Thursday, 30 October 2014

:: Spelt, Kale and Mushroom Risotto ::

This recipe started out intending to be a bit of an experiment that I would work on, leading me to a master recipe- much like my brownies or crumble recipe. However as soon as I had made it, I knew I had made a winning risotto and I just couldn't wait to share.

:: Slow Roast Tomato Soup ::

Until quite recently, the thought of tomato soup was not an appealing one. I am not sure why, but I always visualised Heinz Tomato Soup, that fluro orange colour that still sends shivers down my spine.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

:: Ooozing Chocolate Fondants ::

I think Chocolate Fondants could possible one of my favourite puddings. Rich, decadent, insanely satisfying and also bloody simple. I love that moment when you cut in to the pudding and the oozing sauce floods out of the middle. That little glee inside, yes you did it, it worked. 

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

:: The Glorious Twelfth - A Recipe ::

For those of you who don't know what the 'Glorious Twelfth' is, it is the opening of the British game season, with the Red Grouse being the most prized. Having grown up in rural Scotland since I was tiny and been lucky enough to go a few grouse shoots, I have always been taught the huge importance that the Grouse season brings to the local communities and not to see it as a frivolous sport for the rich. It brings a huge amount of money to the local communities from the shooters staying in hotels, eating at the restaurants, creating jobs for the locals as gamekeepers, beaters and loaders.

*Picture from the depths of Pinterest*

Thursday, 17 July 2014

:: Easy Peasy Japaneasy Teriyaki Beef Bowls ::

 You guys, what do you think of the new design hey? I love it so much. The incredibly talented Bobbi from Ready to Blog has spent the last good few months patiently helping me design and then redesign but we finally came up with this and its fab. There a few final details to be added but on the whole its finished. I have also got my own URL woooooo-
For my first post in quiiiite a while, I thought I would ease myself in with this insanely easy and yummy Japanese style dish.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Sweet Sweet Fritters

I am not really sure where the inspiration for this dish came from. I first made it about two years ago for a simple supper after work and haven't looked back. It really doesn't take long to make and is so satisfyingly yummy. I like to serve it with lots of lovely buttery soft avocado and salty streaky bacon.

Balsamic Chicken and Chorizo Salad

Before I went skiing on Sunday I wanted a yummy healthy vitamin filled meal before I embarked on a carb fest in the Austrian Alps. I also had to empty the fridge so this was a bit of a chuck it together and see what happens sort of salad.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

:: Chimichurri Steak Wednesday ::

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I went for a steak night and I was introduced to an ermaaazing flavour explosion in my mouth..... Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce you to *Chimichurri*, My new favourite steak sauce. This beautiful, zingy, fresh, green Argentinean sauce brings alive summer. I can give or take peppercorn sauce and béarnaise but give me a vibrant bowl of this zingy sauce and I am yours.

The sauce brings alive the rare grass fed sirloin. Served with a simple salad, it's my new favourite healthy summer dish.

This dish takes approx. 20 minutes from start to plate. It so simple you have to ask yourself if you are missing something. I quickly browsed the web for a recipe and merged a BBC Good Food and The Londoner recipe to come up with mine.

For two people you will need:

:: 2 grass fed organic sirloins
:: bunch of parsley
:: handful of oregano
:: 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
:: 2 garlic cloves
:: 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
:: a really good glug of olive oil
:: salad

// In a magimix, blitz up your parsley, oregano and garlic until finely chopped.

// pour in your olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and chilli flakes and continue to blitz until you have a vivid green sauce.

// Whilst your sauce is blitzing away pop your steaks onto a hot griddle pan and cook to your liking ( I like mine rare verging on blue).

// Rest your steak and make your salad.

// Slice up and drizzle the chimichurri. Yums.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

:: Butternut Squash and Puy Lentil Salad ::

Yesterday I spent the morning sitting on my friend's roof terrace, blogging in the sun. It was so warm and sunny that I maaaaaay have got slightly burnt, goddamn my English rose complexion and complete lack of being able to get any form of a tan. 

Being out in the sun, drinking coffee, gossiping, got me so excited for summer.

There is something so special about Spring/ Summer that brings people together. Impromptu bbq's, lunch parties, picnics, they all bring smiles and happiness.

I also love salad, What is better than giant bowls of salads sitting in the window of a deli, cheekily waving at you, inviting you in.

I love a big family style salad, one that everyone sticks their forks in, scooping up their favourites bits. 

The great thing about this is that you can mix and match a variety of salads on the table to your hearts content. Like this or this. Serve with a roasted chicken, cold meats and some lovely jersey royals. 

The salad below is one of those, big sharer, star of the meal type salads. Fab at a bbq, picnic or even as a take to work in a tupperware. Its stuffed full of goodness, gluten free and perfect for getting that bikini bod, without starving yourself.

Its bright and colourful but oh so good for you. 

For 6 people as part of a variety of dishes you will need: 


:: one small butternut squash, thinly sliced

:: 2 red onions, cut into wedges

:: 1 garlic clove

:: olive oil

:: salt/ pepper

:: thyme leaves

:: 400g puy lentils

:: mixed cherry tomatoes

:: 100g spinach leaves

// Take your butternut, onions and garlic and lay in a roasting tin

// Drizzle with olive oil, salt, pepper and a good sprinkling of thyme. 

