Pop of colour on a plate

A beautiful summer salad!


Ingredients:

  • 200g of prawns
  • one teaspoon of black pepper
  • one teaspoon of white pepper
  • one maggi cube
  • a teaspoon of dark soy sauce
  • a handful of radish
  • a handful of mixed green leaf salad
  • one medium sized onion
  • one beetroot
  • one red pepper
  • one yellow pepper

Method:

  1. wash and dry prawns, awaiting to marinate
  2. marinate prawns with black pepper, white pepper, maggi cube and soy sauce
  3. heat up butter till it sizzles then add chopped onion and prawns
  4. fry for five minutes then plate up (do not over cook prawns)

salad

  1. wash green leaf salad, add chopped peppers and radish….  blend thoroughly
  2. boil beetroot for 10 minutes, shred / grate it then add any chutney of your choice (optional)
  3. arrange green leaf salad on plate with a side dish of beetroot
  4. lay pan fried prawns on the bed of green leaf salad and eat up whilst warm

Enjoy.  One of my favourite light bites!!

A colourful breakfast..

Saturday mornings are lazy and breakfast in bed for us.. here’s my favourite brekkie in bed


Ingredients:

  • two eggs
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • a handful of spinach
  • a pinch of grated cheddar cheese (any other will do)
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of black pepper
  • a knob of butter
  • baked beans (optional)

Method:

  • thoroughly beat the two eggs in a bowl, add salt and pepper
  • gently melt the knob of butter in pan, then pour in the beaten eggs
  • drizzle cheese, cherry tomatoes and spinach on top of the eggs
  • keep on medium heat and gently turn eggs over in one sweep to cook the other side
  • warm up baked beans and begin to plate
  • get toast ready and add to plate

Now get the kettle going….  You are ready to complement this with your tea / coffee / juice / drink of choice!

Blueberry loaf …it will blow you away

Sundays are for baking right? Easy and slow….

I love experimenting on Sundays. I made this blueberry loaf to celebrate our first thousand followers on Instagram. I was thrilled!!


Ingredients:

  • 100g of plain flour
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 125g of blueberries (wash and dry)
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 100g of butter
  • 60g of caster sugar
  • cream or ice cream to serve with (optional)

Method

  1. thoroughly blend the butter and caster sugar before slowly adding the beaten eggs, nutmeg, baking powder and flour (you can alone mixture to stand for an hour or so)
  2. add the blueberries separately to avoid squashing them
  3. pour mixture into a bread tin and smooth out
  4. place in preheated oven and bake at 180C / 350F for 30 mins
  5. use a skewer to check that blueberry loaf has cooked through (usually golden brown when done)
  6. remove from oven and allow to cool for 20 mins
  7. gently remove blueberry loaf from bread tin and serve (ice cream or cream optional)

now brew that tea / coffee!

 

Berry feast smoothie

I call this one a feast as it is teeming with all sorts of berries …


Ingredients

  • 125g of white grapes
  • 125g of red grapes
  • a handful of cranberries
  • 125g of blueberries
  • one large orange

Method

  1. wash all fruits, slice into pieces and lay to one side
  2. blend grapes, cranberries and blueberries ensuring that you stir thoroughly
  3. peel and add orange to the mix in the blender
  4. after one final round in the blender, you are ready to serve!

very refreshing!

Sizzling sea bass…

I love the simplicity and flavour of this dish… not over powering, it’s just right!
serves two


Ingredients:

  • two sea bass (washed and peeled)
  • four medium sized potatoes
  • two lemons
  • a packet of green leaf salad
  • one carrot
  • a teaspoon of seafood spice
  • a teaspoon of black pepper
  • a teaspoon of white pepper
  • a teaspoon of all purpose spice
  • a cube of maggi
  • a handful of cheese
  • a teaspoon of oil (whichever you prefer)

Method

sea bass

  1. clean and wash sea bass ensuring that all shells are removed
  2. dry fish and lay on chopping board to marinate
  3. rub in seafood spice, black and white pepper and the maggi cube into the skin of the sea bass (ensure that the inside of the fish is equally seasoned)
  4. cut a lemon into rings and stuff these into the sea bass
  5. place in foil and drizzle with oil
  6. cook in oven at 180C / 350F for 15 minutes

potatoes

  1. wash potatoes and partially slice them  horizontally (slice half way into the potatoes)
  2. boil for 10 mins and then remove to bake
  3. season with all purpose spice then, place on a foil lined baking tray
  4. drizzle grated cheese on potatoes and place in oven
  5. cook potatoes for 15 mins until cheese melts into them

salad

  1. wash green leaf salad and drain
  2. grate the carrot and arrange salad on a plate (add dressing if you wish)

You are ready to serve and eat!

Crispy pan fried salmon


Let me delight you with colour on a plate….

Serves two

Ingredients:

  • four salmon fillets
  • two carrots (peeled and sliced into ribbons)
  • two broccoli florets
  • 100g of red cabbage
  • a sprig of rosemary
  • a sprig of thyme
  • one chopped onion
  • a teaspoon of seafood seasoning
  • 50g of flour
  • a teaspoon of black pepper
  • three tablespoons of coconut oil (use any oil that you prefer)
  • one lemon

Method

  1. wash the salmon with water, pat dry then drizzle with lemon juice
  2. mix flour, black pepper, seafood seasoning in a bowl then dip the salmon fillets in turn
  3. heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a pan for 30 seconds, add thyme and rosemary and fry for a minute
  4. place salmon fillets in the heated oil (fillet side first) and fry for ten minutes (turn them over to cook evenly)
  5. heat second teaspoon of oil for 30 seconds then add red cabbage.  Fry for five minutes then set aside
  6. repeat as above for carrots then broccoli (adding onion)

Dinner / lunch is ready to be served.  Plate up and enjoy!

Decadent chocolate fondant


Clearly my favourite dessert!

Serves four

Ingredients:

  • 80g of caster sugar
  • 100g of butter
  • 100g of cooking chocolate (use any variety that you like)
  • one tablespoon of plain flour
  • three eggs
  • a teaspoon of icing sugar
  • four strawberries
  • a teaspoon of strawberry coulis

Method:

  1. grease four ramekins with butter then lightly dust with flour
  2. melt chocolate then mix with sugar, butter and flour
  3. blend in the eggs and whisk thoroughly
  4. pour into the ramekins then chill in the fridge for 30 minutes
  5. place ramekins in preheated oven (180C / gas 4 / 350F) for 7 minutes
  6. allow to rest and remove gently to serve on dessert plates (can be served in ramekins  too)
  7. dust off with icing sugar, add strawberries and coulis to garnish

Yummy!