21 April 2017

Pa Amb Tomaquet - Traditional Catalan Tomato Tapa Recipe



My beautiful Spanish friend Populo has made us this simple pa amb tomaquet tapa a few times and we've always been wowed by how good it is.

What is Pa Amb Tomaquet?


Pa amb tomaquet is a traditional Catalan tapa dish. It's a bit like a Catalan bruschetta. The Spanish call it pan con tomate, but this is definitely Catalan rather than Spanish. You'll soon be offered this tapa if you spend any time in Barcelona and they are rightly proud of it.

Pa amb tomaquet is a really simple dish where the flavour of the fresh tomatoes sing. All you need is really nice bread and I'm talking a good sourdough, if you can get it, some ripe flavourful tomatoes, a clove of garlic, a good quality olive oil and salt and pepper. Populo also adds a sprinkle of oregano, so I shall too.



The olive oil and herbs do perk the tomatoes up, but if you use the best tomatoes you can, the flavour is always going to be better.

Keeping tomatoes on the counter top


My other tip is to keep tomatoes on the counter top. They'll continue to ripen and have more flavour. Pop them in the fridge and the flavour is gone. Now I'm only talking about large tomatoes like salad or beef tomatoes. They're happy sitting out in a bowl. You'll see them darken in colour and you'll taste the difference, but small tomatoes like cherry tomatoes have to be kept in the fridge unfortunately as they just don't last long at room temperature.

Scotty Brand - Scottish Tomatoes




I used Scotty Brand tomatoes in my tapa recipe and I was really impressed with them. I've bought Scotty Brand before, as I do like to buy local and they are always good quality, but I hadn't tried their tomatoes before.

So many tomatoes are picked before they are ripe and consequently they have little or no flavour, but Scotty Brand tomatoes are left to ripen on the vine and picked by hand when they are ripe and at their best. You can really tell the difference. I took a wee photo to show you the difference visually too.




A Simple Recipe


You may look at this recipe and think it is so simple and can tomatoes really taste that good on what it ultimately just toast. Why not just slice them and be done with it? Seriously you have to make this and then you will know. I made this a few nights ago and I have craved it every night since. It is that good. I urge you to make this tapa recipe. You will thank me for it. Oh and feel free to leave a comment to let me know if you do try it. I know you will love it!

243 calories per large slice.



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Pa Amb Tomaquet
Pa Amb Tomaquet
A simple tapa from Barcelona. A traditional Catalan dish that celebrates the flavour of fresh tomatoes. It's quick to put together if you are serving tapas or just as a snack. Use the best tomatoes, olive oil and bread you can.
Ingredients
  • 6 ripe salad tomatoes
  • a glug of good quality of olive oil
  • a sprinkle of dried oregano
  • a sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • 4 slices of good quality bread, like sourdough or a bloomer (you can also use baguette)
  • a clove of garlic, cut in half
Instructions
1. Cut the tomatoes in half, then score a cross into the cut side with a knife, not cutting all the way through. This will give the grater purchase on the tomatoes. 2. Grate the tomatoes and discard the skins.3. In a bowl add a glug of olive oil to the tomato pulp, then season with salt, pepper and oregano and set aside until your toast is ready. 4. Toast thick slices of good quality bread and rub each slice with the cut garlic. not too much or it will be super garlicky. 5. Top the toasted garlicky bread with the tomatoes and serve immediately.6. Bite into the deliciousness and groan out loud.7. Thank me later!
Details
Total prep time:
Nutrition facts per slice:
243 calories
12 grams fat

Yield: Makes 4 - 6 tapas (depending on size of bread)






Have I put you in the mood for Barcelona? 

Check out my Veggie Guide to Barcelona for more ideas.




Disclosure; I was paid to create this recipe for Scotty Brand. They did not expect a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.

17 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 April 2017)


Happy Easter my friends. I hope you had a fun and chocolate filled Easter Sunday.

I'm sorry to say my Sunday was spent indoors. I've been suffering from a chest infection this week and because I have asthma, I've been rather poorly, although I haven't given up and gone to bed. 

