Dinner in Minerve

Le Relais Chantovent’s Beef Tataki

Cassoulet in Castelnaudary

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Note the crust!

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Yum!

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Breakfast in Béziers

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Mostly Lovin’: My Protein Wrap Pizza

So, for reasons unknown I seem to crave pizza on a fortnightly basis, tres bizarre je sais so I have endeavored to create a version which is less carbohydrate rich and I think this little version ticks all the right boxes.

For the base I use a Newburn Bakehouse protein wrap. I like to make my own sauce loosely based on a classic Puttanesca recipe. I then load with prawns, parma ham and basically what ever low fat treats I can lay my hands upon. To really up the protein hit add fresh spinach and crack an egg on top. Bon apetito!

Simple Summer Salad

A very simple tomato and olive salad here comprised largely of end of week leftovers. I suspect it is crying out for some feta or halloumi drizzled with lemon juice but alas…needs must. x

Le Weekend: Nina Food

http://ninafood.com/blog/

I am absolutely loving this book by Chef and high-end caterer Antonia Parker! As you may know, I have a strong connection to the South of France so was instantly drawn to this book. I am happy to report that I have not been disappointed. The recipes are refreshingly simple yet classically French in provenance.

Those requiring a little more hands on instruction should head to Nina’s YouTube channel for wonderful recipes filmed in equally beautiful locations.

Homemade Soda Bread

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Flax-Seed Soda Bread

Every now and then I wake with an overpowering desire for warm, buttered bread. Most of the time I can take or leave bread but on these rare occasions I like to knock up a batch of my hearty soda bread. When I say my soda bread I do of course mean Gordon Ramsay’s recipe for a no kneed bread.
I like to make a few minor adjustments to the recipe by adding a hefty table spoon of flax-seed to the mix and supplementing the wholemeal flour for organic Splet flour. Enjoy!

To make you will need:

350 grams plain flour, plus extra for dusting
150 grams wholemeal flour or Spelt Flour
1½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon table salt
1 teaspoon caster sugar or Stevia
450 ml buttermilk (if you can’t find butter milk just squeeze a lemon into 450 ml of milk and leave to stand before adding)

Mostly Lovin’: A Porridge Breakfast

Porridge with Flax-Seed & Flaked Almonds

Let’s be honest, I have to be in the mood for porridge. The recipe must be indulgent with not a hint of the prison breakfast gruel my beloved (if somewhat overly pragmatic) father attempted to serve us in my youth.

These days I demand only the best for my oaty goodness! I like to add a tablespoon of flax-seed to the mix together with ground or flaked almonds to up the protein hit. I love the creamy flavour almond milk imparts. Now here is the very important bit… do not be tempted to microwave your oats! Not only does this nullify the health benefits, it also fails to produce the creamy texture slowly heating on the stove will impart.

As a final flourish I like to drizzle with untreated honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I’m fairly certain they don’t serve this at Belmarsh! Bisous.

Mostly Lovin’: Five Guys Burger & Fries

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“I’m just so Happy!”

Christmas Prep with Natur Boutique Tea

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Just two more sleeps…

Firstly, may I apologise for being somewhat “off piste” of late… (ah, the joys of family life). Anyone who knows me will no doubt be aware that Christmas is a feast fete which must be approached with the military precision of a small but as yet unclaimed regiment preparing to do battle.

I know I will be eating an obscene fair amount over the festive period and to that end I have devised a cunning plan…a week of hard exercise, abstinence and appetite appeasing tea courtesy of Natur Boutique.

Currently, I am supping the Diet Tea with Garcinia Cambogia. This is a lovely mild and vaguely sweet blend of green tea, garcinia cambogia, java tea, and liquorice. I like to add a cinnamon stick whilst steeping to add to the festive mood and really get those fat cells moving. Now, where did I leave those biscuits?

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