Hello everyone, I haven’t posted a recipe or anything for quite a long time. I asked a few people on Instagram if they would like me to start posting recipes again and I got such positive feedback that people would love to see recipes. I dip in and out of blogging ever such a lot but I really enjoy it. I enjoy having the space to share anything my heart desires. So, as with all of my other recipes I have shared I thought I would post them on this blog. This particular one I am going to share today was actually requested and I didn’t really know what you would want me to share so I thought I would kick off with this one.
Ingredients: 400g can chopped tomatoes 1 can of butterbeans in water, drained and rinsed 1 small onion, diced 1 carrot, diced 1 red pepper, chopped 1 courgette, chopped 1tsp each of cumin, coriander and garam masala
What to do: 1. Heat a little oil in a saucepan and add in the onion, carrot, pepper and courgette and cook for five minutes 2. Add the butterbeans, chopped tomatoes, cumin, coriander and garam masala and simmer for 15 minutes. You may need to simmer for longer depending on how crunchy or soft you like your vegetables to be 3. Serve with whatever you would like and most importantly enjoy! 🙂
I promised yesterday on instagram that I would post this delicious recipe of tomato baked eggs. I made this for the very first time on Wednesday and it was so delicious and extremely easy. I think anyone could make it because it is that easy. Here is what it looks like and what to do:
Tomato baked eggs
1 large potato washed and diced
oil to fry
1 crushed garlic clove
1/4 red pepper
1tsp dried chives
1/2 of a 400g can chopped tomatoes
9 green olives
What to do:
Add the potato to a pan of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes
While the potato is boiling, heat the oil in a frying pan. Once heated add the garlic and pepper and cook for three minutes
Add the chives paprika, chopped tomatoes and olives to the pan and cook for 3 minutes
When the potato is done drain it then mix in well with the tomato sauce
grease a small/medium pan with oil/spray/spread and then add in the tomato and potato mixture
Make two dips in the mixture and then crack in the eggs into each one
Bake for 15 minutes with an oven temperature of 180 fan oven or 200 normal
Some of you might know that I absolutely love baking. It is one of my favourite things to do but unfortunately anorexia has taken it away from me as my mum was getting a bit frustrated when I used to bake all of the time but I wouldn’t eat any myself. I remember when I was in hospital, every Friday was baking day and I would make chocolate brownies and biscuits etc and I would give them to my family and all of the other patients and staff. It was like no one expected me to eat any of what I had created. None of the staff said anything so I just kept baking and giving it all away. But then when I came home I WANT to eat my baked goods so I stopped baking from fear of having to eat it because I have made a pact with myself if I bake then I MUST eat it. And then at the weekend I hadn’t baked in months so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to bake something and eat it. I made these apricot and walnut bars from Mary Berry and they are so delicious. They felt wasier for me because they have oats and wholemeal flour and walnuts in but they still have their fair share of ingredients which my eating disorder would make me cry and run from. So I thought I would share this recipe with you. And of course it is Mary Berry so it has GOT to be good right? 😉
Apricot and walnut sandwich bars
50g rolled oats
50g light muscovado sugar
40g chopped walnuts
200g wholemeal self raising flour OR plain wholemeal flour with 2tsp baking powder
175g butter, melted
175g dried apricots, chopped into small pieces
2tbsp caster sugar
grated rind of 1 lemon
What to do:
Pre heat your oven to 130 degrees (fan) or 150 degrees and then grease and line a 18cm square tin with baking parchment. Begin by making the apricot filling. Place the apricots, water, sugar and lemon rind into a small saucepan. cover and simmer gently until all of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat and allow to cool while you prepare the oat mixture.
Mix together the oats, flour, sugar and walnuts in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix well.
Press half of the oat mixture into the tin and press down evenly. Spread the apricot mixture evenly on top and then top with the rest of the oat mixture evenly.
Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes. I got nine squares out of my mixture and when still hot cut gently through the mixture to score out nine squares and then leave to go completely cold before completely cutting the bars and lifting them out of the tin.
Heat the oil in a large saucepan then add the onion and garlic. Fry for around 10 minutes
Add the coriander, cumin and paprika and fry for 30 seconds
Add the aubergine and sweet potato, stirring for 1 minute
Add the tin of tomatoes, water, raisins and chickpeas. Bring to the boil then simmer for ten minutes covering the pan with a lid
Add the courgette and tomato puree then simmer again for 5 minutes
Tagine goes best with couscous but I guess you could have it with anything you like. Couscous is so easy to make but just in case you didn’t know… Put 50+grams in a bowl and then pour in boiling water until the couscous is just covered. Cover with a plate and leave for five minutes
So, I tried baked oats for the very first time this morning and it was incredible. It came out all crispy on the top and soft and gooey in the middle and I shall definitely be making these again and experimenting with different flavour combinations. I posted a picture of my baked oats on instagram this morning and I got a lot of comments for the recipe so for those of you that read my blog here is the basic recipe for my baked oats. I will also be trying out more flavour combinations and when I do I will put up another post for different recipes. But I thought I would just share with you the base recipe today and then you can experiment yourself with any flavour combinations and toppings you like.
