Aubergine meatballs

So the new thing on my mind is how do I eat 10 fruit and veg a day when I wasn’t even managing 5 before! In my attempt to vamp up my diet, I have had a pretty veggie filled week! These aubergine meatballs by Skinny Taste are an excellent choice for a meat free Monday! The recipe…

Sun-dried tomato and mozzarella quinoa burgers

As much as I’m a fan of meat burgers, I can never cook a beef burger well at home. I normally overcook the patties so I stick to eating burgers out instead. At home, we prefer making vegetarian burgers – from a variety of veggie patties and bean burgers to quinoa burgers. Jessica in the…

Black bean quesadillas

This week I was inspired by Wahaca’s black bean quesadillas to make some of my own at home. This is a fairly simple dish which is really filling but can also accompany a salad as a side. (It goes really well with a Mexican salad I like to make which I will save for another…

Butifarra – Peruvian

Listed on Time Out’s ‘The 100 best cheap eats in London’, this eatery is certainly very attractive on price. Butifarra is located in Soho, near Leicester Squarer and serves Peruvian food. We therefore couldn’t visit without trying out the ceviche speciality – Sea beam (£6). It was served in tiger milk (we requested the Amarillo…

Jambalaya – chicken and chorizo

I have one more BBC’s Good Food recipe to recommend. We first cooked this dish 3 years ago while at university. The main ingredients are chicken, chorizo, red peppers and rice. The dish is very hearty and filling, and also great cold if there are any leftovers. We suggest using a good quality chorizo, otherwise when…

Cod with celeriac purée

Valentine’s Day – As a tradition, we don’t tend to eat out on this day in order to avoid the crowds of blossoming couples eager to impress each other. Instead we cook at home. This recipe was super easy to make. I couldn’t find Halibut in my local supermarket so I decided to swap it…

Manchester – Home Sweet Home

Great brunch! The minute I walked into Home Sweet Home I was overwhelmed by all the different treats they have on offer. Every table I passed had great breakfasts and shakes. Then there is the counter which displays a range of tasty looking cakes. A lot of places in London offer the classic Eggs Norwegian…

Flat Iron

I found out about this restaurant through a friend’s Facebook – the modern way of finding new places to eat. Flat Iron is named after the type of steak they serve. The flat iron beef meat comes from the shoulder of the cow and is typically considered a cheap meat of lesser quality then some other…

Dublin – Brother Hubbard brunch

This restaurant has two branches, one South and one North of the river.  We visited the North restaurant for brunch on Monday and the place was packed! The chef behind Brother Hubbard’s Turkish and Middle Eastern influences created anything but a standard brunch menu. Being as greedy as I am in my ambition to try…

Dublin – Beshoff Bros

I spotted a few of these restaurants in Dublin. Beshoff Bros brands itself as a fish and chips store and the take away stores in Dublin have a very clean and trendy interior. We decided to visit this place for lunch on our day trip to Howth. What we got was so much more than take away fish…

Dublin – Queen of Tarts

We spotted this place while walking through the centre of Dublin, located just opposite the City Hall. The liveliness of the café was a good sign of how popular this place was, but don’t be scared off by this. If there is no space in the restaurant there is a second branch just round the…

Dublin – Murphy’s ice cream

This place was recommended to us for its original ice cream flavours and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly staff who offered us a sample of as many flavours as we wanted to try. Their most original flavour seems to be the Sea Salt which was popular…