Posts Tagged ‘ Cooking ’

Clean Eating Fish Pie

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I know I haven’t done any Christmassy recipes yet (I promise they are to come!) but I am already planning the meals that will get me back on a healthy track when gloomy January comes around. This fish pie will help you overcome the post-Christmas slump when the sight of a mince pie or nan’s christmas cake is enough to make you heave in your sweatpants which are all that fit you right now (Mean Girls joke, sorry)  Keep this recipe on hand for a light, satisfying recipe that is filled with nutrient rich fish and vegetables. Continue reading

Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Marshmallows

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So what do you do when you have ten million marshmallows?? Well, instead of risking diabetes I made some chocolate biscuit cake and threw them in there! (Then I ate the cake so defeated the original purpose). I can’t take credit for the biscuit cake recipe; it is my granny’s and is the best I have ever had, the biscuits stay crunchy unlike biscuit cakes with digestives in them I find. There is also an egg stirred in at the end. Don’t be scared, I have been eating this for 24yrs and I am fiiiiiine 🙂 Continue reading

Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows

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Marshmallows are one of my (many) favourite sweets. This recipe makes about 30-40 medium sized marshmallows that are soft, squishy and melt perfectly in hot chocolate. Now I know having the weather we have at the moment (as in today) hot chocolate may seem like a strange choice but keep the recipe on hand, it will probably snow next week 😉 I made these marshmallows vanilla flavoured and kept it simple but that shouldn’t stop anyone from jazzing them up a little; maybe some chopped pistachios or even a drop of Malibu and rolled in dessicated coconut for some Summertime inspired pillowy goodness….  Continue reading

Ciara’s Weekend Treat : Rhubarb Crumble

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Yay it’s rhubarb season!! I have always preferred rhubarb pies and crumbles to the regular apple versions. I can’t wait to try out Rachel Allen’s Rhubarb and Custard Pie soon, sounds like my dream pie…. Anyway, this rhubarb crumble is not exactly the way your nan used to make. But that is probably a good thing for your waistline 😉 Instead of the usual white flour, sugar and butter combo to create the crispy crumble topping I have used oats, ground almonds, a little bit of skimmed milk and a tiiiiny itsy bit of brown sugar (I think it would be classified as breakfast without it so I had to!!) There is no refined sugar in the stewed rhubarb however, I sweetened it with orange juice, zest and some honey. Continue reading

Orange and Honey Drizzle Cake

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It looks like Spring has finally decided to show its face in Ireland; and, although it snowed last week and may indeed snow again next week, today I am embracing the sunshine and light breeze 🙂 In a perfect world with perfectly timed seasons this would be my Springtime cake, it’s light and moist with a crunchy and slightly sticky crust. Yum! Although the normal drizzle cake is lemon which I love also I think oranges work really well and go better with the honey flavours than lemons would. Continue reading

Chocolate-Orange Créme

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Now I have to admit before I begin; I do not like mixing chocolate with any kind of fruit….ever. Not raspberries, never bananas and you’ll never catch me dipping a strawberry into any kind of chocolate fountain. Do not get me started on those evil little strawberry cream chocolates in a box of Roses, ick. However, I am partial to a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. So, I created my own Terry’s chocolate orange créme. It started out as more of a posset because I thought of it after making Lemon Posset for Christmas Dessert but I think the term “posset” really should just refer to creamy citrus-style desserts, it just seems wrong for some reason to call a rich chocolate-y cream “posset”. So I decided not to. Continue reading

Healthy Pancakes With Raspberries And Orange Syrup

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These pancakes do not taste as if they are trying to be “healthy” – they are full of flavour, protein and healthy fats. Because I am trying to get fit for the Great Limerick Run (only the 10k, let’s not get ahead of ourselves) I am trying to eat really filling, satisfying and tasty breakfasts that will keep me going till lunch. I am really happy I found this one because if time permitted I would make it every day! Try adapting to your own tastes, use walnuts instead of almonds to get some Omega 3 into you or try blueberries or strawberries instead of raspberries. Berries have amazing health benefits so the more the better! Continue reading