Saturday, 27 September 2014

Pizza Pretzel Knots

Pizza pretzel knots - soft dough, melted cheese, salami and/or pepperoni…best snack ever!

Hi!  Remember me?!

It's been a while…I don't know why but I've just not been inspired to make anything new.  Maybe it's the change in seasons, maybe it's being busy at work, maybe I just needed a little break.  I don't know.  Aaaaaaanyway, I spent some much needed time in the kitchen this weekend.  Unfortunately it wasn't all successful but d'you know what?  A recipe failure made me even more determined to make it work because I'm stubborn like that.

With autumn firmly here I wanted to make something really comforting.  Pizza's comforting.  Fresh-out-of-the-oven soft pretzels are really comforting.  What the heck - why not combine the two?!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Why I Blog

I've not posted anything for a while and started to feel guilty but also started to think about why I spend time blogging…

I don't make any money from it.  I don't get sponsored.  I've not been to any blogger events.

I got really motivated to create a new recipe to post and it completely fell apart.  Literally.  Stuffed pretzel sticks were on my agenda so got to work making the dough…it turned into a beast and actually started to take over the kitchen…

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Photo a Day: August

August - the eighth month of the year, the month my mum celebrates her birthday and also when the Edinburgh Festival takes place.  Did anyone manage to go?  I've always thought it would be fun to not only visit that part of Scotland but to also flit from venue to venue in search of laughs at the Fringe shows.

August saw National Burger Day (27th) and burgers were the topic of the very first #fdbloggers chat that I hosted.  I can't think of anything better than talking about everything "burger" for a whole hour and getting to discuss food with some brilliant bloggers - it was so much fun!

Look up…see that burger?  We went for a rare dinner out to Relish in St Albans and have to say the iPhone photo doesn't do it justice - it was probably one of the best burgers I've ever had…brioche bun though!  Why?!  I'm not a fan of brioche for burger buns…

Monday, 25 August 2014

Beetroot & Red Pepper Soup

Bright, earthy and full of nutrients, this beetroot and roasted red pepper soup is the perfect way to start the autumn months!

My bestie, Loops, spent a couple of years in South Korea and as we both love making and eating food we talked about getting in the kitchen together when she came back.  I'm happy to say that yesterday we finally did it and it was lots of fun (even if I hogged the kitchen…I'm not used to having kitchen guests!) AND we made something using my new favourite ingredient AND it was inspired by a recipe my other bestie, L, sent me from a Swedish newspaper.

This weekend being a typical English bank holiday weekend (rain), this was the perfect recipe to get into that autumn feeling - it's healthy and simple but is really comforting and filling.  This recipe is for about 4 servings so is great to make for dinner and then have enough for lunch the next day or add to your freezer stockpile!

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Red Rice

Another "ingredients" post, this time having a look at red rice.  It's not something that I'd come across until recently when I visited an Asian supermarket in Exeter.  I thought it looked interesting so picked up a bag and it's now the only rice I use!

Besides the red husk, the rice looks pretty much like the white long grain rice you can easily buy in the supermarket and is cooked in exactly the same way.  So what's the big deal with red rice, you ask?


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