This salad is inspired by one that I had at a beach club in Mallorca, which was so beautiful and delicious it seemed to inflict food envy on the people feasting on nachos and chicken goujons next to me. It’s always hard to recreate something you had on holiday as no doubt the sun, sea and sangria enhanced the taste of that salad! However, I think my attempt is a very tasty recreation, all be it a little more rustic and slightly less pretty.It’s also…Continue Reading “Leftover chicken pesto salad”

Risotto has always scared me, with the fear of ending up with a stodgy mess and arm ache from constant stirring deterring me from cooking it very often. This risotto by Madeleine Shaw, however, is surprisingly easy as well as both healthy and incredibly tasty. Indulgent and filling, it’s proof that you don’t need meat for a satisfying meal. The recipe states it serves two but I am always left with extra so I think you could easily stretch it to three. I’ve detailed the…Continue Reading “Buckwheat, asparagus and pea risotto”

Chilli beef noodle salad

This chilli beef noodle salad works well hot for dinner and cold for lunch – I often make it for dinner and then have the leftovers for lunch the next day. I’ve tried it with both egg noodles and soba noodles, and I prefer the egg version – it keeps better for the next day – but soba noodles are kinder to my stomach! It would no doubt work great with udon or Singapore-style noodles too.Ingredients:Steak of your choice – I use sirloinRed pepper, finely…Continue Reading “Chilli beef noodle salad”

Sweet potato, feta and pine nut salad

This salad is the perfect side dish for a summer BBQ or a tasty lunch option that offers both nutritional benefits and comfort food enjoyment. It’s best if you BBQ the sweet potato, but simply putting it under the grill also works.I haven’t put the measurements on the ingredients other than dressing as it can be adjusted depending on personal preference or the number of servings you’re making. The dressing makes enough for about four servings, and it can be kept in the fridge for…Continue Reading “Sweet potato, feta and pine nut salad”

Cacao and tahini bliss balls

If snacking was considered a legitimate hobby, it would definitely be listed under my ‘personal interests’ section. For me, those cheeky 11am and 4pm food breaks are an essential part of my working day and, considering I work from home and my desk is inches from the fridge, I find it hard restricting it to just a couple of times a day.Therefore, it’s essential that I keep a stash of healthy, preferably homemade, snacks at easy reach, and these cacao and tahini bliss balls by…Continue Reading “Cacao and tahini bliss balls”