Butternut Squash Chicken Casserole

When it comes to one of the most delightful chicken dishes out there, casseroles definitely take the cake. It's no secret that I cook a lot of casseroles, this is mainly because they are easy to throw together. I cooked up this rather appetising casserole for dinner and thought I'd share the recipe real quick. Who doesn't love a satisfying, flavourful casserole when the family is all together and it's smiles all round.

Pursuit of Happiness: 2 0 1 7

I'm not going to give that whole new year, new me speech because I don't intend on changing much at all. I do have a few new goals that I'd like achieve in 2017 but I'll leave details for another day. Improved mental well-being is linked to regular exercise and a healthy diet! Takeout has been banished from my house for 2 years now and exercise plus vegetables have become nothing less than the norm. You'd be surprised how big of a difference exercise and eating healthy makes to the way you feel. Of course, exercise and a healthy diet are not enough to truly make an individual happy but it sure is a start.

Merry Christmas: What I cooked for Christmas dinner

Merry Christmas earthlings! I hope you've all had an amazing day filled with lots of love, joy and my favourite part, food! I was nominated by my family again this year to cook Christmas dinner, it's a good thing I thoroughly enjoy cooking otherwise I wouldn't be happy. I cooked enough food to feed the masses but of course the main event is the turkey, well, the chicken in this case. No one in my family eats turkey so chicken has kind of become tradition. Brace yourselves, my cooking has been labelled delectable and drool worthy, yes I am a one woman army. Recipes will follow over the next few weeks. I truly hope you've had a wonderful Christmas!

Christmas food ideas #12: Roasted Potatoes

Christmas dinner just wouldn't be right without a perfect batch of roasted potatoes. I love potatoes, so much so that I have them with the skin,  rich source of fiber, iron, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Here's a fun fact for you; potato skin contain significant nutrients and are high in fiber. When you take the skin off, you're throwing away some of the nutrients the potato has to offer. Crispy and golden brown on the outside, fluffy on the inside, what more can you ask for? Whether you like them with the skin on or skin off, here's how you can cook no one but three different, flavourful roast potatoes for Christmas. Nothing gives more of a sense of achievement than a good tray of golden brown roast potatoes. Merry Christmas all!

Christmas Food Ideas #11: Vegetable Chocolate Cake

Wouldn't the world be a better place if healthy foods and junk foods were united as one? Well, that's exactly what I've done, sneaking vegetables into meals and deserts is no new trick but it sure is one that works. This has to be the most awesome way to get in your 5 a day whilst consuming a cheeky treat at the exact time. This cake has no added sugar as I've only used natural sugars like apples and honey. There is also cucumber, butternut squash, cabbage and other vegetables in this cake. Here is how you can make this vegetable chocolate cake for Christmas; don't knock it until you try it.

Christmas food ideas #9: Minced Beef Pie

Nothing brings the family together quite like this yummy homemade puff pastry minced beef pie. This is a really easy pie to make, one that can easily be adapted to suit your own tastes. Simply add your favourite filling and maybe some cheeky wine if you really want to be naughty. This recipe can easily be extended to feed the masses, I can guarantee that not one member of the family wants to miss out on a piece of pie this Christmas.

Christmas food ideas #8: Chicken & Potato Bake

I love casseroles, I love bakes and  I can turn just about anything into one. Christmas is just over 24 hours away and I can definitely say that after all the cooking and baking is done, I will not be moving unless it's for dark chocolate or food. Casseroles and tray bakes make the perfect dish, easy to prepare and a variety of foods are cooked all at once. I'm talking chicken, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes. Feel free to add a sprinkle of cheese if you're really up for living on the edge this Christmas. 

Christmas Food Ideas #7: Moist Lemon Loaf

It's been a while since I made a nice, moist lemon loaf and so today I baked up this flavourful little number. I've been stuck in a recurring rut of Victoria Sponge, Chocolate and Vegetable cakes lately, I've also been playing around with Gluten Free flour. I have so many new recipes to share with you, just need to find the time to put it all together. Why not enjoy a slice of lemon loaf by the fire place this Christmas, it takes less than an hour to prepare.

Film review: The Edge of Seventeen

The edge of seventeen has gone down as one of my favourite movies of all time. This hilarious classic teen movie that explores some of the issues teenagers face everyday, from puberty to sex, is definitely worth a watch. This movie is a lot like the Breakfast club, one that's about an awkward high school student, Nadine (Hailee Steinfield) who's attracted to the school 'hottie' named Nick. She has one friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) who's smart, generous and clearly a lot more calmer than she is and they've been friends since elementary school. Nadine's attitude is awful, she's angry because her father passed away when she was an adolescent and a lot of misunderstandings await her everyday. 

