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Olive it!

Olives are the Marmite of the fruit world (yes, they are a fruit!), you either love them or hate them. I used to hate them and now I love them. I’ve spoken to many, many people about this and they all say the same thing, “I just kept eating them until I liked them. It was probably after the seventh time of eating them!” Over the past few years I have been trying to convince my (stubborn) other half of this, so when I was invited to an Olive it! cookery masterclass in Edinburgh, he was the prefect candidate for my plus one.

Before we begin the three-course olive based feast, I thought I’d start with some outstanding olive facts:

  • As I said above, they are a fruit!
  • Olives are healthy – approx. 37 calories for a whopping 7 olives
  • Good source of vitamin E
  • Black olives are also a good source of iron
  • Virtually cholesterol free!

So if you didn’t fancy making yourself love olives before, maybe you should!

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Pinterest thumbprint butter biscuits

I looooove fawning over tasty looking foodie recipes on Pinterest, but I never imagine they’d turn out like that if I tried to make them myself. One particular photo that caught my eye was of some jam filled biscuits/cookies so I decided to give them a go! And correct me if I’m wrong but I think mine look pretty damn delicious…

Pinterest thumbprint cookies

These biscuits are SO melt-in-the-mouth buttery you can feel your heart clogging up as you eat them but you still want more! The recipe was really simple but if you have a food processor then that is definitely an advantage! (more…)

Quick 3 ingredient coconut oil scones (biscuits)

Scones or biscuits? Whatever you call them, these delicious delights are super quick to make and oh so tasty!

What is the difference between a scone and an American biscuit? Well according to the one and only Martha Stewart “The basic ingredients are essentially the same…the difference was really just cultural and creative variation.” So call it what you want.

To make these scones (I’m just going to go with that) you need some of the currently very fashionable coconut oil. It sounds bizarre but trust me, it really works.

I LOVE an easy recipe so here goes…

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Dukkah recipe – 3 easy steps

I was recently introduced to the delicious world of dukkah by a couple of my colleagues and now it seems to be everywhere. I had some at Whighams Wine Cellars, I even had some sprinkled on some gnocchi at The Salisbury Arms.

So, what is dukkah?

“Egyptian condiment consisting of a mixture of herbs, nuts (usually hazelnut), and spices. It is typically used as a dip with bread or fresh vegetables for an hors d’œuvre.” Source: Wikipedia.

You can buy ready made dukkah from some supermarkets but I decided to make my own by following this recipe. It is super quick and easy to make and lasts for ages so it’s great to keep in a tub in your cupboard for a quick snack or pre-dinner nibble. All you need to do is go to a large supermarket and stock up on all the ingredients.

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These quantities make a huge amount so I actually halved them and it still made about doubly the amount seen above.

  • 100g sesame seeds

  • 100g blanched almonds

  • 50g coriander seeds

  • 10g cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • ½ tsp pepper

You’ll also need some tasty crusty bread and olive oil to enjoy it after. We used a chilli bread from Asda.

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Pesto recipe

These past couple of weeks have been VERY exciting… why? We’ve been getting a brand spanking new kitchen installed. Apart from my bed, my kitchen is without a doubt my favourite thing in my home. I love cooking (especially with Marmite) so this costly project has been very exciting.

Last weekend the kitchen was nearly finished, well I Was able to use it to cook anyway. My new double oven, hob and dishwasher reignited my passion for cooking so I spent Saturday morning flipping through my many recipe books. I decide to try a recipe from one of my favourite cook books (and TV shows), the Saturday Kitchen bible – Pesto!!

I have always wanted to make my own pesto but never quite got around to it. Now we have a dishwasher I can used my awesome food processor to my heart’s content and there’s no washing up after!

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  • about 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 110g pine nuts

  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 large bunch basil

  • 110g grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 lemon, juice only

Next time I make this I will use double the amount of basil as I definitely thought it could use more.

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