Sunday, 12 April 2015

Mix & Match Sushi Bowl

Mix & match sushi bowl - how to make fresh and healthy deconstructed sushi full of vegetables, proteins and flavour!  It tastes just like your favourite sushi without the hassle of rolling!

There are times when I want all the fresh, healthy things that you get with sushi but can't be faffed with all the prep and rolling and trying to make it all stay in tight little rolls so they don't fall apart in the space between plate and mouth…I know you're with me on this one…

So here's the solution - fill a bowl with sushi rice and then top it with all the scrummy things you would normally find inside your favourite sushi roll!

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Baked Smoked Haddock Fish Fingers

Home made baked fish fingers - using smoked haddock adds a more grown up taste to these fish sticks that kids (and big kids!) will both love and baking them is far healthier than frying!

If you spent any part of your childhood in England then it's likely you will remember having fish fingers for dinner.  I preferred mine to be served with Alphabites (potato-y letters) and perhaps a blob of ketchup.

Fast forward 25 years…fish fingers are still one of my favourite comfort foods but have made things a little more classy by introducing potato smiles and steamed broccoli…

Normally I buy the bog-standard orange breadcrumb coated fish sticks but fancied something a little more grown up.  I wanted a big chunk of cod so I could make some fairly hefty fish fingers but while perusing the fish aisle in the supermarket I spotted some smoked haddock.  Bingo!  Using plain breadcrumbs with this fish makes them a little more grown up than the normal store-bought fish fingers but know they'd be a hit with the little people as well!

Monday, 6 April 2015

Photo a Day 2015 - March

March is a funny month…not quite winter, not quite spring.  Here in Berkhamsted we've had some lovely mild and sunny days, we've also had sudden epic downpours and high winds.  The daffodils have ignored the bad weather and have started popping up all over the place so after months of dullness it's nice to see splashes of colour coming through!

March is a good month for you if, like me, you're a fan of greens - kale, cabbage and spinach are all "springing" to our plates!  If you want something a little sweeter, the supermarket shelves are well stocked with hot cross buns ready to be toasted and smothered in butter…

Sunday, 22 March 2015

How to start and create a photo a day (PAD) photography project or challenge. Tips, ideas, inspiration and how to prepare.  It's a 365 commitment but the results are worth it!

My resolution last year was to start a "photo a day project".  Nothing fancy, just the goal of taking at least one photo each day.

I have a really awful memory but have found that looking at a single photo can instantly take me back to the moment, probably the entire day, and I can remember the sights, smells, activities of that particular day.  Just from a photo!  Starting a project to capture a single moment from each day made complete sense to me and it seemed like an achievable goal.

I'm now in my 15th month of my photo diary and am really pleased that I did it and proud that I am still doing it and have only missed a few days!

If you're thinking about taking on such a project I hope my tips below will be of some help, inspiration or whatever you need to start your own project.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Nonna Floriana's Ragu

Nonna Floriana's Ragu - This recipe for ragu comes all the way from an Italian kitchen in the Emilio-Romagnia region.  Using only a few simple ingredients it is rich, filling and surprisingly easy!

So you've (read: "I") just discovered that you can actually make pasta at home without too much fuss…now you need a sauce that is going to really show off your pasta handiwork.  My sister showed me how to make strozzapreti using a recipe her Italian friend's mum taught her when she visited the Emilio-Romagnia region of Italy.  She insisted that this ragu is the ONLY sauce to have with freshly made pasta.  I'm not a massive fan of tomato based sauces so it took a little coercing but I'm glad my arm was twisted - it's ridiculously tasty and uses only a few simple ingredients!


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