Dried Apples.

Here’s a recipe that’s super easy, takes barely any time and is perfect for snacking.

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Cutting board

Sharp knife

Bowl

Oven tray

Foil/Baking paper

Ingredients:

Dried Apples

lemon juice, apples (I used a whole bag but you can use as many as you like), a mug of water

Method:

Dried Apples

mix four tablespoons of lemon juice with half a mug of water

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

place your apple pieces in the lemon juice and water mixture. this stops them from browning

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

leave to soak for about an hour and wrap with cling fim

Dried Apples

wrap your baking tray in baking paper if you have it, or just use foil

Dried Apples

Dried Apples

turn oven to gas mark 1 and cook for one hour. after an hour, flip the apple pieces over

Dried Apples

mmmmmmm, so yummy!

NB. Feel free to leave the peel on if that suits you. you can also cut the apples into any shapes you like.

Let me know how this recipe worked out for you!

alice

xo

Snack Time.

It’s been a while (one year, five months and about forever) since I’ve written about food. Sure I’ve mentioned it in passing here and there, but I haven’t done a REAL food post in a while. While I’d sooner consider myself a connoisseur of pizza (give me a pepperoni pizza any day and I’ll be your best friend forever), there are times when even I would rather eat something green and healthy, and that hasn’t been dipped in a gallon of oil – sorry pizza.

Snack Time

A few things that I like to snack on: cream crackers, mixed cereal, sugar snaps, pitta bread

I found a bunch of great snack ideas on nuts.com, a family run company in America who offer healthy snacks that won’t leave you feeling gross and fat while you’re watching TV or just hanging out with friends. Though they are based in America, they do ship to the UK, which is great for me as I’ve already got my eyes on their chocolate covered raisins and dried fruit. Sidebar: is it weird that I HATE HATE HATE raisins but could happily devour a tonne of chocolate covered ones?

Snack Time

Pitta bread is great because you can do so much with it. You can dip it in a variety of sauces like salsa and humus, or you can stuff it with lean meat and salad for a healthier burger option. Why not try wholemeal pitta that will leave you feeling fuller for longer and that it is much more healthier than white pitta.

Snack Time

We all love eating dry cereal from the box, but why not try it as a light snack? Mix different cereals like branflakes, cluster oats, with dried fruit for a healthy daytime snack that will cater to those with a major sweet-tooth.

Snack Time

Probably my all-time favourite thing to snack on. Crackers are perfect because they last for a long time and help keep you full. Instead of eating them whole or spreading anything on them, why not break them up into smaller pieces? That way it won’t feel like you’re eating as much, and your brain will think you’ve eaten more than you actually have. Alternatively, why not squirt some honey or maple syrup over them for an updated sweet pretzel style snack?

Snack Time

Sugar snaps are the perfect snack if you’re looking for something fresh and green. They taste great raw, steamed or boiled, and really brighten up any platter. An added bonus? They also count towards your five-a-day so why not get snacking.

If this spread doesn’t quite wet your biscuit then make sure to check out nuts.com for yummy AND healthy snack options. Happy Friday!

alice

xo

ps. I also have an updated stuffed chicken recipe that I really want to share so hopefully I’ll be able to post that in the next few weeks…

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto.

I made this for dinner the other night and thought I’d share the recipe with you. This was definitely the most challenging thing I’ve ever made, but I think that’s mostly due to the fact that I had (and still do now) no idea how to peel a butternut squash. I know that sounds kind of dumb, but I did struggle with the peeling. Aside from that though, this recipe is fairly straightforward. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

Equipment:

Sharp knife

Cutting board

Deep dish frying pan

Regular frying pan

Saucepan

Spatula

Serving spoon

Measuring jug

Ingredients:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo, Arborio Risotto and Butternut Squash. I later added mixed vegetables

Method:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

This was hands-down the hardest part of the whole recipe…

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Parboil the butternut squash. Two to three minutes should be enough time

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Leave the chorizo to stand while the rest of the ingredients cook

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Add some extra veg

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Make sure you pour in all of the chorizo juice!

