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 🍳🥑🍞

Newcastle bound

Off to Newcastle today for a weekend of relaxing, eating, going to a rugby match (not my choice of activity but I’ll go with it, apparently it’s a big one), and seeing family and friends!

This zingy lime drizzle loaf cake is coming with us. Really simple to make and is lovely to eat cold / at room temperature with a cup of tea or warm with some cream for dessert! Next time I think I will try adding some coconut or spices to add a twist on it (this is usually how my dishes begin!)

Spring Salmon Salad

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!

Simplicity

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!

Al Fresco Lunch

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!

Fresh Pesto

Look at that colour 😍 worth making from scratch for the colour alone, but the fresh, vibrant flavour is also incredible! Will be serving this later as part of our dinner when our friends from Lincoln come to visit us. Saturday morning spent very happily in the kitchen! 👩🏻‍🍳

Gluten free cake

Orange Polenta Cake – a gluten free dessert that is just as delicious as any other pudding.

One of my guests at the next supper club is celiac so I wanted to make sure the items on the menu were either naturally gluten free or could easily be adjusted to accommodate this.

I really enjoyed making (and sampling) this cake tonight, I think with a few tweaks it will be perfect as one of the desserts on the Spring supper club menu!