Warm Lentil Bacon Salad with Shallots & Fresh Thyme

Having loved the last lentil salad I made (Lentil Salad with Feta & Mint)  I decided to use lentils again.  I really don’t eat them enough.  They’re so filling and so full of protein that they’re extremely good for you.  Legumes, beans and pulses don’t seem to cause me any ill effect although I know…

Friday Favourites #1

Hi guys and welcome to a new series I’m trying out – Friday Favourites.  My chance to fill you in on all the things I’ve been loving each week. Through my blog I get access to some incredible products.  I’m often approached by great small businesses who are out there creating amazing things but just…

Pan Fried Cod with Tomato Chorizo Cassoulet

This evening I was in the mood for something light yet tasty and filling.  When feeling this way I usually turn to pulses.  Beans and lentils really pack a protein punch and seem to keep me feeling full for much longer than anything else.  Haricot (navy) beans are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that…

Parmesan Almond Flour Crackers

Recently I made my delicious Almond Flour Crackers and having tried three different toppings I kept thinking about other flavour combinations to create.  I love cheese biscuits so Parmesan came to mind pretty quickly.  With such a strong taste, you don’t need much of it to flavour the crackers so they don’t get greasy and…

How To Start A Blog – What I Wish I’d Known!

It’s been nearly a year now since I started Emma Eats & Explores and I’ve come a loooong way!  I started my blog with a passion for travel and healthy food and a desire to share what I’ve learned and created with other people.  When I started I knew nothing about blogging, website development, SEO…

Rocket Pesto (Arugula)

Homemade pesto always tastes so much better than anything you can buy in the shops. This Rocket Pesto  – also known as Arugula Pesto is the US – is peppery take on the Italian Classic.  Fresher and bursting with flavour from the herbs, it adds so much to most dishes.  You can pair it with…

A Weekend in Hamburg, Germany

Last weekend the Come to Hamburg Program kindly invited Dan and I for a weekend in Hamburg to experience everything that the city has to offer.  3 days full of fun, food, ferries and fish markets which you can read all about below! The First Night Travelling after work, we arrived late into Hamburg Airport…

Grilled Figs with Goats Cheese, Crispy Prosciutto, Pecans & Honey

Figs have two main growing seasons so I’ve just found out!  The first is now, before the summer and the second is in the autumn.  This means that at the moment there is an abundance of figs in the stores.  I found some mini figs that looked so amazing and ripe that I knew I…

Brunch at Andi’s Restaurant – Stoke Newington, London

A few months ago I was lucky enough to visit Andi Oliver & Kelly Miles’ restaurant the Sugar Shack at the Jackdaw & Star in Homerton.  It seems that everyone loved the food as much as I did as Andi and Kelly have now got their own premises in Stoke Newington High Street. Andi’s Restaurant…

Mezcal Margarita – Refined Sugar-Free

I love a Margarita but traditionally they’re filled with so much sugar that there’s NO WAY I could enjoy them before.  With Cinco de Mayo coming up I decided that I didn’t want to miss out celebrating with a delicious Margarita again this year!  I knew I had to create my own version that was…

The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge, Lake District, Cumbria

A few months ago, when I was last in the Lake District for a wedding, I entered a competition on Instagram to win a free night’s stay at The Swan Hotel Newby Bridge.  It’s a beautiful Spa Hotel just on the southernmost tip of Lake Windermere, and well, I WON!!  Dan and I started planning…

Grain Free Banana Bread

When 3pm hits and you want something sweet, instead of reaching for the chocolate or processed cookies go for something much healthier!  Cut yourself a slice of this delicious Grain Free Banana Bread.  Free from any nasties and full of good-for-you ingredients you can have your cake and eat it!  If you’re a fan of…