Domestic Goddess my arse!

These are the recipes I'm good at... quick, simple, out of the store-cupboard and onto the plate fare. I never spend more than 30 minutes faffing in the kitchen. So there.

This will be my recipe & homemadey remedy diary.

If you have those 'OMG! It's lunchtime and all I've got is a parsnip and a packet of boil in the bag rice.' moments, then you're a kindred spirit and you know that bad planning is often the mother of great food. So welcome to fast slurpy soups and 'really?' salads made from what's left in the fridge.

Never, ever believe there isn't something wonderful to make from the last 3 ingredients in your kitchen. Unless those ingredients really are fairy liquid, eggshells and dead flies.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Spiralised Sweet Potatoe & Cavolo Nero

I'm a recent convert to Cavolo Nero - as a child I hated my greens, so the gnarly, dark green-ness of this leaf caused me some trepidation. However, in the spirit of experimentation and because a bag of leaves were on spesh at the supermarket - I've been eating more of it. 

Tonight I have a headache and I need good, comfort food - pronto tonto! 

So I flung together a super quick one pot dish with spiralised sweet potatoe and starring the lovely greens. It was delicious. So I'm sharing it with you.

I added some left over salmon - but you can keep it veggie with some feta or griddled Haloumi - so good,

Ingredients - here's what I had - you can wing it with different seeds, greens etc. 

This served one hungry' poorly chicken.

1/2 good sized sweet patootie - spiralised (if you haven't got one you could create a fine julienne or use a potatoe peeler and peel the whole thing - you can chop your shavings in half length ways if you have the time... But I say get a spiraliser - they ROCK)!

Big handful of Cavolo Nero chopped
6 cured black olives halved
Small handful of cashews toasted
Handful pumpkin seeds toasted

Pesto & Greek yoghurt mixed (I mix 1 tspn pesto to 3 tspns Greek yoghurt) 

Smoked salmon slices
Coconut oil

I did it like a dude.

Melt a chunky spoon ful of coconut oil in a big, high sided pan. 
Add the sweet potatoe and cook gently in the meantime toast our nuts and seeds - keep an eye on them.

If the sweet potatoe sticks a little - just add some water from the kettle - just a smidge. You can do this more than once. 

After five mins add the greens and the olives and cook with the lid on until the greens are tender. 

About another five mins - this really depends on how you like your veggies cooked. I wanted my potatoe soft and my greens well cooked. 

Turn out your potatoe and greens mixture into a big plate and stir in the pesto and yoghurt mixture. 

Add the toasted nuts and seeds

Top with salmon.

Ay Voylar - thass frensh! 

You could add a hit of chilli or a squirt of lemon to lift this dish up to spectacleere - but I wasn't messing and sometimes too many ingredients can spoil your tea - so I took no chances. 

I didn't take a pic - but it looks like autumn on a plate. 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Narna Smoothie


I have been struggling with the weather - like everyone else. It plays havoc with my eating habits. All I want is carbs and fat. Toast and butter with extra pnb. Pasta, slathered with thick cream sauce and cheese a lot of cheese. Cheese makes life sunnier. I believe this to be true.

None of this scoffing is doing my waistline any good - and it is also adding to my feelings of sluggish meh-ness. The woman with the massive arse - can't be. Arsed that is... oh keep up!

So this week - I have put in some serious effort to eat good things, yummy things, healthy things. 

This morning I managed a carb wonderment that is both delicious and nutritious. All hail me and the humble narna.

Here we go...

2 ripe bananas (super useful recipe if you are one of those pussies that won't eat properly ripe bananas)
10 pecans (more if you are not counting calories)
5 dates (omit if you are counting calories) - they are not essential but make the smoothie taste caramelly good.
500ml whole bean soy (You can use any type of non dairy milk - tbh you can use dairy if that is your thing - I am a woman of a certain age - so soy milk is a thing now). 
2 desert spoons of 0% Greek Yoghurt (again full fat if you wish - this is the only reduced anything product that I have any truck with).

Put the lot in a high speed blender and whiz until smooth and creamy.

This makes plenty - you could easily share this with your lovey dove. Or if yours is like mine and would prefer to eat his own shoe rather than drink a creamy breakfast bevvy - then you get to consume the lot all by your self! 

I haven't worked out the PP for this - I will return with the information directly. Enjoy x

Monday, 23 February 2015

Green Deal Muffins!

I've just made these little marvels. So lovely and easy peasy. I've been taking a look at The Leptin Diet - I won't bore you with the deets: if you want to find out about the hormone leptin and how important it is to your weight loss campaign then you can find oodles and poodles on line about it.

One of the five simple rules of the Leptin Diet is to eat a high protein brekky - in fact this turns up in lots of advice from trainers, dieticians and all manner of trained experts way WAY more fancy and clever and qualified than I. So I'm not going to witter on about it. I'm just going to share this brilliant little eggy bake.

We'll be having them for breakfast tomorrow - or possibly for lunch. I'm loving oats, almond milk and a teaspoon of pnb at the moment for my protein rich start up - with a fresh juice loaded with ginger against the ridiculous weather we're having.

ONWARDS.... to the pots and pans my dears.