My Most Loved Recipes: Savoury Meals and Sweet Treats to Boost Your Week.

Instead of trying to alter or come up with some new recipes for here, I thought I’d share some of my favourites from fellow bloggers, chefs and websites. To share the love and all that. This list includes sweet treats and savoury meals, all pretty easy and equally delicious.

I know that it is hard to come up with new ideas and a lot of the time we end up eating the same thing over and over again. Hopefully, this will change that and you’ll end up with new staples for your cookbook.

Savoury Meals

BBC Good Food’s Sesame Salmon, Purple Sprouting Broccoli and Sweet Potato Mash

Image courtesy of linked website on BBC Good Food

Recipe is available here.

This has been a huge hit in both my flat in Edinburgh and at home. Full of flavour and healthy benefits, this recipe is super simple but super tasty!

I must admit I’ve never actually served it with the sweet potato and I always end up throwing any leftover broccoli that’s in the fridge (doesn’t necessarily have to be purple sprouting broccoli) into the tray. A good tip to make sure the broccoli gets cooked is putting it in a bowl with a small amount of water, covered with clingfilm and then put in the microwave for 2-3 mins before putting it on the tray. This way it should be properly cooked when finished.

Jessica Gavin’s Roasted Cauliflower Steaks

Image courtesy of Jessica Gavin’s website (available at the link for the recipe)

Recipe available Here.

Scroll to the bottom of the post on the recipe linked to get the full ingredient list and method.

When I say you NEED to try this, I mean you NEED to try it. Even if you aren’t a huge fan of cauliflower (like my sister) I promise this will convert you. The Cauliflower gets a nice lightly crispy texture with a soft inside bursting with flavours of garlic, paprika and salt. It says to serve with Coriander but I’ve never had it so never use it. It’s a recipe which you can alter depending on your preferences of flavour.

To serve with it I make Pea Purée. I boil a decent amount of peas, drain them and then put them in a blender (you will need quite a lot of peas to make a substantial amount of purée). Next add 2-3 tablespoons of natural yoghurt, salt and pepper and then some mixed herb seasoning or mint sauce (use whatever you have available) and blend. Make sure the mix is smooth and add any extras of the ingredients if needed; remember you can add ingredients but you can’t take away.

This recipe goes particularly well with couscous.

BBC Good Food’s Chicken, Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

Recipe courtesy of BBC Good Food

Recipe available here.

This two step curry is one of my favourites. If you aren’t a massive fan of overly spicy foods but still love flavour or are looking for a curry great for both adults and kids then this is one you need to try. It’s my sisters go to and I get very excited when she makes it. I once gave my old flatmate a try of the curry and it was a massive hit. Just like any curry it tastes great the next day too!

My sister recommends also adding Garam Masala to the curry and if you are confident enough adjust certain flavours to taste. She will often include cumin or turmeric to the recipe as well. I’d probably suggest that this can also be easily made vegetarian too!

Mary Berry’s Foolproof Yorkshire Puddings

The first batch I made with this recipe!

Recipe can be found Here.

My Yorkshire puddings have become a huge hit in my house since coming home due to lockdown. I must admit I tried them once before and they turned out extremely deflated so I tried this recipe instead and they worked great! I get requested to make them on a weekly basis. It’s extremely easy and once you get the hang of it you can’t go wrong.

Make sure the oil is very hot and watch your hands when pouring the mixture into the tin. It’s also important that you leave them in for the required time because if you don’t they will collapse.

Jamie Oliver’s Messy Meatball Buns

Image courtesy of Jamie Oliver’s website available in the link below.

Recipe is available Here.

Now this isn’t the most attractive thing to eat I must admit but boy is it tasty! Filled with mozzarella, pesto and a rich tomato sauce, what is not to love about this!? It’s a firm favourite in my flat in Edinburgh and one of Mara’s (my flatmates) favourite things to make.

If you have leftover sauce it’s perfect to add to pasta and can be put in the freezer for a rainy day. If you don’t want to have this in a roll you can also make meatball subs out of them. Thankfully the recipe is now available online!

Sweet Treats

American Style Pancakes

Photo courtesy of BBC Food, available below.

Recipe is available Here.

I have struggled to get a decent pancake all my life and I must admit these aren’t like my granny’s pancakes which were amazing. However, they are pretty good and a recipe I can trust to give me results every time.

Expect fluffy, thick pancakes that go great with either savoury or sweet toppings.

Bon Appétit’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Image courtesy of BA, website linked below.

Recipe is available Here.

Now I must put a disclaimer here before I even start telling you about these delicious cookies. I do not support the actions of the BA/Condé Nast team in terms of the treatment of their BIPOC staff and the lack of equality in their company. However, I support the staff who have worked tirelessly under these conditions as they are amazing chefs and provide excellent recipes. I just wish for better and hope the staff get what they deserve.

These cookies are probably the best ones I have ever made, deliciously soft on the inside with a slight bite on the outside. Gooey with a hint of sugary caramel to them. I highly recommend making them.

Jane’s Patisserie’s Chocolate Fudge Loaf Cake

Photo belongs to Sophie’s Edit.

Recipe is available Here.

If I am honest there are a lot of recipes I’d like to try from Jane’s website however I can very much recommend the one I have tried. It is great! A moist chocolate sponge, rich in flavour and soft in texture, it even got my mums approval.

Perfect to fill the stomach of any chocolate lover, this one is a must try. Plus the recipe makes a decent amount; the first time I tried it, we managed to get a whole loaf plus an additional 3 mini ones.

