Chicken is such a versatile meat. From simply roasting with spices, or slow cooking with lemon rosemary, to using in a homemade curry, butterflying and grilling with peri peri, or making enchiladas. There’s so much you can do with it. Alex being a big meat eater, and requesting meat for every dinner we have together, chicken has become somewhat of regular every week. A big pack of breasts, or legs, can last a few meals, and as long as you shake up the dish, you never get bored! Following a night of simple fajitas (yes, sometimes I do buy those sets as they’re super quick and easy for after work), I got creative in the kitchen for our second day of chicken. Cooking off sliced…

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Eton Mess is a classic. A truly British dessert loved by many. The fresh, juicy berries, light and airy, sweet meringues, runny coulis, and thick indulgent cream, a dreamy combination. A treat to be devoured every now and then. But for those moments when I crave a classic, like an Eton Mess, during the week I like to put a healthy twist on it. Less guilt, no feeling like I need to gym to burn it off, and yet still just as delicious. And that’s exactly what I’ve done with this Eton Mess version. Using low fat or fat free vanilla yoghurt instead of cream, with plenty of fresh strawberries, sauce and crunchy meringue, I created a seriously tasty dessert, which radiates the feel of…

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A pad thai used to be my go-to dish when out for Asian food. A fail safe. Something you could trust would be pretty darn tasty wherever you were. That was up until I made a conscious promise to myself that I needed to start trying new things on the menu. But before recently I never knew how easy it was to make. Like super speedy! Ok so the noodles might take a tiny bit of patience – you have to soak them and stir them as soon as they start to soften to try and stop them from sticking to each other. Once soft enough to wrap round a fork, you drain, rinse with cold water and stir in a little oil to avoid…

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My first experience of the sweet, soft, buttery cornbread was at the Big Easy in Covent Garden. This Canadian Crab shack was our spot one evening for an unlimited BBQ feast, and some cute cornbread muffins came out too – they complimented the barbecue dishes so well I knew I had to recreate it at home. Since then I’ve tried a few times to bake my own, each time switching something new in and out of the recipe to find out how to make it taste it’s most awesome – not because I’m an amazing baker, but because cornbread is a fab creation. Cornbread is actually super simple to make. So simple that the first time I started researching recipe ideas, I was sure everyone…

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Jerk. No I’m not giving out an insult, I’m talking about the Caribbean seasoning I’ve come to love. Give me anything jerk and it’s a winner – Alex’s mum makes the most incredible jerk chicken, and I love feasting on the stuff at Notting Hill Carnival too! I could probably live on the jerk chicken and wouldn’t get bored. One side which goes so well with jerk chicken is sweet potato – come on, Sweet potato is never going to have had its day. So getting creative in the kitchen recently I started experimenting with combining the flavours – a jerk sweet potato mash to go with my slow cooked BBQ chicken. Combining cooked sweet potato with a little butter and jerk paste, it made…

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