I've actually spent a lot of time cooking this week and today I made a big pot of chilli (Cooper's favourite) and a trifle. Did I tell you that Hartley's glitter jelly is veggie? It's really good and makes a firm jelly.

Cooper was at his grandparent;s house this weekend, where no doubt he was spoiled rotten and Graham has been a star, helping me with some housework, shopping and walking the dogs.

Now Monday is here, Cooper is back at school, I'm at work and lucky Graham is off today and hopefully doing some more housework for me, but as it's Monday I have another seven sensational veggie dishes for you to try (and a few bonus recipes) in honour of Meat Free Monday.

14 April 2017

A Beginners Guide to Juicing and the new Juisir


There's a lot of information out there about juicing, Some good and some bad, but as a lover of juices and smoothies I wanted to share a beginners guide to juicing. As I only use the Froothie Optimum juicers, which I think are rather fab, I will only talk about my experiences with them. I've had cheaper machines in the past and they were useless to use and useless to clean. 

I'll also be introducing you to a revolution in juicing called the Juisir, which is a new machine arriving on these shores soon which is a no-clean machine. I know, right! There's a lot of hype about the Juisir just now. It's a bit of a sensation. You can read what's being said about the Juisir on Forbes or Yahoo Finance.

12 April 2017

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Cheesecake!

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake! Booyah!

Don't you love a good no-bake cheesecake? They're easy to make, luxurious and utterly stunning when finished. Of course they taste great too. 

I think I can safely say I've mastered them now and I make them rather a lot, especially for my baking club meetings. I even developed a recipe for a vegan cheesecake that tastes just as good.

Why not make one this Easter Sunday for your family or friends? 

10 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (10 April 2017)



Happy Monday my friends! It's Meat Free Monday again and time for seven delicious new recipes to help inspire you to make at least some of your week meat-free. You may find a few bonus recipes at the bottom too.



So this is where I usually tell you about the last week and what we got up to. It's school holidays here in Scotland, so Cooper has been sharing his time between home and his grandparents house. I think I can safely say he's been enjoying the free time. Lots of dog walks, games, some time coding and Cooper and I took a two day trip over to Edinburgh for the Science Festival. We stayed in a hotel, did some experiments and generally had a blast. Our highlight had to be Dr Bunhead and his eggcellent eggsplosions at the National Museum of Scotland. It was exciting, funny, loud and sit on the edge of your seat nerve-wracking.

Did you do anything fun in the last week?

Now it's time for the recipes.  


05 April 2017

Spiced Chickpea, Carrot and Coriander Burgers (vegan recipe)

An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.

Homemade veggie burgers? 


Why yes please!

You can't beat them and today I'm sharing my latest veggie burger recipe, for spiced chickpea, carrot and coriander burgers. I whizzed them up in my blender and they are totally dairy free and vegan.

A good veggie burger really doesn't need egg to bind it or any dairy. The vegetables and pulses with spices are tasty enough and the chickpeas in this burger are the binder.
An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.


No Croutons Required (Soup and Salad Blog Challenge) - April 2017

Whoops! I was so caught up in my birthday fun at the weekend and so busy at work, I totally forgot I am hosting No Croutons Required this month.

If you have a blog why not join in?

Simple post a veggie soup or salad recipe on your blog, linking to this post and mentioning No Croutons Required, then add your link to the linky below. At the end of the month I'll do a roundup of all the yummy recipes for my readers to enjoy.

Check out last month's soups and salad's over at Lisa's Kitchen.

I wonder if we will see more salads this month?



03 April 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (3 April 2017)


Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week? I had an excellent week. The weather has been a bit mixed, but the sunny days have been wonderful and there is so much more light now and it gets dark much later. It really cheers me up.


Saturday was a gloriously sunny day and it was warm in the sun, so we headed to the beach with the boy and the dogs. We dragged my husband's brother along too and had a great time. We walked the beach, met a lot of dogs, lapped up the sun and watched our boy and dogs having fun.

