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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Despite not exactly being a domestic goddess, I have always loved trying out recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Especially when it comes to discovering new and exciting veggie and/or dessert recipes, I simply can’t resist – and I got several Pinterest boards brimming with linked ideas to prove it! Unfortunately, living in someone else’s home instead of your own comes with quite a few challenges – one of them being you suddenly find yourself feeling apprehensive when it comes to occupying/ messing up the kitchen just to try something new (which, by the way, may or may not end up how you hoped it would). As a result, I have lately been forced to keep experimenting to a minimum and (when I do try something new) focus on choosing things that require as little time and induce as little mess as possible… Enter Ella of Home Cooking Adventure and her scrumptious sounding ‘No Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars’, a video for which I bumped into on Facebook of all places. If I have to be …

Eat! | Broccoli and Stilton Soup

In spite of being vegetarian, I have to admit I hate don’t particularly like eating certain veggies – broccoli being one them. This smooth blended, velvety version – combined with an assortment of other veggies and a generous amount of spicy blue cheese – somehow manages to make it a pleasure for me to eat, every time. A comforting, cold weather meal – which should go down well, with most of the family. Do let me know what you (& your friends, boyfriend, family, kids etc.) think, if you happen to try this… Ingredients 2 tbsp rapeseed oil (I used 3 tbsp of Greek olive oil) 1 onion, finely chopped 1 stick celery, sliced 1 leek, sliced 1 medium potato, diced 1 knob butter 1L low salt or homemade chicken or vegetable stock (being veggie, I used the latter) 1 head broccoli, roughly chopped 140g Stilton, or other blue cheese, crumbled (Onion and/ or garlic croutons and some extra, crumbled Stilton for serving) Method Heat the oil in a large saucepan and then add the …

Foodies of the World, Unite (& Visit T.I.Y.)

As some of you may know, I am big food lover and (despite the fact that I no longer live in a place of my own, which makes experimenting in the kitchen kinda tricky) love to discover and try new recipes. I’ve also recently re-committed to running (after an eight month hiatus!) & eating lean/clean as part of a multi-faceted plan to lose weight, improve my health and ultimately feel happier in my own skin. Enter the most amazing food/health blog I’ve ever come across (& already feel the obligation to share with the blogosphere): THE IRON YOU. Written by (possibly the perfect man) Mike, a triathlete, yogi, health enthusiast and food lover this blog features the tastiest sounding recipes – complete with mouth-watering photos and all the relevant nutritional information you usually wonder about. There’s vegan, vegetarian, paleo & gluten free recipes for mostly everything – ranging from breads & dips to entrees & salads and from pre/post exercise smoothies to sumptuous desserts. I’ve already spent a good couple of hours semi obsessively “turning” …

Eat! | Smoked Salmon Pasta

This has been an absolute favorite of mine, ever since I chose to try & then serve it as the main course in an intimate New Year’s Eve Dinner with D – a few years back. My relationship may not have survived, but my love for this recipe & my gratitude to Melissa from The Traveler’s Lunchbox for sharing this, have stayed with me to this day. In a nutshell: If you like salmon, you absolutely need/ want to try this one… 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped 160ml dry white wine or vermouth 200g package cream cheese, cubed 250ml heavy cream 2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrate) 1 tablespoon sugar, or more to taste 250-300g smoked salmon (either hot or cold smoked works fine), cut in 1cm pieces salt, to taste 450g dried pasta lemon thyme or regular thyme, for garnish (optional) Put a large pot of salted water on to boil. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion …

Eat! | Creamy Tuna, Sweetcorn & Tomato Pasta

Anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m all for keeping my word (no matter how long it may have been since I first said something). In that spirit, I hereby bring you the next recipe mentioned in my October 2010 “Coming Up” post..:$ It’s an all time favorite that has never let me down and. It has effectively satisfied the most demanding of taste buds (a.k.a. my dad’s :P) and is a breeze to make. So, here goes…Enjoy! Ingredients 350 g fusilli pasta 2 large cans of tuna in olive oil, flaked 1 small can of sweetcorn 2 large tomatoes, cut as finely as possible and squeezed “dry” 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 packet of heavy cream Salt, pepper Drop the fusilli in boiling, salted water and cook according to package instructions, about 10 minutes. Strain, return to the pot, add a dollop of good quality butter, then stir and let stand. Meanwhile, heat the tuna olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan. Add the onion, …