Monday, 29 June 2009

gluten free cranberry cupcakes

these were a bit of an experiment. but those are often the tastiest finds.

65g margarine
100g sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
65g ground almonds
50g gluten/wheat free flour
2 tsp baking powder
125g frozen cranberries

mix these things together in a bowl! spoon into cupcake cases...enjoy :)

Friday, 26 June 2009

cinnamon french toast

mmmm. i may have woken up at 6:30 on a saturday morning. now thats painful. but, i made up for such an early start by having cinnamon french toast.

i used vogels bread, which is kind of seeded wholemeal. its small too, which is perfect for breakfast. its our favorite bread of the moment.

i mixed together 2 eggs, 3 tbsp rice milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1tbsp sugar. i beat it with a fork loads and loads, as cinnamon has a tendency to clump in liquid. then dip the bread in the egg mixture, make sure its soaked all the way through, or it will have the wrong texture! you can leave it for 5 mins to be sure it has soaked.

heat a little butter in a frying pan to a medium heat. then fry the bread for a couple mins on either side. cinnamon will burn easily so be careful as to how long you leave it for!

a sneak peek into my recipe folder

there's a whole selection of things i've collected over the years. print outs of online recipes i love. typed out recipes from cookbooks. pull outs from food magazines (mostly waitrose food illustrated and good food) and some recipes that have been passed down by my family. as well as successful recipes i've made up!

here's a glimpse:

If you've never checked out simply breakfast, you're missing out! these pics are at the front of my folder for inspiration!

A BBC pull out, and a recipe from my grandma (we call her Farmor...she's Swedish). She makes THE BEST gravy ever! no matter how hard i try to stick to her recipe, it still never tastes the same :)

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

sardines on toast

it might seem gross, weird or cheap to some of you. but i can promise that eating sardines this way is absolutely delicious and nutritious!

So, all you need is a tin of sardines in tomato sauce. Then mash it together with some mayonnaise and some ketchup, spread it on some bread, and put it under your grill!

i had it with a variation on greek salad. i ran out of red onion, so decided to bulk it out with a tin of mixed beans. mmmm.

it totally reminds me of the railway children...not sure why :)

sweet potato, greek salad and quiche

My mum cooked me this delicious meal. And it was the best quiche ever! The sweet potato was perfectly cooked, and the salad was a tasty mix of flavours. Yum :)

Sunday, 21 June 2009

wedding anniversary.

yesterday i had the privelege of going to a wedding and a wedding anniversary. of course there wasn't actually any food at the wedding ceremony, but it was a beautiful occasion.

at the wedding anniversary on the other hand, it was celebrated with a meal in a local pub. a really nice and special occasion for my grandparents 50th.

i pre-chose the smoked salmon and crayfish salad, which as you can see is exactly as it says.

For dessert I had a creme brulee. Naughty of me, but i figured it would be a tiny portion, which it was. my only question is: is creme brulee supposed to be served hot or cold?

Afterwards there was a big cake given to my grandparents, with a 50 and a sugar icing lily on top. It was cut into 24 pieces, and shared out between all the family. Of course, these sort of cakes have ridiculous amounts of sugar in, which meant I had to save it for some sort of action emergency when I needed the energy.

and sure enough, later that evening, i needed a little pick me up so ate the sponge. really not my favorite thing in the world, they tend to be pretty bland, give me some extra lemon and i'd be happy!

Friday, 19 June 2009

french macaroons

simple and delicious. its a wonder that sugar and almonds can make such amazing desserts. not exactly healthy though. but i think if you share them, that'd be cool!

what's in my fridge?

i recently wrote an article on my beauty tips blog about how healthy eating can encourage healthy looking skin, go check it out, and see what my everyday diet consists of too...

what can you spot in the fridge?

