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  • Posted on June 29, 2017

    Veggie BBQ recipes

    So the votes have been cast in the battle of the veggie burgers and the winner is…the courgette/zucchini sliders! We love this choice! These lovely vibrant green sliders are super summery and a perfect addition to any BBQ.

    And since we’re feeling generous this week, we’ve thrown in a wonderful recipe for Elotes, a Mexican style corn on the cob that will go as a perfect side to these burgers. Your veggie BBQ game just got a whole lot better!

    courgette veggie burgers

    courgette/zucchini sliders with crispy kale, pesto & whipped feta

     

    2 courgettes/zucchini (about 500 g/1 lb. 2 oz.)

    grated zest and juice of 1 lemon

    1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    8 small poppy seed rolls

    crispy kale

    100 g/3 ½ oz. kale, trimmed

    1 tablespoon olive oil

    2 teaspoons sesame seeds

    rocket/arugula pesto

    2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

    60 g/2 ½ oz. rocket/arugula leaves

    1 garlic clove, chopped

    3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    whipped feta

    100 g/3 ½ oz. feta cheese

    2 tablespoons crème fraîche/ sour cream

    makes 8

     

    Trim the courgettes/zucchini and cut lengthways into 3-mm/1⁄8-in. thick slices. Place the lemon zest and juice in a bowl, add the oil and some salt and pepper. Place the courgette/zucchini slices in a shallow dish, pour over the dressing and stir well to coat. Leave to marinate for 30 minutes.

    Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F) Gas 3 and line a large baking sheet with baking parchment. Shred the kale into bite-sized pieces, discarding the thick stalks, and place in a bowl. Combine with the oil until the leaves are well coated. Scatter over the baking sheet and roast for 18–20 minutes until crisp. Season with salt and pepper and scatter with the sesame seeds.

    Make the pesto. Toast the pumpkin seeds in a small frying pan/skillet over a medium heat for 2–3 minutes until golden. Cool and put in a food processor with the rocket/arugula, garlic, oil and a little salt and pepper. Blend until smooth. Make the whipped feta. Place the ingredients in a blender and purée until really smooth.

    Heat a ridged stovetop grill pan until hot and cook the courgette/ zucchini slices for 2–3 minutes on each side until charred and tender. Cut the rolls in half and lightly toast the cut sides under the grill/broiler. Fill the rolls with the courgette/zucchini slices, whipped feta, pesto and some of the crispy kale. Serve at once with the remaining crispy kale on the side.

     

    elotes corn on the cob

    Elotes

    This Mexican street food pairs well with any kind of burger. Cotija is a hard, crumbly Mexican cheese, but parmesan or ricotta works just as well.

     

    vegetable oil, for brushing

    1 teaspoon chilli/chili powder

    ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

    8 corn on the cob/ears of corn

    50 g/ ¼ cup mayonnaise or unsalted butter

    40 g/ ½ cup crumbled Cotija, Parmesan or ricotta salata cheese

    1 lime, cut into 8 wedges

    serves 8

     

    Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a grill/broiler to medium-high and brush the grill rack with oil.

    Combine the chilli/chili powder and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

    Grill/broil the corn for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs, until cooked through and lightly charred. Remove from the grill and brush each ear with 1 ½ teaspoons of mayonnaise or butter. Sprinkle each with a tablespoon of cheese and a pinch of the chilli-cayenne mixture. Squeeze a lime wedge over each corn on the cob/ear of corn and serve.

    Alternatively, remove the corn kernels from the cob after taking them off the grill, and combine the corn with the mayonnaise or butter and the cheese. Top with the chilli-cayenne mixture and a dash of lime juice.

     

    For more burger and BBQ recipes, check out 101 Burgers and Sliders.

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  • Posted on June 28, 2017

    Find Your Interior Style - Bedrooms

    Still struggling to choose your favourite interior style? Take a look at these bedroom ideas for some home-style inspiration...

    The Scandinavian HomeScandi

    Nothing could be more peaceful and relaxing than a Scandi inspired bedroom. Minimalist and with a calming colour scheme it couldn't be a better atmosphere for long, untroubled sleeps and lazy Sunday lie ins.

     

    urban pioneerIndustrial

    To go for an industrial style bedroom, also go for minimalist design but think about adding some quirky touches. As it's a bedroom, you still want tit to feel cozy, so instead of raw, stripped back materials, this room has gone for a muted colour palette of greys, whites, blacks and browns. The rope swing and ladder give that fun industrial feel.

