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.

We are Family

A perfect summer evening spent with family and friends in my grandparents’ garden. I loved everything about it, from the food preparation over the past few days, to the setting up with my grandma and auntie Christine, to the mingling with our guests over drinks and of course seeing all of the dishes being eaten and enjoyed by my loved ones. Cheers to all of these wonderful people that I am proud to call my relatives 🥂 •

Salad Queen

Fact: salads are not boring! 🥗 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 it’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 👌🏼

Relax, it’s the weekend

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 🍳🥑🍞

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 👌🏼🍽🍷

Veg leftovers

Using up most of the remaining veg in the fridge before a weekend away – our Friday night dinner is sausages with spicy tomato & pepper cous cous and crispy garlic kale. Now to begin series 2 of line of duty! A bit late to the party but better now than never…