Bombay Chicken w/ Roasted Cauliflower, Spinach and Brown Rice.

Whoever said Indian delights are purely for weekend indulgences? I’m just going to get straight to the point with this recipe and keep it short.

Forget ringing the local takeaway or turning to the reserve jar of Masala stored at the back of the cupboard. This recipe is going to introduce you to beautifully juicy chicken encased in a wonderful explosion of flavours. If that hasn’t got you listening, then this will… It’s not only delicious; it’s healthy! Yes you heard me. Bombay style chicken that tastes naughty, but is far from it!

I must have been living in a bubble the last 26 years of my life because I have only just found out that you can microwave uncooked popadoms instead of frying them! Why has this only now been brought to my attention?! A big crispy disc to scoop up the leftovers, without the oil or fat. WIN! It doesn’t get much better than that.


Rub your chicken and cauliflower with the spices, then slide in the oven. Boil your rice, make the mint yoghurt dressing, and pile your plate full of fresh spinach. You’re all set to go!

When the chicken is 5 minutes away from coming out of the oven, prepare your poppadoms and scoop the rice onto your spinach. Stand for a minute to take in the smells drifting their way to your nose from the wonderful Bombay surprise; letting your mouth water in anticipation.

Cut the chicken into strips and lie on the rice along with the roasted cauliflower. Drizzle the yoghurt in an artistic fashion around the plate and dig in!

I cannot wait to cook this again. It can be a struggle some days to stay healthy and motivated during the week, but with recipes like this, there is no excuse. It’s so simple and quick. I guarantee all the family will love it!

Delicious and nutritious! Squeezing some lemon juice onto the spinach will help your body to soak up all the essential nutrients more effectively and the sneaky roasted cauliflower can almost be disguised for those non-believers, as it is covered in gorgeous flavour. Cauliflower is usually at the bottom of my veggie list, but rubbed with the spice and roasted until just cooked (still crunchy), has converted me slightly. I dare you to give it a go 🙂


Once again, Jamie Oliver has surpassed himself and converted a much loved Saturday night takeaway dish into a guilt-free dish for any time of the week. Put down the Local Indian Restaurant’s menu and get in the kitchen! You won’t regret it 🙂

It makes a great sharer for when you’ve got friends or family over! Lay it all out in the middle of the table and let people help themselves. What a conversation starter! It looks impressive and you’ll wow everybody in the room.

For the recipe, please check out Jamie’s Everyday Superfood.

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I’m slowly working my way through the recipes and I have not been disappointed yet.

I truly believe that a healthy lifestyle and food is the key to being happier inside and out J I automatically reach for foods that will nourish me from head to foot. Healthy does not have to be boring, and Jamie certainly proves this.

Don’t eat healthily because you have to. Eat healthily because it’s delicious.’ – Jamie Oliver

Love and Lemons xxx


Chicken Skewers w/ Yellow Pepper Sauce & Quinoa

Most of us have been in that situation where we’ve come home after a session at the gym, or stumbled through the front door after that long run, but then make the wrong food choice for dinner; such as cheddar cheese on toast (because oh! I really can’t be bothered to cook, just give me something quick!). I used to fall foul of this a lot, especially in the mornings after my workout before heading to the office. I’d grab some toast on the way to work or tuck into a huge bowl of pasta for my dinner!

Doing a little research and following my nutritional studies, I began to realise how important these post-workout meals were. I now make sure I have the right choices in the house whether I am rushing to work or spending the evening preparing a feast. Keep a stock of homemade or good quality oat, seed and nut bars for breakfast! Think ahead and make smoothies to store in the fridge. They are a great on-the-go breakfast asked full of protein, vitamins and minerals to help repair those aching muscles.

The blog isn’t all about this way of thinking though so I won’t bore you anymore! But I will post a Blog somewhere along the line about good and bad food choices, so stay tuned if you’re interested! Or drop me a message if you’d like to discuss more.


What did I come here for today? CHICKEN SKEWERS… That’s what! A brilliant quick and easy meal jam packed with nutrients to help heal muscles and refuel your body full of energy. Just look at some of those ingredients above. Can you feel the health?!

