Risotto is one of those dishes which always takes longer to cook than you expect. Albeit dinner is then usually a delicious dish of flavours and spices, and totally worth the wait, like this one was. A tomato based, herby risotto, with a decent chilli kick, packed with sausage pieces and peas, and topped with a good sprinkling of Parmesan. I actually sat down, took my first mouthful and did a little sigh. Well it was almost 9, as I’d been to the gym after work and decided that I really wanted risotto – not a good time for something to take way longer than expected. You normally want something quick and easy on those days. But it was simple. Oh so simple. I love…

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Simple yet seriously satisfying – you can’t beat a good avo on toast. I love avocado! It’s just so creamy and adds a delicious flavour as well as keeping you full. Ok, so I know it’s not calorie free, but it’s full of good fats which I don’t always get enough of – unless I’ve been eating peanut butter of course, but that’s only on gym days. It not only tastes delicious on toast by itself, it’s amazing with poached eggs, or even as a side to a cooked breakfast. I often serve it sliced on the side, but love a good smashed avo – it’s so much easier for topping toast. I can’t be the only one who hates taking a bite of toast…

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With the arctic blast making temperatures drop this week, warming comfort food has been just what I’ve needed. All those flavoursome Autumn and Winter dishes we love so much when the weather is chillier come back on the menu during weeks like this – sausage and mash, stew, chilli, mac ‘n’cheese…but for me, it’s been all about RAMEN. I love a good Ramen. A steaming bowl of rich flavoursome broth, with soft egg noddles, crisp and crunchy vegetables, tender chicken pieces and chillies. I often head out for a bowl of the good stuff, with Wagamama and Bone Daddies being my current hot spots, but decided it was about time I made my own – that way I could have Ramen any day I wanted, and enjoy it…

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Ok so the brunch wars went on hold for a few weekends whilst I was away visiting family, and whilst we were both ill – you just don’t fancy an extravagant brekkie when dosed up on Lemsip and feeling nauseous. But they’re back! Alex made some more awesome pancakes (I think he’s obsessed!), then I tried to top it, and I’m sure I came pretty close with my latest breakfast – breakfast tacos! We had some leftover standing soft tacos from dinner in the week, which is where my inspiration first came from – I just hate waste! So I got thinking about all the wonderful breakfast toppings I could pile into them, and obviously which would be the best combos because let’s face it…

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Cinnamon whirls are one of Alex’s favourite things. Well actually, pretty much anything with cinnamon playing a big part in the recipe, but these in particular are up there. I can’t count how many times I’ve been at the supermarket, on the phone to Alex and asked if he needs anything, only to hear “well…if they have any cinnamon whirls…”. Alex normally buys the ones from the fresh bakery section at the supermarket. The ones almost the same size as my face – pretty big pastry in my mind – and eats it on the go, or warm with a mountain of whipped cream (I say mountain because there’s actually more cream than pastry!). Obviously after more brownie points after an awesome birthday surprise Alex…

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