Way back in February of this year I decided to enter my first ever magazine competition.
The magazine: Delicious.
The prize: a 3 night stay at The South sands Hotel in Salcombe in Devon.
The challenge: to recreate the recipe on the front cover of Februarys issue and take a photograph.
Popcorn bites flavoured with pungent horseradish, refreshing lime and nutty ground coriander. A perfect snack for adults and kids, which is super easy to make and great for on the go.
Every time I go to the cinema I’m greeted with the warming smells of sweet popping corn, piled high in the glass compartments of the ticket counters. The aroma is so enticing and I always think that a large bag of popcorn would go down rather nicely whilst enjoying a film.
But heres the thing – I don’t like popcorn!!
Katya is back to tell us about another 5 fabulous Manchester restaurants. This time its restaurants geared up to serve vegetarian food, and by the looks of it they are doing an amazing job…over to Katya…
Smokey chilli con carne with cannellini beans, topped with avocado, mascarpone cheese and a squeeze of lime. A summer bowlful of goodness that can be whipped up on the hob during the week or cooked slowly in the oven on a weekend.
With all this chopping and changing of the weather going on, I don’t know where I’m up to with food. One minute I want a warm bowl of the soup and the next I want a vibrant salad full of refreshingly light flavours. This chilli con carne is my compromise. Its a hearty and warming dish packed full of mince meat and beans, which is then summer-fied (yes summer-fied) with zesty limes, creamy mascarpone and refreshing avocado. Its all very Mexican and very delicious. And if you are in the mood for more Mexican-type food check out my chicken chipotle burrito recipe.
Salmon and mackerel fishcakes with creamy mashed potato and a crunchy layer of breadcrumbs, served with paprika chips and lemon mayo
Its time to get out the frying pan and make room for some incredibly delicious salmon and mackerel fishcakes. Jam packed full of creamy mashed potatoes and chunky smoked fish, and delicately coated with a crispy layer of breadcrumbs, the only problem you’ll have is knowing when to stop. I honestly sat and ate 4 of these in one go without even the slightest bit of hesitation or thought for my waistline. They are just too good.
Dairy free coconut and sultana breakfast loaf with a crunchy seed and Rice Krispie topping. The perfect start to your weekend mornings.
Over the weekend I made this gorgeous breakfast loaf. The inspiration firstly came from a breakfast recipe challenge set by Vita Coco and secondly from my own favourite breakfasts as a child: toast and cereal.
Handheld pies have always seemed like the ultimate baking challenge to me and one that I have avoided for quite some time. We have a lot of incredible handheld pies in bakeries and the like up and down the country and I think I’ve always thought: why compete with great food. Maybe it was just laziness or maybe it was just a little too much uncertainty, but whatever it was its meant that these incredible handheld lamb pies have been locked away in my head for far longer than they should have been.
Purple sprouting broccoli
Purple sprouting broccoli is in season! Yes its in season right now! Blossoming, bright purple florets are here and it would be a crime for these beauties to pass me by unused in a recipe. What better way to use purple broccoli and all its goodness, than in a deliciously healthy soup, combined with juicy pears and a dash of mascarpone. Thats spring soup right there.
These last few weeks Katya and I have been “rebooting”
Each week we have taken on a different challenge in attempt of some form of self improvement. From early mornings to home-based yoga and from slow cooked meals to drinking more water, I’ve been busy each week trying figure out the formula to living well.
A spring dish
This tasty little dish was a recipe that I created earlier on in the year for my lovely friend Kat. Its a dish that is fit for a perfect sunny spring evening and one that fills your senses with the homely aromas of sizzling pancetta and fried potatoes. As an added bonus this dish can also be made in advance, which is a thing of great beauty after a long day at work.
Six weeks of rebooting
The 6 week reboot is officially completed! And what an incredible 6 weeks its been. I’ve definitely learnt a lot and there’s certainly a lot of things I hope to continue with. The main ones that I’ve really enjoyed and feel I’ve really benefited from are: the bullet journal, Yoga at home and miracle mornings. The slow cooker week was also really good and making slow cooker meals on week nights, every now and again, is also something I hope to do.
Hi everyone, it’s Katya and I’m back on Debbie’s blog to give you a rundown of my favourite brunch venues in Manchester.
Week 5 – 1 hour of jobs
Somehow its the end of week 5 of mine and Katyas reboot. Which means that theres only 1 week left! Flown by.
Week 5 was all about getting things done and getting them done fairly quickly. By ‘things’ I mean those mundane tasks, which have to be done week in and week out; like emptying the bins, cleaning the bathroom, washing clothes and just generally keeping things organised.