Chicken is a great source of protein and a brilliantly lean meat if you are looking to keep the calories down. It’s so versatile and can be used in virtually every recipe! In this particular instance, I chose to grill the skewers for quickness (and because my skillet isn’t long enough!), but if it’s a lovely summer’s evening… Get in the garden and fire up the BBQ, invite some friends around and have a feast fit for a king!


As you can see, my creation doesn’t quite look like Jamie’s in the book above, but that doesn’t matter! Adaptation and variation are what lead to new creations and wonderful adventures in the kitchen! I do have to admit though, I’m not sure how Jamie managed to get his sauce so yellow! That’s impressive! Don’t let your pepper char….

In my last Blog, I mentioned Jamie Oliver’s new book ‘Everyday Superfood’, and this is a recipe plucked straight from there. First one I’ve made and I cannot wait to make some more! Fear not Vegetarians! There are some amazing meat-free options to choose from. The Mighty Mushroom Curry with Red Lentils, Brown Rice and Poppadoms will be on my dinner table next week without fail! I’ve only just eaten and my stomach is grumbling for more.


If you have never eaten quinoa before, let me just tell you how good it is for your body! It has all the essential amino acids that we need making it very high in protein. Naturally gluten-free. Magnesium. Good for your metabolic health. Bursting with antioxidants… Do I need to go on? Even if you don’t fully understand what all of these do, you can just tell they are working wonders with every mouthful.

It can taste quite bland if just eaten on its own, so mixing it in a salad or accompanying it with other flavour packed ingredients is recommended. In this instance, I rubbed the mould (ramekin) in truffle rapeseed oil and then pressed in the quinoa. The tiny seeds/grains soaked up the oil and scented the plate beautifully. This little addition took the dish to a whole new level. I went from amateur cook to gourmet chef in seconds!

Are you ready to nourish that body and get those tastebuds tickled?

RECIPE (Exclusive!)
Serves 2
40 mins

  • 150g regular,  black or red quinoa (I used regular as it’s more widely available)
  • 1 fresh yellow or red chilli (I used red)
  • 2 yellow peppers (I used 3 small)
  • 4 spring onions
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 2 tbsps cider vinegar
  • olive oil (I used rapeseed)
  • 2 skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 2 sprigs of fresh coriander
  • natural yoghurt; optional (I didn’t use)
  • truffle oil (my optional extra)

Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions, then drain.

Dressed the chilli and peppers, quarter the peppers, and put both into a shallow 25cm pan on a medium heat.

Trim the spring onions and add the whites to the pan (reserving the green tops). Peel, slice and add the garlic, along with the vinegar, 1 tablespoon of oil and a good splash of water.

Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until soft and sweet, stirring occasionally. Decant the contents of the pan into a blender, blitz until smooth, then season to perfection.

You can cook your skewers in a hot non-stick frying pan, griddle pan or even under the grill at full whack. Slice the chicken lengthways into 2cm strips, and chop the greens of the spring onions into 2cm chunks.

Checking that your skewers will fit inside your frying, griddle or grill pan, divide up the chicken and spring onions, weaving the chicken around the onions.

Strip the thyme leaves over the skewers, lightly season, drizzle with 1 teaspoon of oil and rub all over, then cook for around 8 minutes, or until the chicken is golden, charred and cooked through.

Meanwhile, peal and slice the avocado.

Pack half the quinoa into a small oil-rubbed bowl (this is where I used my truffle oil), the turn out onto a plate and repeat.

Divide the yellow pepper sauce, sliced avocado, coriander leaves and chicken between your plates, then tuck in.

This is delicious with a dollop of yoghurt on the side too, if you like.

CALORIES – 549kcal
FAT – 19.8g
SAT FAT – 3.3g
PROTEIN – 42.4g (Yes… Check that out! 46g per day is recommended for the average women)
CARBS – 53.5g
SUGAR – 14.6g
FIBRE – 4.3g


Now you’ve had a sneak peak into Jamie Oliver’s Everyday Superfood, get  purchasing. You won’t regret it if you’re looking to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

Love and Lemons xxx

A little Feastival Magic

It really doesn’t have to be a difficult process, something you have to really think about or a struggle. Healthy eating can become a natural part of your everyday life. Gain the knowledge of what foods you need to eat to maintain that perfect body health and the rest will fall in to place.
I’ve always fought back when I haven’t needed to and slipped into bad habits many times. I now know this is because I have never bothered to educate myself enough. Since starting a nutrition short course, I have become much more confident in living a healthy lifestyle. There is so much information out there on diets, what foods you should/shouldn’t be eating and a constant shower of celebrity figures trying to educate you in their way of life.