On Sunday the sun shone again, so I was inspired to bake. I made a Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in the morning and a Deep Lemon Curd & Raspberry Cheesecake in the afternoon. Recipes coming soon!

Now the fun of the weekend is over, it's time to plan meals for the week ahead and I hope you will be inspired by this week's Meat Free Monday to include some veggie dishes this week.

31 March 2017

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

I DID IT !!

I promised I would!

I admit it took me a while to make this vegan no-bake oreo and caramel cheesecake, but I did it.

I made the original deep Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake last March and then I made another no-bake cheesecake for my last cake club and I was asked for a vegan version, so it's been on my mind since then.
Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


29 March 2017

Green Mango Curd Tart Recipe & Giveaway


Green Mango Curd Tart


Doesn't that look gorgeous? 

It's a fruity, but slightly tangy Indian twist on a French style tart from Anjum Anand. It's super simple to make, but looks and tastes spectacular.

This recipe comes from Anjum Anand, an award-winning TV chef and cookery writer who founded The Spice Tailor brand in 2011. The Spice Tailor is an authentic cook-at-home range of Indian sauces, chutney and breads (scroll down to the bottom of this post for my Spice Tailor giveaway).

This green mango curd tart isn't one for my vegan readers (don't worry I have a vegan caramel and Oreo cheesecake coming up this week), but the cookbook is an excellent choice for all my readers. There are lots of delicious veggie and vegan recipes to choose from.


27 March 2017

7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 March 2017)



Happy Monday everyone!

How has your week been?



We had another busy week. The weekend was busy too. Cooper got his own Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer that was originally designed for educational purposes). The kids' pack we bought was fabulous. It came with a Lego style instruction booklet, which meant he could set it up himself.  It came with an SD card loaded with an operating system, Minecraft and the Scratch coding system on it which is used in schools, albeit usually for older children, so he's had great fun coding.



On Sunday I made a Vegan Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake for Graham (recipe coming soon, it was awesome) and we visited my mum for mother's day laden with cake and gifts.

Now it's Monday and time to plan for the week ahead, so it's time for Meat Free Mondays and another delicious selection of recipes to share.


20 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 March 2017)


Happy Monday everyone. 

I was about to wish you happy birthday. I have no idea why. Maybe because my dad's birthday is coming up swiftly followed by my own. I did of course mean to wish you a happy Monday as it's the start of a new week with all it's possibilities and seven tasty new recipes to try for Meat Free Mondays.

Of course the concept of  Meat Free Mondays is to encourage you to eat meat-free once a week, but I hope to share so many amazing recipes with you each week that you'll eat meat-free at least a few times a week.


19 March 2017

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe

Spinach and Lemon Pesto Recipe. Suitable for vegetarian, vegan and dairy-free diets. www.tinnedtomatoes.com

We eat rather a lot of pesto in this house. Well it's gorgeous stuff isn't it? 

I have to hold my hands up and admit that most of the pesto we eat is jarred. I do make my own pesto, but sods law means that when I want pesto to spread in a wrap or to stir through pasta, I don't have all the ingredients that I need to make it, so I end up using jarred pesto. 

Don't get me wrong jarred pesto can be very good and both Sacla and Mr Organic do really nice vegan pesto, which I always stock up on for emergencies.

16 March 2017

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew (vegan crockpot recipe)


Yes, I've had my slow cooker bubbling away again.

This time I made a tomato based veggie sausage, mushrooms and chickpea stew. A wonderfully comforting dish that was easy to throw together.

I don't know what happened, it must have been the sunshine streaming in that made me feel full of energy and ready to think about making dinner first thing in the morning. I don't usually have a thought about it until much later in the day.

In fact Graham and I have a little dance each night. After work the first thing he asks me, either as he arrives home (on my day off) or on the way home in the car (if I've been at work) is "What's for dinner?". It drives me nuts. Often because I've already discussed it with him and he hasn't been paying attention or just because I haven't decided yet. Recently I've taken to saying "I'm not telling you!". I know it's childish, but I just can't resist and it's so funny as it makes him even more desperate to know.

