2018 is the year where I’m aiming to eat less meat for health and environmental reasons. There is a wealth of literature about the benefits of eating less meat to your body and the world (one of my favourites being Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer), so I won’t get into that here.Read More
I'm really no good at keeping blogs up-to-date. I've just checked and my last post was in May (!), how terribly disappointing. Since then, I've submitted my PhD thesis, and started a new job. I am hoping that I will have a little bit more time for living now that I don't have a PhD to write. However, according to my Instagram...Read More
It's May, and it's still pretty cold in the UK. As if I needed an excuse to have comfort food for dinner... Anyway we had these beautiful sausages in the fridge and I thought it would be nice to make a little Catherine wheel sausage out of it. I took inspiration from Jamie Oliver's 30-minute meals. Not all meals take 30 minutes, but this is probably one that does! I love this book and I think all amateur cooks should have it in their (cook)bookshelf! I think he's got a slightly different apple salad to go with the sausages, and possibly mash instead of new potatoes. However, as I love texture and spice I felt like I had to make crispy potatoes (ultimate comfort if you ask me), and toss the crisp, sweet apple with peppery wild rocket.Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
Happy happy happy New Year, everyone! Here is a quick and easy chopped salad that can be eaten on its own, with warm pita bread, or paired with grilled chicken or any white fish (for those not going meat free). I think after all the Christmas festivities this is a good way to get back into the grind without exerting too much effort...Read More
Inspired by Jamie Oliver's Everyday Superfood, I am delighted to present to you my very own version of granola dust, which is extremely versatile, for use in smoothies, as overnight oats, as yogurt topping, or as flour for superfood pancakes!
200g rolled oats
30g chia seeds
30g sunflower seeds
30g pumpkin seeds
Grind oats until mostly like dust. Tip into mason jar. Do the same with the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Later on top of the oats. Grind linseed as fine as possible, and layer on top of the sunflower and pumpkin seeds. Finally, tip the chia seeds in to the mason jar. Seal it up and shake it up until combined!
ere's what it looks like as overnight oats (N.B. this is a photo from a batch without chia seeds so it's noticeably chunkier - adding chia seeds, or reducing the amount of milk you add to the dust will make this more pudding-like)...
I simply combined about 5 heaped tablespoons of the dust with a heaped tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa, and soaked it in milk (of course please use your milk of choice) overnight. I topped it with more pumpkin seeds, sliced banana, a pinch of cinnamon and a teaspoon of maple syrup.
I'm excited to see what you'll come up with so please do share your own take on this beautiful base ingredient by using the hashtag #theacademicook on Insta or FB, or by commenting below! :-)
Hungry for more,
You know when you've got more leftover veg than you know what to do with? Yeah, I often have days like that - cooking for one can be quite challenging! It is in these moments that I find myself most creative. A few weeks back I ended up with two large peppers and around three large vine tomatoes, and I thought to myself, why not roast them, and use it in soup or pasta? So off I went and chucked a load of veg together...Read More
Why hello there! I've just come back from a brilliant holiday in Canada, and I thought, what better way to return to the grind by sharing a #meatfreemonday recipe? A few weeks ago (when it was still warm and sunny) I put together a Mexican inspired salad, which is super simple and easy to personalise! It is also quite therapeutic to make as there’s quite a bit of chopping, slicing and dicing, and mixing involved.Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
For the last long weekend of 2016, we've been lucky enough to take part in Jamie Oliver & Alex James' The Big Feastival, situated in the quaint and serene Cotswolds. Here I walk you through some of the highlights of this fantastic event though I am sure this won't do the festival justice - it really was excellent from start to finish!Read More
Every time I make couscous, I remember an old friend of mine who came up with couscous as a nickname for me when we were at uni (Hi, Uncle B!). For this week's meat-free Monday, I've got a paprika couscous salad served two ways. The couscous makes up the bulk of the salad, and is perfect for these hot summer days!Read More
I find that after a workout, especially during the summer months, I always want something to cool me down. I can't say that this recipe is a completely balanced meal nutritionally (I'll look into it and update the post later on), but I think it's lush! It's essentially a vegetable bowl with fried eggs, but it is slightly spicy, nutty, and peppery and has both softness and crunch to it.Read More
This tiger prawn spaghetti bowl is one that pretty much ticks all the boxes for me. It's filling, simple (yes, it takes about 12-15 mins in total), and flavoursome all at once. This recipe serves one (fine, potentially two if you're not a prawn monster, and if you double the portion for all the ingredients except the prawns).Read More
OK, here's a quick one for meat free Monday! A savoury, spicy, and well-textured rice bowl.Read More
A few weeks ago, Al's mum found mouth watering photos of flaky puff pastry topped with cheese and chorizo on a Tesco food magazine, which of course she shared with me. I did not think twice about saying I would make this for her one weekend, despite not having ever worked with puff pastry before. Unsurprisingly I did not make my own puff pastry - flashbacks of failed puff as seen on GBBO have scarred me for life. I adapted the recipe, which obviously means I made it more indulgent than recommended in the original.Read More
Because I can't celebrate Father's Day with my dad this year, I've decided to put together a dish that reminds me of him - colourful, fiery, full of depth and life.
Dad, thank you for everything that you are and all that you do. Thank you for being behind me always - for teaching me that adventure is always in the palm of my hands; that being a girl and being brave go together; that time is a most precious commodity never to be wasted; that life is too short for regrets, hatred, and leaving any stone unturned. I know I am one of your life's greatest challenges, so thank you for your courage and resilience. I wouldn't be where I am today without you and Ma.
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.Read More
Today, I not only ate meat free, but I also hosted a meat free afternoon tea for three (do love a rhyme, ha)! OK, it wasn't really afternoon tea as I didn't bake any cake(s), but nevertheless, there were doughnuts and bikkies. I did, however, make three different types of open-faced sandwiches...Read More