Not one size fits all. You need to find what suits you best, and what you think you’re most likely to maintain as a lifestyle. No FAD diets allowed!


I found myself camping under the stars bank holiday August eagerly awaiting the delights Jamie Oliver & Alex James’ Feastival had to offer. If you’re a big foodie like me, it’s not to be missed! This year there was a bigger focus on healthy foods and living (which I absolutely loved!) Some of the workshops really gave me a boost and a positive feeling about my health journey ahead. Natasha Corrett (who I have already blogged about) gave a talk and demonstration towards the end of the weekend and I think I may be an even bigger fan now! She’s realistic and doesn’t believe in denying yourself of delicious food as long as you have the right balance.


‘Eat healthily 70% of the time, then the other 30% of the time, you can eat what the hell you want’

That was a line that I was happy to hear. And one that I stand by too. You don’t need to be extremely strict with yourself. This can lead to you not enjoying food anymore and it having a negative impact on your daily life.

I will definitely be doing some more research into Natasha’s way of thinking and trying out more recipes. I’ve bought her new book and can’t wait to get stuck in! I can guarantee you’ll be seeing more of her recipes adapted in here soon 😊

As well as Natasha, the Helmsley sister’s did a demonstration which I unfortunately missed but I recommend trying out some of their delicious recipes!

It seems as though my blog post has deviated from the original subject of chicken skewers to inspirational people influencing and encouraging my journey to better health.

So, whilst I’m on the topic, Deliciously Ella has played a big part in changing my view and introducing me to alternative recipes for everyday living. I first came across her when I first started looking into setting up a Gluten Free Bakery. My love for her developed passed this and I now look forward to seeing new recipes and the enthusiasm she shows for what she believes in. If you haven’t already, I recommend reading Ella’s book as it gives some wonderful recipes! Just flicking through the pages makes you feel nourished! I’ve already got the next book on pre-order!

During the Feastival weekend, I sadly missed Gizzie Erskine’s demonstration and didn’t manage to see her walking around.  Healthy Appetite is her latest book and really does teach you that the right food choices is exciting and delicious; most definitely not boring!

My cookbook shelf is looking a lot different to what it used to! It’s gone from pies and cakes to health and nutrition. This is way I would like it to stay permanently now. I like the look of the bright covers with glamorous ladies photographed on the front helping me to believe it is all possible!

Between all of these, I cannot forget about my ultimate guru Jamie Oliver (and the reason I first started going to Feastival). Jamie is one of the reasons I started cooking and his views on health are agreed with wholly. As you can imagine, I jumped for joy when I heard of his latest project; Superfood! Accessible food! Healthy food! There is no excuse to grab those frozen meals or phoning the local takeaway. Have you bought the book? No?! Why not?! Don’t forget to watch the TV series that goes alongside the book. Need a bit of motivation or encouragement? Need the reassurance that it’s easier than you think? You’re in the right place 😊


Weekend helped me really focus and gave me faith that a healthy lifestyle is achievable and a great adventure too because healthy food is delicious. I have always known this and loved healthy food, but seeing people who inspire me has spurred me to take everything to the next level. Whilst writing this I’m tucking into avocado, spinach and cottage cheese on a piece of rye bread.

I can’t wait for the rest of my journey to begin. There are so many foods waiting to be discovered and many combinations to thoroughly nourish me from head to foot.

Well that was an unexpected ramble, but one I feel I needed to share. If you only take one little point, I’ve helped start a journey you will never regret.

Love and Lemons xxx

Homegrown Produce & A Weekend of Jam Making

Sitting in the garden on a summer’s evening, the sun glistens on the cherry tree’s dew from the recent downpour. You can count on the beautiful UK weather to keep the plants refreshed. It’s almost possible hear the small berries soaking up the water and turning into a beautiful red ball of deliciousness ready to be picked. These are to the left of me, and to the right, green bean stalks are slowly crawling up bamboo shoots. If you look closely enough, you can see the first signs of bean life. One of my favourite things is to pick the pods straight out of the garden and eat the peas inside raw. The crunch and flavour they hold is delicious.