Baked oats basic recipe:
150ml milk of your choosing
1tsp baking powder
1/2tsp honey/agave nectar/golden syrup etc
1/2 a mashed banana
What to do:
Heat the oven to 180 fan oven or 200 degrees normal. Combine the oats and milk in a bowl
Add the mashed banana, sweetner of your choice (I used agave) and baking powder and mix until combined
Spray an oven proof dish with fry light or use a little oil so it doesnt stick. (I actually forgot to do that and it stuck a bit but it came off easily when I soaked it in hot water and washing up liquid)
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes
Before I put mine in the oven I topped it with the rest of the banana and then put peanut butter on top once it had baked.
I wanted to share with you two recipes today. The first one is spicy chickpeas and spinach and the second one is potato cakes. Today was my first time making potato cakes and I am in love they are so delicious. I think the spinach and chickpeas is also quite a standard recipe that I see in cookery books and on the internet. All with only slight variations. You don’t have to eat these too thinks together but I normally eat my chickpeas with rice so I fancied a little change today. You could also have the potato cakes with baked beans or any other saucy thing you would like. So, I shall share the recipe for both.
Spicy tomatoes and chickpeas:
Olive oil for frying
1 onion, diced
2 gloves of garlic, crushed
Small piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely grated
2 red chillis, chopped as small as you can
3/4tsp garam masala
1tsp ground cumin
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2tsp tomato puree
200g packed baby spinach leaves
What to do:
Heat the oil in a saucepan and cook the onion until softened. Stir in the garlic, ginger and chillis and cook for five more minutes
Add the spices and stir over a low heat for a few seconds then add the tomatoes and tomato puree and simmer for five minutes
Add the chickpeas, simmer for ten minutes. Lastly add in the spinach and cook for a few minutes until wilted
2 large diced potatoes
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
1tsp dried chives
2 chopped spring onions
1/2 beaten egg
Olive oil to fry
What to do:
Put the potatoes in boiling water and simmer for ten minutes. Drain then mash lightly with a fork
Add the cheese, chives and spring onions and half an egg and combine so everything has stuck together. Be careful not to use too much egg otherwise it will be too crumbly for cooking
Make 4 potato cakes and then heat your oil in a frying pan. Fry on each side for 4-5 minutes until browned
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Today I wanted to talk to you all about challenging yourself in a HEALTHY way. I think that anyone with any type of mental illness has fallen victim to punishing themselves and setting themselves too high a goals which they cannot achieve. I know personally my goals were ridiculous, to be friends with everyone and to be happy and bubbly all of the time. So in the end I was exhausted and wearing myself out and my anorexia got stronger and stronger until I felt oh this is great, I am losing weight finally something I can be good at. Of course in time I found myself as unhappy as ever and so I entered recovery and have been trying to find new ways of challenging myself that do not include unachievable goals or physically and mentally harming myself.
This next week marks a very important week for me in my recovery because my parents left for France yesterday evening for 10 days. I got ever so anxious yesterday and when I get anxious I scream because I don’t let the thoughts come in. So I am just sat with an anxious feeling and I have no idea why. But yesterday was one of the easier times where I could link my anxiety to a big event and sometimes I can’t do that. So, after I had calmed down a little bit I thought to myself… This is a REALLY BIG positive step. I am challenging myself from being away from my mum so I have to take care and responsibility of my own recovery. This is a huge positive and healthy challenge because I am not going to be punishing myself and I have set myself an achievable goal and if I don’t quite manage then no harm is actually done. I am still going to feel accomplished because being away from my parents is already half of the challenged ticked already.
So I wanted to share with you a few other little challenges that I have/want to achieve. I do lots of planning of these kinds of challenges and it makes me feel SO GOOD once I have finished them. Like I didn’t know I could have such a confidence boost just by doing my favourite hobby regularly or doing homework tasks set by my therapist. You will see these goals are not entirely food related but some are because I like to have a mixture. The one thing they all have in common is health and well being related. Here are my goals:
To make my friendship bracelets whenever I have a few spare minutes in the day
To give in my job application forms (already done this one!)
To go horse riding as regularly as possible. I love horse riding but sometimes it’s a lot of effort to make myself go. Just because my negative voices are very loud and recently I seem to have lost interest in nearly all of my hobbies. But horse riding is something that actually makes me feel good about and it is a challenge to make myself go so that is why it is on here
To put effort into my mindfulness practice and to do it at least three times a week
To go back to college in September (That’s a huge one and I have knots in my stomach just thinking about it!)
To make the effort to have lunch out with any family member each week. This is an important one because I have found that I absolutely love having lunch with my mum. I can talk to her about therapy and any worries I might have and because it is at a time and day that we have planned to have lunch then I can plan what to say and I find that very useful because if we didn’t do that then there wouldn’t be another time that I feel more comfortable talking to her. Because at my house it is busy busy busy!
To make sure I keep writing to my pen pals
To make sure I look after myself. Wash my face, put a bit of make up on, use my perfume, use my favourite shower gel and body lotion. Hand cream and foot cream. When I was deep into my illness I wouldn’t do any of this. My hands and lips were completely cracked and bleeding because I refused to look after myself. Now I wake up feeling like I want to get out of bed and have a nice day just because it feels a bit nicer being in my skin.
To walk my dogs everyday
So those are all of my goals and challenges to make me feel like I have a purpose to my life and I am not just floating around doing nothing. I have ambitions and I want a proper life and hopefully my goals will help me towards that. What are your personal challenges/goals? I would love to hear them.