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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Food: Spinach and Feta Phyllo Pastry Parcels

It's been ages since I've last posted a recipe and I wanted to boot up the blog once again, partly to share my recipes with the internet, but also to record the recipes I've come up with for posterity. I've come a long way in the kitchen - from my early days of only being able to cook things in a microwave, to meeting my husband and cooking together to decompress in the evening and now as a stay at home mother where I cook every day and look forward to dinner parties where I can experiment a bit more. In the early days, I would follow recipes religiously but now I like to experiment and enjoy conjuring up something new. I can only liken this to the rush I'd get in my days in the laboratory when I'd finally been able to get a particularly tricky experiment to work. I relish these experiments in the kitchen  as I get to share the spoils with the people I love which brings me so much joy.

 As a PhD student I'd often get together with a big group of Greek students on a Sunday for a pot-luck lunch and someone would always make Spanakopita which is the obvious inspiration for my Spinach and Feta Phyllo Parcels. When I first started making these, it would usually be for a dinner party so I'd make them in ramekins and scrunch up some leftover phyllo as decoration on top, but these days I'm more likely to make them for a weekend lunch for the kids as they love feta cheese and this gives me a way to sneak in some green stuff amidst all the gooey cheese.

Spinach and Feta Phyllo Parcels

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Food: Moroccan-Inspired Hummus

The weather has been unusually pleasant lately which generally means more relaxed eating in our house. I've been baking my own bread again, which is always such a rewarding task and complementing this with homemade hummus, which in my experience always tastes better than the shop-bought stuff.  I'm always very surprised as to how quick and easy it is to make my own hummus, especially if you already have a can of chickpeas to hand. I generally prefer a flavoured hummus and this time came up with a Moroccan -inspired version, using spices that I always have to hand in my store cupboard. 

Moroccan-Inspired Hummus

Hummus with Moroccan spices

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Food: Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter and Apple

The mornings are always a rush in our house. The kids have to be fed and chivvied along to get themselves ready for school, the dog needs to be played with and fed, I need to get myself showered and ready for the day and then I also need to eat a bit of breakfast. A big breakfast usually leaves me feeling lethargic, so I prefer a smaller breakfast which usually comprises of a slice of gluten-free toast  and a swipe of crunchy peanut butter. As an alternative I also enjoy a small bowl of overnight oats, which sets me up nicely for the day and saves the time I spend waiting for my toast to brown. 

Overnight Oats with Peanut Butter and Apple

Overnight Oats recipe with Peanut Butter Apple Cinnamon

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Food: Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

My favourite tea-time treat is a slice of lemon drizzle cake with a cup of herbal tea. I've been determined to come up with a gluten-free recipe and after a bit of trial and error, I've come up with a light and moist version that I've already made twice this week after my family devoured the first one. This recipe produces an extremely lemony lemon drizzle, just the way I like it!

Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake

Gluten-Free Lemon Drizzle Cake using Dove Farm Flour

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Food: Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce for the Slow Cooker

We seem to have left the worst of the winter behind and my body is definitely calling out  for a change in diet. Gone are the heavy comfort foods I was craving through the colder months and back are the grills, roasts and salads I turn to in the warmer months. The weather here in Scotland is never predictable and so making firm plans for barbecuing outside is a bit foolhardy. This recipe for a beef brisket in barbecue sauce cooked in the slow cooker is perfect for those days when you want to offer relaxed entertaining in the summer but you're not sure what you're going to find when you open the curtains in the morning. Amazingly delicious!

Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce for the Slow Cooker



Beef Brisket in Barbecue Sauce Crockpot UK

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Food: Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

I usually buy a few packs of hot cross buns every Easter and though I usually enjoy them, I only ever eat one and then since the kids aren't fans, the rest gets put into the freezer for future baking. My favourite use for hot cross bun leftovers are in a bread and butter pudding. The spice and fruitiness of the buns go very well with warm custard and in this incarnation, even the kids enjoyed it!

Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding

Hot Cross Bun Bread and Butter Pudding Easter Treats

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Food: Tuna and Sweetcorn "Macaroni" Cheese - Gluten-Free

Macaroni Cheese is definitely the meal the kids request the most as it is one that they can easily make themselves with me as their able helper. I've been experimenting with the macaroni cheese theme and while some, especially those involving tomatoes, were absolutely vetoed, this incarnation with tuna and sweetcorn won their express approval. They even asked for seconds and thirds, amid cries of "it's so good!" Mummy dream fulfilled right there!

Tuna and Sweetcorn "Macaroni" Cheese - Serves 4


Tuna and Sweetcorn Macaroni Cheese Gluten-Free Family Weeknight recipe

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Food: Mexican Venison Sausage and Bean Stew (Slow Cooker)

I've spent the month experimenting with my new kitchen toy. I've always hummed and hawed about whether or not to purchase a slow cooker but the need for comforting stews during the  cold weather and also the possibility of us redoing our kitchen this year provided a strong case in favour of me getting one. Venison is a meat that I enjoy eating in the winter and I decided to experiment with some venison sausages that I bought locally. An absolute winner and utterly delicious!

Mexican Venison Sausage and Bean Stew (Slow Cooker) - Serves 5


Mexican Venison Sausage  Beans Gluten-Free Crockpot UK

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Life: Happy New Me 2016!

I've been somewhat missing in action over the past few months whilst busy organising the house and family over the festive season. After my 200th blogpost, I decided to take a bit of a break from blogs, and blogging in general, in order to give myself a bit of time to decide on where I want to focus my energies this year. I would still like to blog, but I also want to spend more time on staying fit and healthy. To this end, I've made a few resolutions:


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Food: Gluten-Free Toad-in-the-Hole

The weather has been absolutely foul over the past week and late-autumn in Scotland means that the days are incredibly dark at the moment. At the moment I've been wanting to eat comfort food all the time, and Toad-in-the-Hole seemed an obvious choice after I purchased some delicious pork sausages.

Gluten-Free Toad-in-the-Hole


Gluten-Free Toad in the Hole Dove Farm Flour

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