Baked chicken and leek pie with puff pastry

Chicken and Leek Pie

Being in lockdown, I had plenty of time to experiment in the kitchen. One of my favourite recent inventions is this chicken and leek pie. It was something I had on my mind for a long time, but also something I’ve never attempted before – nor anything remotely similar. I had a look online and found a few recipes for a pie of this kind, combined them all, added my personal touch… the results definitely exceeded my expectations.

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Cauliflower, bell pepper and chickpea curry, on a plate, with quinoa and coriander as garnish

Simple Cauliflower Vegan Curry Recipe

Is there any food better than spicy, aromatic, warming curry for this cold, miserable winter season? I don’t think there is! This is what keeps me alive in winter, I usually end up eating some kind of curry a few times a week. And what I love about it is how simple and quick it is to make – hardly any effort involved! You can easily multiply the ingredients and prepare dinner for a few days in one go – it tastes just as good when heated up the next day. 🙂

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Festive gingerbread porridge in a bowl - bird view

Festive Gingerbread Porridge

I’m a great, unconditional fan of porridge. Some may hate it, but I certainly love it. It’s my staple breakfast which I eat on average 5 times a week – usually in the 5-minute, no-cook office breakfast version. It does its job and tastes great, but I’m always more than happy to use a chance to cook my porridge. Being in the festive season, I decided to create a Christmas version of my favourite breakfast. Here’s a recipe for my perfect festive, warming, aromatic, gingerbread porridge!

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DIY Christmas cutlery bands on the table, next to a plate

DIY Christmas Cutlery Bands

December for me is usually filled with cooking and baking. Honestly, it feels like I barely leave the kitchen! If it wasn’t for work, I’d likely build a pillow fortress in the kitchen for December, to stay there even for those rare times when I decide to get some sleep. This time, I took a short break from playing with food and decided to work on a little inedible project for the Christmas table – cutlery bands!

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White and dark chocolate strawberry layer cake - 30th

Dark And White Chocolate Strawberry Layer Cake

The end of June marked my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary. Over 30 years together! I hope I can one day find someone to spend decades with too. My parents decided not to throw a huge party, so we celebrated in a small group, just my parents, me and my grandma (my sister was away on a school trip that weekend). And what better way to celebrate at home than to have some delicious food, right? My mum made a roast dinner while I decided to go a little extra making a cake. Spoiler alert: it was delicious!

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Ramekin breakfast - toast with egg, cheese and ham

Ramekin Breakfast

Breakfast. Often considered the most important meal in a day. Sadly, many of us who work full time tend to neglect it. Instead of celebrating this first meal and making it full and nutritious, we grab something on our way to work or prepare something quick – at home, or even at work! Such meals don’t have to be tasteless or unhealthy (see my recipe for an office porridge), but they can get boring after a while. Well thank goodness for the weekend! Here’s my recipe for a fun, tasty and nutritious breakfast – an egg toast in a ramekin.

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Banana milkshake - view from the top

Banana Milkshake

Summer is undoubtedly the best season for smoothies of all kinds. Whenever I have an abundance of ripe fruits that need to be eaten asap, I like to throw them all in a blender and enjoy a fruity drink. In all honesty, it doesn’t matter what fruits you use. I haven’t yet come across a combination that wouldn’t work! However, I know that when it comes to mixing fruits with milk – or to be more specific, bananas with milk – the opinions are heavily split. There are those who can’t even bear the thought of drinking a banana milkshake and there’s also the second group that I’m in – those who live for milk with bananas!

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A pile of peanut butter pancakes with strawberry jam on top

Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes

Who doesn’t love peanut butter? Or even better, peanut butter and jelly combo? Typically seen on toasts, but I decided to try a different approach and made peanut butter pancakes and some quick, home-made strawberry jam. The combination turned out great, if I say so myself! It can also be gluten-free, provided that you buy certified  oat flour. These pancakes will make a perfect, slightly indulgent but also quite healthy breakfast. Yummy!

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