I know I promised something new and different coming soon, and it’s been a lot longer coming than I hoped…I’ve had a couple of problems including breaking 2 laptop chargers in 3 days =S Don’t worry, I have a temporarily fixed one now and another new one in the post. So anyway, I thought I would do something new, and that’s a little (okay, quite big!) compilation post of the foods I eat!! I haven’t mentioned much on here, but I used to be an awful
cook before I started uni, like all I could make was toast (not even with beans!), I once burnt a cracker in the microwave…Anyway, now I absolutely love cooking, and eating good food for that matter, so I thought I’d give you a little taste of the things I cook and eat on a daily basis. If you like the look of any of them, please say because I’d be more than happy to post the recipes =)
So some of these are snacks, some main evening meals (tea/dinner/supper/whatever you call it!), and some are leftovers for lunch, so I’ll do a little title and caption for each.
Snack: Greek Yoghurt with berries and honey
So I did a little series for this one! This is basically what it says: greek yoghurt with blueberries and honey!! Because of my being rubbishly ill recently, I’ve been trying to eat healthier, and this is one of my new favourite snacks instead of grabbing a packet of crisps. I use frozen blueberries because they last longer, then whack a teaspoon of honey in (tip: oil the spoon first and it just slides off!), put it in the microwave for about 15 seconds then a few tablespoons of yoghurt on top, stir, and lovely purpley yoghurty stuff happens, yums!
Tea: Mushroom and Chickpea Burgers
This was a new recipe that worked really well, although it’s supposed to be in bread! We added rocket on the side because it was boring otherwise, and I ended up putting some of my chilli and coriander salad dressing on it to spice it up a little.
Tea: Aubergine Parmigiana
Another new dish that is a new firm favourite, this is from a couple of weeks ago and we had it again tonight!! You’d think you need something else like bread or potatoes with it, but it’s really filling and doesn’t need any (plus it tastes amazing for lunch the next day too!).
Tea: Chicken, Chorizo and Chickpea Stew
It was starting to look like I was veggie with those things above!! You’ll notice not much meat in my cooking, and that’s because Ben and I tend to not eat much of it; we usually cook half our meals with meat, half with just veg.
Lunch: Pasta with Chorizo and Chickpea Tomato Sauce
This is the leftover sauce from the stew from the night before. I tend to make all my meals big enough for 3 or 4 even though there are only two of us because everything tastes so much better for lunch the next day!! This sauce over pasta was lovely.
Tea: Steak and Chips
A cheeky steak and chips tea =D I changed my mind about something we’d planned to eat at last minute, so we ended up with this!! This isn’t a regular meal, in fact it’s usually a special occasion one. The chips are actually good-for-you chips though (or better-for-you) because they’re pan-fried rather deep/oven, it’s a new thing we’ve been trying and it’s really nice. We boil them up in advance then they take 10 minutes to fry.
Lunch: Carrot and Coriander Soup with Avocado Side
Ben likes to make soup on a Saturday lunch time when we’re in Newcastle, and carrot and coriander is one of our favourites, although we haven’t made it for a long time! I also had some chopped avocado with chilli and coriander dressing on the side, just because.
Does it need explanation?! We don’t do roasts often, probably only once every couple of months, but I appreciate them far more that way!! Roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots, peas, homemade Yorkshire puddings and gravy, yums!! I love doing homemade Yorkshire puds, and watching them rise!! Yes, that’s why I’m sat on the floor with a desk lamp (our oven light broke!!).
Tea: Chicken Souvlaki
One thing I brought back from Greece with me (apart from extra appreciation of ancient monuments) was a new found love of chicken souvlaki!! I made this with the leftover chicken from the roast, and some random Mediterranean veg we had lying around: aubergines, peppers and courgettes. We were surprised in Greece to see them putting chips into the souvlaki in pitta, but it worked, and so well!! So here are my pan-fried chips with oregano (another thing I brought back from Greece), then whack the souvlaki in a pitta bread with some lettuce and tzatziki (or just some yoghurt!).
Lunch: Pasta with Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Basil, Pine Nuts and Parmesan
This was just a quick lunch I knocked up because I had no leftovers!! I actually wasn’t that fond of it; it was sort of a deconstructed pesto but I thought it was a bit plain.
Tea: Pasta Puttanesca
This is one of my tried and tested trusty recipes. A very simple pasta with tomato sauce, tuna, anchovies, capers, olives, garlic and chilli, but sooooo yummy!! It’s a Jamie 30 Minute Meal (our favourite recipes!!), but actually only takes about 15 minutes. And another that tastes even better the next day.
And while we’re on the subject of food, I’ve mentioned before about my dad’s bakery, Thomas the Bakers, but I just wanted to let you all know: our Christmas Puddings won a competition in the Harrogate Advertiser where they were up against Christmas puddings over twice the price of ours, from competitors such as Betty’s and Lewis and Cooper!! It’s pretty exciting for us, and I think it’s really weird that these are the ones I’ve helped to make when I’ve been working there =D So if you’re ever up in Yorkshire, pop into one of our shops (they’re on the high streets of most market towns and cities in Yorkshire) and try a bit of our Christmas Pudding!! Yaaay!!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little food instalment, let me know if you want any recipes and if you want to see more of this sort of thing =D I’ll hopefully be able to do an outfit post soon – I’ve been under the weather again (same thing…) plus I’ve got an eye infection today =( But my dissertation plan is now submitted, so that’s something out the way, so I hope to be back properly soon!!