Amongst these in my garden there is a mixture of delights being nurtured; including strawberries, blueberries, broccoli, tomatoes, pak choi, salad, asparagus, spinach, onions, basil, lemon balm, oregano, thyme, chives, mint, rosemary, parsley, sage, and fennel. Some of these are growing wonderfully, ad others not so much. Have you ever tried to grow asparagus? We definitely haven’t had an edible crop yet, but this is the fun of homemade produce! Sometimes it works, and sometimes it’s a disaster!


Growing your own fruit and vegetables is wonderful. You don’t have to have a big garden with lots of space to do it either! You don’t even have to have a garden! Think of how lovely a box full of scented herbs would look in your kitchen window. I’m lucky enough to have a ‘gardener’ i.e. The boyfriend, to sow seeds and tend to the produce living in our back garden. And… just a short walk down a path, leads to open land behind our house, and that leads to rows of bushes full of juicy blackberries screaming to be picked. It is this little walk that leads me to this blog post. What do you do with a basket full of the sweet berries… you make jam of course! That is exactly what I did.


The rhubarb season has already been and gone so only the remains of this can be seen poking out through the freshly turned soil. It was a good crop this year, so I saved each stalk, cut it into bite size pieces and froze it for a rainy day. Today has been half rainy, half sunny, so I’ve used that as an excuse to defrost and turn the beautiful fruit into jam just like the freshly picked berries. If I’m doing one type of jam, I may as well go for it and do two. Seeing the finished product in jars and cooling on dining room table puts a big smile on my face. I can say that the jam has been lovingly created from homemade and handpicked fruit. It feels wonderful and I can’t wait to share it with friends and family.



I have taken two traditional flavours and given them a little modern twist. That additional touch, I believe makes all the difference and sets the jams apart from any of the others currently half eaten in my kitchen cupboard.

Jar 1 – Blackberry & Vanilla

Jar 2 – Rhubarb and Ginger

There’s something quite therapeutic about watching berries burst when exposed to heat and the smell of rhubarb as it fills every room in the house with a wonderful scent.

Usually I would decorate the jar with a hessian cover and ribbon, which will happen at a later date… But I just couldn’t wait to share these with you, so you are seeing the bare product, fresh from the stove. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t nearly drop the jars a few times due to the heat of the glass whilst trying to take photos! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see the decorated finished product soon enough! So keep your eyes peeled 🙂


Recipe 1 – Blackberry & Vanilla Jam (Made x2 medium jars)

Adapted from ‘Grandma’s Special Recipes; Jams, Jellies & Preserves’


– 450g Blackberries

– 450g granulated sugar (I used white)

– 2 tbsps lemon juice

– 1 tbsp vanilla extract (Needs to be good quality)


– Sterilise a couple of jars and leave to dry or place in oven on a very low heat.

– Put the berries into a pan (not aluminium) and place over a low heat until soft. Press fruit lightly with a wooden spoon during this stage so the juices are released.

– Add the sugar, lemon and vanilla and stir until all ingredients have dissolved.

– Turn up the heat and boil until setting point is reached. (It’s easy for the jam to burn if left so keep stirring regularly.)

(Note: the temperature at which jam sets is 104C/219F, so if you have a sugar thermometer, hook it to the side of the pan. If not, place a small plate in the fridge to cool whilst the jam boils. Drop a blob of jam on cold plate and place back in fridge for a minute. If jam wrinkles or doesn’t close back up when a finger is run through it, it’s done.)

– Spoon into jars and seal tightly. Leave in a safe place to cool before storing.

Recipe 2 – Rhubarb & Ginger Jam (Made x3 medium jars)

Adapted from Ruby Tandoh’s column in ‘The Guardian’


– 600g rhubarb, chopped into 3-4cm chunks

– 600g granulated sugar (I used a mixture of white & golden)

– Juice of 2 small lemons

– Chunk of grated ginger (Amount depends on your preference. I used 2 tbsps.)


