Raspberry & White Choc Cookies

Raspberry & White Chocolate Cookies 

Today I made these delicious cookies for my work colleagues and they were so yummy I just had to share the recipe so that you too can make these!     

They take 45mins from start to finish and makes up to 30 cookies depending on how you roll them.

Ingredients

  • 225g unsalted butter,softened
  • 225g caster sugar
  • 170g Carnation Squeezy Condensed Milk
  • 100g frozen (or fresh) raspberries
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 100g white chocolate, broken into chunks

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Method 

  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees (160 fan oven)
  • Cream butter, sugar, and condensed milk until light and fluffy
  • Add in the white chocolate chunks
  • Mix the flour with your hands, to form a nice soft cookie dough
  • Gently mix in the raspberries
  • Grease and line baking tray(s)
  • Roll the cookie dough into balls and press down gently on a baking tray
  • Bake for 12-15mins until golden but not too dark

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Tips 

  • I use two baking trays at once to bake 9 cookies on each tray and bake in batches
  • If there is a lot of raspberry juice in a cookie, bake for slightly longer as the cookie will be quite wet and take longer to cook
  • Take the cookies out of the oven and out of their tray (lifting the greaseproof paper)and leave to cool slightly on the side which will allow them to harden up before taking off the greaseproof paper. Cookies will appear soft/flimsy when out of the oven but they harden up after a few minutes.

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Peanut Butter Love

Do you love Peanut Butter as much as I do? Then this one is for YOU!  

I am always thinking of ways that I can make sure I get my peanut butter fix at least once a day. From snacking to literally just scooping it out of the jar, peanut butter is so versatile and you can eat it wherever, whenever. 

Here’s 10 simple ways to enjoy #PeanutButter

  1. Peanut butter on Toast 
  2. Apples dipped in peanut butter 
  3. Banana and peanut butter porridge : check my recipe for overnight oats!
  4. Pancakes and peanut butter
  5. Make your own peanut butter cups : find out how to make your own. 
  6. The classic peanut butter and jam (or jello!) sandwich
  7. Peanut butter, jam and banana fruit ice lollies – how to make.
  8. Strawberry, Greek Yoghurt and Peanut butter #Breakfast 
  9. Chocolate peanut butter milkshake: for #delicious recipe click here.
  10. From the jar, by the spoonful. #Best

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No Bake Peanut Butter & Honey Energy Balls #Recipe

Ingredients

  1. 3 teaspoons flax seeds
  2. 200g oats 
  3. 135g smooth peanut butter
  4. 50g almonds
  5. 25g desiccated coconut
  6. 130g honey 
  7. 30g dried fruit 

Method 

  1. Mix together all the dry ingredients, melt the peanut butter for 30secs in the microwave to make it mix smoother and then mix in the peanut butter and honey.
  2. Refrigerate for 1 hour and then form 15 balls from the mixture 
  3. Freeze the balls for 1 hour until ready to serve to keep them firm.
  4. These energy balls will last up to 4 days if kept refrigerated or in the freezer, whichever you prefer!

 

British Pie Week

To celebrate British Pie Week, I want to share two of my favorite pie recipes that I swear by for lunch for work or even a quick, delicious dinner. Quick and easy to make, what’s not to love about pies?! 


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Mushroom, Spinach & Potato Pie 

Prep Time: 15mins / Cook Time: 45mins / Serves: 4

Shopping List/Ingredients:

  1. 400g Spinach
  2. 1 tbsp olive oil
  3. 500g mushrooms of your choice (I use chestnut)
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  5. 250ml Vegetable Stock (I use Knorr)
  6. 300g cooked new potatoes (cut into bite size chunks)
  7. 1 tbsp grain mustard
  8. 2 heaped tsp of light creme fraiche
  9. 3 sheets filo pastry
  10. 300g green beans & 300g broccoli – both steamed

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 200c/180c fan/gas 6. Wilt spinach in a colander by pouring a kettle of hot water over the spinach.
  2. Heat half the oil in a large pan and fry mushrooms on a high heat until golden. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute and then pour in the stock, mustard, and potatoes. Let the mixture bubble for a few minutes until reduced. Remove from the heat, add the Creme Fraiche and spinach and then pour into your pie dish and then cool for a few minutes.
  3. Brush the filo pastry sheets with the remaining oil, cut each sheet into quarters and then scrunch up and lay on top of the pie filling. Back for 20-25 minutes until golden.

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Easy Fish Pie 

Prep Time: 15mins / Cook Time: 45mins / Serves: 4

Shopping List/Ingredients:

  1. 1kg Potatoes of your choice (Maris Piper are great but I would love to try this with Sweet Potato!)
  2. Knob of butter & splash of milk
  3. 25g Unsalted Butter
  4. 25g plain flour
  5. 4 spring onions, finely sliced
  6. 400ml milk
  7. 400g of fish mix e.g prawns, salmon and cod (or you could make entirely with salmon if you like!)
  8. 1 tsp of Dijon mustard
  9. 30g frozen peas
  10. 80g grated cheese of your choice

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200c/180 fan/gas mark 6. Put potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to the boil and the simmer until tender. When cooked, drained thoroughly and mash with a splash of milk and knob of butter. Season with desired seasoning.
  2. Put the butter, flour and spring onions in another pan and heat until butter has melted. Cook for 1-2mins. Then whisk the milk in gradually and bring to the boil, stirring to avoid lumps and avoid food sticking to the pan. Cook for 3-4 minutes until thick.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the cheese, fish, mustard and peas. Spoon into an ovenproof dish. Spoon the mashed potato on top and sprinkle with cheese. Pop in the oven for 20-25mins or until golden and bubbling at the edge.

