Autumn is starting to creep in, and this simple and thrifty mushroom barley risotto is so right for the colder evenings. Barley is currently about a quarter of the price of risotto rice, and has loads more fibre. Maybe it is something to do with childhood stews, but I also think it is a really autumnal ingredient. Continue Reading
Pumpkin spice has become ubiquitous at this time of year, and I hold my hands up and admit that until this year I had never had pumpkin spiced anything. I was determined to rectify that, but with one proviso: whatever I made has to contain pumpkin as well because otherwise it is just spiced, right? Enter, these oat filled pumpkin spice cookies. Continue Reading
Meat free and flavourful
Please give a warm welcome and big hug to my guest poster, Anyonita. She is a gluten free genius. Check out her recipe below then pop over to Anyonita Nibbles for more of her beautifully photographed, and delicious recipes.
Hello! I’m Anyonita, author of a gluten free food blog, and today I’ll be sharing an easy dinner recipe that’s full of sweet roasted veggies and totally indulgent halloumi cheese.
We used to be big meat eaters in my house, but we’re finding that cutting back on our consumption of meat (especially red meat) has given us all lots more energy and generally made us feel better.
The problem that you can sometimes have with veggie dishes is that they end up lacking substance and often times, when you’re used to the heavy-going entrée of a big hunk of meat, they can feel like side dishes and not the main event. That’s not the case with this veggie dish!
I promise, you’ll absolutely love it! It tastes wonderful, is so easy to make and it’ll leave you filled up and not hungry for more—what more could you ask for?
Halloumi and Mediterranean Veggie Bake
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp cumin
- 1 tin plum tomatoes
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 courgettes, sliced
- 4 tomatoes, diced
- 50 grams frozen peas
- 200 grams Halloumi, sliced
- Fresh basil
- Salt and pepper
- Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion and garlic until fragrant, about two minutes.
- Add the fresh tomatoes, courgettes, cumin, paprika and toast until just starting to colour.
- Add the tomato paste and the tinned tomatoes, salt and pepper and heat through, stirring to combine.
- Transfer the contents of the pan into a roasting dish, and roast for 15 to 20 minutes until the vegetables are cooked through.
- Top with slices of the halloumi and return to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes or until the halloumi begins to brown.
- Sprinkle over chopped fresh basil and serve.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile! You can really chuck any vegetables you want at it to add a bit more variety to your dish. It’d be great with aubergines, spinach or even chickpeas thrown in. If you’re not giving up meat and would prefer to add in some, try minced lamb. Just brown the mince at the first stage when you add in the garlic and the onions and follow the rest of the instructions as given. Be sure to tag either She Eats or Anyonita Nibbles in your photos if you share your creations on social media and let us both know what you thought!
This recipe is suitable for coeliacs and it is free from gluten and wheat. To make it dairy free, vegan and vegetarian friendly, replace the sheep’s cheese with a suitable dairy-free alternative.
Visit my blog for these other gluten free options:
- Gluten Free Halloumi and Bacon Frittatas
- Gluten Free One Pot Taco Pasta
- Best Ever Gluten Free Toad in the Hole
Anyonita is an American expat and momma to two gorgeous cookies. She writes gluten free recipes that don’t taste like crap! Connect with her…
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SHE LOVES: Anyonita doesn’t sacrifice taste by going gluten free, and we love her for that!
Have you got the baking bug?
To celebrate the return of the nation’s favourite innuendo-filled show, I have a little baking give away for you.
But first, what do you think of the new series so far? Are you pining for Mary, Mel and Sue or have you fallen for Prue, Sandi and Noel? Continue Reading
We took a short break, deciding that if we couldn’t go abroad then we wanted to find some more unusual places to discover here in England. After a couple of amazing nights at Bower Treehouse in Somerset, we headed south to the Leewood glamping site near Yelverton in Devon. After three nights, I didn’t want to leave. Glamping, Devon, chilling out…it was all too perfect.
There are two pitches to choose from on site, and our home for three nights was The Ark. To say it’s simply a safari tent would be a massive understatement. This tent was enclosed with an upcycled wooden frame and tarp roof, giving it protection from the wind. Inside, the walls are insulated with old army blankets for warmth, and the roof is beautifully draped with vintage sari silks. There is a king size bed, with a down duvet and piles of quilts and crotchet blankets. A wood burner is flanked by rocking chairs and there is seating in the corner.
Outside there is a fire pit for late night star gazing and meal cooking. Continue Reading
Say hi to Samantha from Socially Sam. Sam loves Disney, and for her the food is a massive part of her trip. So she has put together the ultimate list for foodies planning a trip to Disney in Florida. Read on, and prepare to start planning your holiday!
If I could express to you in words just how much I love a Disney holiday, then we’d be here all day and you’d get fed up of reading after about the 27th million word. I would forego every treat, luxury, shopping trip, night out, everything, all year round to be able to afford my annual trip to Florida.
I won’t skirt around it and I’ll be honest with you, it’s not cheap. We always stay in a Disney Resort hotel, do all the parks, all the trimmings and make the most of our 2 weeks there. I know there’s loads of websites out there and guides that will tell you how to do Disney on the cheap, but really it’s still not cheap. So I prefer to just get the absolute most for my money. Hence one of my favourite parts of the whole Disney experience is the food.
So here are my top Disney dining, must see, do, experiences, hacks and avoids.
A little piece of heaven up a tree
First we had yurts – we were early adopters and approving of this cosy tent with fire and blankets. Then came glamping– a term coined to cover camping out in yurts, gypsy caravans, retro trailers, and anything which can be converted with a touch of quirk and luxury. The latest self catering trend seems to be for treehouse breaks and maybe the most luxurious of them all is possibly the Bower Treehouse in Somerset.
I was in desperate need of a break, but my travel insurance has gone astronomical as I wait for an operation, so we decided to stay here in the UK and look for something a bit different. We did two stops, the Bower being the first. Continue Reading
I love a good scone, but truth be told, I am always a bit disappointed when I make them myself. I collated a load of recipes last year from friends when I was doing my afternoon tea fundraiser, but the two things which let them down were 1) lack of rise and 2) lack of sweetness.
You might argue that scones shouldn’t be too sweet. After all, they are a vehicle for all that creamy and jam. But here’s the thing: I quite like a scone with just butter. I know, I know, don’t tell the cream tea police! But a just warm scone with slightly salted butter is a thing of beauty for me so I want a scone which is maybe a bit sweeter than usual. Continue Reading