– Sterilise jars and leave to dry or put in a warmed oven.

– Mix rhubarb, sugar and lemon juice in a large pan (not aluminium) and put over a low heat.

– Mix in grated ginger and heat until mixture starts to soften.

– Let jam boil for roughly 10-15 minutes (stir regularly).

(Note: the temperature at which jam sets is 104C/219F, so if you have a sugar thermometer, hook it to the side of the pan. If not, place a small plate in the fridge to cool whilst the jam boils)

– After about 10 minutes, check the temperature or place a small blob of jam on the cool plate and put back in the fridge for a minute. Run your finger through the jam and if it wrinkles or doesn’t close the gap again, it’s ready to be jarred.

– Leave to cool for 15 minutes, the pour into sterilised jars. Leave to cool in a safe place before storing.


In no time at all, you have a collection of jars cooling, ready to spread on the eagerly awaiting Monday morning toast, or stirred into creamy porridge. Brilliant pick-me-ups for a long day in the office.

Already started planting those seeds and walking the paths finding berries? Thought you might have 🙂


Until next time…

Love and Lemons xxx

Chilli, Parsley & Lemon Prawns

The sun has been out and the garden has been full of daffodils and birds. This means hearty, belly warming dinners can become a thing of the past for a couple of weeks until the tease of warmth disappears again, and we are left with the remains of blossom stuck to wet windows. This is England after all.

After a long day at work, being able to sit amongst the flowers in the backyard and tuck into fresh, citrus and parsley soaked prawns was heaven. This dish is so light and refreshing, and packed full of great nutrients!

Prawns are low-fat and high in protein so a great choice if you are watching your fat intake. Everything in this dish is packed full of goodness, especially parsley (we should all eat much more of this wonderful herb!); it supports healthy kidney function, whilst strengthening the immune system and building strong bones. Even if it didn’t do all of those things, it tastes so good! Chilli is a great source of Vitamin C, holding more than an orange and is a great boost for digestion! If you can’t handle the heat then you can leave the dried chilli out or just reduce the quantity. I have found the Tesco (UK) fresh red chillies have no heat in them so you can still get the vitamins without the need to lick ice cubes.

And then there is asparagus, this isn’t part of the original recipe but I love to add it to recipes for a green nutritious crunch packed full of fiber and antioxidants.

See… Look at the good you will be doing your body with this recipe!

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There isn’t much that needs to be said, apart from ‘Why aren’t you already in the kitchen making these juicy prawns?… Or…. You could BBQ the prawns for a smoky intense flavour and then toss them in the beautiful sauce. Voila!

Prawns and Shrimp are one of my favourite foods, so when I came across this recipe, I couldn’t wait to give it a go. It’s so easy to make and is ready in no time after a busy day.

As soon as you get in from work, preheat your oven to 180 degrees and roast your oil rubbed garlic bulb ready for the delightful sauce. It will be cool enough to scoop by the time you’re ready to cook.

If you’ve bought fresh prawns, make sure you have de-veined them before you cook. Supermarket isle prawns should already have this done for you.

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I served the prawns with some basmati rice stir-fried in a little coconut oil to give it a subtle coconut flavour. This is my favourite way to devour white rice (but usually, I have brown varieties as I prefer the texture and nutty flavour; as well as it being a lot more nutritious).

The only thing I changed was adding  more chilli flakes as I like a strong kick of heat 🙂


As always, I came across this recipe during one of the many hours browsing Pinterest after I had intended to go to bed… to sleep. I don’t know why I do it to myself. Nearly midnight and I torture myself with images of delicious food. It’s a good job I’m too lazy to get out of bed, else there would be a lot of midnight snacking.


If you love Mediterranean food, or are interested in trying more of the cuisine, this blog is perfect. I’ve mentally made a note of some of the other recipes I’d like to try. Mmmmm.

Until next time.

Love & Lemons xxx

Halloumi, Chorizo & Hummus Brioche Burgers

Heres a definite summer BBQ crowd pleaser. And can be adapted for meat eaters and vegetarians to enjoy. I love this burger both ways!

