No Fuss Pineapple Upside-Down Sponge Cake

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This Nigella inspired recipe is one of the fastest and easiest cake recipes I know.
And the cake looks really attractive.
It took me about 5 minutes to prepare it and another 30 minutes for cooking.
And the ingredients you need are basic ingredients – I’m sure most of you have these stacked in your kitchen cupboard all the time.
You can substitute the pineapple for other fruit you like/have, I believe it will be as tasty as the original recipe.
I haven’t done it myself, but would love to try it with bananas,oranges,grapes,peaches, anything!:-)

Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 slices fresh pineapple
  • 100g/3.5oz flour
  • 100g3.5oz sugar
  • 200g/7ozbutter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • butter for greasing
  • sugar for dusting

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°C.
  2. In a bowl, mix the ingredients, apart from the pineapple.
  3. Grease a cake tin with some butter, sprinkle the sugar and layer the pineapple slice.
  4. Pour over the cake mixture and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until ready.
Enjoy!
Tip: Add some vanilla essence into the cake mixture for vanilla pineapple cake!

Quick Fix Carrot, Cumin & Dill Salad

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Cumin’s been known for its numerous health benefits – cancer prevention, helps digestion and what not.

What happens when you combine it with other super foods – dill, carrots and garlic?
You’re gonna have a lovely quick fix salad!
I was a bit sceptic, as I thought cumin is not a salad spice.
But it goes really well with these veggies and makes the perfect healthy salad!

Here are the ingredients.
Ingredients:
  • 500g/17oz carrots, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • a bunch of fresh dill, chopped
  • 3tbsp cumin
For the dressing:
  • 3tbsp lemon
  • salt
  • 1/2tbsp pepper
Preparation:
  1. In a bowl, combine the carrots, garlic and dill. Add the cumin and mix well.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients and pour over the salad.
  3. Mix well and serve!
Enjoy!
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Tip: Why not add 1-2tbsp of pure honey?You’ll be surprised how well it goes with this salad.:-)

Eggplant & Feta Cheese Vegetable Salad

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Another eggplant recipe!

It’s quite similar to the stuffed eggplant rolls but this time there’s grated carrots, tomatoes, and feta cheese.
And there’s no chicken!
It’s quite filling, even though it’s a salad, so you can actually have it on its own.

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 grilled eggplant, diced
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 roasted peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 150g/5oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped

For the dressing:

  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Preparation:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the vegetables.
  2. Mix the dressing ingredients together and pour over the veggies. Stir well.
  3. Add the cheese and parsley and mix well.

Enjoy!
Tip: Walnuts go extremely well with this salad – just chop them and add a handful.

Stuffed Grilled Eggplants with Grilled Chicken, Roasted Peppers & Dill Salad

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What would you say about grilled eggplants stuffed with chicken & roasted peppers salad on a bed of mixed leaf salad?

I say, one of my best eggplant recipes so far! 
It’s just brilliant!

I had grilled the eggplants and I was about to make eggplant lasagna.
I don’t know why, but I’ve changed my mind at the last moment and there you go – succulent eggplants stuffed with grilled chicken & roasted peppers.
Best things in life happen unexpectedly, right!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

  • 1-2 eggplants, 
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 roasted peppers, thinly sliced
  • 3-4tbsp light mayo
  • a handful of fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 spring onions, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2tbsp lemon juice
  • salt
  • extra spring onions for decoration
  • mixed leaf salad 

Preparation:

  1. Cut the eggplants lengthwise, thinly, brush them with olive oil and grill them on a heated griddle pan for about 2-3 minutes on each side.
  2. Combine the chicken, roasted peppers and onion. Add the garlic, lemon juice, salt and dill. Finally add the mayo and stir well.
  3. Layer chicken salad on each eggplant piece. Roll it up and close it with a spring onion.
  4. Serve on a bed of mixed leaf salad.
Enjoy!
Tip: Try adding some chopped walnuts in the chicken salad!

Courgette & Almond Salad in Warm Tahini Dressing

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Today’s recipe is an amazing light and delicious salad in warm tahini and honey dressing.
What you need is just some courgettes, almonds and smoked cheese.
It’s crunchy, sweet and sour so if you like that combination you’re gonna love it.

And let’s not forget the  numerous health benefits of the almonds and courgettes!

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

  • 3 courgettes
  • a handful of raw almonds
  • 100g/3oz smoked cheese, thinly sliced

 For the dressing:

  • 2tbsp tahini
  • 1tbsp warm honey
  • 1tbsp lemon juice
  • 1tbsp olive oil 
  • salt and pepper

 Preparation:

  1. Use a vegetable peeler and cut the courgettes into thin ribbons.
  2. Place in a shallow bowl. Add the cheese and almonds.
  3. To prepare the dressing – just whisk together the ingredients.
  4. Pour over the courgette salad and serve.
Enjoy!
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Tip: Why not try adding some fresh mint leaves?

Butternut Squash Balls with Risotto & Feta Cheese

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Today’s recipe is one of my favourite appetiser recipes.
I am not sure how to call it, but let’s say Butternut Squash Balls with Risotto & Feta Cheese!
Sounds goods, doesn’t it?
And it’s even more delicious.

As you understand, there’s butternut squash, cheese, rice and seasoning.
I served the balls with some parsley dip which is easy to make.
It goes so well with them that I can’t imagine having them with something else.

On top of everything, the butternut squash balls are really good-looking!:-)

Here’s what you need.

