reading

Seafood and Chorizo Rice

seafood and chorizo rice In Portugal, there is a traditional seafood rice dish called ‘arroz de marisco’. It uses a variety of seafood from prawns, to clams to mussels, together with a light tomato broth. Every family makes it in a different way, and because I don’t live in Portugal, I’ve created my own style of seafood rice that I can easily make with ingredients that I can find at any supermarket here in the UK. I added the chorizo, which is not commonly used, simply because I think it adds a great flavour. I normally make it with prawns, a white fish that’s available at the supermarket that day (preferably monkfish), and I sometimes add crab meat if I can find it. But whatever seafood you use is up to you, it’s a versatile dish that can be adapted to suit everyone’s taste. Continue reading

Fluffy Natural Yoghurt Chocolate Chip Pancakes

chocolate chip pancakesPancakes are such a crowd pleaser; whether you love plain, chocolate chip, banana or blueberry, you’ll never say no to a fluffy sweet pancake for breakfast!

I’ve tried a lot of different recipes, and adapted them to my taste over the years, and think I have finally found one that turns out great every time. The base recipe is always the same, using yoghurt to create fluffy plain pancakes. You can then add the extras of your choice, such as chocolate chips, blueberries or chopped bananas. I never measure out the extras, I just add them in until I think it’s enough; that may not be very helpful but it’s just how I do it! 🙂 Continue reading

Bakchich Lebanese Street Food, Liverpool

meat mezze platter

I stumbled across Bakchich lebanese street food restaurant purely by chance, while walking around Liverpool city centre one weekend. The restaurant has a really casual feel, and was packed on a Saturday afternoon so I took the chance and walked in, not knowing what to expect.

I’m so glad I did, it has become one of my favourite restaurants in Liverpool! Continue reading