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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…

Yellow & green courgette salad with salmon, feta, olives, dill, thyme & lemon

Yellow & green courgette salad with feta, olives, dill, thyme & lemon

With more and more countries going into lockdown, I’m hoping that my blog can inspire some people to take this time at home to discover some new recipes, and to use fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Today’s recipe is all about courgette and fresh herbs. We’re using green and yellow courgettes in this salad, with just a few fresh herbs. Our dressing is going to be an easy one with just lemon juice, olive oil and honey.  I’ve added some salmon as a protein, as I would otherwise still be hungry after eating it. You can replace the salmon by falafel, focaccia, ciabatta or even just a grilled piece of chicken or turkey. Anything goes really! To add some extra flavour I added black olives and delicious feta cheese. 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…

Broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine

Broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine

This recipe for broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine is a great way to get your kids to eat some more veggies, as the taste of the broccoli in the turkey meatball is just delicious! I’ve made quite a lot of different meatball recipes in the past: lamb meatballs with tomato rice, lamb meatballs with a red curry, pork & tarragon meatballs, spaghetti meatballs and turmeric meatballs. But I had never actually used a vegetable in my meatballs.

I’ve used turkey mince for this recipe as I wanted to make it quite lean and light as well. The sauce that goes with these meatballs is heavier though as we’re using ricotta. To make it a little bit sweeter I’ve added some local honey and basil as well. To make sure we get enough of that lovely broccoli into our meal, I’ve used half the broccoli in the meatballs and the other half has gone into the sauce.

It’s so easy to make and there isn’t much that can go wrong as there isn’t much technique required. If you don’t have an oven you also also very easily pan fry these meatballs. Continue Reading…

Fresh homemade smoked salmon rice paper rolls

Fresh homemade smoked salmon rice rolls

The one meal I struggle the most with to be creative in, is my lunch. I’ve always got way too many ideas for my dinner and when it comes to breakfast I keep it fairly basic & simple, but lunch.. DAMN! I used to think it was the most boring meal of all, especially when you work as you’re quite limited there in what you can eat then.. I love having fresh baguettes with toppings but they tend to get soggy if you bring them to work. I love salads but I just can’t eat them every damn day!

As you probably noticed before, now that I’m travelling through Australia I’ve been introduced to different meals, mostly the Asian cuisine and apart from sushi which I’m probably getting slightly addicted too, there is another fantastic Asian lunch that I’ve now become obsessed with: rice paper rolls! Continue Reading…

Thyme flatbreads with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, rocket and caramelised red onion

Thyme flatbreads with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, rocket and caramelised red onion

I recently showed you how to make thyme flatbreads, which is going to be the base for my recipe today: Thyme flatbreads with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, rocket and caramelised red onion. We’re going to be using the flatbread recipe, partially bake it in the oven and then add on all these lovely ingredients like figs, caramelised red onions, goat cheese and rocket.

All these flavours go SO well together and make for a top notch lunch. It does take a while before the onions are ready but you can of course make a big batch in the weekend and use it in various recipes during the week. You can also easily turn this into bite-sized appetisers, by making the flatbreads smaller.

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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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