Hooray it’s Pancake Day this week! To celebrate the best excuse for pancakes I have come up with delicious lactofree and gluten free blueberry American style pancakes.
I made these pancakes with gluten free flour and ground almonds. They were so good.
The almonds added a fabulous nuttiness which complimented the blueberries very well. I like that were chunky pancakes. A good tasty bite with each fork full works for me. As well as gluten free these are also lactofree. These pancakes are simple to make and any extra toppings like bacon and maple syrup very much recommended.
Blueberry American style Pancakes - lactofree and gluten free
Measure out the milk in a jug and add the egg, vanilla and whisk together.
Add to the dry ingredients and whisk up until smooth and thick.
Add the blueberries and give a good stir.
Heat up a non stick frying pan add a little sunflower oil.
Take a small/medium ladle of batter for each pancake if you want to make a tower of them.
Cook the pancake on medium heat until it's easy to move in the pan and flip.
When both sides are golden brown serve.
Lemon juice, sugar and extra blueberries worked very!
Note: I put the plate I was going to put them on in the microwave for a minute to warm through so the stack wouldn't go cold too quickly. I used a clean tea towel to cover the pancakes as I made the tower to try and keep them warm and it worked really well.
They were so good. I really wanted to make a bigger stack of pancakes but I was too eager to get tucked in!
There is something truly beautiful about a waffle. They are simple to make and are delicious start to the day, or whenever you fancy it!
I treated myself to a Vonshef waffle maker on Amazon for £20. Linky here. A brilliant investment and I have made so waffles already. It takes a while to warm up but if you turn it on before you the make the mix it’s hot enough when the mix is ready to go. Hot waffles with fruit and maple syrup is a wonderful way to start the weekend and I’m looking forward to a lot more in 2016.
The subtle flavour of orange in the waffle is so good and makes it taste like a chocolate orange if you decide to have Nutella with them.
January has been the month of skinnyLicious Soups for me. It wasn’t to do with loosing weight but wanting to feel good. I always find myself craving vitamins and freshness in January. I miss the sunshine and the summer diet of all fresh food but with this soup I could be on holiday in a hot climate enjoying the freshest ingredeints!
I was exploring the collection of Glorious Skinnylicious soups from Glorious and the Vietnamese Supergreen soup was one that I kept coming back to.
It doesn’t look great and I will admit that straight away but it is worth the taste to look past it. It is made from petit pois, green lentils and spinach with kaffir lime leaves, ginger and lemongrass. I love the lentils in it so much. They were cooked but still had a bite which was so satisfying. I also liked that this soup was vegan but also had a lot of protein in.
It has a huge rich flavour and tastes brilliantly healthy from the first mouthful.
I was surprised at how full I felt after having only half a pot. I had it for lunch at work on two days and didn’t snack all afternoon like I normally do. I felt more awake and had better concentration at work too.
Every time I try and make a mocktail it turns into a smoothie. I can’t help it but I love smoothies and using so much fresh fruit and veg.
This super boost smoothie has ;
ginger to aid digestion,
blueberries for antioxidants,
spinach which is rich in iron and vitamins including vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, manganese, magnesium, iron and vitamin B2
raspberries for antioxidants and vitamin C
Coconut water which is full of potassium, low in calories, naturally fat and cholesterol free
After having just one glass of this super healthy drink for a few days I was more awake and found that I wasn’t as hungry either. Really like to be able to make something at home which isn’t too expensive which my body really responded to. The fact it tastes and looks nice is a bonus! The ginger adds a delicious kick to the drink and with it helping digestion it’s a perfect addition to an already tasty drink. The innocent coconut water was very tasty too and wasn’t as sweet as some of the others I’ve used for smoothies before which I really prefer as the fruit it sweet enough.
Vanilla extract is one of those kitchen and baking things I absolutely love and always treat myself to a proper natural flavour one. I don’t want the vanilla messed around with or artificially made. I came across a simple recipe to make it at home and it is easily the best vanilla extract I’ve ever used or tasted.
Beautiful fresh vanilla from a French market all the way from Africa. They were so soft yet slightly greasy to touch and the smell from just 10 was so overpoweringly beautiful and delicious. Only touching them for a few minutes and I smelled like vanilla for ages!
I used fresh vanilla pods which is why there are so many in my bottle. As well as making the extract the vodka preserves the vanilla so you can use them for baking with later.
Author: Sisley White
Serves: 1 bottle
At least 3 vanilla pods
Take one sterilised bottle.
Cut two of the vanilla pods open and add to the bottle with the other whole ones.
Add the vodka to the bottle almost to the top.
Place the extract in a cupboard or somewhere out of the way for 6 months until the vodka changes colour and starts to taste like vanilla.
When you use the vanilla extract it will be very wet so make sure you don't add too much. After a long time it will be very strong to taste so you won't need much to flavour what you're baking.
The vanilla pods in the vodka on day one compared to the vanilla extract after six months in the cupboard. It looks so beautiful backlit! Does anyone else think it sort of looks like aliens or weird underwater animals about to move and jump out? Just me then!
So beautiful and so tasty! They also brilliant gifts.
Mix the harissa paste with the oil and mix in to the chicken.
Cover with cling film and pop it into the fridge for 1 hour.
Make up the couscous to the packet instructions with the stock cube.
Peel the carrot and spiralizer it along with the courgette.
