Chicken Shawarma 

Today I’ve pulled out this great recipe again, one of my simple fail proof recipes..  I’ve made these delicious healthy tasty morsels for our regular monthly taster, in my diet group! They are Very easy and exotic, this middle eastern Chicken Shawarma tastes amazing.  Whilst cooking the heady aroma fills the house, this not only smells but tastes divine.  The succulent meat just falls of the skewers.

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Preserved Lemon Chicken Tagine 🍋 

There’s really something fantastic about this dish and its depth of Moroccan spices without too much heat.  The heady scent of cinnamon and cumin with the lemon is filling our home.   Taking me back to our holidays in mesmerizing  Marrakesh,  Jack frost  and the icy fog is banished from my thoughts.  Tantalising our senses, I dream about Morocco and all the amazing experiences and food flavours, which are so easy to cook.

Tagine is a traditional clay pot used in Morocco for placing in an oven or fire pit.  If you don’t have one just use a solid casserole pot with a lid.  You usually start off the dish by frying/browning the onions and meat.  Once all the ingredients are added it can be placed into the oven to slowly cook, let all the flavours do their magic! Continue reading

Tasty Tandoori Chicken 


Tantalising, Tasty, Tandoori Chicken, is amazing and so easy to do, being on a healthy eating plan or not this is such a satisfying alternative roast dish.

An awesome dish from India, it takes is name from the Tandoori Oven used to roast the meat in.  Unfortunately, I haven’t got a tandoori oven, but have followed the same instructions to make the dish.  Mixing heavenly spices with yogurt and rubbing it well into the meat, gives the chicken a great depth of infused flavours.

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Delicious Duck & Cherry Stir Fry

Succulent and slightly sweet, this stir fry has an amazing depth.   Ginger, fennel the cherries round off the flavours with the duck, it is just a delight!

Really healthy and fairly quick to make by throwing everything into one pan!  Makes a speedy delicious mid week feast.  I had vegetables and fruit left in the fridge so this is what I conjured up.  Its an Asian flavour sensation!  You could also use chicken instead of duck. Continue reading

Butternut Squash Pancakes

Today is Pancake day in the UK, I was looking for a different recipe than the norm.  I have made two versions, a vegetarian one as in the pictures, or a chicken and bacon variety.  Both topped off with layers of sweet chilli tomato sauce and tangy lime, mint yogurt.  The flavour infusion is truly amazing.

In the UK we tend to have the sweet pancakes, made with a basic flour batter.  They are usually coated with lemon and sugar, chocolate sauce or golden syrup.  This is another version to try, you won’t be disappointed!

INGREDIENTS             SERVES 4      Makes 12 small pancakes

  • 350 grams of roasted butternut squash
  • 1 bulb of garlic, left whole to be roasted with the squash, if not just one chopped finely clove of garlic
  • (Roast garlic and squash in the oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees)
  • few sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 tbsp. of cumin seeds
  • 1 red chilli
  • 2 large free range egg
  • 300 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 150 grams of self-raising flour
  • Freshly nutmeg
  • olive oil or low calorie spray oil
  • rocket

 If your doing slimming world they work out approximately 7.75 syns for 3 but there soooo worth it ! 

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Lets Get Cooking  !

Take the roasted butternut squash and mash it up with a fork into a large bowl.  Add the rosemary, cumin, salt and pepper.  If you are making this from previously roasted squash, add 1 clove of chopped garlic to the squash also.

If you have a roasted garlic bulb, squeeze the little cloves out of the skins into the butternut squash.  (Roasted garlic is much sweeter and mellow than raw garlic.)

Now put the egg, milk, nutmeg and flour into the bowl as well and give it a good whisk until smooth.

Take a large frying pan, add oil or spray oil.  Put small ladle of the mixture into the pan, cooking it on each side until golden.  Set aside in a warm oven whilst making the whole batch.  Plate up and top with chilli!

Sweet Tomato & Chilli, Lime & Yogurt Sauce to follow in future Blog!

Have a Flipping Good Pancake Day!

Enjoy, any comments or questions please get in touch!

Emily x




Rustic Paella 🥘 

Plentiful paella, is a easy and very filling tasty dish.  With lots of rich flavours its a family winter winner.  A one pot meal too, anything that is this easy to do, delicious and little washing up is a hit for me!

Paella originates from Valencia in Spain, there is many variations of the dish.  Some Paellas are made just using snails and spices and rice, others near the coast are mainly seafood dishes. This is my version for my family, so I’ve used my creative licence! Continue reading