Easy Breakfast Waffles

It is my most humble opinion there isn’t anything better than waffles!

They can be served as a part of a savoury or sweet dish and be enjoyed any time of the day! I love them with bacon and maple syrup at the moment but fresh fruit is always a classic way to serve them.

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This recipe is a simple starting place for tasty waffles. I love the subtle lemon and vanilla flavours in the base. It works so well with a range of toppings.

Easy Breakfast Waffles
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 250g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • The zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 440ml semi skimmed milk
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add the baking powder, salt and sugar, and mix.
  3. Zest the lemon and add it to the mix along with the juice of half the lemon.
  4. Add the eggs and oil. Pour in the milk and whisk until smooth.
  5. Cook as per instructions on your waffle maker.
  6. My favourite toppings are fresh fruit, bacon, yoghurt, maple syrup and even ice cream with extra sprinkles!
Notes
Store in an air tight box.
Can be eaten cold.
They taste brilliant reheated for lunch boxes.

Enjoy!

Italian Inspired Spring Salad

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I’ve recently become the food news writer at Time & Leisure magazine for the Wimbledon, Wandsworth, Putney and Barnes issue. YAY. It’s been so much fun and I love it too. Getting to come up with new recipes and see them in print in my local area has been very exciting. I have been working on a series of recipes and my favourite which was featured in the April issue was the Italian inspired salad. A mix of my favourite things altogether and ready for the summer. This would make a wonderful starter for a dinner party.

Italian Inspired Spring Salad
 
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  • 500g cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Medium sprig of fresh thyme
  • Sprinkle of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • Half a red chilli (optional)
  • 200g mozzarella
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 200g baby leaf salad
  • 10 mint leaves
  • Medium sprig of fresh thyme and oregano
  • 200g Parma ham
  • 200g thinly sliced Italian salami
  • For the Dressing: 8 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of smooth French mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 200° C.
  2. Chop the tomatoes into quarters and place in an oven proof dish. Finely chop the garlic and chilli and mix into the tomatoes.
  3. Sprinkle over the salt, pepper and sugar.
  4. Drizzle the oil over and cook for 30 minutes. Leave to cool.
  5. Make the complete salad a few hours before serving.
  6. In a large serving bowl mix the baby leaf salad with mint and thyme.
  7. Rip apart the mozzarella and stud the salad with the pieces.
  8. Pull apart the Parma Ham and Salami and add to the dish.
  9. Peel the avocado, remove the stone and chop up into bite size pieces.
  10. Put them in a separate bowl and lightly coat in lemon juice to stop them browning.
  11. Add to the salad.
  12. Spoon out the tomatoes and add them to the dish.
  13. Keep the juice in the bottom of the oven dish and add the other dressing ingredients to it. Whisk it until combined.
  14. Add a little extra sugar or lemon to taste.
  15. Keep the dressing separate until ready to serve and then drizzle it over the salad.
  16. Serve with fresh crusty bread.

If I ate this everyday I think I’d be a very happy girl.
Plus I think it’s mostly healthy right?

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April Kitchen Table Round Up

April was a brilliant month for food and drink and I thought I’d share a few of my highlights.

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First up is a wonderful subscription package from www.ginexplorer.com . If you have a taste for gin this is definitely a company for you. Discover new gins each month and with the incredibly well put together information included you can learn so much where they are from, the flavours and plus with a handy recipe using what is in the box so you can enjoy using the box straight away.

“During your journey each month you will circumnavigate the ever spinning gin globe, on an adventure through 4 carefully chosen 50ml vials of gin. You will unearth the new, the curious and the rare, as well as the classic, along the way.”

The gins included in my box were 6 O’Clock Gin, ISH London Dry, Zymurgorium’s Manchester Gin along with Little Scarlet Strawberry gin liqueur. The strawberry gin was delicious and will definitely be bought for summer parties. It mixes it to gin based cocktails so easily and has a proper strawberry taste that isn’t too sweet. It’s a brilliantly well thought out subscription that has a lot of care and attention given to it. A definite recommendation from me.

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I really love the packaging from Gin Explorer! It is so unique but has a beautiful elegance of vintage maps and travel cases. The design really adds to the experience and the joy this subscription box gives. Look how beautiful the paperwork is!

