Chicken Skewers with Rice and Salad

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I always enjoy cooking bright and colourful foods and this was no disappointment. I really believe we eat with our eyes first because if something looks visually appealing you are more likely to try it. This dish is literally a rainbow of colours and an array of textures so it just makes the eating experience so much more interesting.

I’ve used chicken thigh for this recipe as they tend to have more moisture but any cut will do. This recipe was completely inspired from the stylist website here, I had the site saved in my bookmarks for so many months and finally got round to making it over the weekend. I thoroughly enjoyed this meal, great for family dinners. This recipe serves 4 but adjust accordingly.

Ingredients for chicken skewers

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp maple syrup/honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 500g boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks

Method

  1. Mix the above ingredients together and leave to marinate for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Soak the skewers in water for a couple of hours minimum.
  3. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6 and equally place the chicken pieces between 4 skewers.
  4. Cook in the oven for 30-40 minutes until fully cooked.

Ingredients for the rice

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1⁄2 onion, finely chopped
  • 250g jasmine rice
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • Thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • Freshly squeezed juice of 1 lime

Method

  1. Prepare the above ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion cooking until soft for a few minutes.
  3. Next, add the rice, turmeric and ginger mixing well.
  4. Pour in 500ml of water and leave on a low-medium simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Mix the maple syrup, soy sauce and lime juice, setting aside.
  6. Once cooked, turn off the heat and mix in the maple mixture covering with the lid to allow the flavours to fully absorb.

Serve with:

  • 1 carrot, julienned
  • 1⁄2 cucumber, julienned
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • 1 tbsp peanuts, toasted

Portion out the food once everything is cooked and serve with the salad and peanuts.

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Green Goddess Salad

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So this salad was really popular on TikTok a while back and I thought it was great a great salad idea. This salad consists of mostly green ingredients which is where the name comes from. There’s so many variations out there to choose from so I just combined my favourites together. If you’ve followed me for a while you’d know that I don’t usually use dressing in my salads so this was an exception 🙂

This would be great for hosting dinners, maybe as a side salad or starters. You can also serve the salad with toasted pitta bread, rice cakes, crackers or tacos.

Salad dressing

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp lemon juice

6 tbsp olive oil

Handful of parsley

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp maple syrup

Pinch of salt and pepper

Method

  1. Whisk everything together until fully combined and set aside.

Ingredients

Tortilla chips to serve

Lettuce, roughly chopped

Kale, chopped

Cucumber, sliced into quarters

Radish, grated

Spring onion, finely sliced

Method

  1. Prepare all of your salad ingredients and mix together in a bowl.
  2. Drizzle the salad dressing over the top and leave for a few minutes to be absorbed.
  3. Serve with tortilla chips.

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Naan Bread Pizza with Cannellini Bean mash

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This was quite a creative one for me, I had some leftover cannellini beans and thought what can I make? I searched online for something that would use up at least 300g and this bean mash was the best thing. It’s very versatile and could be eaten as a spread for many foods such as crackers or bread, it would also be great for dipping veg into or simply a mash potato alternative.

This is a nice recipe because it’s like a healthier version of a pizza but still tastes so good. I’ve opted for kale, cabbage, cheese, pine nuts and sesame seeds for my toppings but anything would work really.

Ingredients for cannellini beans mash

1 tbsp oil

1/3 onion, diced

1 garlic clove, crushed

300g cannellini beans

30ml vegetable stock

1 tsp oil

Splash of lemon juice

3 Sprigs of parsley

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a pot on a medium heat.
  2. add the chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
  3. Next add the garlic, beans and stock. Simmer for 5 minutes until the beans are soft and tender.
  4. Mash the beans with oil, lemon juice and parsley.
  5. Season to taste and leave to cook down.

Ingredients for naan bread pizza

200g self-raising flour

70g wholewheat flour

200g plain yogurt

1 tsp oil

Method

  1. Sieve the flours into a bowl, make a well and mix in the yogurt.
  2. Mix until it forms a soft dough then knead for at least 5 minutes until smooth.
  3. Leave to rest for 15 minutes before splitting in half and rolling out to 0.5cm thick.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan, once hot, cook the naan breads for 1 minute each side until golden brown.

Making the Naan Bread Pizzas

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and set out and oven tray.
  2. Even spread the bean mash over the 2 bases, and top with kale, cabbage and cheese.
  3. Cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted and everything is fully warmed through.

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Apple Walnut Loaf Cake

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I thought I’d try a different combination over the weekend using apples and walnuts. Its a very nice cake, filling and there’s a good amount of fruit in the mixture so you get a sweet delicious apple taste coming through. It was quite a thick batter when mixing but the end result is perfect and it goes well with ice cream or a cup of tea.

Ingredients (makes 1 loaf)

195g plain flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/3 tsp cinnamon powder

Pinch of salt

50g walnuts, finely chopped

100ml oil

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

130g caster sugar

2 apples, peeled and grated

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 5 and line a loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Sieve the flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder into a bowl and set aside. Add the salt and walnuts mixing with a fork.
  3. Next, whisk the oil, egg, vanilla extract, sugar and apples.
  4. Slowly add the flour mix to the oil mix bit by bit, folding in each time.
  5. Once fully combined, pour into the tin and bake for 45 minutes until a knife comes out clean.

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A few days in Edinburgh

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This will be a fairly lengthy post sharing my short but sweet trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. So to start from the beginning my friend and I decided we’d take a little trip away just to have a break from the everyday normality. Edinburgh was a great destination because we were based in the city with lots of attractions to keep us busy for the 3 nights we were there. I’ve shared some of my favourite places we visited below.

Day 1 was all about getting familiar with the surroundings and figuring out were everything was. It was a short flight so I wasn’t really tired, more excited to explore the surroundings. We went to the Camera Obscura and World of Illusions.

Day 2 we went to the Edinburgh Castle which was such an amazing and historical building with so much to learn. We visited the Talbot Rice Gallery which was very interactive with lots to do and get involved in. There was also the Scottish National Gallery which housed a lot of art work, not really my thing but still interesting to see.

Day 3 was probably my favourite, we took a lovely long walk through Calton Hill, it was such a beautiful park and the views from the top were breathtaking. There were many historical figures throughout the park and many people taking pictures. I managed to get on the top of this stone building and get my picture. We also went to Chocolatarium Edinburgh which was a lot of fun and we had such an enthusiastic tour guide. We also went to a few of the Scottish gift stores, and I picked up some Scottish whisky salt, a fridge magnet (of course) and some shortbread.

Day 4 we had to check out at 12pm and catch the flight for 3.35 so you can imagine not much time to do too much but breakfast at Black Medicine Coffee and a short stroke down the road was just enough to get back, pack everything and leave out on time to get to the airport.

Waiting for the plane is what make me the most nervous, the arrival flight was pretty smooth and I barely noticed or felt a thing except for a mild block of my eardrums. Departing to go home was a bit delayed, but there is something so peaceful about being up so high in the clouds.

Overall it was a great trip, lots of things to do and see and very welcoming people. We stayed pretty close in the city and walked everywhere some days up to 18,000 steps. If I ever visit again I’ll probably explore more of the outer areas.

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