♥ here's a little video i made on my youtube channel, so you can look through what's in my fridge:

roadside strawberries

i've always wanted to stop off for strawberries. but never thought it was gonna be worth it. so, when it was at the end of the day, and the strawbs were reduced, i just had to. 50p per punnet, and only one bad one in each box, not bad i thought.

wholemeal bread and butter pudding recipe

this isn't just any old bread and butter pudding, this is a healthy one! i made it up, after reading the recipe for b&bp in Rachel Allen's Food for Living cookbook.

Here's what i did:

- cut up 1 whole stale wholemeal loaf (it was actually Cranks, in case you want to know!) into triangles with the crusts removed, leave this out in the open to get even staler for about 1 hour
- mushed up 2 large bananas
- diced a handful of pecans
- mixed together 5 eggs, 300ml low-fat cream (Elmlea) and 300ml semi-skimmed milk
- butter two loaf tins
- then its time to start arranging in layers: butter the bread triangles, arrange them in the tin. sprinkle with some mashed banana, drizzle maple syrup and some diced pecans. and a little fructose or muscovado sugar. continue until there's three layers in each tin.
- drench with the egg and milk mixture. push the bread down into it, so it looks like this:

then let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 hour. i have left one of them overnight, to see what the difference is with more time (...updates tomorrow!)

take it out of the fridge and bake it in the oven at 180c for 45 mins. or until golden.

there's a similar recipe on the following page:

of course, using wholemeal is a healthier option, but because the bread i used wasn't so light and fluffy it was a bit stodgy. hey well. next time i will either use a shop-bought (!!!!) loaf thats super light and fluffy but still wholemeal. or i'll make my own with a mix of wholemeal and gluten-free flours. That way the colour will be better as well. it does look a bit odd.

you could make it with soya cream and milk too, but i think you'd have to add a lot of sweeteners. the other way to make it sweeter would be to use some vanilla sweetened rice or soya milk. that would be delicious.

you could add anything you want, not necessarily maple syrup and pecans. raisins? vanilla essence? berries? yum. yum.

Thursday, 18 June 2009

i wish i lived in river cottage

I just finished watching the latest episode of River Cottage...I love it so much! I so wish I lived there. It really does make me want to have my own  farm, growing as much food as possible, and having some animals to look after as well. In my dreams, I live somewhere like that, near the sea and with lots of eco technology so that maybe it even starts to sell electricity back to the board. With a little log fire, and a huge Aga in the kitchen.

But the closest I come to actually being there is reading the book. The River Cottage Cookbook is full of tasty recipes for natural and healthy dishes. All with a delicious twist, obviously! In proper Hugh FW style.

Its inspirational, as well as giving loads of information about self-sufficient living. Even if it is a little pretentious at times, the photography and tasty recipes make it a brilliant recipe book.

there are far too many meat recipes in the book for my liking really, and not nearly enough veg recipes to satisfy my cravings. although it's not a go-to book for everyday, it's interesting to read all the information he has about growing food and raising animals, how to prepare and how to cook; it's a very practical guide for anyone who enjoys dreaming about this type of lifestyle, and for those who are already on the path to self-sufficiency.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

real tea - white lychee, yum!

When I was out shopping with my Mum in Winchester, we went to Char, a tea shop that my friend works at. It is a cute little shop, with a whole bunch of different kinds of "real" tea.

I was recommended this lychee white tea, but because its leaf, I had to buy some tea tongs too! I enjoyed my tea in a huge mug staring out the window at our beautiful view.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

good old english market

i love markets. food ones anyway. especially farmers markets, or organic markets. i had to take a picture of this classic english fruit stall, everything was so beautifully laid out, and deliciously tempting. what would you buy?

Sunday, 14 June 2009

homemade greek style salad

we ate it with cold moussaka and it was so good!

it was super easy to make...peppers, red onions, feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, extra virgin olive oil.

