Chocolate cake (vegan)

Happy July all! I’m always looking to push myself in baking and try new things, and I had the perfect opportunity when I went to a friend’s birthday. She’s vegan, and I wanted to bring her a birthday cake as a present. After lots of experimenting, and some rather foul-tasting bakes, I ended up with…

Honey-soy roasted aubergines

I usually have this recipe with rice, which is surprisingly filling meal. I love that honey-soy sauce combo, and the taste of aubergines for me is just heavenly! Enjoy this super easy recipe ūüôā To make this recipe gluten-free: use gluten-free soy sauce This recipe is: veggie, vegan, dairy-free Ingredients: 4 tbsp dark soy sauce…

Homemade pizza

For real, not much beats a homemade pizza, so here’s my go-to recipe (courtesy of Sorted) for pizza dough (obviously with homemade tomato sauce, and all the delicious toppings!). This dough recipe is veggie, vegan and dairy free. Ingredients (dough only): 320ml warm water 1 packet dried yeast (7g) 500¬†g strong white flour Olive oil…

Garlic-lime mayo

A simple, delicious recipe to pimp up your mayo – perfect as a dip, in sandwiches, or whatever else you want to use it for ūüôā Ingredients: 5 tbsp mayo 1 medium clove garlic, minced finely juice 1/2 lime* 1-2 spring onions, finely sliced small bunch coriander, leaves stripped & finely chopped (hold some back…

Spicy peanut noodles

Oh Donal Skehan you genius,¬†this recipe was absolute magic. SO¬†tasty and fresh, and so so easy & quick too. Unfortunately, the only noodles I had was spaghetti, and I was too impatient to wait until I’d gotten better ‘noodles’ to make this dish with. In any case, everything still turned out delicious! I’ll leave you…

Spinach potato smash

A fresh alternative to mashed potatoes. Swap in spinach with any dark leaf of your choice (watercress works well too). Ingredients: 1 small bag new potatoes 1 bag fresh spinach OR (same volume of potatoes) frozen spinach juice of 1-2 limes (to taste) 2-3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced drizzle good quality olive oil salt &…

Falafels

I saw this recipe x by Foodbycamilla¬†aages ago, and made my first batch back in September, and my second batch last week. They’re absolutely delicious! Super easy and really cheap. (Perfect student food.) Here, I’ve altered the recipe a little more to my tastes (e.g. doubled the spices as I like mine pretty¬†spiced), but thanks…

Tips for: roasting vegetables

If you want a little twist on some regular, seasoned vegetables, add a drop of red wine vinegar to your roasting tray (about a tbsp, along with your cooking oil). It gives a beautiful sweet-sharp tang to the veg and keeps them beautifully juicy and flavourful.

Girolles on baguettini

So I bought a punnet of girolles from one of the markets here down in the south of France, and they sat in the fridge for a few days with me fretting over what to do with them. Luckily, a photo of some delicious mushrooms on toast popped up on my Instagram newsfeed, and a…

End of my SpiceBox adventure

So, I finished up my time with SpiceBox last week, ¬†and it was a bittersweet ending. I’m happy to be moving on to other things and enjoying my summer, but of course sad, as I made such great friends, had great (and also low!) times, and made so many amazing memories. I’m sure it won’t…

Tips for: roast potatoes

Sorry for the gap in posts – I’ve been quite busy with life, and haven’t done any recipes that were worth sharing/I haven’t already shared. I’m deciding to start a new ‘Tips’ series, where I share a few tips and tricks I’ve learnt along my cooking journey that make things easier, quicker, and/or tastier! So,…

Chicken & Mediterranean veg cous-cous

Here’s a super easy, quick recipe that feeds many, many mouths in one fell swoop! As ever, this recipe is only a guide – change it up as much as you want, use what you have, especially those almost-expired bits and bobs that have just been lying around for ages. Here’s a one-tray bake, chicken…