Butterbean stew recipe

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.

Butterbean stew:

Butterbean stew

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! 🙂

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Apricot and walnut sandwich bars (Mary Berry recipe)

Hello,

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? 😉

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Apricot and walnut sandwich bars

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 50ml water
  • 2tbsp caster sugar
  • grated rind of 1 lemon

What to do:

  1. 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.
  2. Mix together the oats, flour, sugar and walnuts in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter and mix well.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Enjoy 🙂

Sweet potato tagine

Hello, I come bearing a recipe 🙂

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Sweet potato tagine with couscous

Ingredients:

  • Oil/Spray oil to fry
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • 2tsp cumin
  • 2tsp paprika
  • 1 small aubergine cut into cubes
  • 2 small sweet potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 small handful raisins
  • 1 small can chickpeas
  • 1 courgette cut into chunks
  • 1tbsp tomato puree

What to do:

  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan then add the onion and garlic. Fry for around 10 minutes
  2. Add the coriander, cumin and paprika and fry for 30 seconds
  3. Add the aubergine and sweet potato, stirring for 1 minute
  4. Add the tin of tomatoes, water, raisins and chickpeas. Bring to the boil then simmer for ten minutes covering the pan with a lid
  5. Add the courgette and tomato puree then simmer again for 5 minutes
  6. 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

Enjoy 🙂

Basic baked oats recipe

Hello everyone,

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.

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Baked oats basic recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 50g oats
  • 150ml milk of your choosing
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 1/2tsp honey/agave nectar/golden syrup etc
  • 1/2 a mashed banana

What to do:

  1. Heat the oven to 180 fan oven or 200 degrees normal. Combine the oats and milk in a bowl
  2. Add the mashed banana, sweetner of your choice (I used agave) and baking powder and mix until combined
  3. 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)
  4. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes

Enjoy 🙂

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.

Spicy tomato and chickpeas and potato cakes

Hello,

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 tomato and chickpeas with spinach and potato cakes

Spicy tomatoes and chickpeas:

Ingredients:

  • 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
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 3/4tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2tsp tomato puree
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 200g packed baby spinach leaves

What to do:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Add the chickpeas, simmer for ten minutes. Lastly add in the spinach and cook for a few minutes until wilted

Potato cakes:

Ingredients:

  • 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:

  1. Put the potatoes in boiling water and simmer for ten minutes. Drain then mash lightly with a fork
  2. 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
  3. Make 4 potato cakes and then heat your oil in a frying pan. Fry on each side for 4-5 minutes until browned

Enjoy 🙂

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Vegetable pasta sauce

Hello everyone,

I have been so busy recently it appears and that makes me anxious because my energy levels are depleting fast. I wake up in the morning fresh as a daisy and then by 11:00 I am flagging and then by two I can’t move anymore. This is a problem that needs to be solved especially if I want to have a life for myself which I very much do want that more than anything! But apart from the tiredness everyday I feel quite chirpy today. So I wanted to share with you a recipe again! This is my tomato and vegetable pasta sauce and its so delicious I love it.

vegetable pasta sauce

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 peppers any colour, deseeded and chopped
  • 2x400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar

What to do:

  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and gently cook the onion, celery and carrots for around ten minutes. Add the peppers and cook for ten minutes more.Tip in the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for around 30-40 minutes.#
  2. Once the sauce is cooked blitz with a hand held blender. You could leave it chunky but I think it tastes nicer smooth and I prefer that texture.
  3. I got four portions out of this so it’s perfect to shove in the freezer so you have it to hand when you don’t feel like cooking.

Enjoy 🙂

Homemade hummus and the mental health project introduction

Hello everyone,

I wanted to share with you one of the most simplest recipes ever. It is my homemade hummus and I have to warn you that it doesn’t taste like shop bought hummus BUT it’s still yummy and I always like making things for several reasons the first being just because it is a big hobby of mine and it’s much more satisfying making your own meal than whipping out something that is premade!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tin chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

What to do:

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processer or you can use a hand blender or just mash by hand. Blend until it has made a smooth puree and then tadah you are done!
  2. Don’t freak out about the oil because olive oil is SO good for you. I am actually going to list all of the good things about fats because they are essential in the diet and people seem to be afraid of fats when they shouldn’t be because we need ALL nutrients to make up a BALANCED diet.

Why fats are so good for you and why you need them in your diet:

  • Carbohydrates are the main source of energy in the body but when the body has ran out it will turn to the fat stores to find energy
  • Fats help maintain body temperature
  • They protect and cushion your organs and bodies tissue
  • Used to build new cells
  • Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat soluable vitamins which means without fat they cannot function properly
  • Essential for brain development and nerve function
  • They keep your hair, skin and nails beautiful and shiny, make sure your hair doesn’t fall out and isn’t all brittle and straw like. Protein helps with this as well

Another little thing I wanted to add to this post is that I have a bit of an announcement I guess urm I don’t know what you would call it. I have been thinking for a long while and I want to make a series of blog posts to do with anything mental health and anorexia recovery related. I have been in recovery for four years now and I have learnt A LOT over my time so as well as my recipes and my daily posts on this blog which I love doing so much once a week I will be doing posts on things so this week was why fats are good for you and I will also be doing things like my personal views on stopping counting calories, how to deal with friends/family who are on a diet, extreme hunger in recovery and so on. I want to be able to share my experiences with people and to help them. I would love it if you commented to say if you think this is a good idea and also if you have suggestions of posts I could do then I would love that so much. I have decided to call this series “the mental health project” because I think that’s a good all round general name for the sorts of topics I will be talking about.