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I love a healthy snack and this month I was sent a range of Urban Fruit www.urbanfruit.co.uk to try. It is simple real fruit which hasn’t been messed around, no added sugar. It’s just fruit which has been gently baked. The pieces are very tasty. My favourite has to be cherry flavour followed by the apple and pears. Although I can easily enjoy any of the packets at any time! They are also brilliant to bake with!

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With this sudden beautiful weather I’ve been trying to drink more water and this month I’ve been drinking Ugly water. It’s all natural sparkling water with no added sugar at all. It’s naturally flavoured and I would recommend the lemon and lime flavour to enjoy in the sunshine. It’s very refreshing.

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As a delicious treat this month I’ve lovingly enjoying (and not sharing) this beautiful chocolate from Lyra www.lyrachocolate.co.uk . The very dark chocolate bar which I used for cookies was amazing and the flavour rich but so smooth. It was really lovely to use in baking. The milk chocolate bar was delicious. Smooth like the other bar but so easy to eat but it didn’t have a sugary sweetness like so many other chocolate bars. Beautiful bars, beautifully packaged and a perfect treat!

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I’ve been trying to cut out gluten a lot and these Costa gluten free Belgian chocolate brownies have been my favourite thing to enjoy while getting a coffee this month. So delicious and so rich!

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It’s Degustabox time again! www.degustabox.com I love getting this box each month as it’s always filled something I’ve heard of but so many I haven’t! Like the gin box this is also a subscription box but this time with a mix of food and drink. I really love the complete mix of things you get. It makes you try different foods which you might not have tried. This month it’s the drinks which won it for me especially with the glorious sunshine to enjoy them. I did really like everything in the box and there wasn’t anything I wouldn’t have again. The Veetee rice was delicious and worked very well in my lunch box for work!

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As a present from my dad on his trips to Mallorca were these stunning chocolate bars. I absolutely loved the packaging and the chocolate was rather nice too! Very much proof that a chocolate bar can beautiful.

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Out on my travels I came across a macaron frappe. I couldn’t really refuse! It was amazing. It really was a mix of macarons and coffee. So cool, refreshing and beautiful to drink. If you find yourself at Paul make sure you try one.

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Lunch at work once a week has to include a visit to Ban Yai at Merton Abbey Mills. It is brilliant Thai food and their £6 lunch menu is a bargain! This is their Pad Bai Kapaow, stir-fried vegetables with fragrant Thai basil & fresh chillies and favoured with oyster sauce served with steamed Thai Jasmine rice plus 2 sneaky sweetcorn cakes. Heaven.

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Glorious Groups of Soups

I have been going mad for soups this spring and the soups from glorious have been my absolute favourites for lunch at work in this weird spring weather. My favourite group of soups they have are the tomato based ones. I swear tomatoes are the main part of my diet!

Glorious Singapore Crushed Tomato

My absolute favourite was the Singapore Crushed Tomato soup. It was so rich and the addition of rice in a soup I love. The flavour is mix between sweet, from the coconut and sharp from the lemongrass. It is a thin soup but from the ingredients really bulk it up so you feel very satisfied at the end.

Glorious Tuscan Chicken and Orzo

The Tuscan Chicken & Orzo soup is a delicious really meaty filling soup. It is a called a meal soup and indeed it is. You won’t be hungry for while after eating it! I love that there is a whole meal in the soup that could have been a main dish of chicken and vegetables. I really like being able to see the ingredients in a soup and these chunky whole ingredients makes it a satisfying soup to eat.

Glorious Tomato and Lentil

For a healthy tomato based soup I go for the Goan Tomato & Lentil. It’s a very thick soup which is packed with spice and works very well as a base if you want to make a curry too!

Glorious Texan Four Bean Chilli

I finally got hold of this delicious pot of soup and it’s so full of flavour. It is really like having a chilli con carne! The mix of red pepper, rice and beans is truly a delicious mix. It is really rich with a delicious tomato flavour and the use of spices compliments it perfectly. Plus it’s a SkinnyLicious soup too so why not eat and enjoy knowing it’s low calorie.

Enjoy soup and make sure it’s a delicious and glorious one!

www.gloriousfoods.co.uk

Disclaimer – I was paid for this post. All opinions are my own.

Raspberry Friands

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This is such a special little cake but is so easy to make and delicious to enjoy. It is a little fancy/ grown up bite size cake which is packed full of flavour.

The mix between raspberries and almonds is beautiful. This is my absolute favourite cake to make and enjoy at the moment. Hands down beats cupcakes!