Buttery brioche bun with a generous smothering of hummus, fresh spinach, grilled juicy Halloumi, blistered red pepper and delicious crunchy pieces of toasted chorizo. If you’re a vegetarian, just leave out the chorizo and replace it with a few shakes of smoked paprika!

Now there’s a vision of summer in the garden… Feet up watching the sun go down with friends… Tucking into a mouthwatering burger of absolute perfection. Chicken Legs and Beef burgers are so last year.

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What first attracted me to this recipe wasn’t the ingredients, it was the photograph. I’m a sucker for composition and good lighting.

Just look at that… You want to eat it right? Obviously the image below… the one above was 2 seconds before I stuffed it in my mouth. Mmmm.


This blog showcases some wonderful recipes and you can look through the magazine portfolios and shoots to see what they have been up to 🙂 So do have a scout if you go on to look at this recipe. *Dreams of soft moist Brioche smothered in hummus..*

My adaptation – I sliced some chorizo and grilled it with the halloumi. This made it wonderfully crispy and you can see the surface starting to bubble, which I love to watch. The smell is totally irresistible! And the leftover liquid makes a great juice to mop up with brioche before warming. Yeh, I knew you’d be excited!

 If you are a vegetarian, then leave this off. If cooking for vegetarians, crisp the chorizo in a separate pan.

I started the peppers before anything else and put them under the grill. You can’t beat beautifully blistered skin. So they take a little longer than everything else. The softer the flesh, the sweeter it becomes and the flavor just sings harmonious tunes with the salty halloumi.

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My cheese of choice has added chili so there’s a wonderful kick with every bite. Tesco do a great one and I have sometimes purchased some from Aldi (UK based, so not sure about other countries!)

There is no right of wrong way to layer this bad boy up, as long as you apply a generous layer of hummus (experiment with all flavours!), and the spinach goes on first. The rest is up to you! And you will not be disappointed.

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As always, if you try this recipe, do let me know what you think. Either my adaptation or straight from the blog. I challenge anybody to dislike this! Unless of course you don’t like halloumi… but then we can’t be friends 😉

I’m currently testing a deliciously fresh and healthy king prawn dish so watch this space 🙂

Love and Lemons xxx

Pepperoni Meatballs w/ Spaghetti

Go out and buy the ingredients for this recipe straight away. Take it from me, these are some of the best meatballs you’ll ever taste. And believe me, I’ve tested a lot. To say I love meatballs would be a slight understatement. There are so many combinations you can do, but these juicy balls of flavour are just divine. Mixing a selection of pepperoni, beef and pork together, is a match made in heaven.

You surely don’t need me to go on and convince you anymore?

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A meal for 6, was meant to have catered for 4 with leftovers. There were no leftovers… Something as delicious as these can’t be put in Tupperware and placed in the fridge!

Rich tomato sauce wrapped around Al Dente spaghetti with huge mouthwatering meatballs *dreams* I think I need to eat this at least once a week.

I served this with garlicky cheese bread and some smoked sea salt.

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There was nothing I felt the need to change 😊 The wine I used was last nights leftover Cote du Rhone. I always add the best quality wine to my food. If I won’t drink it, it doesn’t get added to my food either!

I didn’t have enough pepperoni so I made up the quantity with chorizo. This gave the meatballs a smoky edge.

Perfect meal choice for a dinner party because I didn’t have to spend all evening in the kitchen. I prepared everything beforehand and only needed to spend 10 minutes away from everybody whilst cooking the spaghetti and warming the bread. Perfect 😊

My pan wasn’t big enough to mix the spaghetti into the sauce, so everybody had to do that on their own plate. Nothing wrong with a bit of on the plate meal prep!

The excitement to tuck in nearly made me forget to take photos! Hence the rushed look of them. Who can blame me?!


The blog this recipe is featured on has some wonderful recipes; Herbed Gnocchi, Taiwan Pork Ragu, Bacon Cracklin’ Pancakes…

Not a site to visit if you’re searching for healthy, body nourishing cuisine! This is for your indulgent ‘sod it’ days! But lets face it, everybody has these once in a while.


Oh just look at the photograph, how could you scroll past that without the urge to feast?! ULTIMATE COMFORT!

Until next time 😊

Love and Lemons xxx