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Now before you get stroppy with me, I've been off the site forever as the PhD has taken over my life. Sorry about that, let's move on.
Thankfully, my lovely pal Tamara (instagram: @tamarapiranha - seriously nip over there now, her poetry and art are brilliant) asked me to send her my go-to meatball recipe that I've developed since my undergrad years. It's one of the first dishes I got creative with and I think it's pretty easy (and easy to eat hahaha). OK so I actually don't have photos of this dish, oops, but what I do have is a short clip of the finished product (thanks Boomerang) which you will see, if you keep reading... promise it's worth it!
To usher in the first #meatfreemonday of February 2017, I wanted to make something fresh yet 'meaty'; comforting yet light. As such I've decided to make a veggie spaghetti Bolognese, a dinner that's bound to become a staple in your home. This recipe serves approximately 5 (large pasta bowls are needed for this), and keeps well frozen for about 4 weeks.
Gosh I would make a horrendous comedian.
To be fair I have missed eating hummus as I haven't had it for months! Hummus is one of my all-time favourites and I have it with pretty much anything that I think might go well with it. This recipe is one of my oldest, which I think dates back to my undergraduate days in sunny Sydney, and I am delighted to be sharing it with you! The key here is to have really nice lemons, tahini and the highest grade of olive oil possible.
Two of my big life indulgences are: eggs and Stilton cheese. I'm sure I've talked about eggs before, how good they are, and how bloody good they are for you! So, I've decided that I'd very much like to combine these two ingredients for a scrumptious brekky. Everybody, meet the stilton scramble:
It's nice to be back from a very quiet weekend away in the Scottish Highlands and a week of celebrating my 28th birthday! This year's very different to the last 10 birthdays where this is the first year where I didn't have a party! I guess you can say I've learnt something after a decade ;-) I did drink copious amounts of Prosecco and ate lots of good food, so no change there, whoops. To get myself back into the swing of things, I thought I'd do a batch of nutty energy bites - a well-loved snack in my office. I've made many different versions of these (some of which are definitely not pleasing to the eye, hahaha), and these, so far, are the best ones.
22:04: Today in eating is officially over! I've had a sluggish start to the day (it's been raining, and I haven't been sleeping well for some strange reason) and really needed an energy boost. So I took to the kitchen and whipped up a tasty hot breakfast and a smoothie.
In today's world, it appears as though people are eager for quick and dirty tips to achieve near enough anything. Food, of course, is one of them! Juggling a full-time PhD and other academic and non-academic commitments, I find that most of the time I am flat out and wishing that I had a butler and a chef to do domestic chores for me. Ah, one can dream! Of course, the reality is, I've had to become creative with my time so that I can put together meals that I know I'd still enjoy despite minimal effort (which I'm sure some of you will have noticed from recent posts). For example, twice a week, after getting home from the gym, I would first put my washing on, then get cracking with the cooking. I time it such that it takes roughly under 40 minutes, so that I can eat what I've knocked up, then put up my clean washing.
If I'm not out on a Friday night, chances are, I'd be having a lovely sleep in, which is followed by a hot brekky and a potent cup of coffee. The aforementioned breakfast typically involves a bit of bacon, because who doesn't like bacon, right (right?!)? Anyway a few weekends ago, I put together this hearty beech smoked back bacon and egg sandwich. I thought I'd share - although the recipe is far from complex and can be whipped up very quickly - there is something quite therapeutic about making breakfast at a more relaxed pace.