Plus it is easy to make gluten free, just replace the plain flour with 50g of gluten free plain flour.

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  • 100g unsalted butter
  • seeds from half of a vanilla pod or half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 120g icing sugar
  • 40g plain flour
  • 80g ground almonds
  • Small sprinkle of cinnamon (optional but a delicious addition)
  • 3 medium egg whites
  • fresh raspberries
  • 1 orange, zest only
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • flaked almonds for decoration
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/160º Fan
  2. Lightly grease a friand tin - I used a 12 Hole Loose-Based Mini Sandwich Tin from Lakeland but you can also use fairy cake cases in the tin to cook them.
  3. In a pan gently melt the butter with the vanilla seeds or extract. Set aside to cool.
  4. Sift the icing sugar and flour into a bowl with the salt and add the ground almonds and cinnamon.
  5. Whisk the egg whites in separate bowl just until they start to thicken.
  6. Add the egg whites, melted butter and orange zest in to the dry ingredients.
  7. Stir together to combine using a metal spoon or spatula.
  8. Lightly coat the raspberries with the sugar.
  9. Spoon the mix in to the prepared tin and stud with 2 or 3 raspberries depending on size and add a few of the flaked almonds.
  10. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until golden brown.
  11. Leave to cool in the tin and dust with icing sugar to serve.

Store in airtight box, if you don’t eat them all straight away, and they’ll last a few days.

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Perfect to enjoy with a cup of tea or two.

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Spring Gin Lemonade Cocktail

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This beautiful drinks dispenser is from Houseology who have a fabulous range of kitchen gadgets and glassware. With so many beautiful items you will want to use them all in your kitchen and items like this you will want to use all summer too. I can’t wait for warm summer evenings, lounging in the sunshine with friends and a beautiful drink dispenser full of a fruity cocktail. My lovely Spring Gin Lemonade is a fresh and delicious mix of cloudy lemonade with fresh lemons, limes, cucumber and mint with a good helping of gin too!

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Spring Gin Lemonade + Giveaway
 
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  • 4 litres of old fashioned sparkling lemonade (or make your own if you want)
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • 30g mint
  • ice cubes
  • 500ml-1 litre gin to taste
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 heaped tablespoons of honey
Instructions
  1. Add the lemonade into the dispenser.
  2. Chop the lemons, limes and cucumber into slices and mix them into the lemonade with the mint.
  3. Add the gin and ice. Give it a good stir and add the honey.
  4. Drink within a few hours of making it.

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Disclaimer – I was given the drinks dispenser by Houseology to use and come up with a recipe with. They asked me to host a giveaway with one of their products. The winner will be sent the items directly from Houseology.

A Glorious Food Adventure for March

It might be spring but it is still cold and these super soups have been keeping me full for another month.

Groups of soups

Glorious Soup March 1

The SkinnyLicious range has been my favourite of all the Glorious Soup. So filling but healthy and only 2% fat per portion. These two, along with the Singapore crushed tomato (which sadly I can’t find in any of my local supermarkets) are the ones I keep going back to time and time again. They are filling and taste good too. The Texas Four Bean Chilli is the one I’ve been looking to try but haven’t found it yet.

See the full range here

www.gloriousfoods.co.uk/fresh-soups/skinnylicious/

Real Life Food Adventures

Glorious Soup March 2

I love a good takeaway curry and this soup is a brilliant way to feel like you’ve had a takeaway but as a soup and at a fraction of the price. I love the mix of lentils, chickpeas and spinach. I’ve used the soup as a base for homemade curries and it’s worked a treat. It has a delicious flavour like a Sag Aloo, vegetable curry with a hint of spice, all together.

www.gloriousfoods.co.uk

Schwartz Tray Baked Lamb

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I was approached to work with Schwartz, the world’s largest producer of herbs, spices, and seasonings to try one of their new recipes. I settled on a delicious lamb tray bake with potatoes, tomatoes, olives and red onion.

Find the recipe here www.schwartz.co.uk/tray-baked-lamb-steaks

It was sprinkled with dried parsley and oregano (I use so much dried oregano in all my cooking, I love the flavour) and the lamb had been sprinkled with Schwartz cumin seeds and fried so the flavour had really infused beautifully into the meat before it went into the oven with the other ingredients.

