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Book tip April 2020: Gordon Ramsey’s Ultimate Cookery course

Book tip April 2020: Gordon Ramsey's Ultimate Cookery course

I’ve been struggling to keep up with my monthly cook book tips as I simply haven’t bought a single book since I came to Australia (I just don’t have the space to bring it back home) but since I now use ebooks I have been looking into buying books that way until we go back home. And the first one that I bought is Gordon Ramsey’s ultimate cookery course (as there is a limited Kindle deal on it at the moment).

For some reason I don’t actually have any Gordon Ramsey books at home, even though I did watch quite a lot of his TV shows in the past. I do think he’s a brilliant chef though so I have no doubt this book is going to be the start of a Gordon Ramsey book collection. Continue Reading…

Malteser croissants (croisstesers) made with puff pastry

Malteser croissants (croisstesers)

Prepare to have your mind blown with this extremely quick and easy recipe for Malteser croissants (aka croisstesers). We will be using ready made puff pastry to make it easier, making this the perfect Easter breakfast pastry to have. If you know how to make croissant dough and have the time I’d of course recommend making the dough as well.

We usually have a brunch for Easter, with all sorts of pastries, sandwiches, breads, spreads, bacon & eggs and so on. But my favourite on the table always are croissants though, it used to be my breakfast of choice on a Sunday too when I lived in Belgium as that’s when my dad would go to the bakery in the morning for pastries.

I know it’s going to be a challenging Easter this year, but we can still enjoy a fabulous Easter meal with your household or by yourself. With only 3 ingredients you can make a recipe that no one has ever had before (I honestly can’t find it anywhere online) but that everyone will love.

Love Maltesers? Love croissants? Then give these malteser croissants a try!

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French toast with cinnamon & vanilla

French toast with cinnamon & vanilla

I recently asked on my Instagram what recipes you’d like to see most, and one of the replies I got was ‘quick breakfasts’. It was quite the challenge as I never make anything special for breakfast but I figured it would be a great opportunity to make a recipe for French toast. It’s such an easy breakfast to make, and you only need a handful of ingredients. I added cinnamon and vanilla to give the toast extra flavour, but you can also make it plain. I personally could never eat French toast without some sweet toppings: maple syrup & icing sugar along with some fruit. If you don’t have icing sugar or syrup, you can also use honey. If that’s also not an option or if you like it really sweet then you can also add a tablespoon of brown sugar to the egg mix that we dip the bread in. Continue Reading…

Yellow & green courgette salad with salmon, feta, olives, dill, thyme & lemon

Yellow & green courgette salad with feta, olives, dill, thyme & lemon

With more and more countries going into lockdown, I’m hoping that my blog can inspire some people to take this time at home to discover some new recipes, and to use fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Today’s recipe is all about courgette and fresh herbs. We’re using green and yellow courgettes in this salad, with just a few fresh herbs. Our dressing is going to be an easy one with just lemon juice, olive oil and honey.  I’ve added some salmon as a protein, as I would otherwise still be hungry after eating it. You can replace the salmon by falafel, focaccia, ciabatta or even just a grilled piece of chicken or turkey. Anything goes really! To add some extra flavour I added black olives and delicious feta cheese. Continue Reading…

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic

Happy St. Patrick’s day! It’s for sure the most unusual St. Patrick’s day I ever celebrated. I’m nowhere near Ireland or Antwerp (where I celebrated it every year before I moved to Ireland) and the world is battling coronavirus. I know all festivities in Ireland have been cancelled, the pubs are closed and things may not look like much. But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate this glorious day at home. I make a new St. Patrick’s day recipe each year, and this year is no different as I made Irish black pudding potato croquettes with bacon, onion & garlic.  Continue Reading…

Broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine

Broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine

This recipe for broccoli & turkey meatballs with ricotta, basil, lime & honey fettuccine is a great way to get your kids to eat some more veggies, as the taste of the broccoli in the turkey meatball is just delicious! I’ve made quite a lot of different meatball recipes in the past: lamb meatballs with tomato rice, lamb meatballs with a red curry, pork & tarragon meatballs, spaghetti meatballs and turmeric meatballs. But I had never actually used a vegetable in my meatballs.

I’ve used turkey mince for this recipe as I wanted to make it quite lean and light as well. The sauce that goes with these meatballs is heavier though as we’re using ricotta. To make it a little bit sweeter I’ve added some local honey and basil as well. To make sure we get enough of that lovely broccoli into our meal, I’ve used half the broccoli in the meatballs and the other half has gone into the sauce.

It’s so easy to make and there isn’t much that can go wrong as there isn’t much technique required. If you don’t have an oven you also also very easily pan fry these meatballs. Continue Reading…

Braised red cabbage with apple & red onion

Braised red cabbage with apple & red onion

I used to rarely eat any kind of cabbage or let alone try to create recipes with it, but a couple of months ago I used red cabbage in one of my recipes and I had so much leftovers that my sister ended up turning it into braised red cabbage with apple. I absolutely loved the flavours of it, sweet with a hint of sourness from the vinegar. A couple of months later I found myself with loads of cabbage leftovers again, so I decided to make my own braised red cabbage with apple & red onion recipe.

Although red cabbage can be bought all year round, they are at their best in Autumn & Winter times. In the warmer months I usually turn them into coleslaw or filling for rice rolls, but in the colder months I love eating it with mash & sausages. Apart from the time it takes to braise it, this a very quick & easy recipe. The only thing you need to do really is be able to chop vegetables.

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