I never thought I’d be the type to get excited about a salad. I think that stems from having the same uninspiring salad forced upon me for many years i.e. bagged lettuce, cucumber, pepper and at a push some diced tomato. However, I have since learnt that salad doesn’t need to be boring. This one combines some old favourites like butternut squash and spinach with my new great food loves: goats cheese, beetroot and pomegranate seeds.
It’s a great one for a sunny weekend lunch and even for the weekday lunchbox: just make a batch of each component, stick them in the fridge and chuck them together before work. Continue reading
Alternatively: The tale of Alex’s Relationship with Coleslaw
I hate coleslaw. Correction: I hated coleslaw. Perhaps it’s growing older and tastes changing but some of my favourite foods of late are ones which I detested when I was younger: porridge, raw carrot, orange, maybe even beetroot at a push. For some, I’ve forced myself to eat them until I enjoy them (porridge being the prime example) and now I happily enjoy them! No really, I honestly do..
Coleslaw though was a different story: I’ve always hated the shop-bought kind, finding it too vinegar-y and tasting like 99% of the other mayonnaise-based pasta salads/potato salads/etc. on the shelf. But over Christmas we made our own for a family party and now I can’t get enough of the stuff.
As well as being tasty and going with any lunch option out there, it’s also brilliantly easy if you possess a food processor which, thanks to Santa, I now do. Continue reading
I moved placements at work at the start of January and was immediately on the cake rota (although each week since then I’ve been away on cake day, booo). I find cooking under pressure is when it goes completely terrible so, looking to keep things, simple I remembered our favourite family recipe for chocolate biscuit cake. I have the best memories of making this when I was younger; I think I once even ate all of the bottom before the melted chocolate went on top – that’s how good the biscuit base is!
Anyway, long story short, everybody in the office seemed to really like them and I made a good first impression! Continue reading
These cookies are very tasty, like eat-six-in-the-space-of-an-evening kind of tasty (which of course isn’t something I have ever done..). They are also super easy and use honey as a sweetener. The “To eat or not to eat” refined sugar argument isn’t something I’ve looked into a huge amount but I’m always keen to reduce the amount of processed foods I eat so hopefully it’s a start in the right direction..!
Today I am sharing my all time favourite soup recipe: sweet potato and chorizo. At university I essentially lived off of sweet potatoes (zap in the microwave for 10 minutes and voila!) and chorizo has been a long time family favourite, making this recipe an obvious choice for cold afternoons. This soup is super easy to make and full of flavour: sweet, smokey and spicy, delicious! I promise I am not being overly enthusiastic, I really do love this soup and would recommend it hugely!