     

    Coastal LivingCoastal

    We love the soft yellows in the wood paneling in this coastal bedroom. The matching bedspreads and distressed bedside tables give the feel of a little cottage by the sea.

     

    Botanical StyleBotanical

    A botanical bedroom is a great place to have fun with fabrics. We love the matching cushions and wallpaper in this bedroom, but if you don't want to go all out and start decorating, you could always buy plant themed patterned duvet covers or quilts to add that botanical feel. The upside of this is you can redecorate as quickly as it takes to change the sheets!

     

    perfect english cottageCountry

    A wrought iron bed frame is a classic way to create the country feel in any bedroom. Finish with plain white sheets and a patterned quilt and you will hit the country cottage vibe, whether you choose to go traditional or more modern.

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the books featured (listed in order:)

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The Scandinavian Home

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Urban Pioneer

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Botanical Style

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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  • Posted on June 27, 2017

    Pastrami Reuben with pickles - 4th July recipe

    We couldn't let the 4th of July go by without sharing one of our favorite American classics - the pastrami sandwich. If you're not celebrating this weekend, then make sure you enjoy one of these for your lunch on Tuesday!

    Pastrami sandwich

    Pastrami Reuben with pickles and homemade Russian dressing

    1 ½ cups (12oz) of mayonnaise

    2/3 cup (6 ½ oz) chili sauce

    1/3 cup (2 ½ oz) of sour cream

    2 Tbsp. (60ml) Of horseradish

    1 Tbsp (15ml) of lemon juice

    2 tsp. (2oz) Of sugar

    2 tsp. (2oz) Of Worcestershire sauce

    ½ tsp. ( ½ oz) Of hot sauce

    ½ tsp. ( ½ oz) Of paprika

    1 dill pickle, chopped

    1 green onion, chopped

    salt and pepper to taste

    1 1/3 cup (1 can) of sauerkraut, drained and squeezed of moisture

    8 slices of rye bread

    8 slices of Provolone cheese

    1lb (16oz) of pastrami, shaved and cut

    salted butter, softened

    Makes 4

     

    To make the Russian dressing: combine the mayo, chili sauce, sour cream, horseradish, lemon juice, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce/wing sauce, paprika, pickles and green onions in a food processor until it is combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate.

    Build the sandwich: mix half of the Russian dressing with the sauerkraut. Place one slice of cheese on a piece of rye bread. Pile the meat on the cheese and top with another slice of cheese, the sauerkraut mixture and a second piece of bread. Butter the outside of the sandwiches. Heat a griddle pan over low-medium heat.

    Add the sandwiches and grill for about a two to three minutes per side, until the cheese has melted. Serve with hand-cut french fries, pickles and extra Russian dressing on the side.

     

    For more naughty but nice recipes, check out Dirty Food by Carol Hilker.

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  • Posted on June 22, 2017

    Fig and honey ricotta cheesecake recipe

    We are feeling the summer vibes this week, so we turned to our lovely book The Mediterranean Table for our recipe for the weekend. Using ricotta makes for a pleasantly light-textured cheesecake, combined with figs and honey to give that Mediterranean flavour. Serve it for dessert or enjoy it with coffee as a mid-morning treat.

    Fig and honey cheesecakeFig and honey ricotta cheesecake

     

    150 g/5 oz. digestive biscuits/ graham crackers

    50 g/3 ½ tablespoons butter, melted

    750 g/3 cups ricotta cheese

    2 eggs

    2 tablespoons runny honey

    1/2 teaspoon orange flower water

    40 g/1/3 cup plain/all-purpose flour

    6 fresh figs, halved

    20-cm/8-in. loose-based cake pan

    SERVES 6

     

    Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F) Gas 4.

    Using a rolling pin, crush the biscuits/ crackers into crumbs. Use a large bowl to mix the crumbs with the melted butter. Next, press this mixture firmly and evenly into the cake pan to form a base.

    In a separate large bowl, mix together the ricotta and eggs. Stir in the honey, orange flower water and flour. Spoon the ricotta mixture evenly across the biscuit base. Now, press the halved figs, skin-side down, into the ricotta mixture.

    Bake the cheesecake in the preheated oven for 50 minutes to 1 hour until set.

    Remove the pan from the oven and cool, then cover and chill until serving. The cheesecake will keep for a few days, covered, in the refrigerator.

     

    For more summer recipes, check out The Mediterranean Table.

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  • Posted on June 20, 2017

    Find your interior style - Bathrooms

    So you're planning an interior style for your home, but what about the bathroom? Can you really bring your chosen style into such a functional room without having to fork out for a whole new en-suite. The answer is, yes you can!

