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My First Blog Post

Be yourself; Everyone else is already taken.

— Oscar Wilde.

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going, so stay tuned for more. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Easiest healthy pasta supper recipe-perfect for after a long day!

Hi everyone,

Today I made an absolutely delicious fennel and olive spaghetti with mackerel adapted from a Thomasina Miers recipe. It’s yummy, easy and quick to make and really healthy. I hope you all love it as much as I do, I’m sure you will. I would advise you to make it asap, it’s perfect for after a long day at work when you want to make something quick and healthy so you don’t feel bad when eating takeout again! As usual, I’ve attached the ingredients, but message for the method.

Ingredients (serves 4):

4 mackerel fillets

4 garlic cloves

4 anchovy fillets

700g breadcrumbs

320g spaghetti

100ml white wine (I used vermouth)

3 fennel heads

Fennel fronds

30 black olives

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

1 lemon

Parsley

Love,

Liv x

Easy healthy dinner!

I made the best butternut squash dhal for dinner today! It’s adapted from the Diana Henry recipe and is healthy and simple to make. I had it with flatbread and it was absolutely delicious. It’s a lovely warming meal, but is comforting all year around. It’s like drinking tea in summer, it weirdly makes you feel so much better. Definitely one of my go to meals and it’s amazing. As usual, ingredient list is below and comment for the method. You should make it as soon as possible! See you all soon with another yummy recipe.

Ingredients (serves 6):

3 tbsp olive oil

500g butternut squash/ sweet potatoes

1 large onion

1 can chopped tomatoes

2 cloves garlic

4 cm root ginger

1 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes

2 1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp turmeric

225g red lentils

Coriander to top

Love,

Liv

Best quick healthy bread recipe ever!!!

I made the absolute best homemade bread earlier today! It’s super healthy seeded rye sourdough bread. It’s adapted from a Paul Hollywood recipe and involves making a sourdough starter (which is surprisingly easy!) and you can keep it in the fridge for ages which means that making this bread the second time is even quicker. You can start making it in advance, so it’s easy to fit it into your timetable whenever you have spare time. I’ve attached images and the ingredient list. As usual, if you want the method just comment. I’m sure you’ll love the bread as much as I do! You’ll love it if you make it, I promise.

Ingredients:

For the starter:

175g wholemeal flour

200ml maple syrup

110ml warm water

1 teaspoon instant yeast

For the dough:

330g wholemeal/rye flour

100g strong white bread flour

10g salt

1 tablespoon honey

375-400ml warm wayer

70g pumpkin seeds

50g linseeds

Oil, for greasing

Delicious healthy blueberry pancakes!

This morning I was feeling indulgent and so made some fabulous American style blueberry pancakes. These pancakes are perfect for a special occasion, sweet but also fairly healthy. I can’t stress enough how much I hope you try them, they will blow your mind! I’ve always struggled making American pancakes, partly because I’m a true Brit at heart and partly because mine always somehow turn out stodgy. However, these pancakes are light, fluffy and healthy. I can’t recommend them enough, they are the best pancakes I’ve ever had. Please try them and comment your thoughts! As usual, I’ve attached a photo and a list of ingredients, if you want the method just write a quick comment and I will be glad to share it with you. I’ll be back with another yummy recipe update tomorrow.

Ingredients (serves 5):

128g flour (1 cup)

64g polenta/semolina/ (1/2 cup)

50g sugar (1/4 cup)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

350ml plain yoghurt (1 1/2 cups)

60ml semi-skimmed milk(1/4 cup)

45ml melted butter (1 1/2 oz)

1 large egg

Approx 2 cups blueberries


Love,

Liv

Filling salad-no, I’m not joking!

So, let me explain the header. Today I was wandering around a local deli looking desperately for something for supper, you probably know this feeling, and I came across a pack of giant wholemeal couscous. This made me instantly think of a couscous salad filled with a rainbow array of vegetables (I know I’m such a food nerd)! I have attached a photo for anyone interested :). So I rustled up a couscous salad and had it on a bed of lettuce, sprinkled with some extra mixed seeds and a crumbling of feta. Below is the ingredient list, the only thing you have to cook are the sweet potatoes and everything else should just be chopped up and chucked in! It’s a dream recipe for a day where you just want something quick and healthy.

Ingredients (serves 4):

Giant wholemeal couscous prepared according to instructions on packet

2 sweet potatoes

200g cherry tomatoes

3 spring onions

1/2 a cucumber

2 red peppers

Juice of 2 lemons

Salt

Pepper

Good glug of olive oil

30g feta crumbled very small and extra to top the salad

70g mixed seeds and extra to top

50g chopped parsley

50g chopped mint

1 lettuce head to form base of dish

Hope you enjoy making this dish and comment with any queries or with your opinions about it! I’ll be back soon with another delicious recipe.

Love,

Liv

Easy, special family dinner recipe!

Hi everyone, I made homemade ravioli for my family for dinner tonight and it was delicious! But wait, before you click off while rolling your eyes at stuck up ’chefs’ (if I can call myself that) flaunting their knowledge, let me tell you this. In March this year I went to a pasta making course at Leith’s cooking school in London and thanks to an enthusiastic Italian woman called Ursula, I have discovered how easy and yummy homemade pasta is. So tonight I made spinach and ricotta ravioli completely out of store cupboard ingredients. Below are thee ingredients needed and do comment if you want the method, Ursula taught me an authentic way of making pasta handed down from her Nonna! Ingredients (serves 5): 200g semolina, 200g ‘00 flour, 4 eggs, pinch of salt, dash of olive oil. For sauce: 100g hazelnuts, 200g cherry tomatoes, generous knob of butter, 2 cloves garlic, splash of olive oil, grating of Parmesan. I topped the ravioli with a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle more Parmesan. I attached a pic hoping to tempt you to make it too! I’ll be back for an update tomorrow with a new recipe so stay tuned.

Love,

Liv

Introduce Yourself (Example Post)

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