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

Serving Suggestion:

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

YUM, YUM

NB. For a vegetarian alternative, simply skip the chorizo and chicken stock, and add extra vegetables and vegetable stock.

This was UH-MAZE-ZING! And it really filled me up. So much so, that I even had leftovers :O

Chorizo and Butternut Squash Risotto

You can also check out this recipe here for more details.

alice

xo

 

ps. Reading this back has made me insanely jealous of my past self… and VERY hungry

Cheesy Pita, Three Bean Soup & Heroes.

Simply sprinkle a load of grated cheese on a side of wholemeal pita bread et voila!

Cheesy Pita, Three Bean Soup & Heroes

Cheesy Pita, Three Bean Soup & Heroes

This is what Joan made for us to eat while we indulged in an old favourite TV show, Heroes.

Cheesy Pita, Three Bean Soup & Heroes

Cheesy Pita, Three Bean Soup & Heroes

Oh and if you didn’t already know, there’s a new series of Heroes in the pipeline! I’m so excited 😀

alice

xo

Dinner in a Can.

I’m all about fast food, especially when I’m starving and feel like I’m on the verge collapsing. I’m also about experimenting with different foods and ways of cooking, that both save me money and having to eat conventional meals. While this recipe may be a little bit different, I promise that it’s super tasty and it just divine.

Equipment:

Cutting board

Pan

Frying pan

Spatula

Sharp knife

Ingredients:

Dinner in a Can

five mushrooms, one mug full of pasta, one can of Heinz oxtail soup, one handful of grated cheese

Method:

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

season the mushrooms

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Dinner in a Can

Serving Suggestion:

Dinner in a Can

NB. Feel free to add anything you like to the pasta once it’s boiled.

If you’re ever stuck on meal ideas, why not look at the back of these soup cans. They always have interesting recipes on the back of them

alice

xo

Cheesy Mushroom Rice.

The other night I was starving but had no idea what it was that I wanted to eat for dinner. So I did what any person would do and googled my problem hoping for a solution. As it would happen SheKnows was the first result that popped up, so I clicked on it and followed it through to a quick quiz that helped me decide what to eat. The final answer at the end of the quiz was cheesy Mexican rice with beans, and I think it’s fair to say that that acted as the inspiration for dinner that night and for this blog post. Sadly I didn’t have half the ingredients so I had to make do and improvise with what I had. Here’s what I came up with:

What you’ll need:

Ingredients

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

a large handful of grated cheese, two peppers, half a cup of rice, several mushrooms and two crushed garlic cubes

Equipment

Small pan

Skillet/deep frying pan

Cutting board

Knife

Spatula

Method

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

an easy way to prepare the peppers is to push the stalks inwards then pull them out without having to brandish that sharp knife everywhere

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

season with black pepper and other herbs & spices of your choosing

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

mix it all in together

Cheesy Mushroom Rice

Serving Suggestion

... because you can never have too much cheese...

… because you can never have too much cheese…

NB. The ACTUAL recipe is here if you’d like to see what the meal should have looked like.

alice

xo

Mushroom Fried Rice.

I’m a believer of “use what you have” (thanks mum and Bethenny!), especially when it comes to the kitchen. Sometimes the greatest and most unexpected dishes come from ingredients that are lying at the back of the cupboard or fridge.

What you’ll need:

Ingredients:

Mushroom Fried Rice

mushrooms, grated cheese, brown rice, crushed garlic cubes and potatoes

Equipment:

Sharp knife

Cutting board

Deep frying pan

Small pan

Method:

measure out less than half a cup of rice

measure out less than half a cup of rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

I’m not a massive onion fan, but by all means add them to the garlic and oil if you want

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

add some colour to the dish

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Mushroom Fried Rice

Serving Suggestion:

sprinkle more cheese on top if you're that way inclined

sprinkle more cheese on top if you’re that way inclined

NB. Brown rice usually takes a bit longer than white rice to cook, so make sure you get that boiling first, otherwise everything else will be good to go while you’re still waiting for it to finish boiling.

alice

xo