Friday, 2 January 2015

Warm Rainbow Salad

Happy new year!! Has everyone recovered from New Years Eve yet? We've had a day to cope with the hangover and now it's detox time right? No need to panic though. Just because we are watching what we eat doesn't mean we have to sacrifice taste, you just need to be creative with what you know. Yes, salads can be one of the most depressing things to eat in the winter but this is a game changer. If you want to make it super healthy omit the maple syrup but lets face it, you've got to have some pleasures. I got the inspiration for this recipe on Stylist, I just changed up a few of the ingredients (do we really need to fry bacon in maple syrup and brown sugar?) and it was good to go.

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What you'll need:
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 4 rashers of maple cured bacon (Lidl's is the best!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Half a butternut squash
  • Quarter block of feta  
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
(Serves 2)

Peel and cube the squash, drizzle over the olive oil and bake for 30 minutes until soft. Lay the bacon on a drip tray and grill for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile scoop all the seeds out of your pomegranate. Be warned, you need to be in full protective gear for this, the juice goes everywhere! Crumble the feta, shred the spinach and start laying out your rows in a large bowl.

For the dress mince the garlic and put in a small jar along with the mustard, maple syrup, cider vinegar and olive oil. Give a good shake and then taste. Add any ingredients as desired. Line up the squash and bacon and drizzle over the dressing. Enjoy!

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

December according to Instagram

I can't believe that December is over already. We spend so long building up to Christmas then, all of a sudden, it's over. December was the month that Rich & I went on our first holiday, just us two, to Germany, the girls & I went to a carol concert at the Royal Albert Hall, and a lot of Christmas treats were consumed. It was also the month my blog got a makeover but the hugely talented Serena at Pretty Wild Things. Bank account lighter and body heavier I am excited for what 2015 will bring!

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

My Favourite Posts from 2014

Well that's it! 2014 is officially over (well almost). It's been a rollercoaster year that has definitely had it's ups and downs, both blogging and otherwise. I wanted to share with you my 10 favourite posts from this year. These are the recipes I think are the most delicious, the restaurants I would most recommend and the places I had the most fun. Enjoy!

Super healthy chicken noodle soup 

A perfect recipe to kick start that healthy eating plan, this soul-warming soup also packs a punch!

Lazy Sunday buttermilk pancakes

If there is one thing I love more than eating brunch out, it's making pancakes at home. This recipe is super easy to put together and can be made the night before for instant Sunday satisfaction.

Brunch at Brickwood 

This is still one of my favourite places to go in Clapham, especially when I'm craving coffee. The avocado on toast is particularly fabulous.

Sweet like chocolate 

Yes, you can make your own flavoured chocolates. Try the salted caramel and I promise you won't go back. A perfect (cheap) gift for a loved one.

Green eggs & ham

Another brunch recipe, I feel a theme coming on... This one is to be undertaken when you are in need of a hearty slap up breakfast. Perfect for sharing.

The Joint

If one burger changed my life this year, it was from The Joint in Brixton. The sides are pretty kick-ass too.

Cheeky chilli pots

This recipe was handed down to me and so I wanted to share it with you. Also it was my first gif. Ooooo.

One castle, one dress, one wedding

Back in August my sister got married! It was idyllic, in a castle by the sea, need I say more? Here are my favourite photos from the day.

Bun & Bar

Another hot contender for best burger of the year is from Bun & Bar. It definitely takes the prize for best cocktails, the espresso martinis are made with double cream and the bloody marys contain wasabi.

Sunday Brunchday: M1lk

I know this was my last post but it's still a good'un!