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French toast with cinnamon & vanilla

French toast with cinnamon & vanilla

I recently asked on my Instagram what recipes you’d like to see most, and one of the replies I got was ‘quick breakfasts’. It was quite the challenge as I never make anything special for breakfast but I figured it would be a great opportunity to make a recipe for French toast. It’s such an easy breakfast to make, and you only need a handful of ingredients. I added cinnamon and vanilla to give the toast extra flavour, but you can also make it plain. I personally could never eat French toast without some sweet toppings: maple syrup & icing sugar along with some fruit. If you don’t have icing sugar or syrup, you can also use honey. If that’s also not an option or if you like it really sweet then you can also add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the egg mix that we dip the bread in. Continue Reading…

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Happy St. Patrick’s day! It’s for sure the most unusual St. Patrick’s day I ever celebrated. I’m nowhere near Ireland or Antwerp (where I celebrated it every year before I moved to Ireland) and the world is battling coronavirus. I know all festivities in Ireland have been cancelled, the pubs are closed and things may not look like much. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this glorious day at home. I make a new St. Patrick’s day recipe each year, and this year is no different as I made Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic.  Continue Reading…

Homemade thyme flatbreads

I wanted to make a new recipe for flatbread with figs & goat cheese, and instead of buying the breads I decided to try and make them myself. I never in a million years expected it to be THIS easy but it really was! I based my recipe on one from Jamie Oliver – my food hero – and turned them into thyme flatbreads as they went better with my other recipe. I’ll be trying to make my own naan bread next (tried to make it before but it wasn’t great) and I’ll be making other versions of this flatbread too, starting with a garlic flatbread!

This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and can be made in the oven or in a pan. The day I made this recipe the cooker of the house we are staying it wasn’t working so improvised and went with the oven instead and they turned out great! You can use this recipe as a base for some topped flatbreads or just to have as a side with some hummus or other dips.

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Nutella & Walnut Filo Cigars

Today’s recipe is without a doubt going to be a big hit at any party: Nutella & walnut filo cigars! Crunchy pastry, delicious chocolate core and that little bit of an extra bite thanks to the walnuts. It’s somewhat easy to make too and doesn’t take a whole lot of time either, but you do have to keep in mind that filo pastry is very thin and very fragile. Continue Reading…

Whipped feta shortcrust tartlets with strawberry & pistachio

It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas as it’s currently 30°C outside here in Melbourne. It’s the first time I’ll be spending Christmas in a sunny country – and away from my family – and although I’m looking forward to having a barbecue on Christmas for the first time ever, I still find it all so weird to see Christmas decorations everywhere (including a giant blow-up snowman a few houses down). Today’s recipe is the last one I made back at home, and it’s a great one to cook for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party: whipped feta shortcrust tartlets, with strawberry & pistachio. Continue Reading…

Sausage rolls with cheese

Sausage rolls have always been one of my favourite snacks, ever since I was a kid. Once I learned how easy it is to make them yourself, I only ended up loving them even more as it became so easy to add all these amazing flavours. I’ve previously made a few versions already, for example one with black pudding, apple and cranberry but also plain pork sausage rolls and pork, cranberry and red onion sausage rolls. This time though, I’m going with cheese! Continue Reading…

Chocolate tartlets

These yummy chocolate tartlets are just the Tuesday Treat for me. I loooooove chocolate, especially when it’s combined with red fruits and blueberries. I made these when I got invited to dinner over at my cousin’s place and used some dough that I had left over from another tartlet recipe that I’ve made (but haven’t posted yet). It’s actually quite easy to make, the only tricky thing is trying to get your pie base even. But, at the same time, it’s not that crucial either of course. As long as the pastry isn’t too thin so that if alls to pieces when you take it out of the shells you’ll be fine.

The chocolate filling only requires two ingredients: dark chocolate and cream. Using dark chocolate does mean the tartlet isn’t overly sweet. If you’re not a fan of dark chocolate you can use both dark & milk chocolate. I don’t recommend using only milk chocolate cause along with the cream and sweet base you’ll end up with something way too sweet. Continue Reading…