I seriously love sweet potatoes; as a soft mash alternative, fried until crispy on the hob or perfectly roasted until deliciously crunchy. I don’t think I’ve ever found a variation that I haven’t completely loved! That’s why on Plant Power Day, I knew I had to celebrate with a delicious bowl of my favourite sweet potato fries.
Deliciously sweet and perfectly tangy. I love adding dried cranberries to my muesli, granola and even cookies throughout the year;but fresh cranberries only really make an appearance in my diet during the festive season. As soon as December rolls around the fresh berries come out and I find myself adding them to everything! One of my absolute favourite ways to enjoy them is to cook them all up together on the stove, making a tart, tangy and perfectly sweet cranberry sauce.
Making the sauce couldn’t be simpler, all you do is place everything in a saucepan over a medium heat until all the gorgeous berries star to go gooey and soft and them blend until perfectly smooth. You can use either fresh or frozen fruit for this. But I find that fresh gives a more intense taste than frozen fruit does.
Cranberries are incredibly tart and can sometimes be extremely bitter. That’s one of the biggest things that you need to think about when cooking with them. You need to make sure that you add enough sugar, or alternative sweetener. This helps to make them a little less sour and more enjoyable. I think that this is one of them things that is quite personal, a bit like spice levels. The best way to get it right for you is to do little taste tests as you go.
I love parsnips; they’re one of my favourite root vegetables. I love to fry them and add to salads, use as a sweetener in soups, lightly roast as a delicious side dish or even bake them into a scrumptious, moist cake.
Maple roasted parsnips are definitely my favourite way to enjoy them though. Peeled, par boiled and fried with a little maple syrup. They make the perfect side dish and can be eaten with a roast dinner, a shepherd’s pie, or any other dinner or lunch. They’re so versatile!
But, aside from being absolutely delicious, did you know parsnips are also full of so many health benefits?! They contain high levels of fibre, water and protein. As well as Vitamin C; which helps to maintain good oral health and also helps the immune system by stimulating white blood cell production to attack foreign microbes in the body. Parsnips also contain folate and Vitamins B6, E and K. [Read more…]
Every winter for as long as I can remember my mum has been making delicious homemade soups. Full of chunky, seasonal vegetables mixed with stock and pureed down to a thick paste. It was always my favourite meal, and one that I would look forward to all day. I would fill the biggest bowl that I could right up to the top (as well as eating a few spoonful’s straight from the pot along the way), gently warm up crusty roll, slather it in butter and use it to soak up the soup and get every single bit left.
My bowl was always left clean and my tummy full. It has always been such a comforting, rich and hearty meal and is perfect during autumn and winter when the colder weather hits and the nights start to draw in. So, every year around this time, I constantly badger my mum to make me her famous soup.
I’m a total hummus addict. I just love everything about it; the creaminess, the light, fluffy texture and the fact that you can pretty much eat it with anything (and trust me, I do!). I used to buy ready-made hummus all the time. And would never even dream of not having it stockpiled in my fridge.
That was until I realised just how quick, easy and cheap it is to make your own. Ever since then I’ve made my own every week, and love experimenting with new and different flavours. I’ve shared my favourite, basic oil free recipe, and have used that base to create so many different flavours such as my beetroot hummus, which is bright purple and completely delicious!
Lately I’ve been experimenting with different ingredients, and one flavour I really wanted to master was carrot. Carrots are full of so many benefits and packed full of vitamin A and beta-carotene which are amazing for your eyes and overall health, as well as being part of your 5 a day. After many different adaptations, I think that I have come up with one of my favourite ever variations; a fluffy, creamy paprika spiced carrot hummus. Yep, it really is as good as it sounds!