For me, weekends are about enjoying meals that I wouldn’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 🍳🥑🍞
Dinner tonight is Baked Lemon & Basil Salmon with Harissa Roasted New Potatoes and Fried Broccoli & Peas, and a large glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Feet are now up, pyjamas and TV on!
Dinner this evening was a warm salad of sautéed spring greens, pepper, tomatoes, green beans & red onion, topped with a baked salmon fillet garnished with toasted garlic & parsley breadcrumbs and a wedge of lemon.
This was the perfect light meal that I was craving tonight, that made me believe it was actually Spring despite the cold and rainy weather outside!
I love making meals out of whatever I have in the cupboard and fridge, although whenever I watch the market challenge on masterchef I never envy the people who are doing it under that much pressure!
Tonight I used up various bits of veg and herbs we had in the fridge as well as the remaining greek yoghurt and harissa – Dinner was harissa baked chicken, tzatziki, middle-eastern slaw, spiced cauliflower cous cous (and plenty of @balticbakehouse sourdough!)
A healthy vegan breakfast that tastes quite indulgent – oat & chia seed porridge made with almond milk, a little honey, cinnamon & cacao powder (hence the colour!) for flavour and sweetness, topped with sautéed apple & toasted flaked almonds.
Recipe (serves 2):
30g chia seeds
150ml almond milk, or depending on preferred consistency
3 tbsp honey, or to taste
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp flaked almonds
Peel, core and chop the apple into small chunks. Put in a saucepan with a little vegan butter or coconut oil and sauté for 5 minutes until softened but retaining some texture. Turn off the heat and leave in the pan.
Lightly dry fry the flaked almonds in a frying pan until just starting to colour then remove from the heat.
Meanwhile put the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, cacao powder and almond milk in a saucepan on a low heat and cook gently for 5-10 minutes until thickened. Stir in the honey until thoroughly combined.
Pour into bowls and top each one with the apple and almonds, then enjoy!
Tonight for dinner I cooked Pan Fried Seabass with a Lemon, Caper & Herb Butter, served with Spring Onion, Garlic & Spinach Mash and Griddled Asaparagus.
So simple, but so delicious! This is the kind of main course that I often choose when I go out to eat, as I think you can really tell how good a restaurant is by the dishes that are the least obviously extravagant. And also because sea bass is my favourite fish!
Eating al fresco is just the best. Lunch today is a Tuna Nicoise Salad in the sunshine 🥗🍴☀️ •
I booked today off work to allow myself time to relax and chill after a busy week off, which was so much fun but also pretty tiring. I too often find I am knackered after a ‘holiday’ so I now always try to give myself an extra day off, to catch up on rest and recharge before my usual routine begins again!