I hope that you get to make one of these recipes during British Pie Week, or even use for your own lunch or dinner at any other time. Enjoy x

Recipe credits to BBC Good Food

 

 

 

#Veggie friendly places to eat in London!

Being a Veggie in London is hard.  

So many restaurants cater for the meat eaters or even the pescatarians but leave Veggie’s with nothin’ but risotto or a goats cheese burger! So I have put together 8 of my favorite restaurants to eat in and some recommendations too! Enjoy x


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Canvas Cafe, Brick Lane is a place I love! A social enterprise Cafe and creative venue. Vegan and Veggie friendly with a great menu, their breakfast on weekends is amazing too! Budget friendly too! The Canvas Cafe is also home to the Happiness Museum – win!         Check out more info on The Canvas Cafe here. 

 

 

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Padella, Borough Market has fantastic pasta dishes to suit Veggies! I personally love the Olives and the Goats Cheese and Butter Ravioli.#YUM! Check out their sample menu here.

 

 

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Borough Market, in general,is an amazing place with fantastic food options to cater for all dietary needs! From gluten free bread, to Halloumi Buns and Falafel wraps – Veggies are more than catered for here! Borough Market is open on Weekdays and Weekends so visit enjoy some lunch any day of the week!

 

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Wild Food Cafe, Covent Garden the name says it all! All good here is of a natural and ethical nature and I can assure you it is well worth a visit. I LOVE the Sweet Potato Slices, Spiced Apricot Hummus and ‘Swing into Spring’ smoothie. If you are after a health kick at a reasonable price then this one is for you! See their ‘WILD’ menu here.

 

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Hummus Bros, Holborn what can I say? Hummus heaven! My go to dish when I go to Hummus Bros is the Falafel, Salsa and Tzatziki wrap and the Baklava for dessert. Well worth a visit if you are in a hurry, and food will cost you under £10. Check out their dinner menu here.

 

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Honey & Co, Warren Street serve a fantastic Lentil Stew which is so warm and delicious with the most amazing flavors.Their roasted Aubergines are highly recommended too!  This Middle-Eastern restaurant has an array of dishes to cater for all dietary requirements and the budget is decent for a meal in Central London too. Check out what other dishes they have on offer here. P.S Try the breakfast too!

 

portobello-mushroom-and-truffle-oil-pizza-at-pizza-pilgrimsPizza Pilgrims, Shoreditch their pizzas are amazing! My absolute favorite is their Mushroom & Truffle Cheese pizza which is just to die for. Easy on the wallet too, this restaurant has several locations including Covent Garden, Soho and my favorite- Shoreditch. You can bring your own bottle too! More info on delicious pizza’s here.

 

b93vu22cyaajdeoThe Cheese Truck, Maltby Street, Southwark serves the most amazing grilled cheese sandwiches ever! The most delicious being Rosemary Goats Cheese, Honey Walnut and Rosemary Butter Grilled Toastie! My guilty pleasure indeed! See what else the truck is grillin’ here.


Hope you enjoy these recommendations! Feel free to comment with your own suggestions.

#VeggiePower 

 

 

 

 

#Oreos

OREO’s – do you twist or dunk?

9 insanely delicious things to do with your Oreos…

1.Dunk them in milk – obviously!

2.Cholocate Cupcakes topped with Oreos (see video below! #Delicious)

3.Whip up an Oreo Milkshake – Recipe 

 4.Oreo Donuts #NomNomNoM – Recipe 

5.Minty Fresh Oreo Ice Cream #Lovestruck – Recipe    

6.Love Oreos AND Cheesecake? Why not make an Oreo cheesecake? Recipe 

7.Eat them for breakfast – like cereal #LicksLips 

8.Pop some Oreo popcorn Check out the recipe!

9.Settle down with an Oreo hot chocolate #Mmm How to make it…

You can find lots more exciting recipes on the Oreo Website #Yum!

  Check out Tanya Burr’s video on Baking Oreo Cupcakes!

Delicious!


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#OvernightOats

Overnight Oats? What are they I hear you say!? 

Recently, I have discovered the best breakfast that works extremely well for me in terms of nutrition, quickness and of course taste!

Simple and healthy breakfast for work and I just want to share this quick, simple recipe with you!

So…what are overnight oats?

Literally porridge oats soaked in either milk,water or yoghurt overnight!

You can add lots of delicious seeds, fruit and toppings (I like strawberry and peanut butter!) and you will not regret it! Once soaked overnight, you do not even have to cook the oats you literally just eat straight from the fridge (don’t knock it until you have tried it!)

Whats the recipe? 

You will need: 

  1. A container/jar that has a lid
  2. Porridge Oats
  3. Milk/Water/Yoghurt
  4. Any desired toppings/seeds/fruit (frozen fruit is great for keeping costs down!)

How to make (my own preference!)

  1. Weigh up 80g of milk/water/yoghurt and place at bottom of container
  2. Add 60g of oats and pour on top of milk
  3. Add any fruit/seeds/toppings (I add Flax Seeds, Frozen Strawberries and Peanut Butter)
  4. Pour one more splash of liquid (milk/water/yoghurt) on top and place the lid on the jar
  5. Leave in the fridge for everything to soak in overnight – and VIOLA you can eat for breakfast in the morning!

There are so many different flavours to experiment this versatile yummy breakfast with!

You can check out more recipe ideas on Quaker Oats website.

Enjoy this delicious breakfast and of course your journey to simple, delicious yet healthy eating!

Live, love, laugh… x

@iblogactually

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