Graham arrived home after lunch on Saturday and I probably still refused to tell him what dinner was, even though it was bubbling away in plain sight through the clear lid of the slow cooker. It's definitely a bit of a game now.

Slow Cooker Veggie Sausage, Mushroom & Chickpea Stew

13 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 March 2017)


Happy Monday!

It's time for Meat Free Monday.

It's all about trying to eat meat-free at least once a week, but I hope to share so many delicious veggie and vegan recipes with you each week that you will be inspired to eat veggie more than once a week.


12 March 2017

Turkish Carrot & Beetroot Side Salad

A simple Turkish salad of shredded white cabbage, carrots and beetroot sitting on a bed of salad leaves, dressed with a fruity pomegranate and lemon dressing. Utterly delicious! Don't be fooled by how simple this recipe is. It's a great one to have in your repertoire.

It's British Pie Week and I've been enjoying one of my favourite pies, a Spinach, Feta and Roast Pepper Quiche from Higgidy with a rather higgidy Turkish carrot and beetroot side salad.

This salad is one I have fond memories of from our many trips to North Cyprus where my husband's parents live. The north of Cyprus is Turkish and this salad is one we always enjoy in a little cafe called Ibrahims (Halil Ibrahim Sofrasi) in Girne.

The cafe is hidden down a side street and specialises in kebabs. They make the most amazing flatbreads in their on site bakery which is right beside the cafe (if you want to stop and watch or to have a chat. They are a friendly bunch).




08 March 2017

Slow Cooker Potato and Haricot Bean Casserole (vegan crockpot recipe)



Last weekend, Cooper made us a delicious casserole in our slow cooker. I gathered the ingredients and he prepared them and popped them into the slow cooker with spices and stock to cook all day while we cleaned the house and then played board games. The smell was wonderful.

I really think it's important to take children into the kitchen at an early age to teach them to cook and bake and to give them a love of it. Not only do they learn important life skills that will be useful for them as adults, but they learn about ingredients and healthy eating. And the fussy eaters,,,,,,,, well they are more likely to try something they've made themselves.


06 March 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (6 March 2017)


Happy Monday!

And ....... welcome to another edition of Meat Free Mondays.

The week past has been a busy one as ever, with work, school and play. Cooper had great fun at school on World Book Day. He decided he would dress up as the superhero squirrel from one of his favourite books Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Needless to say I spent a fair few nights scratching my head as to how I could make a squirrel costume and then a few nights sewing (not my best skill). It worked out well and he had a really fun day.



Graham and I didn't have quite such a fun week, I had a family funeral, which was so sad and unexpected and poor Graham came down with gout (I know not what you'd expect from a vegan who doesn't drink, but there you go). We just have to carry on with a smile until we feel ourselves again.

I digress once more, so let's get back to the veggie recipes I'm delighted share with you this week. As usual it's a tasty selection and I hope the recipes inspire you as you plan your midweek meals.


02 March 2017

Fairtrade Fortnight - What to Buy


Fairtrade Fortnight started on Monday. This fortnight is all about highlighting the work farmers and workers do in developing countries and making sure they are paid a fair wage and that their products sell at a good price.
I have always been aware of Fairtrade and picked up products where I see them. In the past it was always in health food shops and specialist shops, but now supermarkets are realising how important Fairtrade is and they are selling more and more.

I've been trying some Fairtrade products and would like to share them with you. Try some of them yourself and have a look next time you are shopping to see if there is a Fairtrade brand you could buy instead of your regular brand


01 March 2017

11 Verily Veggie Soups and Salads for March


March has arrived and it's still freezing, but the days are brighter and longer so it all feels more hopeful and like we are moving further away from the winter.

While it's still cold, we are all still craving soup, but it's nice to include some salads and with that in mind I bring you No Croutons Required and the eleven delicious recipes bloggers have submitted for our eating pleasure during January and February.


