Red pepper, egg and olive Ciabatta 

Toast-it, Vegetarian

I swoon over a nicely topped ciabatta, I often go for the typical bruschetta or mushroomy mix but this offered something different.

As you can imagine it was really very easy and quick to make and it was delicious. The sweet peppers twinned with the salty olives worked really well, as did the crunchy bread and creamy egg. 

A great Friday night treat.

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Roly Pavlova…..it’s only blooming healthy!!!!

desserts, Fruit

Board? Yes.

What do I do when I’m bored? Get in the kitchen! 😄

I pulled out an old weight watchers recipe book and decided on a beautiful summer dessert in homage to the glorious weather we are having here in Cheshire, U.K.


This is such a satisfying recipe to undertake, watching the egg whites transform into a heavenly, shiny, marshmallowy mix is just such a great thing to experience. 


It’s slightly time consuming but really requires little effort….just some waiting. Once you have mixed the meringue you can take 60minutes for yourself (I watched some “4 in a bed”!) whilst you wait for it too cook and cool. Then it’s simply a matter of filling and rolling.


Now I’m normally quite good at weighting but I had to dive right in and cut a slice. Heaven!!!

It’s a really versatile recipe too, I think next time I plan to make this for friends but I’m going to fall to the darks side and use cream and caramel! 😈

A naughty little fakeout 

Pizza

Fancy something naughty but not TOO naughty? Fancy something cheesy? Fancy something similar to a pizza but not a pizza? Well your luck is in! Try these…..


* This was my portion for 1!

  • 2 English muffins, halved and toasted
  • Spread a mixture of tomato purée and BBQ sauce on the toasted muffin
  • Add ham and cheese and then grill

Easy peasy pizza squeezy!

Really fast to make….5 minutes tops!

These are actually not too bad on the fat and calorie count and as you can imagine, are open to your own interpretation. Next time I’ll be jazzing mine up with spice!

Peanut butter Chocolate truffles

Chocolate, desserts, Vegetarian

If you want an easy peasy little sweet to make, this is the one for you!

Simply do the following:

  1. Mix 250g cream cheese with 50g of peanut butter (or more if you fancy a stronger peanut taste) 2 tbsp powdered sugar and 50g chocolate chips.
  2. Spoon out the mixture and roll into bite size balls. Place these in the fridge to chill
  3. Melt 300g dark chocolate. When melted, cover the balls in chocolate. That’s it! But you can decorate them if you so desire…..I did.

They are quite decedent, very creamy and sweet. My top to you would be to make them slightly smaller tun your tempted to do.

Salmon and Asparagus Supreme

Cook book, Fish, Weight watchers seasonal recipes

And supreme indeed it is

What a delightful dish, a total all rounder! It’s filling, nutritious, creamy, fresh, tasty and even a little cheesy.

What is it? Well it’s pretty much just salmon fillets cooked with leeks, courgettes and asparagus in a creamy, but low fat, bachamel sauce. I could of easily eaten this on its own but I did add some couscous. It really was beautiful in taste, the soft salmon against the slightly sweet sauce was a heavenly melt in the mouth affair. 

It’s also a very easy dish to make, pretty much a one pot deal, in the oven, 25 minutes, bish, bosh, done!





*Recipe courtesy of the Weight Watchers Seasonal cook book (I don’t follow weight watchers, it’s an old book but contains some good, low fat material)

Heaven and hell dessert

Chocolate, Fruit

I had a girlfriend stay over this weekend and in an attempt to make a dessert that was both sweet and not too naughty, I went for the good old faithful chocolate strawberries (I also made some shortbread!!)

I used milk, dark and white chocolate and I seriously forgot how delicious theses are!

I also made shortbread for the 1st time. Big mistake, I may end up making these way too often.

Profiterole Passion

Chocolate, Food, Fruit, Uncategorized

I have been making a lot of profiteroles recently. After the 1st time making Chox pastry I just could not believe how easy it is to do and since then I have been a profiterole baking machine.

I have often heard people say they get a lot of enjoyment out of making bread, that they like the way the gluten comes together and the dough forms. For me, that feeling comes when the wet, gloopy Chox dough transcends into a glossy thick mixture. It’s my therapy.

My favorite filling at the moment is a passion fruit cream, the tang of the passion fruit is amazing with the bittersweetness of the dark chocolate top.

  
To make the cream simply sieve your passion fruit so your left with a juice without the pips, whisk up a pot of double cream and add the juice plus sugar to taste. You can play around withthe measurements  here, I like a really strong passion fruit hit so I go heavy in the passion fruit!

If you need an exact recipe, let me know.

Blooming love noodles!!!!

chicken, Chinese, Cook book, Foodie, Good food: 101 hot and spicy dishes

Monday night equated to noodles. Chicken and veg Chinese style to be specific.

Such an easy recipe ( I know I always say that but it was!) but with such a flavor some outcome! I actually made a change to the recipie, I had some Chinese plum sauce that needed using and so instead of teriyak, I used that. A great sweet flavor resulted!

Once upon a time I thought the only way to add flavor to noodles was by the sauce that you slather on them. I now thank the day I discovered you could boil them in stock!!!

I halved the recipe but I still got a good three portions from it meaning I’m having super tasty lunches this week!

I would really recommend this dish to my fellow noodle lovers.