Arrange the couscous on the plate and surround it with the spiralized vegetables.
Heat up a pan and a tablespoon of oil and on a medium heat cook the chicken.
When the chicken is cooked add it to the plate and serve.
Tastes just as good cold as hot. Brilliant for lunch boxes.
I was sent the OXO hand spiralizer to play with and I am obsessed with it. It’s so small and compact which works well for washing and storing but also spiralizes very well just as well as the big counter top spiralizers. I couldn’t make it work as the picture shows but I found putting it on the chopping board, holding it in my left hand which I turned to cut and used my right hand to hold the carrot and courgette. It worked a treat and like every time I use a spiralizer I always make far too much.
It’s so fun to make swirly fruit and vegetables.
For the chicken part of the dinner I used the Moroccan Harissa marinade by Encona. It’s a lovely marinade which really packs a punch if you like spice. For two chicken breasts cut up I used 3 teaspoons of the marinade and 1 teaspoon of olive oil to make easy to coat the chicken.
I kept the dish simple and served the spicy chicken on a bed of couscous surrounded by the spiralized and uncooked vegetables. It was a dinner which had so many textures; the snap of the carrots, the soft couscous against the bite of the chicken.
Simple and delicious x
Disclaimer – I was sent the marinade and spiralizer to test. All opinions are my own.
A glass of red wine with friends is one of my most things to do and getting to try a few new red wines was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Campo Viejo Gran Reserva
This is a very special wine. Perfect for special occasions it is a must have for any red wine fan. The Campo Viejo Gran Reserva is a delicious Rioja which is darkest red in colour and has strong flavours of ripe red berries with a hint of spices at the end. It’s a beautiful bottle and a beautiful wine. I can’t wait to try this again at the next special occasion with my family and friends.
Availability: Most supermarkets nationwide RRP: £16.79
Graffigna Malbec is an Award-winning Malbec from Argentina.
It is a beautiful, rich and smooth red wine that compliments red meat especially venison and steak. The fruity flavours of the cherries, plum and blackcurrant allows the wine to served with a host of different foods and even works with fruity and chocolate puddings. It has slightly spice and oak flavours which makes it feel like a winter wine but the fruit makes you think of summer. A beautiful blend that will be in my wine rack all year.
Graffigna has become a true Argentinean icon, delivering premium, world class wines for over 135 years.
You can get it in Sainsburys RRP £10.
The Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Shiraz is my new favourite drink.
Yes you read it right it is a sparkling red wine! I love red wine and sparkles so this calls out to me to drink it. The balance between sparkles and Shiraz is very well done and blended beautifully. It is an unusual taste at first but soon becomes a drink you will enjoy drinking. I shared it with friends and everyone said they would buy it and enjoy it again. It has rich flavours of blackberries and raspberries and the sparkle makes it so special. Availability: Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and Ocado RRP: £10.39
When you need a little pick me up this concentrated Press’d coffee has become a must have in my house. A concentrated coffee that you just add water too to make a really really delicious cup of coffee. It’s so small and fits perfectly in your hand and easily to carry around in your handbag. I still can’t believe that it makes so many cups. Great for when you’re Press’d for time and need a delicious drink. It is simply made from Arabica beans which have been pressed, brewed and then bottled. Available from Ocado
Disclaimer I was sent all these items to review. All opinions are my own.
I love to remiss about the previous year and I decided to create a post with my favourite recipes of 2015. There is a mix of recipes but mostly cake and sweet treats but with a lot of fresh fruit. I’ve been loving berries a lot in 2015.
There is nothing better than a cocktail which is also a pudding and show stopper too. The Flat White Baileys Martini has become a huge success in my house because it tastes so good and is so simple to make. Once we knew we loved the drink we started to turn it into a pudding. It’s only 4 ingredients and a quick shake to produce this beauty and you’ll be very very glad you did.
January is the time to plan for the year and I’m thinking about where in the world I want to go and what food I want to try. Thanks to Glorious soups I’ve been having mini taste adventures from all over the world right from the comfort of my home.
First up on my food adventures in December was a trip to Mexico with the Tomato & Fire Roasted Pepper soup. It was a hot and rich soup which was lovely to enjoy on a cold and rainy day. There was a distinctive lime flavour which stood out but also compliments the pepper flavour. It had a hint of spice which worked really well in making this a bold soup which felt like a hug in a mug. I love Mexican flavours and I definitely want to visit Mexico one day to enjoy the flavours directly from the delicious source.
My second recent food adventure took me to Morocco with a Moroccan spiced chicken soup. It was delicious. I loved that the chicken was in large shredded pieces and the whole chickpeas were brilliant. A soup that is full of delicious ingredients you can identify while eating I enjoyed this one the most. I love the Glorious Meal Soups. They are so full of ingredients and flavours they are a joy to eat and are really very filling.
My last food adventure took me to Mumbai where I got to enjoy a lentil and chickpea soup which felt so healthy and warming. It filled me up and helped me to get over the flu. It felt like tasty medicine filled with a healthy twist, a lot of delicious ingredients which were filling and tasty. They describe it as soul soothing and it definitely was when suffering with flu.
As much as I’d love to travel the world trying the best dishes I can I’m a bit limited to London at the moment. Luckily there are some incredible places to eat from the furthest places on Earth without having to travel the miles.
So with a love of food where in the world should I plan to go? Where is the best place for food you’ve ever visited?