27 February 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 February 2017)


Happy Monday!

How are you? 

I'm fine. Last week we had an unexpected death in the family so it's been a really sad week and a reminder we should enjoy every minute with our loved once as you never know what's round the corner.

This weekend we have been tackling Cooper's bedroom. It's overflowing with clothes, toys and books, so it was time for a good clear out and time to re-organise. He went to bed really pleased with the new layout tonight.



The wee boy has been helping me in the kitchen this weekend too. Today he helped me make pancakes and he made us a slow cooked potato and haricot stew in a spicy tomato sauce for dinner. It was real comfort food. We enjoyed it with some buttered bread. I'll share the recipe later this week.


24 February 2017

Vegan Spaghetti Bolognese - Batch Cooking



Spaghetti bolognese is one of our favourite family meals. My mother-in-law Jean gave me this recipe over 20 years ago. This is the same basic recipe with a few tweaks and made in a big batch.

The original recipe used dried soya mince, but I use frozen veggie mince which I buy from my local supermarket. Dried soya mince was all you could buy in the early 90s and you could only buy it from a health shop. Yes, times have moved on thankfully.

This bolognese is super tasty and full of vegetables to help with your five-a-day. It's packed with onion, garlic, carrots and mushrooms and has a rich flavour thanks to lots of red wine. The red wine gives it a wonderful depth of flavour, but don't worry the alcohol is burned off during cooking.


22 February 2017

The Ultimate Rolo Cheesecake



This isn't one for my vegan readers. I've not mastered a dairy-free cheesecake yet, but one of these days ........ 

This deep and luxurious no-bake cheesecake was made for my baking club. We meet every 4-6 weeks for chat, cake and a quiz. This time my good friend Stuart (you may know him as Cakeyboi) was in charge and the theme was celebration. It had to be something pretty special so I decided to make this deep no-bake cheesecake. 
A deep no-bake Rolo cheesecake topped with caramel, melted dark chocolate and Rolos. It's easy to make, but a really stunning cake for a party or celebration, but easy enough to make and serve after Sunday lunch or dinner.

The base of the cheesecake is crushed digestive biscuits (Graham crackers) mixed with melted butter and pressed into a deep loose-bottom cake tin, then popped in the fridge to chill. Next I made the cheesecake filling with cream cheese and whipped double cream flavoured with vanilla seeds. I topped the cheesecake with caramel and melted chocolate and finished it with Rolos. It's a very easy dessert to make but the final result and flavour is sensational.

My photo was a quick snap on my phone, so not to my usual standard, but hopefully it is good enough to encourage you to make this awesome dessert.


20 February 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (20 February 2017)



Happy Monday!

How are you? 

It's been sunny and warm here in Dundee today. Most unexpected for February and it's lighter earlier and dark later, so things are looking up. My leg is definitely improving too, so I'm feeling quite perky.

I'm just unpacking groceries from a late night delivery while I think about what to make this week. Well when I say I'm unpacking, at the moment I'm chatting to you and watching Graham unpacking. My first meal planned is dinner for tomorrow, as I've had a request for bolognaise, so spaghetti it is coated in a rich sauce packed with lots of veg.

To help you plan your week, scroll down for this week's Meat Free Monday recipes. A glorious selection as ever.

16 February 2017

Vegan Choc Chip Scotch Pancakes for Shrove Tuesday


It's twelve days until Shrove Tuesday and I'm already excited. 

Yeah, yeah, I know I don't have to wait until Shrove Tuesday to make pancakes, but it's a good reminder of how awesome homemade pancakes are, not to mention how super easy they are to make.

We go crazy making pancakes in the run up to Shrove Tuesday, then I don't know, I suppose we scunner ourselves eating them so often, so we stop making them. I have to admit Cooper loves making them and it's a fun project to do together in the kitchen.  Of course chocolate is usually involved.


13 February 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (13 February 2017)


Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week?

