Overnight Chia Pudding // Berries

chia Pudding1Overnight chia pudding is my new go-to breakfast. I love this recipe, for two reasons. Firstly because it’s just so easy to make. I’m not a morning person, not matter how hard I try to change my habits, I always fall back into a rut of getting up, with just enough time to shower and get out the door. So a lot of the time I just up pick up some yogurt and granola concoction on the way to work. It’s all about organisation – they say. Easier said than done, says I!

Because this recipe only take a few mins to prepare and can be done the night before, it’s helped me change my bad habits and save some moola! I just need to make sure I get up a few mins earlier to eat my tasty breakfast at home!

The second reason, and really the most important is that this little pudding is bursting with health benefits. What the chia seed may lack in size, it compensates in nutritional value! Stocked full of goodness like antioxidants, fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds are fantastic source of energy. It’s a no-brainer really! With summer looming, now’s the perfect time to kick start healthy eating habits into gear. I’m looking forward to mixing this recipe up and trying some different additions. Continue reading

Recipe – Christmas Pudding

While we won’t be home in Ireland this Christmas we are keeping the celebrations traditional, and preparations are already underway. For me Christmas is not complete without a Christmas Pudding for dessert and last weekend my husband made a batch following his Nans famous recipe (which you can catch below).

Some other traditions to keep if you decide to make it;

  1. Before you boil the pudding everyone in the house must give the mix a stir (you can see my stir below, my hubby doesn’t wear nail polish I promise!).
  2. When you serve the Pudding drizzle it with brandy and set a light for effect. (Just be careful who gets this job, we had an incident with a very heavy handed uncle and the Pudding was pretty much cremated!)
  3. Best of luck & keep me posted on the results! Continue reading

Breakfast Pizza

Brunch is without question my favourite meal of the day, although working the weekly eight to five means its reserved as a weekend treat, usually we nip out to one of our local restaurants but this weekend I decided to unleash my domestic goddess. As an egg addict once I clapped eyes on this breakfast pizza (Recipe) I was sold. I did make a few adjustments to mine using a pre-made base, if you make the dough yourself it needs to sit for a few hours and I was way too hungry (also I was feeling a tad hung-over so the easier the better!). And I used coriander/cilantro instead of chives a personal favourite of mine, thats the great thing about pizza just fire on any toppings you like…but trust me the eggs are amazing!

Heavenly Healthy Fish Pie

I’ve mentioned countless times that my boyfriend is the cook in our house so I thought I would finally share some of my favourite dishes he cooks. First up we have his Fish Pie or as I have now called it Heavenly Healthy Fish Pie and the name doesn’t lie it’s absolutely delicious and as it doesn’t have a creamy filling I like to think it’s healthy!

What you need (8 portions);
 sea salt & freshly ground black pepper,
 1kg potatoes,
 1 carrot,
 2 sticks of celery,
 block of Cheddar cheese,
 1 lemon,
 1/2 red chilli,
 a few pinches of parsley,
 600g of mixed fish
 (we used salmon & haddock fillets (remove skin),
 smoked  trout)
 150g king prawns, raw, peeled
 olive oil
 spinach, chopped
 ripe tomatoes, quartered

Shane portioned them individually, we ate two and froze six a handy trick for mid-week dinners, just pop it in the fridge the night before to defrost and reheat in the oven the next day. A gorgeous home-made meal in no time.

What to do;
 boil & mash your spuds (aka potatoes),
 grate chili pepper, cheese, carrot & celery into your oven dish.
 chop fish into chucks and squeeze in your lemon.
 add prawns, tomatoes, spinach and season with salt & pepper
 drizzle with olive oil and mush (my bf's words) it all together.
 cover with seasoned mash
 drizzle with oil
 cook for about 40 mins on 375 Fahrenheit

Needless to say I devoured it no time, cheers to Shane for keeping me well fed! Stay tuned for more recipes to come…

Berry Crumble Pots

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may wonder the occasion for my Saturday morning baking escapade…domestic goddess I am not but from time to time I like to flirt with idea. Any long time readers will know by now that my Boyfriend is the cook in our house and I am very much ok with that, when I go to the cupboards all I see are bare and declare “there’s nothing to eat!” but when he goes from the depths of cupboards unknown an amazing dinner appears!

 Needless to say my culinary skills are of the dessert variety and these individual berry crumble pots were my latest feat.  I stumbled across this recipe online and the little dessert pot’s couldn’t be easier to make. A break from the traditional crumble, the hot berry filling mixed with the crispy chopped nuts, cinnamon and nutmeg topping make for the perfect treat especially with a scoop of creamy vanilla ice-cream…


The Detox Diary

Detox Day 3 – Lunch gluten free bread, tomato, cucumber & avocado (thank god for avocado!)

In an attempt to repay my body for my over indulgent ways I have set out on a 12 Day Detox! You can catch up on my progress on my page The Detox Diary where i’ll be posting daily! I’d love to hear from you if you have any suggestions, tips, or info on surviving Detoxes!