The Ultimate Guide To Roasted Vegetables

One of the easiest side dishes to make and one of the most delicious things to eat.  I eat these at least 2-3 times a week so I thought I’d share my foolproof method for cooking them.  I love that once all the prep work is done, you can just put them into the oven…

Love Brunch at Bovino – Quinta do Lago – Portugal

When I wrote my Top Places to Eat in the Algarve Round-Up I wasn’t able to give Bovino Restaurant much of a review having only eaten there once.  However, Love Brunch is a new concept from Bovino Restaurant this year and having seen it advertised all over Quinta do Lago we thought we’d give it a go…

Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp

I found some amazing Jumbo Shrimp in wholefoods and they really inspired me to create a recipe around them. We were having guests tonight and I had already planned the main course, but I hadn’t got an appetiser to serve when they arrived. With my Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus fresh in my mind from a few days…

Watermelon, Feta & Mint Salad

Tonight, out in Portugal we were having family over for a BBQ and, being the food blogger in the family, I was in charge of creating the menu.  After having seen my Roasted Peach, Feta & Pistachio Salad and my Grilled Halloumi, Green Bean & Pine Nut Salad the family had requested a salad and…

Mango Salsa

I fancied a change today from my Tomato Salsa so I came up with this mango version of a classic!  Sweeter and more summery than traditional salsa but still packing a punch from the chilli, this is a great alternative and it’s perfect with vegetable crisps, crudités, seafood, you can use it as a topping…

Garlic Butter Shrimp

This garlic shrimp recipe takes minutes to cook and it’s such a fun way to eat – communal style from a big pan! You start by melting the butter over a low heat in a large pan until it has fully melted.

Prosciutto Wrapped Roasted Asparagus

This has to be one of the easiest (yet most popular with guests) appetisers I have ever made.  It takes 5 mins to prep, has only 3 ingredients and just needs to bake in the oven for 15-20mins. Preheat the oven to 180C and then prep the asparagus – I like to snap the ends…

Berry & Mint Fruit Salad with a Honey Lime Dressing

Ok, so this is hardly a recipe (throw some fruit in a bowl, scatter over some mint, sprinkle over a secret dressing and it’s done) but it looked so spectacular and went down so well when I served it at a recent BBQ that I just had to include it! I started with a base…

Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening at the Great Northern

Last night was the inaugural Great Northern Pub Wine Tasting & Food Pairing Evening.  We arrived at the pub to be welcomed with a glass of champagne and shown a list of the seven wines we were going to get a chance to taste that evening. Along with the champagne, there were 2 whites, 3…

Fellow-Blogger Friday #3 – Summer Cocktail Round-Up

Another Friday and another chance to get some inspiration from my fellow bloggers around the web.  What’s better than lying by a pool drinking an ice-cold cocktail on a summer’s day?  (Can you tell I’m in holiday mode?)  Not much to be honest and these 8 recipes below should give you some inspiration to make…

Living with Lupus

Disclaimer – I’m not a doctor and any information/advice I give is purely based on my own circumstances and experiences.  Please consult a medical professional if you want further advice or read the literature available.  Some of the photos below may make for uncomfortable viewing. This was a really hard post for me to write, mainly…