// Roast in the oven for about 30- 40 minutes, until soft and tender but not burnt.

// Take your roasting dish out the oven and leave to cool.

// Once cooled, layer your spinach, sliced tomatoes and lentil in a shallow serving dish.

I lightly drizzled the salad in a tangy french dressing which complemented the bold sweet flavours of the onion and butternut.  I love to use Lucy's Dressings as they are inspired by the family lifestyle and where originally made in Lucy's family kitchen. Each dressing uses great, local ingredients which means its miles better than any supermarket dressing. I also think the design of the bottle is really stylish and simple. 

I love the jewel like colours of the golden orange squash and the vibrant green spinach, such a beautiful salad taking pride of the table. 

Hope you all have a super Bank Holiday weekend, sunshine is on its way! My weekend is filled with dinner parties and bbq's. perfect. 


Friday, 25 April 2014

:: Raspberry, Macadamia, White Chocolate 'Gluten Free' Brownies ::

"Hello, my name is Charlotte and I am a brownie addict."

How can you not be when you have a pile of gooey, warm, ooooozing brownies winking at you? 

Now I have *finally* perfected my brownie recipe, I'm a women possessed. It is so versatile and quick. Perfect if you want to throw together a naughty treat but not spend hours slaving over a mixing bowl. 

In the last few months I have been trying to cut back on my gluten intake. I am not totally giving it up, but just making more of an effort with choosing not to have so much processed white wheat flour.  I am veering towards rye, spelt and buckwheat as an alternative. 

This week was book club week and Anna's turn to host. I am not one to turn up empty handed and I always think homemade treats are always a winner. So on Wednesday, I rushed home from an interview, went via Waitrose and picked up my ingredients and ended up with these gooey goodies. 

I used Dove Farm's Gluten Free flour as an alternative to the usual white flour. It worked out really well. Gluten Free flours usually need more moisture and sometimes you can end up with quite a crumbly, chalky texture, but in brownies, wow, it was just meant to be. You can get the flour in most good supermarkets and isn't stupidly priced. 

Ted keeps asking me to make raspberry and macadamia nut brownies and this was the perfect time to experiment. 

For a tray of brownie goodness you will need:

:: 160g slightly salted butter

:: 250g dark chocolate 

:: 290g golden caster sugar

:: 3 large eggs

::  1tbsp good quality vanilla extract

:: 100g Dove Farm gluten free flour / plain white flour

:: 50g chopped macadamia's

:: 100g chopped white chocolate chunks

:: 100g fresh raspberries

// Pre heat your oven to 180c and line a brownie tray. 

// Gently melt your butter and dark chocolate in a glass bowl over gently simmering water until smooth and glossy. leave to one side to cool. 

// Once cooled, add in your sugar and mix until well incorporated. 

// Add the eggs one at a time until your batter starts to thicken, add your vanilla and mix.

// Slowly fold in your flour and then add your raspberries, white chocolate and nuts and combine. 

// Pour into your brownie tray and bake in the oven for 25- 30 mins. 

// Take the brownies out of the oven and leave to cool for about 30 -45 mins, cut in to good size pieces and watch them be demolished. 

Apologies for the slightly sloppy photos, due to time pressure I had to cut into the brownies whilst a little too warm so the supposed neat pile started to melt into each other. Ach, they still tasted great. 

#HappyFriday, hope you all have a lovely weekend filled with yummy foods. 


Sunday, 13 April 2014

:: Chorizo and Butter Bean Stew ::

I know, I know I have been such a bad blogger. Three weeks with out a post is really bad, but the last few weeks have been a bit of a whirl. I finally got the courage to resign from my job, so the last weeks have been a flurry of interviews and job hunting. I feel so happy and excited and free at the moment. All the stress and unhappiness of the last months have just washed away. I am so excited for what the next few months have in line for me. Summer is on it's way and I just can't wait. 

The weather over the last weeks has been beeeautifullll.  Lovely spring days filled with blossom petal smiles, daylight until at least 7pm and not having to wear a coat. My morning coffee is starting to turn into an iced latte rather than the extra hot usual. 

To me, chorizo and tomatoes sing summer and sunshine and this dish is a quick and easy supper which is lovely and filling. Its great for an evening out on the terrace, with the sun going down filling the sky in a golden hue.

This one pot wonder is so super easy that I knocked it all together in 30 minutes.

You will need for 4 bowls of goodness:

:: 1 Chorizo ring or a pack of mini chorizo sausages

:: 3 garlic cloves finely sliced

:: 1 onion finely diced

:: 1 courgette roughly chopped

:: 1 yellow pepper finely 

:: 2 tins of chopped tomato

:: 2 cans butter beans (rinsed)

:: 1 Chicken stock pot

:: Splash of hot sauce

:: 1tbsp Worcester Sauce

:: Salt & pepper to taste

\\ Saute off the onion, garlic and chorizo over a gentle heat until the onion is soft and golden from the chorizo juices. 

\\ Add the pepper and courgette into the mix and gently soften. 

\\ Add the butter beans, chopped tomatoes, stock cube, hot sauce and worcester sauce, season and leave to simmer for about 20 minutes. 

\\ Serve in generous bowls with a hunk of crusty bead and enjoy.

\\ P.s this also makes excellent leftovers for lunch. That's if you have any left.

Happy sunny Sunday all xxx

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