Mary Berry’s Banana Loaf

Photo courtesy of the website linked below

Recipe available Here.

Another tried and trusted recipe from the Queen of baking. This is perfect for any leftover banana’s that are starting to go off. Plus you can get inventive by adding in chocolate chips, cinnamon or pecans. Banana Bread is the perfect accompaniment to a good cup of tea on a rainy day.

Just like any baking the smell of it filling your house is irresistible.

Zoella’s Four Berry Pavlova

Photos courtesy of my sister

I am still trying to figure out whether attaching a Zoella recipe is going to get me hate or a lot of people cringing. I don’t understand why but sadly I see it too often (but that’s a whole other blog post in itself). Anyway, this pavlova recipe is very tasty. Perfect for eating on a nice day. My sister made this a month or so ago and it was demolished very quickly.

The good thing about a pavlova is that they are so light you can fit a lot more on your plate and thus, into your belly.

Recipe is available Here.

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Well, that is basically all my culinary favourites divulged in one blog post. I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the array of foods that you can now try and impress your friends and family with.

It’s good to switch it up every now and again plus you never know what will sneak its way into becoming a staple in your home.

The variety of meats, fish and veggies available above plus the endless amounts of sweet treats to accompany them means you are really spoilt for choice.

Enjoy!

Much love,
Sophie x


Recipe: Gooey Chocolate Cake

If you haven’t read my last post then you won’t know that I went dairy-free for a week (for health reasons). So, when it came to eating or making anything sweet I was stuck for choice.

Then my mum came home with a reduced chocolate trifle from Tesco and all I could do was stare at it longingly. I knew then that the time had come for me to break out the baking tools and make myself my own sweet treat. Plus, the cake is vegan and can be changed to Gluten Free very easily.

Conversely to the photo above this was originally supposed to be a round cake so if you’d prefer that just change the choice of tin – be warned that the mixture is very runny so you need a springform or solid tin.

This recipe was based off of Nigella Lawson’s ‘Dark and Sumptuous Chocolate Cake’ available here.

Ingredients

Cake

  • 225g of Plain Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of Bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt (Original recipe suggests fine sea salt)
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons of Ground Coffee (Nigella suggests Espresso Powder)
  • 75g Cocoa Powder
  • 300g Dark Brown sugar
  • 375ml of Hot water (kettle)
  • 75g of coconut oil (90ml soft)
  • 1/2 teaspoons of Cider Vinegar or White Wine Vinegar
  • Bunch of Raspberries to decorate

Icing

  • 226g of Dark Chocolate (around 70%)
  • Coconut Cream (1 box)
  • 2 cups of Icing Sugar (alter this on how thick you want the icing)
  • 2 teaspoons of Oat milk (or any other milk)

Method

1.Preheat the oven to Gas 4/180°C

2. Add all the dry ingredients besides the sugar into a bowl; Plain flour, Bicarbonate of Soda, Sea Salt, Coffee powder and Cocoa Powder.

3. Use a fork to mix the ingredients so they become fine, like below.

4. In another bowl you need to mix all the wet ingredients with the sugar; Dark Brown sugar, water, coconut oil and vinegar. Don’t stir until the coconut oil has melted.

5. Next stir this into the dry ingredients., it should look like below.

Tip: The mixture won’t be smooth but make sure you give it a good mix because a lot of the dry ingredients will stick to the bottom of the bowl.

6. Line your tray, a 20cm/8inch either springform tin or a solid tin, with baking paper. The mixture is quite runny so if it is not in the correct tin it may leak.

7. Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 30-35 mins. Nigella advises checking at 30mins incase. 

Tip: It is supposed to be a gooey cake so the stick should come out relatively clear but don’t worry if there are a few crumbs on it. Make sure to check right in the centre.

8. Once cooked leave it to cool for at least 30 mins. The cake will need to be properly rested before taking it out of the tin as it won’t be stable enough. 

9. Now make the icing. Pour the coconut milk into a pan and heat up. 

10. While it is heating up place your chocolate (roughly chopped up if yours is a bar) into a bowl. When the milk starts bubbling pour the milk over the chocolate. 

11. Don’t stir the mixture, instead leave it for 5 minutes and then whisk it into a thick consistency. 

Half Iced Cake

Tip: If you prefer this you can leave the icing sugar out. However I added the icing sugar so the mix wouldn’t be so rich.

12. If, like me, you want to add icing sugar then this is the time to do it. I added roughly 2 cups but the best way to do it is until you get the required consistency. Add the oat milk (or normal milk if you don’t mind dairy) to loosen the mix up. 

13. Cover the cake with icing using a palette knife if you have one, a piping bag, a spatula or even a knife dipped in hot water. 

14. If you have done a square cake you can cut it into little mini cakes and top them with some raspberries. 

Alternative toppings can also include white chocolate (if you wanted to add dairy), pistachios or any additional topping which might cut through the rich sponge.

This cake is honestly one of the best chocolate cakes I’ve had and can be perfect for a celebration or just a treat. Plus for any family member who struggles to find puddings without dairy or are vegan this is perfect; it is tasty no matter your requirements.

On a side-note don’t be put off by the coffee or coconut, you don’t taste them at all once its finished. They purely just add to the consistency and richness of the cake/icing.

I hope you enjoy it and make sure to tag me/send any photos if you decide to make it!

Much love,

Sophie x