All posts tagged: Dinner

Beetroot & Feta Fritters

Ever dropped a jar of Beetroot in the supermarket? If you’ve ever wondered what would be redder, the floor or your mums face – you’ll get your answer in under 5 seconds. I never understood as a small innocent child why mum was so mortified until I tried to clean one of my chopping boards that used to be white… But beetroot’s a health godsend – it’s so densely packed with so many nutrients and vitamins, it’s powerful antioxidant properties mean it’s a key player in the healthy eating game. You want this guy on your side – stains and all, trust me. And it’s so versatile to cook with, you can roast it, grate it into salads, eat it raw but my favorite is to make Beetroot and Feta Fritters you haven’t seen a power combo this good since Jay Z first met Beyonce. You can just as easily enjoy this recipe for breakfast as you can for dinner, they’re real easy to make and since beetroots been said to improve athletic performance it’s the ideal meal to whip …

Raw Vegetable & Mango Salad

‘I ate really well over Christmas’ said no-one ever. It’s Christmas. With the best will in the world you’re usual healthy lifestyle is going to slip, eating habits go out the window and it’s hard to stick to your exercise plan. But that’s life and again…it’s Christmas so give yourself a break and get over it. After what seems like a full month of festivities this salad is an amazing detox from all the eating and over indulgence plus it tastes so damn good. Since we’re spoilt for choice with fruit and veg all year round in Melbourne, salads are a great & healthy option and an essential player in the BBQ game – an Australian institution of course. Did someone say new favourite lunch dish? I think so. What you’ll need: – x1 carrot grated (or spiralised) – ½ beetroot grated – handful of green beans (tailed and sliced length ways) – ¼ red cabbage shredded -1/2 mango sliced into slithers – handful of coriander roughly chopped – handful of peanuts roughly smashed up – oil – ½ lemon What you’ll …

24hours in NYC: Food itinerary

24 hours in New York what’s your plan? I’m not talking a trip up the Top of the Rock, I’m talking about where are you going to eat? It is my firm belief that all great plans begin, feature and end with a great meal, so if this sounds like your kind of itinerary then I think we are going to get along just fine. I’m thinking: 1 city – 24 hours – 3 meals = 3 amazing restaurants to visit? Let’s cut straight to the chase, there’s food involved and we never mess around with restaurants. These three are my favorite places I have visited in the last two weeks so I promise you they will not disappoint. Just prepare yourself for a busy day and make sure you’re wearing baggy trousers (think Joey from Friends in his Thanksgiving pants) and don’t worry if you feel guilty after I have just the solution: you can work it off the next day at a Trapeze class? I have literally thought of everything. Now get to …

Where to eat in New York: GF & Vegetarian

Did you know that this month is National Celiac Awareness Month? No? I’ll be honest I didn’t either until the other week. Ooops – And it’s something I really should get behind more – I mean jesus we need all the extra help we can get if we plan on ever eating a meal in a restaurant that isn’t a salad. It’s like being continuously punished for your health issues because apparently missing out on pizza just isn’t quite punishment enough. Thank fully times they are a changing and everyone is slowly cottoning on to allergy issues and providing more options to cover everyone, thank god. Before I moved here from Melbourne I think I googled top restaurants before I even researched tourist attractions, I mean a girl needs to have her priorities in order right? So in honour of Celiac month here is a roundup of my favourite GF/vegetarian restaurants I have found in New York so far: Fig and Olive Helen and I went here one night solely because it was the name of the restaurant we …

Kale & Cannellini Pesto

Here’s a quick post for you, a little recipe for Pesto that I cannot get enough of this week, there’s some waiting in the fridge right now – just teasing me. Sometimes it’s all about simplicity, and no I don’t mean simply going out and buying a jar because that’s just crap, how about exert yourself a tiny bit and whip this up because I promise you not only is it healthier but it will taste 10xs better and then you can gloat to all your friends that you make your own pesto, seriously do it, be that person. What you’ll need: – 2 handfuls of kale (roughly rip the leaves away from the stems) – 1 clove of garlic – tin of cannellini beans – 2 large spoons of parmesan – olive oil – salt & pepper – handful of nuts (whatever you have) What you’ll need to do: – throw everything into your blender – blitz until smooth or as smooth as you fancy, I like it quite chunky – and yep, that’s pretty much it. I …

