Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Easy Like Sunday Morning

I have a confession to make. Since leaving home and realising I actually had to buy my own food I have been eating like a student. Think beans on toast, jacket potatoes, chicken goujons.. anything cheap and easy. Three months, some last minute flights booked to Ibiza and the realisation that I don't actually fit into any of the clothes I wore last summer later, I am back on the bandwagon.

Out go the King Edwards, and in come the sweet potatoes, brown pasta and rice are now a permanent fixture in my cupboards and the 6 different types of cheese in my fridge have now been disposed of. Don't get me wrong, I am not dieting. I am not a dieter, I can't do it. I don't have the willpower and on the advice of the amazing fitness blogger Carly Rowena if you don't make permanent changes, however small, and squeeze in some exercise to your food plan you are never going to get anywhere long term.

So first on my get healthy list is this amazing kedgeree: low cal, low fat and low sugar. This rice based dish is thought to have originated in India and was brought to the UK by British colonials who enjoyed it as a breakfast. It's super quick to put together, I made a big batch for a lazy Sunday brunch then had the leftovers on Monday and Tuesday.

What you'll need:

  • 2 large free-range eggs 
  • 600g smoked haddock fillets 
  • A bunch of spring onions
  • 170g brown rice
  • 1 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 red chilli
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • A handful of fresh coriander
  • Small pot of natural yoghurt
  • Sweet chilli sauce
(Makes 4 portions)

 Boil the eggs for 10 minutes and then hold under cold running water. Meanwhile put the rice on, brown rice should take 15-20 minutes to cook.

When the eggs are done put the haddock and the bay leaves in a shallow pan with enough water to cover them. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about 5 minutes. Lift the fish out the pan and flake, it should fall apart really easily.

Soften the spring onions, garlic and ginger in a little olive oil for about 5 minutes then add the curry powder. Cook for a few more minutes then add the lemon juice.

Drain the rice, and add it to the pan, followed by the fish. Slice the chilli, chop the coriander and stir gently. Transfer to a dish then quarter the eggs and place on top with a sprinkling of chilli.

Squirl some sweet chilli sauce into the yoghurt and serve.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Joint, SW9

Let me take you to a little place I know: Brixton Village. Okay... so in reality it's not that little and definitely not a secret. It is, however a buzzing hub of the most incredible street food I've ever seen. Cheese and champagne, crispy pizzas and juicy Chinese dumplings are just some of the delights you can find but my personal favourite is this tiny pop-up outlet called The Joint.

After navigating our way through the market maze, Rich & I squeezed onto the end of a table and tucked into the menu. First up was the sweetcorn with a delicious BBQ butter...

Then we dived into pork ribs, covered with a sticky, sweet sauce. Incredible...

Next Rich ordered the hot wings which is where things got a little dicey. They even look scary don't they? I tried one and had to do an emergency dash to the cafe next door to get some sugar (trust me, it works).

Tastebuds cooled down, we finally we shared the BBQ 16-hour pulled pork in a homemade sourdough bun...

Do I even need to say anything else? This burger changed my life.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

New Beginnings

Why hello! Long time no speak. I am writing this from the comfort of my new bed (complete with duck feather duvet and pillows, thank you mum) because I have moved! Finally! Into London and everything like a proper grown-up. I moved about a month ago, having found the perfect flat and perfect flatmates on spareroom.co.uk and have been wanting to share these photos for ages but it took Sky this long to install the internet. I tried to be scrupulous about what I brought with me but as I excitedly unpacked boxes that had been in the attic since uni that sort of went out the window. Come take a look around...

Jars from Joy and RHS Wisley
Bowl from Urban Outfitters

Wooden stag trophy from notonthehighstreet.com
Necklaces from H&M, Urban Outffiters & Topshop
Sunglasses from ASOS

Print and  flower garland from notonthehighstreet.com 

Pastel box table from Ikea

Elephant print from Bangkok
Chunky black frame from Dunelm Mill

With the 3 hour round commute to work finally behind me hopefully this is the start of lots of brand new adventures. I'll keep you posted!

Monday, 24 March 2014

Healthy Lunchtime Pizza

This is a little recipe I made up at uni when the cupboards were pretty bare and it's become a firm favourite when I feel like something a little naughty but still want to be healthy(ish). It's almost as good as a real pizza, I promise.

What you'll need:

  • 1 wrap
  • 1 tbsp of tomato pasta sauce
  • A handful of rocket
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche
  • A sprinkle of paprika
  • Whatver toppings you have to hand (don't forget the cheese)
(Serves one)

If you're feeling fancy you can grill this for 5-10 minutes but it works just as well in the microwave. Lay your wrap on a place and spoon over the tomato sauce. Pile on your toppings and sprinkle with cheese then microwave for 30 seconds or so. Squish a handful of rocket on the top, dollop on the creme fraiche, sprinkle with paprike and voilĂ !