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The Schwartz herbs really packed a punch which added such a delicious flavour to the finished meal. Even after time in the oven the flavours were still very clear and the juice/gravy which had formed at the bottom of the pan was a lovely mix of the wine, tomato with the parsley and oregano really came out. The cumin seeds with the lamb was a beautiful mix and one combination I will definitely be repeating in the future.

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I loved how simple the recipe was to follow and how quick the meal took to assemble and pop into the oven. My only comments would be to add extra liquid maybe the same amount again with water and bake for at 45-60 minutes at 180 stirring half way through. Maybe even add a little orange juice to make it taste more like summer.

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Disclaimer – This post was written in collaboration with Schwartz

February Kitchen Table Round Up

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I haven’t done a Kitchen Table round up since Christmas as life has been crazy recently but here is what I’ve been enjoying this February.

My favourite thing in my kitchen this month has to be the first (I’m sure of many) cook books by food blogger extraordinaire Dannii Martin. www.hungryhealthyhappy.com

Hungry Healthy Happy review Dannii Martin

I have a made a few of the delicious meals from Dannii’s book already and I can’t believe how healthy they are and just how amazing they taste. My favourite so far and what I would definitely recommend are the lamb kofta with yogurt and Feta dip, the Mexican rice (brilliant for lunch boxes) and the chicken tikka masala. The best thing from the book which fills me with such happy food thoughts is the breakfast burritos! A breakfast take on a Mexican classic with lots of pinto beans. I love them!


Looking for a adorable way to celebrate way to Mother’s Day? What about an ice cake by post?
Baker Days are a very nice company who let me test out the cake delivery service. I love cake and the idea of having it delivered makes me so happy. Baker Days offer a huge range of decorated caked and even have a  personalised service. Want a photo of a friend/family member on a cake? No problem and it will delivered to them too in a sweet little tin to protect it.

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They have a range of Mother’s Day cakes available and I chose this beautiful silhouette illustration. The cakes are only a few centimetres tall so they can fit the door but as a little treat with a cup of tea it was enjoyed.  My only problem was there wasn’t any jam in the cake but I am an obsessive jam and buttercream fan when it comes to cakes and I totally understand that would add an extra dimension to the problem of posting the cakes. The icing on the cake was that delicious sweet sugar paste which always reminds me of children’s birthday parties and I love it! This little cake served 6 of us and we all enjoyed it.

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At work this month I’ve been snacking on these delicious packs from graze. It’s nice to snack on something which is tasty and isn’t full of fats and sugar. The pots are little but they are mighty! They are full of taste and are very very filling. I love the protein flapjack the best as it tastes like a delicious chocolate oaty cake. I need more of these for work snacks. The nuts and spicy Thai sriracha are really lovely but don’t show the people you work with. My colleagues finished them off for me!

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I was sent this selection of Diablo no added and sugar free items to try. As I have to be careful about how much sugar I have trying new things like this I always jump at! I love chocolate and hazelnut spreads and this no added sugar variety is really delicious. It’s a little tarter than Nutella but I actually prefer it. The chocolate and sweets are really good. The lemon sweets are really lovely and have a sharpness which taste like lemon bonbons. I would most definitely buy these again.

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I was sent the brand new collection of Corkers crisps to try and I shared them amongst my friends. The thai chilli and duck flavours was the best. 

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February’s Degustabox was filled with delicious items as usual. The beetroot and parsnip snacks were delicious! I love Degustabox boxes. I love finding out about new foodie things. There is always such a mix of drinks, cooking sauces and snacks to choose try. 

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Disclaimer – I was sent these items to try. All opinions are my own.

A Glorious February

This month I have been enjoying Glorious soups for lunch at work nearly every day and I haven’t got bored of them yet! I think that shows how good their range is. With so many flavours and with each pot lasting 2 lunches it’s brilliant for a healthy filling lunch and with the pots being about £2 each my purse likes them too!

This month my favourite soup has to be the Skinnylicious fragrant Thai Carrot. It’s such thick soup and feels like such a big meal for how full I feel after but I was surprised at how low calorie it was. Find out more

I’ve started adding a crunch of extra vegetable to my soups. I used my spiralizer on a carrot to go with the carrot soup and the finished result is so cute! Yes it is cute but it’s also tasty. I love the texture differences between the hot soft soup and cold crunch of the fresh carrot. Definitely one to keep doing.

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Disclaimer – I was paid for this post. All opinions are my own.