GF Pea & Mint Fritters

It has already been a week since we landed back in Melbourne, don’t know where the times gone. In between going straight back to work and trying to adjust to the freezing temperatures the time has literally flown. But I think our bodies are still in shock and refusing to get out of holiday mode, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so tired as I’ve been this week, I’ve been like an old woman so when it’s come to cooking I just wanted something quick, simple and above all tasty, thankfully this recipe has it all, the easiest meal to whip up, meaning more time to sit back and curl up on the sofa in front of Harry Potter. Perfect Sunday recipe. I’m not going to lie I’m having a bit of a fritter fetish right now, after 7 weeks on an Indonesian diet I am in no hurry to see another omelette or Nasi Goreng, I need variety and to cook all the things I spent the last weeks dreaming of. This recipe is …

Blue Cheese Brussel Sprouts

Lets be honest, there’s a huge stigma around Brussel Sprouts. I think you grow up ingrained to hate them, bit like Mondays. Realistically if you actually think about it, you’re probably not that fussed but you never ever admit that to anyone, ever, well until now at least. I am having a bit of a sprout moment, call it a minor infatuation. I’ve been trying to find different, tasty ways to cook with them and this has to be my favourite recipe so far. Sometimes you just need to keep it simple and let a few key flavours do the talking. This is such a quick and easy dish. For me it’s the perfect light dinner but you could also use it as a side dish in a bigger meal. What you’ll need: – A dozen Brussel Sprouts – 85g Blue cheese – 150ml sour cream – dash of milk – handful of walnuts What you’ll need to do: – Preheat the oven to 180c – Trim and halve the sprouts and place on a baking tray, drizzle …

Lucky Penny

It’s creeping scarily quickly into winter here in Melbourne. Something I never thought we’d have to face after escaping the tropical climates of England, definitely not what we signed up for on the big Aus adventure… I’ve decided I’m one of those people who has that seasonal mood thing. It gets cold. I get miserable. I’d literally avoid any evening activity if it meant staying in the warmth of my bed. Wild I know. The other night Jonny dragged me kicking and screaming out of the flat for dinner. I hadn’t been feeling too good and we were both in one of those annoying moods where we couldn’t decide what we fancied or make a decision to save our lives but it was way to cold to walk up and down looking for somewhere, not if Jonny wanted an enjoyable evening anyway. Thankfully Lucky Penny is close enough to endure the frostbite and they opened up last week in the evenings with little share plates and more importantly a cheeseboard. We’ve popped in here a …

Transformer

Being gluten free and vegetarian with more food intolerances that I can shake a celery stick at, lets just say eating out isn’t always a dream. So when you find a restaurant that offers you more than just the one choice on the menu, you hold onto that restaurant and you never let it go. If this sounds like you then let me introduce you to Transformer… If you’re in Melbourne and you haven’t heard of Vegie Bar then shame on you. Without doubt a veggie dream, the menu is mouth watering with options for GF, vegan, raw, you name it, it’s got it. In fact scrap that, forget it’s a vegetarian aimed establishment, I challenge any meat eater to go and not be satisfied, Jonny get’s ‘dragged’ there willingly, and that’s one guy who loves his meat. But now the genius’ behind VB have opened another restaurant to add to their collection with Transformer. As soon as you walk in you know somebody knew their stuff. The building itself is gorgeous, exposed brick, high ceilings and trellises thick …

Radio Mexico

For some absurd reason when we went to a Mexican restaurant in Richmond the other week they refused to put cheese on the nachos. Erm sorry what? Nachos without cheese? That’s like Kanye without his ego, its just not comprehendible. When I want nachos, I want a plate that is drowning in cheese and all the trimmings. In fact I want more cheese than chip, so to not serve the two together just doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s craziness I tell you. We should have got up and left there and then. Thankfully we have a Mexican restaurant that never fails to deliver. (more importantly they don’t bat an eyelid when I stress the levels of cheese I’m after) Radio Mexico in St Kilda is always a winner, the food here is incredible and even better the price is almost as good as they’re Margheritas. The menus pretty straightforward, order some chips and dip, and then try and decide between all the tacos. Luckily for me, most things can be done GF and …