    The Scandinavian HomeScandi

    Ok, so we're not all lucky enough to live somewhere where the weather is nice enough to have an outdoor shower, but the principals behind it are very Scandi and something you can bring into your own indoor bathroom. Think simplicity and nature. Find some simple accessories with natural colours and textures, such as the wooden stool in this image that almost looks likes driftwood, or the simple white and blue towels to create a feeling of uncluttered calm in your bathroom.

     

    urban pioneerIndustrial

    Just a few simple touches can bring the industrial look into your bathroom. The old school electric lights in this image are not only easy to source, but they won't cost you the earth and won't require any plumbing! Look out for industrial style fixtures such as taps or shower heads, if you want to get a feel for the style without having to redecorate!

     

    Coastal Living Coastal

    A coastal style bathroom is probably the easiest room to achieve this look without spending a fortune. We love the sky blue bathtub in this picture, but just by adding seaside themed accessories you can easily transform your bathroom into a coastal dream. The jars of shells and pebbles in this picture are a subtle nod to the beach, but you could always go brighter and bolder - think beach huts, stripes and sunshine yellows.

     

    urban pioneerBotanical

    It's so easy to create your botanical bathroom, just add plants! You don't even need lots of plants to make an impact; against this white background the green fern stands out instantly. Go for tropical plants as they are used to the humidity. If you have plenty of light go for succulents, such as aloe. If you are lacking natural light, go for ferns and air plants.

     

    perfect english cottageCountry

    Again, you can create a country style bathroom with some simple accessories and fixtures. Even if you don't have a claw-foot bath, like the one in the image, the gold, traditional tap fixtures create the country style feel, coupled with the water jug and distressed wooden cupboard and shelving.

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured book, (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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  • Posted on June 15, 2017

    Beer Soda Bread recipe

    Granted, dad's can be tricky to buy for, so this Father's Day, why not bake something for him instead? But we're not thinking cupcakes, we're thinking a delicious loaf of beer soda bread, especially as the 15th of June is National Beer Day!

    We've included the recipes for a sweet and a savoury version, so whether you're making bacon and eggs for breakfast in bed, a killer sandwich for a special lunch or simply toasting and covering with jam, this loaf is the perfect way to say 'thanks dad!' this weekend!

    beer soda breadBeer Soda Bread

    Soda bread is the quickest and easiest loaf to put together if you want some bread to go with dinner or, even better, to go with cheese and meats. The basic recipe is also ideal for experimenting with different beers and other ingredients, especially as it’s a forgiving loaf that doesn’t need the same kind of care as a yeast-risen bread. I have two favorite versions: one savory (Cheese, Onion, and Porter) and the other sweet (Dried Fruit and Dubbel).

     

    2 cups (250g) wholewheat (wholemeal) flour, plus extra for dusting

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 teaspoon baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)

    1 tablespoon honey

    2⁄3 cup (150ml) beer

    1⁄3 cup (100ml) buttermilk or natural yogurt

    Plus your selection of additional ingredients (see below)

    Preheat the oven to 400ºF/200ºC/Gas 6.

    Makes 1 loaf

     

    Mix all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another. Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones, and mix together well, eventually using your hands to form the mixture into a bread dough.

    Knead the dough for a few minutes on a floured work surface, shape into a round loaf, and place on a baking tray. Score a large cross in the top of the loaf. Bake in the oven for around 45 minutes. To check if the bread is ready, turn the loaf over and tap the base—if it’s done, it’ll sound hollow.

     

    Recipe Variations...

    Cheese, Onion, and Porter

    Add 3/4 cup (75g) grated Cheddar cheese to the bread dough (reserving some to sprinkle on top of the loaf). Use some Porter for the beer element. Finely chop some rings of red onion and arrange them on top of the loaf before baking. Finally, sprinkle with a few sprigs of rosemary to serve.

    Dried Fruit and Dubbel

    Into the dough, add 1/2 cup (75g) of mixed dried fruit and a teaspoon each of ground cinnamon and ground nutmeg. Use a Belgian Dubbel as the beer. Sprinkle some brown sugar over the top of the loaf before baking.

     

    For more beer inspired recipes, check out Cooking with Beer by Mark Dredge.

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  • Posted on June 13, 2017

    Find your interior style - Living Spaces

    What kind of interior style suits you best? Bright botanical or calming coastal? Simple Scandi or classic country? This week we're looking at living spaces to help you pick your own interior style.

