Blood Orange Sour
We are nearly half way through the month and let’s be honest, we are all preparing for the Christmas holidays. Preparation is well underway in our household and it’s kicking off with a banger. Starting with this glass of deliciousness; a blood orange sour. Blood oranges are just so so tasty, a beautiful dark red flesh with a sweet but ‘soury’ citrus flavour that is just too good! I’ve doubled the alcohol quantity on this one and believe me, you won’t be disappointed and nor will your guests be over the celebratory period.
- 100ml Blood Orange Gin ( I used Beefeater Gin)
- 1 tbsp maple syrup (golden syrup will also work well)
- 350 ml smooth blood orange juice
- Ice … lots of it
- Using a jug mix the gin, syrup and blood orange juice together thoroughly.
- Take 2 tumbler glasses and a couple of rosemary leaves and rub around the rim of both glasses
- Place 3-4 rosemary leaves at the bottom of each glass and fill generously with ice cubes.
- Evenly distribute the gin mixture into both glasses. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve.
Nothing Beats Spending Time With Loved Ones
Lunching in Birmingham this weekend with some of my favourite people 💚
Cauliflower & Fig Smoothie
Yes, that’s right guys cauliflower, you read that correctly. A unique combination of ingredients to get you started for the day. A slightly thicker consistency than most smoothies so it can also be used as the base for a breakfast bowl, just add a few more figs or some chopped banana or whatever you fancy really; mix it up as you like. A combination of both sweet, savoury and earthy flavours making this recipe like no other.
- 1 cup chopped cauliflower
- 200ml coconut milk
- 4 soft figs
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 dsp peanut butter
- 1 dsp golden syrup
- 8-10 ice cubes
1. Using a blender or food processor blitz all ingredients until smooth. Serve in a glass or alternatively in a bowl if you prefer using the mixture as a breakfast bowl base.
A twist on the Spanish classic; only no tomatoes and a considerably greener looking chilled soup. A real refresher, filled with natural and healthy ingredients. In this recipe I decided to remove any bits in the blending process, however you can leave it the way it is and enjoy the earthier flavours and added texture. Additionally, if you keep the sieved bits in a separate bowl you could either boil up some potatoes or some pasta and use that as your base, mixed with some extra virgin olive oil; this way nothing goes to waste and you get all the nutrients from the ingredients.
- 1 courgette
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 5-6 basil leaves
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 400ml water
- 1 spring onion
- A handful of curly kale
- Extra Virgin olive oil
- Put all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve and into a deep bowl or jug.
- Leave in the fridge for at least an hour before serving.
Optional: upon serving drizzle over some extra olive oil and serve.
Black Olive Dip
It’s another warm weekend here in London. Keeping food light, healthy and not too heavy is the way to go.
- 12 pitted black olives
- 2 tbsp natural Greek yogurt
- 215g butter beans, drained
- 1 tsp water
- 3 basil leaves
- 1 dsp olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, peeled
1. Using a food processor, blitz all ingredients together until smooth. Serve with some dried oregano a drizzle of olive oil and a few olives.
Baked Aubergine with Halloumi & Tomato
There’s nothing better than veggies that are in season! The colour, the taste and texture wakes up your senses and wonders how something can look and taste so good. This recipe celebrates two incredible ingredients that are in season at the mo – aubergine and tomato. Roasting the aubergine whole brings the flavours out best – the insides slowly steaming in its own juices. If you aren’t lucky enough to have your own tomato vines at home, I would: 1) 100% recommend you try next year and 2) go out of your way to buy the freshest and best ones you can get your hands on. Paired with the salty Halloumi this dish is quintessential summer; you will not be disappointed!
- 1 aubergine
- 170g halloumi, patted dry with a kitchen towel and sliced
- 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp ground cumin
- 100ml water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 sweet on the vine tomatoes
- 1 dsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 dried oregano
- 1 tsp tomato puree
- Chilli flakes (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 190 or Gas Mark 6.
- Using a knife, pierce several holes in the aubergine. Place on a baking tray in the centre of the oven and leave to cook for 40-45 minutes or until tender. Once cooked remove from the oven, scoop out the tender aubergine and discard the skin and leave to one side.
- In a frying pan, start by cooking the garlic in the olive oil for a couple minutes on medium heat.
- Add the tomatoes and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the juices start to release.
- Add all the seasonings and the tomato puree and cook for a minute, stirring occasionally.
- Add in the shredded aubergine and mix well.
- Pour in the water, mix and leave to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the liquid has reduced and thickened.
- Using a separate pan, fry the halloumi on both sides until lightly browned- golden.
- Upon serving, add the lemon to the aubergine mix and stir. Then assemble your dish with the halloumi on top and a sprinkling of chilli flakes (optional).
Sunshine Raspberry & Lemon Gin
Now I can’t speak for all you lovely readers but here in the UK the weather has been something rather special. It’s actually hot and so far we are experiencing summery weather which certainly makes a change for the typically English weather we tend to experience. I know many this weekend shall be flocking to the coast and enjoying the lovely seaside, some will having a barbecue in their gardens or a friends garden… some may just want to find anywhere that’s moderately cool just to keep themselves from overheating… aka burning!
Anyways, there’s me rambling on about the weather, how very English of me… let’s get to the good stuff, this weeks recipe. An absolute delectable treat that will certainly cool you down in these warmer temperatures. Fantastic to share with friends or even if you’re just chilling with a book and fancy a little refresher.
- 50g Raspberries
- 15ml Gordon’s Sicilian lemon gin
- 150ml lemonade
- Start by blending the raspberries in a food processor until smooth (leave a couple raspberries aside for decoration- optional).
- Then, in the glass of choice fill with ice cubes.
- Take two teaspoons of the blended raspberries and add to the glass.
- Add the gin, followed by the lemonade and give it a good mix. Finally place any remaining whole raspberries on top (optional) and enjoy 🙂
Prague, Czech Republic
This week I thought I’d mix it up with something a little different from a recipe and showcase some of the foodies that I had the pleasure of eating in a recent trip to the beautiful Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic.
To choose a favourite dish or place to eat is pretty much impossible. The showcase below is just the tip of the iceberg for what Czech food has to offer; rich Ghoulash, Trdelnik (or “Chimney Cake”) cooked over coals and covered in cinnamon sugar, the variety of flavours in the numerous beers (not even exaggerating, most menus had more beers than food!), the quality of the Veal and Beef highlighted in carpaccio on every menu – I could go on but never do justice to the flavours.
Miso Haricot Soup
Right now miso paste is my favourite ingredient in the pantry. It lifts every dish with its umami taste and this soup is no exception!! Warm, hearty and unbelievably tasty – this soup is a winner!
- 1 can haricot beans, drained
- 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp miso paste
- 400ml vegetable stock
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Crushed black pepper
- Start by frying the garlic in the oil for a couple of minutes on medium heat.
- Add the miso paste and fry for a further minute, stirring continuously.
- Add the beans, season with the pepper and cook for a couple of minutes.
- Pour in the stock, mix well and cook for 10 minutes and then serve.