Monday nourishment

After a busy weekend away, Monday evening calls for some nourishing but comforting food. This is a sausage & chickpea tomato bake with mozzarella & parmesan, served with freshly made crusty rolls and a simple green salad.

Birthday Cheesecake

My younger sister turned 21 yesterday and to celebrate we are having a party at my parentsโ€™ house with many of our family and friends today. My contribution to the preparations includes this strawberry cheesecake, along with some of my spiced nuts and Parmesan biscuits, and drinking more than my fair share of the champagne! ๐ŸŽ‚๐Ÿฅ‚

Salad Queen

Fact: salads are not boring! ๐Ÿฅ— my family used to jokingly call me a rabbit because I ate so much lettuce / salad in general but I genuinely do love a good salad.

I dislike a limp, lifeless bowl of plain iceberg, cucumber and tomato as much as the next person but when you put a little effort in to making your salad bowl more than just that, it becomes something SO delicious AND nutritious (in the words of m&s) that itโ€™s hard to find something much better.

Tonight I went for a crispy bacon, avocado, tomato salad on a bed of spinach topped with pine nuts ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Wednesday Wings

Crispy Spicy Chicken Wings – Iโ€™ve spent a bit of time practising these and feel these are about as good as they get. Firstly marinated in a little lemon juice, olive oil, salt, pepper and spices, then pan fried skin side down on a high heat to get them nice and crisp, before covering in a sticky harissa sauce and finishing off the cooking process by roasting in the oven. Voila! Would work equally well with bone in chicken thighs or drumsticks ๐Ÿ—

Relax, itโ€™s the weekend

For me, weekends are about enjoying meals that I wouldnโ€™t usually be able to have during the week – specifically breakfast and lunch which are usually cold and eaten sat at my desk in work (I do not encourage this!)

Today I have a Saturday at home with no specific plans, so after a lovely yoga class this morning I have just leisurely made and devoured this plate of griddled sourdough, avocado and beef tomato with a poached egg, topped with coriander and fresh chilli and plenty of sea salt and black pepper ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿž

Birthday BBQ Leftovers

Dinner this evening – homemade coleslaw, hummus and tzatziki with a cucumber, tomato, spring onion & herb rice salad in a chilli oil and lime dressing, accompanied by some beef koftas and ciabatta. All washed down with a glass of Malbec ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿท