Honestly Healthy 3 Day Cleanse

You will have seen in a previous blog that I have become a huge fan of Natasha Corrett and her way of thinking about food. She has inspired me to research into the Alkaline Diet and the lifestyle that comes with it. There is a link further down from the Telegraph about the Cleanse 🙂

I can’t claim that you’ll be a convert and live a beautifully healthy life with ease, but I know for me, Natasha has encouraged me and helped me tackle my relationship with food.

For a couple of years now, feeling bloated and in pain has become a regular occurrence after eating. I’m left feeling tired and drained of energy. Because of this though, I have read up a lot on different ‘diets’ and lifestyles, tested many recipes and developed my love of food. I am even doing short courses in diet and nutrition, and sports nutrition. I’ve adapted my lifestyle and eat a lot healthier, as well as exercise regularly. I have felt an improvement in my energy levels and the way I generally feel but my bloating and occasional pain has stayed to haunt me.

Keeping a food diary was my wake up call. It’s clear that I have a sensitive stomach and I needed to see what foods I consumed frequently. I knew that most of the things I ate were healthy, but I didn’t quite realise that the majority of my intake was carb and dairy related. The obvious conclusion was to eat more plant based food! Everything I make is from scratch using fresh ingredients, but half of my plate would be full of white rice, pasta or potatoes. Just being aware of this and reducing the portion sizes of these has made a massive difference. I feel much better now that white bread/pasta/rice has been swapped to wholemeal and takes up less space on my plate. And I LOVE sweet potato! Why had I not been eating this before!

When I came across Natasha Corrett, I bought her book straight away. The recipes were accessible, easy and delicious! She showed me that it doesn’t have to be a challenge to get more plant based produce into my daily life. I didn’t have to eliminate anything from my diet. I just had to swap the ratios around. For those that know me, you’ve seen the amount I can stack away sometimes! Never ending pit…

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This brings me onto the reason for this blog in the first place… The Honestly Healthy Cleanse.

3 days of soups, smoothies, and juices. When I saw this, I instantly told myself that it wouldn’t happen. There’s no way I could live off liquid for 3 days! My desire to constantly eat would take over and I wouldn’t get to the end. But after reading a little more on the reasons for doing a ‘cleanse’ and the benefits, I decided to give it a go. The boost of nutrients nourishing my body would help improve my skin, my hair, give me a glow, help get rid of water retention, reduce bloating, increase my energy… oh the list goes on. There wasn’t a reason I could think of not to do it! It’s only 3 days… how hard can that be! I drink a smoothie for my breakfast every morning already. I eat soup as well (might be accompanied by a big slab of buttered bread… but that’s not the point ha!)

I did have to make sure I prepared everything a day in advance because there wasn’t enough time first thing in the morning before work to start chopping veg for a smoothie. They tasted just as good kept in the fridge overnight until ready to drink.

Give this a read and see what you think 🙂 There are recipes attached too! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11307754/Cleanse-your-body-with-the-alkaline-diet.html

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If I said it’s been plain sailing, I’d be lying. I found it tough at first. Not because I was hungry, but because I felt as though I needed to physically chew something. I haven’t felt hungry once! That was my biggest fear. I’ve even had to skip a few of the mid-afternoon snacks because I just couldn’t manage anymore liquid! Everything I’ve tasted has been delicious too! In the day, I never gave my soups and smoothies a second thought, but when it came to the evenings, I struggled. The other half would make himself dinner and sit next to me whilst I was slurping my soup. The smell from his food would send me insane! But I got through it because I knew how proud I’d feel that I had accomplished the Cleanse and I was looking forward to seeing what a difference it made. In all honesty, I never craved junk food once. What I really looked forward to was the act of chewing and a variety of flavours in one meal instead of your whole meal tasting the same.

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On the first day I felt a little irritable because I was battling with myself. Half of me wanted to give up and admit defeat. I tried to tell myself that I didn’t need to do it and it was pointless. But the other half of me was really intrigued as to whether there would be any benefits. My curiosity won! Thankfully!

It became a little easier on the second day as I was trying soups I’d never had before. Discovering new flavour combinations is wonderful! I was also very surprised at how full I felt! I had to skip the mid-morning juice and ended up having the mid-afternoon smoothie for my evening meal instead of the soup I’d planned to have originally. I can normally consume a fair amount of food! So this was a shock because I didn’t actually want or need anything else. Sitting and watching cookery programmes and reading through my new cookery books was a breeze too! I may have starred longingly at a few of the photos (particularly Jamie’s Everyday Superfood Mushroom Curry *drools*), but it never once made me feel like faltering. I went to bed tired and with a headache but feeling good.

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As I never managed to finish all of the allocated soups and smoothies the previous day, I skipped making the mid-afternoon smoothie as I knew I wouldn’t need it. I was correct. Thick blended soups really do keep you full! Good job really! I’d be making claw marks on my desk with my fingernails by now if not! I couldn’t get hold of any gluten-free oats for my breakfast smoothie, so I unfortunately had to use regular ones (does this mean I failed?). As mushrooms are one of my favourite foods, I was actually really looking forward to tucking into a big bowl of mushroom soup for my dinner and curling up on the sofa to watch the Great British Bake Off final! Not to mention the excitement at being able to eat solid food the day after! The mushroom soup isn’t on the Cleanse but I stuck to the Alkaline way of eating and created it to replace some of the suggestions Natasha makes. I can’t say I’m a fan of Cauliflower, although mixed with Pink Peppercorns, it does sound delicious (Page 38). Maybe I’ll give it a try next time!

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I made the decision to carry on with the soups and smoothies for breakfast and lunch Thursday and Friday. Each soup I cooked made 2 portions so I wanted to make sure they didn’t go to waste J And as I already drink smoothies for my breakfast, I just chose some more from the Honestly Healthy Cleanse book. The 1 of the solid evening meals I chose was adapted from from the Cleanse. I savoured every single mouthful! Nutritious and delicious!

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What you really want to know is whether I felt a benefit to all of this…. And the answer is yes! I feel great! I’ve had a few comments on how good my skin looks and that I have an added bounce in my step. The few spots I had form being run down have faded and I’ve even lost a few inches! What’s not to like! But the main reason for the Cleanse was to give my stomach a rest from constantly digesting solid food and it has really helped. I haven’t felt bloated once and haven’t needed to undo that top button of my trousers after every meal! Just consuming liquid isn’t something I can do on a regular basis (and I don’t suggest anybody else does either), but every couple of months, I believe this is a great way to ‘Cleanse’ and put yourself back on the right track; with your mind as well as your body. Natasha recommends this cleanse of a weekend so you are relaxed and can focus your energy into really looking after yourself. It’s a great idea! I went to work every day and this made it harder because sometimes when you are having a stressful day at work, you don’t want liquidised kale! It just doesn’t cut it! My will power and determination stuck with me though and I’m glad 🙂

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There were certain ingredients that I couldn’t get hold of, so these were either substituted or left out altogether. Unfortunately, living in Stoke doesn’t lend itself to ‘exotic’ powders and ingredients! *dreams of big city life* They can all be ordered online with forward planning though! I did however take a sachet of pro-biotic everyday alongside the Cleanse. You’ll often see yoghurts with this as an added ingredient. It is a good bacteria that helps give the digestive system a boost and aids a healthy gut. I found it to really help and will continue to take every couple of months to make sure everything is working the way it should. If you’ve got IBS, taking this could really help reduce your symptoms (alongside a healthy diet of course).

Let me know if you decide to give any of the Cleanses in the book a go! I would love to hear from you! I’ll be following these as a guide throughout my food journey and discovery and I hope they help many others just like me to realise how easy it can be to really look after yourself no matter what your circumstance, budget, reason, lifestyle.

Love and Lemons xxx

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My Week – No Caffine/Solid Food (3days)/Alcohol/Dairy/Wheat or Gluten/Meat/Sugar/Processed Food

Day 1:

– Breakfast: Green Smoothie (Page 31)
– Mid-Morning: Red Juice (I don’t own a juicer so bought a pure red juice from supermarket)
– Lunch: Carrot + Coriander Soup (Adapted from Page 41 Carrot + Lime Soup)
– Mid-Afternoon: Avocado Smoothie (Page 57)
– Dinner: Spicy Butternut Squash Soup (My own, message me for recipe)

Day 2:

– Breakfast: Carrot + Tumeric Smoothie (Page 31, Acquired taste!)
– Lunch: Yesterdays leftover Butternut Squash Soup
– Dinner: Chia Green Smoothie (Page 33, Really good!)

Day 3:

– Breakfast: Kale & Oat Smoothie (Page 56, Swapped Spirulina for Matcha Powder)
– Mid-Morning: Green Juice (Shop Bought, pure)
– Lunch: Broccoli, Celery & Dill Soup (Page 42, Delicious! Chop Dill up finely unless you want it wrapped around your blender!)
– Mid-Afternoon: Fig & Almond Milk Smoothie (My own, message me for recipe)
– Dinner: Mushroom & Hazelnut Soup (My own, message me for the recipe)

Day 4:

– Breakfast: Beetroot & Blueberry Smoothie (Page 56, used shop bought red juice instead of beetroot)
– Lunch: Yesterdays leftover Mushroom Soup
– Dinner: Garlic, Kale & Spinach w/ Poached Eggs (My own, message me for the recipe)

Day 5:

– Breakfast: Beetroot & Blueberry Smoothie (Page 56)
– Mid-Afternoon: Peppermint Tea
– Lunch: Leftover Broccoli, Celery & Dill Soup (Piece of seeded toast w/ coconut oil)
– Dinner: Sweet Potato & Fennel Seed Rosti w/ Baked Eggs (Adapted from Page 110)

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Are You ‘Honestly Healthy’?

I haven’t read many UK blog posts this week where the first sentence hasn’t gravitated around the lovely weather and how you should be enjoying it. Well… thanks to being stuck inside an office where the sun has decided it doesn’t want to shine, I’m left dream up the hours spent outside, drenching myself in Vitamin D and eating homemade fruit ice-lollies. There’s always the weekend to look forward to I suppose! Oh wait… what’s that BBC Weather? Rain you say…? Welcome to the UK ^_^

There’s going to be a little twist on today’s blog. I will be focusing as always, on one particular beautiful meal I prepared and ate; but at the same time, adding a little review of the wonderful and beautifully photographed book it came out of.

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If you’ve never come across Natasha Corrett (Honestly Healthy) before, I highly recommend looking her up and reading about her way of thinking when it comes to food and lifestyle. Natasha produces some beautiful dishes that are utterly nutritious and wonderful for the body and mind.

For the past week I have been recreating some of the recipes from this book and reading up on the Alkaline Diet. As you all know, getting the right balance of goodness is vital for your health and wellbeing. A lot of the recipes taste naughty so it feels like a real treat when I sit down to tuck into these easy to make dinners! And if you read my last blog, you’ll all know that I like my food to be quick and easy!

As well as mid-week clean eating after work, I have been taking the leftovers for my lunch and making the smoothies/juices from the beginning of the book for my breakfast. Fruit and veg jam-packed into a smoothie after my morning runs are just what I’ve needed on these warm ‘summer’ mornings 🙂

It’s unbelievably easy to eat this way and Natasha Corrett certainly shows you how. As I have mentioned before, meat free days are so good for your health, for the planet, and for your wallet!

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The Spicy Smoothie could do with a very generous grating of ginger because for my tastes, it’s not spicy enough. But it’s delicious. You can almost feel the good it’s doing my body! It’s starting to become one of my firm favourites. I always make them the night before and freeze ready for the next morning. It saves time when I get up and it keeps them fresh and cold ready for drinking.

The Skin Boosting Smoothie is an acquired taste but it works wonders! Just add a little agarve or honey to sweeten and take away the sharpness. A week of drinking these and my skin will be glowing!

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I am still working my way through these liquid wonders, so when I feel satisfied, a Blog post will pop up all about Smoothies (within this book and beyond) and why I love to drink them!

I can’t resist a really good veggie burger so going straight to the recipe for Spicy Bean Burgers was a natural selection. The textures, the flavours, the goodness… Oh my. That feeling of biting into something so heavenly really makes a weekday evening that little bit more bearable. I’d start preparing them as soon as you get home if you want to eat before 9pm! Don’t forget that the mixture has to cool down before you can handle it and then the burgers need to be chilled in the fridge (or freezer) before cooking. They will fall apart otherwise!

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(Mine didn’t look like that I can assure you! I’m a messy cook! But I bet they tasted just as good!)

I like to make use of what I already have in the house (to be economical), so as always; my variation is always slightly different to that in the original recipe. If you would like any of the recipes, please do ask and I am more than happy to pass them on. But I highly recommend buying the cookbook! Or any of Honestly Healthy’s books for that matter!

I would post a photo of what my burgers looked like… But… I was really hungry and forgot to take a photo. There were only a few crumbs falling from the side of my mouth when I realised my terrible error! How am I meant to write a blog about food if I’m always too eager to shove it in my cakehole?!

In my opinion, the only thing I would change is to add more chilli and spice! This comes down to preference and I love strong powerful flavours in my veggie burgers. The other half had his in Brioche buns but I opted for a rocket and tomato chutney salad.

Not forgetting the sweet potato wedges though! Also featured in the book. They do list Cajun spice as the marinade but I happened to have a packet of BBQ Fajita seasoning that I used instead. I can still taste that oven-baked nugget of perfection now… NOM!

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be adapted in anyway you like once you’ve got the basics cracked! I personally don’t think you can beat risotto stuffed full of roasted butternut squash. The only change I made was to stir in a little cream cheese right at the end for extra luxuriousness! It really does serve 4 people generously as well! Not just 3 mouthful portions like I find a lot of recipes… Maybe that’s because I eat like there’s going to be a food shortage and I need to store fat and energy? Well that’s the reason I’m telling myself anyway!

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Chicken would make a good addition if you are looking for that further protein after a workout or long day at work. On this occasion I added beef meatballs for the boy and a generous handful of freshly chopped herbs. I’m already looking forward to leftovers for lunch tomorrow! Would it be naughty of me to have an extra nibble now….

And finally I come to the last recipe I have tested so far! Another one of my favourites. I do like warming comfort food, even in the warmer weather! I can’t help but be addicted to carbs! The call my name… who am I to ignore?

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(For once it looks like the photo! Nearly…)

Whilst making this, I was coming up with lots of other variations! Such as adding sun-dried tomatoes or roasting the fresh tomatoes first until they blister before stirring into the lentils. I’m drooling just thinking about my next delicious bowl!

With this recipe, I added many handfuls of spinach and a big bunch of parsley. Being able to taste the herbs and savour their freshness is very important to me. Not to mention the B vitamins present in the parsley that protect the heart.

Mushrooms are one of my favourite ingredients, so it was only right the percentage of mushrooms was higher than any other ingredient! And only the best earthy, nutty mushrooms will do else the flavour and texture gets lost.

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Eventually, I hope to have ticked off all recipes in this wonderful book! Natasha has really inspired me and shown me that eating healthily is exciting and fun. This book has also given me much more knowledge and developed my creativity when it comes to cooking and coming up with my own recipes. I hope to teach others that eating healthily is easier than they think and it can become a lifestyle you crave.

In August, I am going to Jamie Oliver’s Feastival for the second time, and I have just learnt that Natasha will be there. I cannot wait for the possible opportunity to tell her how much of an inspiration she has been and how through her recipes, she has encouraged me to move forward and think about a happy body and mind.

Until next time!

Love and Lemons xxx

It’s Hasn’t Been Easy, And This Is Just The Beginning…

I wouldn’t usually post stuff like this but a few people have asked recently what motivates me to get up early in the mornings to workout and what drives me to put down the cake and pick up the smoothies. This….. I’ve always struggled with my weight and confidence. I’ve never been the slimmest and I’m blessed with wide child bearing hips. But waking up and seeing my hard work paying off gives me the drive and determination to work even harder, to be even better. Being happy in your skin is achievable. It’s not easy! In fact, it’s really tough sometimes… And I do slip… But I pick myself back up and I carry on. Everyday is the start of something new 😊 and it only gets better if you’re willing to put the work in. Results haven’t been overnight. For me, they’ve taken years, as I’m still improving my health and fitness, but it’s been a wonderful journey so far and it’s only the beginning.

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Trying something new…. BREAD

Once again… this is not directly related to Pinterest, but it was where my first interest came. I see all of these amazing foods and skills being presented, but tend to steer clear because I’m not very confident in certain areas… Well this is the day that all changes.

Trying something new…

I like to think of myself as a bit of a culinary wiz, but after some thought, I’ve come to realise that I’m actually quite lazy. If it doesn’t have many steps to the process, I’m all over it! Start to introduce more complicated layers and I push it to one side for a ‘rainy day’. It’s about time this stopped.

If I am trying to encourage you all to live a healthier, varied and more interesting foodie led life, I should be able to whip up anything and everything! Starting with the staples, simple techniques, and basic knowledge.

One of those being BREAD…

I have attempted a few ‘loaves’ over the years and each time, not really come out the other end with the desired results. They have always been edible; But maybe not so ‘bread-like’! It’s harder than Paul Hollywood makes it look!

So, with this in mind I booked myself on to a one day Speciality Bread course in the beautiful Lake District. I went in with the hope of being a master bread maker… and came out with good attempts, the realisation that making bread is HARD and bulging biceps in my kneading arm.

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They look homemade and rustic right? 🙂

It was a small group of 5 so we could get really stuck in and ask as many questions as we liked. Having a little knowledge on the process of bread making already, helped a lot because I knew what to do and what not to do… most of the time… but I’ll come to that shortly!

The course consisted of 4 different artisan breads:

Wholemeal

Light rye with Cranberry & Walnut

Hawkshead Stout & Parmesan Rolls

Bagels

So many flours to take into consideration, and each one needs treating differently. How I got out alive I will never know!

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It all went well… until you come to the bagels… Have you ever tried to make bagels? I bet swimming the Channel is easier! Ha! I can’t really say my attempt looked like a bagel, or tasted like a bagel. More like pancake batter boiled in water and sprinkled with poppy seeds. Edible? If you didn’t mind gooey batter mix encased in a chewy casing. I think it’s safe to say I may have failed the bagel test! But watch this space… I will be trying again, and next time, I will produce something edible and delicious spread with cream cheese and salmon!

Just look at that sorry mess! Ha.

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Lucy Cooks, the cookery school is situated in between a lovely little bakery and a brewery, so after the trauma of bread making, there is plenty to calm the nerves!

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day baking with fellow enthusiasts and having lunch cooked for me. The sticky toffee pudding for dessert was AMAZING! The whole day was worth it just for that! *dreams*

What have I learnt from this experience… PRACTICE making bread more often instead of putting it off because it takes longer than 5 minutes to do…

And, Parmesan rolls are sooooo good; warmed up with lots of butter to dip into soup or the juices left over from your steak!

I don’t want them to run out!

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Until next time foodie followers and keen bread makers!

Love and Lemons xxx

Truffled Gnocchi w/ Mushroom Ragu

This is a recipe you’ll either love or hate… a little like Marmite. And I love both! I’ve finally found the perfect vegetarian comfort food. Rich, creamy, filling, full of flavour, with a real ‘meaty’ bite. And not to mention, absolutely delicious! It can be easily made vegan too. Double WIN!

I’ve been saving this recipe for when the boy has gone to play so I can savour it curled up on my own. He also isn’t a big fan of gnocchi, whereas I on the other hand think it is amazing!

If it’s right up your street as well and you’re also a lover of mushrooms, you NEED to be in the kitchen right now lovingly preparing this dish!

And what’s more… being able to take leftovers to work easily makes lunchtime the best part of the following day! *dreams of silky mushrooms encased in truffle oil*

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When taking inspiration from recipes, I always check the ingredients list and then read through the instructions a couple of times to assess technique and method. Unless it is a complicated one, this is as far as I go in terms of following the steps. I swap around ingredients depending on what I have available, or what I fancy at the time. If I can make it healthier, I will always strive too. It lessens the guilt and makes my body thankful for the kindness shown to it.

In this case, the recipe shows you how to make your own truffled gnocchi. As this was a meal being prepared on a weekday after work just for myself, I didn’t want to spend all night cooking, so I bought good quality ready-made gnocchi from the supermarket and tossed it in a little truffle oil to coat after boiling. It tastes as wonderful and is less hassle. If you have never made your own before though, I suggest giving it a go when you have time to do so. It’s worth it, and you can make all sorts of variations! But… Cheating is ok! I do it ALL the time if it means cutting cooking time down after a long day at work.

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The mushroom ragu is divine! I don’t like to use packet mixes when it comes to spice rubs if I have all the ingredients to hand. This is because I can tailor it to suit my own tastebuds. For the rub in this recipe I used chilli flakes, smoked paprika, oregano and cumin seeds; and then ground them to a powder. If you have read any of my other blog posts, you know I like it hot, so it’s a given that extra chilli is added J

For this recipe to work, you need sturdy, nutty mushrooms. I used forestiere mushrooms, which you can get easily at the supermarket. When I can get hold of them, I also love Chinese mushrooms as they add an extra depth. Mix both varieties for a heavenly ragu. To keep the dish vegetarian, mix a vegetable stock cube with marmite. Or if you are a meat eater, you can swap the marmite for Bovril. Both are delicious! The recipe doesn’t actually include this, but I highly recommend if you’re not using a beef stock cube.

And once more, just to keep it healthier, half fat crème fraiche to finish it off really adds that luxurious touch to make it truly decadent.

Follow this link for the original recipe http://simply-delicious-food.com/2013/06/04/truffled-gnocchi-with-mushroom-ragu/ The blog is simple and down to earth. Not to mention the wonderful photography.

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If you do try this recipe, as its one of my favourites, please do let me know! I would love to hear from you.

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Right, now I’m off to stuff my face with the leftovers!

Enjoy the weekend fellow foodies.

Eat, laugh and feel good.

Love and Lemons xxx

Smokey Chilli Beef w/ Cornbread Dumplings

If you have a slow-cooker, then this recipe is perfect and will make your mouth water waiting for that tender meat to touch your lips. If not, then it’s equally as good in the oven or on the hob. You just have to have a little more time to keep an eye on it!

I chose to make this particular recipe because I love meat that falls apart and melts in the mouth, but I also love dumplings! I can pretend I’m eating a cross between bread and cake! The fact that they are cornbread dumplings makes the combination even better. I’m hungry again now…

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I’m distracted now by fluffy dumplings and beef enveloped in rich gravy *drools*

Having friends over for dinner is always the perfect opportunity to show off cooking skills without having to spend hours in the kitchen beforehand or during. Beef in the slow cooker first thing in the morning and then make the dumplings half hour before serving. Dinner is on the table and you’ve only spent 10 minutes away from the chatter and wine drinking.

This isn’t a recipe that I altered much at all. In fact, the only thing I changed was swapping chipotle chillies for regular Tesco ones because I had forgotten to buy any and grabbed an alternative on the way home! I also had to watch the spice levels because I was cooking for a friend who doesn’t like anything hot! I will definitely be making this again and ramping up the heat for more of a traditional chilli kick!

I highly recommend when making the dumplings that you use the strongest cheese possible to really get the flavour through. It’s worth every penny in each cheesy bite.

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Cheesy cornbread with beef gravy, a match made in heaven. There surely can’t be anybody who disagrees? The only problem I had was not putting enough fresh coriander in the mixture as I ran out! This also meant I didn’t have any to garnish the dish with before serving. If you grow it yourself, always check your plant has plenty of leaves!

The recipe is originally from Donna Hay. You can find the recipe here, https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/dinners/smoky-chilli-braised-beef-with-cornbread-dumplings If you are from the UK like myself, just be aware that it is an Australian site, so some of the ingredients vary in name J I have turned to Donna Hay a few times, but it’s thanks to Pinterest (of course) that I came across this dinner party and weekend comfort food gem.

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I know mine doesn’t quite look like the one above, but who’s got time to faff right?!

If using the slow-cooker like I did, follow all the initial steps like you would for the hob/oven, but turn the slow-cooker on to the medium setting for at least 6/7 hours (or until the meat is just firm enough to hold shape when stirred. At this point, I made the dumpling mixture, transferred the beef to an oven proof dish, spooned the dumpling dough on top and put it uncovered in a pre-heated oven for 20 minutes, so the final magic could happen. Voila.

Served with peas. Delicious. The recipe serves 8 but only one portion was left after 4 hungry adults and a small child had finished! Now that’s a good sign!

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Lovely to see you back again if you are a returning reader! And if this is your first time with me, thank you!

Until next time….

Love and Lemons xxx

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My name is Emily Chapman…

… It has been 5 minutes since my last pin.

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My addiction doesn’t just appear after a long day at work and I’m trying to wind down. You can find me walking down the corridor at work checking to see if any new pins from followers have appeared. Or eating my breakfast at my desk looking for that night’s dinner inspiration. Even whilst cooking in the evening to see if there are some miracle fitness routines I can try out at the gym the next morning.

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It’s not always about the food. If you have had a sneaky peak, you will see that I love VW campervans, pretty houses, bohemia and much more. My life just seems to revolve around food 70% of the time! That percentage would definitely be higher if I found a job in the food industry! *Any job scouts out there…..?*

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There are worse things I could be hooked on…

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There are lots of exciting recipes lined up for me to sink my teeth in to, and as I am in full swing of my diet and nutrition course, they are going to be healthy! (Mostly!)

Some of the posts to look forward to in the near future include my recipes and outlook on Meat Free Week, which I am currently taking part in! Also, my Smokey chili braised beef with cornbread dumplings. And the kitchen is full of macaron shells ready for the final verdict and reveal at the end of next week!

Happy Tuesday to fellow foodies and Pinsomniacs 🙂

Love and Lemons xxx

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