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Ingredients:

  • 300g/10oz butternut squash, grated
  • 100g/3oz arborio rice
  • 200g/7oz feta cheese, crumbled
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp dried oregano
  • flour and/or breadcrumbs for dusting
  • salt and pepper

For the parsley dip:

  • a bunch of fresh parsley
  • 200g/7oz mayonnaise
  • 3-4tbsp lemon juice
  • salt

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/428°F.
  2. Heat a pan with the olive oil. Add the garlic and then the arborio rice. Cover with water and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add the grated butternut squash to the pan. Cook for 5-10 more minutes, stirring constantly. If necessary, add more water. Season with the oregano, salt and pepper. Leave it to cool down.
  4. To prepare the parsley dip, simply blend the ingredients.
  5. In a mixing bowl, mix the rice and squash with the eggs. Add the feta cheese and make small balls.
  6. Place the flour and breadcrumbs on a plate. Roll the balls into the flour and then into the breadcrumbs. If you prefer, you can use just one of the ingredients but I think the balls taste better with both flour and breadcrumbs coating.
  7. On a baking tray, covered with a baking sheet/foil, arrange the balls.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until ready.
  9. Serve with the parsley dip.
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Enjoy!

Tip: Why not try adding some chopped walnuts in the squash mixture?

Pappardelle with Chestnut Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes & Ham

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Who doesn’t love pasta, right?!

It’s one of the favourite recipes for lots of families, I’m sure!

I love it myself, but from the pasta recipes I’ve tried I’ve got two that are the best ones.
And today I’m sharing one of them – Pappardelle with Chestnut Mushrooms, Cherry Tomatoes and Ham.
It’s so creamy and juicy that I feel like having a portion right now.:-)

My pasta recipe is inspired by the famous Italian chef Gino D’acampo.
I usually use tinned cherry tomatoes, as in the original recipe and I think it tastes better that way.
However, this time, I decided to try some fresh cherry tomatoes.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still super yummy, but you’d better try it out for yourself!

Here are the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 400g/14oz egg pappardelle
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 200g/7oz cooked ham, diced
  • 150g/5oz cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
  • 150g/5oz chestnut mushrooms, sliced
  • 200ml/1 cup double cream
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • Parmesan

Preparation:

  1. Heat a pan with the olive oil and add the onions and mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ham, tomatoes and cream. Season with salt and pepper and leave for about 10 minutes.
  3. To prepare the pasta – in a pot, cover with salted water, Bring to the bowl and simmer for 5 minutes. Always check the instructions on the back of the pack, as they may vary.
  4. Add the pasta sauce to the pot with pappardelle and stir well.
  5. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan when serving.
Enjoy!
Tip: Why not sprinkle some dry oregano?It’s perfect with pasta dishes!

Baba Ganoush with Homemade Pita Bread

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I’ve been meaning to make this dish for a long time and finally the day has come.
So today, I’m sharing my twist of the popular baba ganoush.

I admit, it was my first time making this and I was a bit sceptic in the beginning but the result was really good and it’s done in only a few steps.

To summarise – quick and easy, really tasty!

Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:

  • 2 aubergines
  • 2-3tbsp tahini
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 3-4tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper

For the pita bread:

  • 300g/10oz flour 
  • salt
  • water

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Prick the aubergines with a fork. Cook in the oven for about 40 minutes or until the skin is dark  and the inside soft. Leave to cool down.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the pita bread. Mix the flour, salt and water to a thick dough, roll it out and make the pitas. Make sure they’re thin. Cook them on a  heated griddle pan, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  4. In a bowl, combine the baba ganoush ingredients and  blend it.
  5. Drizzle some extra olive oil and serve with the pita bread.
Enjoy!

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Tip: Decorate with some dill or parsley, if you prefer.

Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese

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Bacon Wrapped Baby Portobello Mushrooms stuffed with Blue Cheese!
How does that sound?
It is so delicious, I can’t describe it and noone could!
We finished them in like 10 minutes.
It is seriously addictive and once you start, there’s no stopping!
OMG! I sound like a real foodie!:-)
But I am definitely one.
And I live to eat!:-)

Here’s what you need.

Ingredients:

  • about 10 baby portobello mushrooms
  • 10 bacon strips
  • 100g/3.5oz blue cheese, crumbled(I actually used Shropshire Blue which is mixture between cheddar and blue and is sold in the UK, so you can either find and equivalent, use blue cheese only or just mix some cheddar with blue/I, personally think it is tastier with some cheddar and blue!)

For the dressing:

  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 a cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • salt

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Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/392°F.
  2. Wrap the mushrooms with the bacon.
  3. Add the crumbled cheese.
  4. Cook for about 10 minute until the cheese is melted. Remove from the oven.
  5. To prepare the dressing – combine all the ingredients in a dressing bowl.
  6. Serve hot with a side of the dressing.
Enjoy!
Tip: You can substitute the portobello mushrooms with chestnut mushrooms!

Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce

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As promised yesterday – today’s recipe is Meatballs in Spicy Tomato Sauce.

This dish is so heart-warming and comforting!
Definitely one of my top comfort foods!
I served it with a side of rice but it goes really well with mashed potatoes as well.
So the choice is yours!

You also gonna need a bread to dip into this goodness so why not check these out and pick the one you like!

Here are the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 500g/18oz pork & beef mince 
  • 3 red chillies, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 400g/14oz tinned tomatoes
  • a bunch of fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • flour for dusting

Preparation:

  1. Heat a pan with the oil and add the onions and chillies. Cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Make the meatballs and add them to the onions and chillies. Leave them for about 10 minutes, turning them over constantly.
  3. Add the tinned tomatoes and 1 cup of water. Stir well. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Leave it to simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes until the meatballs are cooked. Remove from the hob. Sprinkle the parsley.
  5. Serve it with a side of rice or mashed potatoes.
Enjoy!
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Tip: If you can’t find pork/beef mince just mix it yourself – should be 50/50.