Last night I tried a new recipe and made a very romantic looking red/pink risotto. It was originally a Waitrose Valentines recipe so I can’t take credit for the idea, but It was delicious and quite healthy.
Obviously making a risotto is a standard procedure – but for this one, get 125g of beetroot and grate half of it in to the stock to change the colour. This immediately dyes it pinky/red and it looks great! Later on when the risotto is pretty much cooked – add the rest of the beetroot, along with spinach and small chunks of salmon.
This could be substituted for chicken, or just left totally meat-less if you prefer.
As usual sorry about my poor photos, I get far too excited and into the cooking to remember to document it! Also definitely time to buy a new camera…
Everyday I find myself having the same breakfast. Last year a friend and I went on a mission to find the most substantial morning meal and after it’s discovery I can’t seem to eat anything else with out it sounding like there is an angry man inside my stomach trying to get out after an hour….This magical breakfast is traditional porridge oats. The beauty of this is that they’re not only filling, but quick to make and you can have so many different varieties of topping/favouring. I’ve had so many different styles, honey, jam, fruit – fresh or dried. At the moment my favourite combo is a chopped up banana, mixed berries, cinnamon and sometimes flaxseed sprinkled on top. It’s delicious and healthy.
But I’m getting quite bored of this and the other morning tried out a new breakfast recipe that I found here.
The Breakfast Burrito
On the 3rd January this year, I was in Sydney airport, feeling pretty tired hungover and sad after leaving one of my best friends. We had had the most amazing few days and an incredible new years, plus I had just been sick on the tube to the airport. So I was feeling pretty fragile.
Hungover hunger took over and my eyes locked onto the Burrito stall…10 minutes later I was sitting in the sun eating the most incredible beany/guacamole filled roll, beautiful
So anyway when I saw this recipe I knew it would satisfy a raging hunger and be really tasty.
– A wrap (preferably wholemeal and quite large)
– 2 eggs, scrambled. (Original recipe said only egg whites to make it healthier, but this is optional)
– Beans, (I used kidney, to make it more Mexican go for black beans or pinto)
– Mild tomato salsa
– Cheese (optional)
It’s really quick. Simply prepare all the above, spoon into a wrap, and microwave for about a minute.
Tell me what you think!
The other day I was in Boston Tea Party, one of my favourite cafes in Bristol, eating a Sugar-Free banana and Date Flapjack. I chose it over the delicious looking Brownies/Blondies/carrot cake array because I’ve been eating a lot of sugar recently and wanted to steer clear for a while. Anyway, the flapjack was delicious and didn’t taste bland at all, so I was inspired to try it myself. Googled the recipe and a couple came up but the basic gist was so easy! You need very little ingredients and the beauty is many of them I had anyway. I switched dates for cranberries and added some optional cinnamon but this easy recipe turned out to be a hit with my house-mates – so here it is!
- 2-3 bananas
- A packet of dried cranberries
- 80ml vegetable/sun-flower oil
- 2 cups of oats
- Vanilla essence
Pre-heat the over to 175c and grease up a tin – this mixture doesn’t make that many flapjacks so make it a small-ish one. Next, slice and mash the bananas then literally add everything else and stir in well. Leave the mixture to sit for 5 minutes to allow the oats to soak up the all the oils, then spoon into the baking tray and cook for around 25 minutes. So easy! The vanilla essence and cinnamon is optional, but as there is no sugar or maple syrup involved I find them pretty essential for adding flavour. Although this defeats the point of it being sugar-free, I also thought they might taste nice with a small spoonful of honey added. Another great thing about this recipe is that it’s almost gluten-free. One of my house-mates shouldn’t have eaten this last night but she couldn’t resist – if you do want to make it gluten free just look out for gluten-free oats. They’re slightly more expensive but worth it if you’re gluten intolerant.
Final tip – slice while warm! The bananas keep the flapjack moist when cool but always best to cut it while still soft.
The other day, a friend and I were scrolling through my iPhone photos and noticed just how much I take photos of my meals…slightly weird habit. This has also revealed to me I eat far to many chickpeas. Life.
Unfortunately I can’t take credit for the delicious looking Olive Bread on the left hand side. They were baked by a friend earlier in the week and they were a-mazing.
Last night the girls and I headed down to the edgy end of Bristol, Stokes Croft, to attend a Food Cycle. You may have heard of these before, but in a nutshell they are an evening of charity, music and good food. Sounds great. The main point of a Food Cycle however is to reclaim the unused food that supermarkets through away daily (not from the bin but still packaged perfectly fine food which has gone ever so slightly past its self-by date and they can’t use) and to use it to make a cheap and delicious meal – all while supporting local charities. I’m not going to lie, I was slightly worried about the food part, even when I was assured that the food did not come from a bin, and declared I was going veggie for the night just in case – only to be told the whole thing is a vegetarian event…woops.
So after paying the bargain price of £5 for our entry and struggling to find somewhere to sit (it was so busy with over 100 people) we settled down on a table at the back next to some very nice girls and awaited our food. The event was BYOB so we had a Mangers while waiting, but typically we were all getting on the dangerous side of ravenous and our conversation was getting worse. When I’m that hungry my eyes tend to stare at the wall and I can’t really hear anything apart from my own stomach, many will vouch for how annoying it must be to be in a restaurant with me before food has been served….
Anyway soon after the event was introduced, the first course arrived – Thai Soup with Garlic bread! It was very spicy and absolutely delicious, filled with interesting favours such as lemon-grass and sesame seeds. I had no idea the food was going to be so wholesome and healthy and it was amazing every time. The next course was a spicy vegetable curry, which came with home-made apricot chutney and Raita. The portions were slightly too small for our liking, but you do have to consider how difficult it must be to cook for 100 people on a budget. The final course was the best- hot banana bread with fruit compote, delish! During the evening we were given talks by local charities asking for our support – we’ve all signed up to volunteer at the Fairtrade Cafe (hitting one of my new years resolutions on the head). The evening ended with some live bands and a free loaf of bread! Great night and will definitely go again.
To volunteer at or to see if there is a Food Cycle happening near you click here
This is my February wishlist! I’ve decided to do one every month including the items that I desire! Got quite a ‘healthy living’ style theme going on here, apart from the camera which I really want to stay taking more photos! (One of my new years resolutions)
1. Lumix Camera
3. Eco Yoga mat
9. Zara boots