Oven Baked

Dinner tonight is Lemon & Basil Baked Salmon with a Crispy Kale and Roasted Vegetable Salad.

I’m without a functioning hob at the moment so my meals are currently either oven, microwave or toaster based… I would normally have some rice or cous cous with this but a piece of toast later will have to do as my evening carb!

Usually I would stir fry broccoli and kale but they are equally lovely roasted with a little olive oil, seasoning and just a splash of water, and cooking them this way means there is no chance of them becoming soggy and flavourless.

Baking Therapy

Woke up early this morning and couldn’t go back to sleep so decided to come downstairs and bake!

These are Plum & Coconut Muffins. It is a flavour combination I don’t think I have seen or tried before in any form, but I saw a recipe in Sainsbury’s magazine for these and there were four slightly over-ripe plums sitting in my mum’s fruit bowl calling out to be used! The proof will be in the eating…

Indoor bbq…

Clinging onto summer with an indoor bbq style dinner. Merguez sausages bought at Sale Makers Market on Sunday, served with caramelised red onion alongside fresh white finger rolls courtesy of Roberts Bakery (work!), homemade coleslaw & hummus and a simple mixed salad.

On the menu this week

Dinner last night was a Turkish inspired Chicken, Mushroom & Green Bean Pilaf garnished with fresh parsley, mint, sumac and preserved lemon.

Combining spices of cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, cayenne and paprika with chilli, garlic, salt, pepper, chicken stock and the gentle flavours of chicken, mushroom and brown basmati rice worked really well as a healthy one pot meal.

It’s the ideal summer comfort food when the weather isn’t so great! The only improvement I would make next time is to use chicken thigh fillets instead of breast for their succulence and deeper flavour.

Heatwave ☀️

Family and friends know how much I struggle in hot weather… so today has been particularly hard! I do love it when the sun is shining, and I know it’s daft to complain about it, but anything above 25 degrees leaves me feeling physically exhausted and, in all honesty, a bit ill 🥵

After a busy day travelling to and from Leeds via train for a work meeting, followed by a yoga class I do my best to never miss, I really wasn’t feeling great and didn’t have much of an appetite for food (a very rare occasion!).

HOWEVER I knew from experience that a nutritious and tasty dinner would help sort me out. A cold shower and this Tuna and Duck Egg Salad with a lemon mustard dressing definitely did help me feel a bit more human! And dining al fresco is always a novelty that is not to be under-appreciated 👌🏼