I don't know where the last week went. It whizzed by. The weekend wasn't quite what I hoped for as my wee boy had a fever and was feeling poorly, but as usual with kids, it was over quickly and he's back to his usual energetic self. He was busy tonight with homework, but made time to write not one, but two Valentine Cards for girls in his class. How sweet is that? 

We've already discussed some of our meal plan for the week, Tonight we kept it simple with a toastie and lots of salad, tomorrow I'm making soup and on Wednesday I plan to make homemade mushroom burgers, but the rest of the week is wide open and it's always great to have more inspiration. Tra-la-la it's Meat Free Monday time!


11 February 2017

Simple Spaghetti with Olives


In November I travelled to Provence in Southern France to tour olive groves and visit olive oil producers (I know, how lucky am I?). Before my trip I was totally oblivious to French olives. I always assumed olives came from some of the hotter parts of Europe. Spain, Italy and Greece to name a few. 

French olives? Really?

Olivence is a co-operative of five of the best PDO producers of olive oil and olives in the region of Provence. These craft producers supply some of the finest olives and olive oils, some of which are still harvested by hand.
Simple Spaghetti with Olives plus a guide to buying and storing olive oil as well as a look at how olive oil is made in Provence, France. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


08 February 2017

Gently Spiced Rice Pudding (vegan)

Homemade rice pudding gently spiced with ginger and freshly grated cinnamon. This easy recipe can be made with your favourite milk, dairy or dairy-free and will surely become a family favourite. www.tinnedtomatoes.com


Rice pudding is such comfort food. It's one of the dishes I loved as a child. My mum would make it regularly and it was always gorgeous. I especially loved it served with a dollop of jam, but I've grown out of that particular habit. I prefer it plain now with a little spice.

I was of the generation where rice pudding was often bought in tins and sometimes my mum would serve this too if she was short of time, but mostly she made it herself and she still makes it regularly.

The way my mum and I make rice pudding is less thick, creamy and stodgy than the shop bought version, but no less luxurious. Of course I make it dairy free now so Graham can enjoy it too. This recipe can be made with your favourite milk be it dairy or dairy free.


06 February 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (6 February 2017)



Happy Monday my friends.

How are you?

I've had another hectic day at work and I've come home tired as tired can be, although I think my husband may win that one. I came downstairs after reading Cooper a bedtime story and tucking him in and there was poor Graham asleep in the armchair at a really awkward angle that was definitely going to mean a painful crick in the neck.

It's cold here in Scotland and outside the wind is howling and it's pouring with rain with the prospect of icy temperatures coming our way from tomorrow night. Can't wait.

Spring can't come fast enough for me!

However one spot of sunshine is spending time looking through all the delicious recipes this week.

02 February 2017

Scottish Oaty Walnut and Raisin Flapjacks


Oaty flapjacks mmmmm!

I love Scottish flapjacks, they are chewy, comforting and on just the right side of healthy for a traybake. Now I'm not saying they're diet food, but they are full of oats, walnuts, raisins, chia seeds, flax seeds and sweetened by mashed banana and a some honey (or agave).

If you need a energy boost then these will do the job nicely. They're perfect if you are out hill walking, to counter that mid-afternoon energy crash or if it's hours until your next meal.

Now I like my flapjacks chewy, but they can also be crisp. To me this is just plain wrong. They should be slightly crisp on the outside but chewy and soft inside.

My American friends may be wondering what I'm wittering about.  American flapjacks are what we call Scotch pancakes. I know, I know, it gets confusing. Let's do this visually!


30 January 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (30 January 2017)


Happy Monday everyone! 

How are you?

I was still tackling my tax return today, so I was a tad stressed. My friends may laugh when I say I was a little stressed, yes I was super stressed, but it's done now, phew! I hate hitting that button to see how much I owe. It's always more than I expect.

Now that's over, I'm thinking about the week ahead and some meal ideas. As usual there's lots of inspiration from all the recipes my lovely blogger friends share with me each week. I hope you'll be inspired too.

29 January 2017

A No-Clean Juicer. WHAT??