Saturday, 13 June 2009

healthy hot salad recipe

i spent yesterday with my brother, which was really nice. he is a wannabe gordon ramsay, and loves to make really interesting and tasty food, using loads of butter, meat and pastry usually.

needless to say, when i come round, its such a test of his cooking abilities, because he very rarely cooks lots of wholegrain, vegetable dishes!

so, we headed off to Waitrose to pick up some ingredients, and get some serious inspiration...and here's what became of those things!

the ingredients were: 1 yellow pepper, 2 tomatoes, spinach, celery, courgette, yogurt, fromage frais, butter, olive oil. oh and waitrose hot smoked salmon and watercress tarts.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

frozen bananas

ok, frozen bananas might sound a little weird, but they are so delish. its so easy to do, and its the perfect summertime healthy snack.

all you have to do is cut up your banana, stick it on skewer, wrap it (in clingfilm is good, or a reusable sealable bag...i only used tin foil because we ran out of everything else) and then pop it in the freezer. and ta da 24 hours later, you have the perfect ice lollies. no added sugar or additives either!!

for those of you who think the shape is a little too mum won't go near these unless i cut them differently...try making banana kebabs instead. yum!

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

omelette for lunch

i made healthy pancakes...

aren't pancakes just the best way to start the day. the perfect breakfast? anyways so a few years ago my dad passed on THE ultimate pancake recipe, its easy and effective. you can make it all in one jug.

are you ready?

here goes...
take 1 egg, 1/2 pint milk and 4oz flour. mix together.

thats it! thats the whole thing! so you can vary the type of flour you use. i tend to do a mix, depending on what we have in the house, and what i am feeling like.

this time is used a mix of buckwheat (perfect pancake flour), gluten/wheat free and wholemeal. delicious and nutritious, eh?

don't forget to add healthy toppings, maple syrup, honey, yoghurt, sugar free jam. mmm.

here are some photos of my spectacularly delicious breakfast...

check out Enjoy Healthy Eating for some healthy breakfast recipes - there's loads of awesome ideas!

Monday, 8 June 2009

fish & moussaka

this is the last two photos that I took in Greece. when we went back to the restaurant in Parikia, Paros, the waiter realised that I was taking photos of all the food I had, so they laid out the sardines especially for me!

mum's moussaka was pretty tasty too! we got free baklava at the end too, yum!

Friday, 5 June 2009

kataifi in greece

way too sweet for me, and not particularly healthy either, but this dessert is available at every bakery. along with Baklava.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

fava beans, briam & calamari

if you've never tried fava, then try some. it tastes delicious, and its super healthy too. dip some delicious olive oil drizzled bread in it, and munch away.
calamari is battered, deep fried squid, and is the most delicious take away you could ever have. thank goodness this restaurant didn't serve chips with it, because i was so full at the end of eating them.
mum ate briam which is a yummy baked vegetable dish. she swore it was her favorite dish out of everything we ate on holiday, and is determined to make it now we are back in england.

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

our first meal in folegandros

this was such a delicious meal. and it was so truly greek, the waiters didn't even speak any english (which as strange as it sounds, they did everywhere else!).

zucchini balls, fish and a free cake for dessert. what a happy meal!

Tuesday, 2 June 2009


because neither of us had eaten mousaka yet, we just had to try some as soon as we got to Santorini.

this was by far the most delicious moussaka of the whole trip. plus for starters we had some tzatziki. amazingly good. there was so much meat in this version of the dish that it made us both happy, a good balance of everything inside...not too much sauce on top!

i use the recipe in Tessa Kiros's book falling cloudberries. its such an inspirational cookbook, i want to make everything in it. her recipe is actually in the cyprus section, but never mind. i have adjusted the recipe a million times, and can now make it without a recipe.

its basic ingredients are lamb mince, aubergines and tomatoes. but what makes it greek is the things you add into it...honey, cinnamon, garlic, oregano, white wine. it tastes phenomenal.

i've tried this recipe without potato, with soya instead of cow's milk, with gluten/wheat free flour, without meat even! so, if you have any questions on what might or might not work, ask and I'll try to answer it.