    The Scandinavian homeScandi

    Whilst most of us won't get the impressive view that goes with this Scandi Style living room, you can still get the look with lots of natural fabrics, such as wool and sheep skin rugs, coupled with the natural textures and colours of wooden paneling.

     

    botanical styleIndustrial

    We love the colours in the bare walls in this industrial style living room, just going to show that you don't need to paint to add colour to a room. The quirky light adds to the industrial effect, while the plants bring some life to the room to balance it out and make it feel more homely.

     

    Coastal Living Coastal

    Again, a bright, white room for this coastal style living space, with subtle little nods to the sea like the model sailboat in the corner, or the blue and white striped pillow on the sofa. The colours brought into the room are all natural and reflect the colours you would find on the seaside.

     

    botanical styleBotanical

    Going botanical style doesn't always have to mean going green! While this living space has lots of green plants, the vibrant blue wall provides a striking backdrop, creating a very tropical, colourful vibe.

     

    perfect english cottageCountry

    The exposed wooden beams, roaring fire and cosy, comfortable furniture make this a classic country living room. While this picture is of a very traditional country cottage, you can modernize it with brighter colours and less contrasting patterns, as long as you keep the comfy, homely vibe that a country interior needs!

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured books (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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  • Posted on June 9, 2017

    Crab, chilli & lemon pasta recipe

    This is such a simple dish, but special enough that you could easily serve it at a dinner party! Second to the carbonara, this is the other most popular pasta served at Laura Santtini's restaurant. This recipe is loved because it is light, clean, fresh and super tasty.

    Crab Linguine pasta secrets

    Crab, chilli & lemon pasta

    200 g/7 oz. dried pasta

    200 g/7 oz. cooked picked white crabmeat*

    a handful of flat leaf parsley

    4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra if needed

    grated zest and freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon

    2 garlic cloves, squashed, peeled and halved lengthways

    1 red chilli/chile, deseeded and finely chopped

    salt and freshly ground black pepper

    * You can use half white crabmeat and half brown for a fuller crab flavour.

    SERVES 2

     

    Cook the pasta in a pan of salted boiling water according to the packet instructions.

    Meanwhile, combine all the remaining ingredients in a bowl. This is a fairly loose sauce; therefore add extra olive oil if it is too dry and season with salt and pepper.

    Drain the pasta but keep a cup of the cooking water.

    Tip the hot drained pasta back into the pan, add the crab mixture and a small splash of the retained pasta cooking water. Toss with gusto until creamy and well combined.

    Serve immediately.

    TASTY TOPPER Diced avocado and mango

     

    For more delicious pasta recipes, check out Laura Santtini's Pasta Secrets.

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  • Posted on June 8, 2017

    Find your interior style - Kitchens

    With so many different interiors styles to choose from, it can be tricky to know which one to go for when designing your home. To help you decide, we've put together some examples of our favourite interior styles, from the trending Scandi style to classic country homes. All you have to do is pick your favourite and start decorating! This week - kitchens!

    The Scandinavian home - kitchenScandi

    Scandi interiors are all about clean and de-cluttered spaces, often using lots of wood and natural finishes. With lots of natural light and light colours, a Scandi kitchen will be a simple but striking room.

     

    urban pioneer - kitchenIndustrial

    The industrial interior style is all about keeping the natural building materials of a room exposed. For a kitchen, this could mean exposed piping, bare floors or wooden panels. It will often be a clean, stripped back room with access to lots of natural light to make it feel bright and open.

     

    Coastal Living kitchenCoastal

    For a coastal style kitchen, think of a cross between Scandi and country. Lots of wood and light, bright colours. You're trying to bring the colours of the seaside into your home, so go for a balance of blues and whites and light wooden surfaces.

     

    Botanical Style kitchenBotanical

    Botanical style does what it says on the tin. If you love to bring the outdoors in then this is the style for you. Whether you go for tropical flowers and bright patterns, or lots of green foliage it's all about filling each room with nature inspired patterns, plants and accessories.

     

    perfect english cottage kitchenCountry

    A classic country kitchen is one of the cosiest places to be in a home! Flagstone floors, a big wooden table everyone can sit around, perhaps a selection of snoozing dogs and cats, it really is the heart of every country house.

     

    For more interior inspiration, check out the featured books (listed in order):

    The Scandinavian Home by Niki Brantmark

    The scandinavian home

    Urban Pioneer by Sara Emslie

    urban pioneer

    Coastal Living by Henrietta Heald

    Coastal Living

    Botanical Style by Selina Lake

    Botanical Style

    Perfect English Cottage by Ros Byam Shaw

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