You know I work with Froothie because I love their power blenders so much right? Well they have just blown up the world of juicers. It will never be the same again!

A new juicer you don't need to clean! It just happened!

A juicer that doesn't have to be taken apart and cleaned. A juicer that can juice in 90 seconds and that's it, no cleaning. WOW!

I'm so excited. I make a lot of smoothies, but my blender is my bit of kit for this as it's so easy to clean. My froothie juicer is easier to clean than most, but is still needs to be taken apart, cleaned and put back together. This new one doesn't.


Hotel Chocolat Valentine Giveaway


Valentine's Day is fast approaching and as a wee treat I have a deluxe box of chocolates from Hotel Chocolat, that bastion of British chocolate.

It's the Valentine's Sleekster and there is plenty to share with your loved one this smooch season with three of each flavour and a great variety as usual.


23 January 2017

Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (23 January 2017)



Happy Monday!

How are you?

I was back at work today after my leg injury. It was a long tiring day but I got through it and it was lovely to see lots of friendly faces at work and everyone was so thoughtful knowing it was my first day back.

Dinner tonight was at our regular pub to give me a night off, but I'm home now, the wee one's in bed and I'm utterly exhausted. Tired or not,  I couldn't go to bed without sharing some delicious new vegetarian recipes for everyone to try this week. It may be called Meat Free Mondays, but any day meat free is a good one for your health and the health of your bank balance.


21 January 2017

Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup (5:2 Diet)



Sometimes I crave something green. I think it's my body telling me I'm lacking something in my diet. I really do believe our body tells us what we need, if we care to listen.

The green in this case is a luxurious broccoli and spinach soup.

It's the simplest thing to make and rather frugal too if you're watching your pennies this month. I know I am, especially with a tax return coming up. EEK!


An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


Now my boys weren't overly keen. I think they go on high alert if anything is green. Cooper instantly decided he wouldn't like it, but with a bit of persuasion he ate most of the bowl. Graham ate two bowls of soup and said it was good but not his favourite. See what I mean?

I thought it was heavenly and just what I needed.
An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


There are 4 ways to eat this gloriously green soup:

  1. Plain for a pure green hit.
  2. With a swirl of cream (or soya cream) for a touch of luxury.
  3. Topped with grated cheddar (or vegan cheddar).
  4. With a glug of cream and some grated cheese, BOOYAH!
I have to admit I love it with a slosh of cream and some grated cheese. Oh my it's good and feels slightly wicked.

Come to me my lovely!

An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.


This soup is definitely healthy. My body is very wise when I choose to listen to it.

Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
  • Low in saturated fat
  • High in dietary fibre
  • High in manganese
  • High in potassium
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin B6
  • Very high in vitamin C

Of course I did add to these calories by adding a grating of cheese and a splosh of cream, even if it was dairy free, but look at all those vitamins and minerals. 

Without the toppings this soup makes a great meal for the 5:2 diet. It will fill you up and leave you with enough calories left for dinner.

So if you're feeling a bit under the weather, if you have a cold or your body is just telling you that you need something green, then this is the soup for you.

This pot of soup costs just £2.30, that's just 38p per portion.


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An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 claories and 38p per serving. www.tinnedtomatoes.com
Easy Broccoli and Spinach Soup
An easy broccoli and spinach soup. High in vitamins and nutrients but cheap to make. Only 145 calories and 38p per serving.
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • ½ courgette, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, chopped
  • large handful spinach
  • 2 heads broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 ½ litre vegetable stock (4 stock cubes), add more water if required
  • a good grinding salt and black pepper
Instructions
1. Saute the onion, garlic and celery in a large pot with the olive oil until soft.2. Add the courgette, potatoes, spinach and broccoli.3. Pour in the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 20-25 minutes.4. Blend with a hand blender or in a stand blender then season and serve.5. Enjoy!
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Yield: Serves 6






If you are looking for another frugal and healthy soup that's easy to make, try my Fridge Lentil Soup. Only 35p per serving.