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Following on my from delicious Spaghetti Carbonara last week, I’m back with another recipe made with Grana Padano cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele.
Today’s recipe is perfect for an indulgent breakfast or a light lunch – Potato Pancakes with melted Grana Padano, slices of Prosciutto di San Daniele and topped with a poached egg. Not only are they delicious, they’re also a great way to use up any leftover mashed potato…
A couple of weeks ago I popped into my local Costa and I saw them advertising a coffee, oat & banana smoothie and I thought it sounded yummy, something I know I would enjoy. The sensible food blogger in me, always curious about how new things look and taste, should have bought one to try. However, it was quite early in the morning and freezing cold so I bought a coffee instead…
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I consider myself extremely lucky that no one in my household has a food allergy or intolerance. Sadly I know far too many people who do and it can really impact on their lives, constantly checking labels, asking about ingredients, ensuring they don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t and then dealing with the (sometimes life threatening) consequences if they slip up.
Not really being faced with dealing with food allergies, means that I don’t always know what to offer friends to eat that are. My go-to baked good for any gluten free friends is always meringues but I guess you can’t serve them all the time 🙂 When Genius Gluten Free invited me to sample some of their products I thought it would be a great idea. I’d love to learn to do more free from baking, but with a long list of other things on my to-bake list it’s going to be a long while before I get around to perfecting any. Knowing what’s available to buy and, more importantly, what tastes good to offer to my coeliac friends seemed like a great idea.
Last Friday I discovered that I’m a finalist in the 2016 MAD Blog Awards for best food blog. My first thought was shock, I mean seriously shocked. I’ll admit I’d gently nudged a few friends and family to nominate me, but I’d never in a million years expected to be shortlisted. That was replaced by excitement – the awards do last year looked amazing. Then I hit panic…
The awards do looks amazing because it’s all fancy, there’s a red carpet and all the girls are dressed up in stunning dresses. I DON’T DO DRESSES! The last time I attempted to wear one (when I headed down to London to watch Strictly last autumn), I realised I really didn’t look my best and quickly changed into my standard black trousers and pretty top.
I could probably cope with the idea of squeezing myself into a dress if I wasn’t going to be in a room of such Instagram-happy people. I quickly learnt on my visit to the River Cottage that bloggers actually have cameras surgically attached to them and not only that, they love sharing their pictures with as many people as possible. This all means that I’m on a mission…
Introducing my new favourite breakfast… and it’s a green smoothie! I’m never too sure whether smoothies really count as recipes, you simply chuck everything in and blitz it up – not too complicated. However, I love reading smoothie recipes and discovering different flavour combinations to try so I like to share them when I find a good combination too.
I never thought I’d jump onto the green smoothie bandwagon but here I am (although about 2 years later than everyone else admittedly). I’ve tried them in the past and simply couldn’t fathom all of these claims from other bloggers and recipe sites that “you can’t taste the green bits”. In my version they were sitting at the bottom of the glass, very reminiscent of freshly cut grass – I could taste it and I really didn’t want it to be there.
Seeing as it’s pancake day next week I thought it would be very remiss of me not to share a pancake recipe. The question was what? I exhausted my selection of “regular” pancakes last year when I shared my Pancake Day Pancakes (the thin ones you smother in lemon juice and sugar) and American-style pancakes, as well as messing around with some farmyard animals and a pancakey Mickey Mouse.
Tomorrow marks the start of Breakfast Week (24th-30th January 2016) and it therefore seemed wrong not to share a delicious breakfast recipe.
I think a lot of people look at Breakfast Week as a way to celebrate breakfast in all it’s forms (that’s certainly what I thought until I looked into it a bit more), but it’s actually specifically aimed at raising awareness of the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast and also to demonstrate all of the wonderful breakfast produce available around the country. It’s run on behalf of the British arable farmers so I thought I should do something cereal based for my Breakfast Week recipe and opted for one of my favourites – Overnight Oats. More specifically Strawberry, Maple and Pistachio Overnight Oats.
This coconut, banana & chocolate breakfast smoothie is a delicious and healthy way to start the day and the addition of oats will keep you filled up until lunchtime. Vegan, Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free.
We had a new addition to my family just before Christmas when I bought myself an early Christmas present of a Vitamix blender. I know some people get excited about new cars or the return of their favourite TV series but I’m a different and I get most excited by new bits of kitchen (or photography) equipment to play with.
I mentioned in my Soy and Sesame Salmon recipe that my sister, Amy, came to stay recently and today’s recipe is another one inspired by her. It’s not something we cooked together, or even talked about (it just popped into my imagination sometime afterwards) but I noticed how much she enjoys eggs for breakfast and it made me realise that they’re not something I have very often.
It got me thinking about making myself omelette for breakfast…
I tend to alternate between two weekday breakfasts – smoothies and overnight oats. Regardless of what time I get up I always seem to be in a rush by the time I get around to breakfast so whatever I eat needs to be quick and easy.