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…

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…

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh

Off to a BBQ today I wanted to make a delicious side dish to pair with all the meat and fish we would be eating.  It’s the first real weekend of sunshine that we’ve had here this year and I felt in the mood for a salad, something light and summery and fresh tasting.   I…

Dehesa, Soho, Date Night Dinner

Dan and I take it in turns every other month to take each other on a date night where we plan a special evening for the other person. Last time, he took me to The Ninth on Charlotte St (read about it here), a fairly new restaurant that’s actually just been awarded a Michelin Star, and tonight…

Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad

Craving some greens and a fairly high protein meal after a work-out at the gym tonight I settled on a Seared Tuna Nicoise Salad, complete with a gooey poached egg and topped with my homemade Rocket Pesto. To start with I steamed the asparagus (only for 2mins or so so they were still crunchy) and…

Melting-Middle Mozzarella Caprese Burgers

Last night we decided to have a BBQ outside and burgers were on the menu.  Dan normally makes his Super Simple Spicy Burgers but today we decided to up the ante and go for something a bit different.  Melting Middle Mozzarella Caprese Burgers were what we came up with.  Deciding to stuff each burger with…

Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp Salad with Mango Salsa

Today, I found some amazing yellow cherry tomatoes while I was out shopping for something for dinner.  I definitely wanted to make a salad with them so I racked my brains to come up with something tasty and light pair them with.  A few weeks ago I made Prosciutto Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp and I loved…

A Quinta – Almancil – Portugal

Getting time with my family is one of my favourite things about Portugal, and tonight was a chance to catch up with my cousin Charlotte and her partner Ross who live out here year-round.  We were spending the evening at one of their (and my) favourite restaurants, A Quinta in Almancil.  I actually wrote about…

Pequeno Mundo – Almancil – Portugal

Once again, my favourite night of the year – dinner at Pequeno Mundo – in fact I’ve already written about this amazing restaurant in my Top Restaurants in the Algarve Round-Up!  It’s such a special place and has huge sentimental value for my family and myself.  We’ve been coming here for years and it’s always…

Balthazar Restaurant, Covent Garden, London

Having been treated to my birthday dinner out at Beach Blanket Babylon earlier this year, it was time to treat the other birthday princesses (Wioletta & Fiona) to a night out to celebrate their birthdays.  Knowing that neither of them had been to Balthazar in Covent Garden, I thought it would be a really fun place…

Maria’s Restaurant – Praia de Garrão Poente – Portugal

Maria’s is my favourite beach restaurant in Portugal and you can read about it on my Top Restaurants in the Algarve Round-Up.  Maria’s on a Sunday is always one of my favourite days of the year.  It’s such an amazing atmosphere, lunch in the sun, the Outsiders Band playing all the old classics and when it really…