Welsh cakes

Welsh Cakes are the strangest but one of the most delicious little cakes I've ever come across. If you're not sure what they are, let me break it down for you. Welsh Cakes are a cross between a scone, cookie and a pancake and I'm still baffled by how their texture and taste is nothing like the aforementioned three. Having lived in Wales the past 11 years, you'd think I'd be well accustomed with these Welsh treats. Unfortunately, that isn't the case, I wasn't exactly their biggest fan but they have really grown on me. They are nice and easy to make and can be topped with just about anything that you fancy. 

Christmas food ideas #6: Chickpea & Kidney Bean Salad

A healthy bean salad could make a great side dish this Christmas. There's nothing quite like the boost you get from a raw, crunchy bean salad. This chickpea and kidney bean salad is a great source of protein, its bold flavours pack a punch and it definitely tastes just as good meatless. Most bean salads I've come across don't contain carrots, thing is I love carrots, a good excuse to incorporate hem into most of my meals. One of the main reasons why I eat carrots regularly is because they are rich in beta-carotene which converts into Vitamin A in the body. We need Vitamin A for good vision, healthy skin and a strong immune system. Anyway, I tend to use a lot of herbs but not when it comes to salads, its all about a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of cumin. A nourishing salad that's flavourful and takes minutes to prepare, say goodbye to lengthy Christmas cooking.

Coco Gelato Cardiff Review

Offering a large selection of deserts, milkshakes, toppings and ice creams, Coco Gelato is easily the best desert parlor in Cardiff, one that's definitely worth a visit. Under no circumstances should food like this however be consumed on a daily, even weekly basis. The amount of sugar in just one serving is pretty enormous and over consumption can lead to numerous health problems including high blood pressure. Back to the review, last night a friend and I met up for a well-overdue catch up and our place of choice, coco gelato. This fairly priced cafe has a great atmosphere, friendly staff and very modernised decor. Ice cream is something I've had to cut out of my diet because it is one of my triggers but for this occasion, I had to make an exception.

Reasons why you should be eating Brussels Sprouts

They've recently filled store shelves faster than you can say ouch, they are Brussels Sprouts. I never used to like Brussels sprouts when I was younger, in fact I hated them and went through so much effort to hide them under the table at dinner time. Alas, those days are gone as I practically live on vegetables. Brussels don't exactly have the greatest reputation but they are quite popular during the festive season, even though they really should be part of your regular meals if you want the full health benefits. These little balls of goodness are an excellent source of Vitamin E and Vitamin K and are surprisingly high in Protein.

Christmas food ideas #4: Squidgy Chocolate Brownies with extra chocolate chunks

Brownies are always a good idea no matter what time it is or what situation you're in. These little bundles of joy make a great Christmas desert served with greek yoghurt or ice cream and berries. There's nothing quite like a scrumptious brownie melting in your mouth; the texture, gorgeous, the flavour, undeniable.

Christmas food ideas #3: Salmon Tray Bake

Forget creamy pasta bakes, lets lay those to rest for the next couple of minutes. It's a salmon fest and I can promise you that its a flavour packed one. This makes a great Christmas dish because its delicious, nutritious and of course, there's only one baking tray to wash up. Hooray! We all know washing up is one of the worst things that come with cooking. This is an impeccable mix of vegetables and gorgeous flavoured salmon in one, a dish that can be enjoyed by the whole family this Christmas. 

Christmas Food Ideas #2: Simple Scones

Scones are versatile , they can be filled with just about anything. Leftover turkey, honey glazed gammon, roast parsnips and carrots, smoked salmon or even sweet potato if you really wanted to be adventurous this Christmas season. Scones are also a great comfort food, one that will brighten up boxing day tea. I can remember when I was a little girl, my grandmother would show me how to make these but I never really paid attention. 25 years on, I finally understand why scones are loved all over the world; their sweet scent in my kitchen truly brings back some lovely memories. This recipe is pretty basic and really easy to follow, scones present a great way to use up your Christmas leftovers. 

Classic Waffles

Breakfast is definitely my favourite meal of the day, mainly because it 'wakes' up the brain. There is nothing more intoxicating than freshly made waffles for breakfast and of course, a brand new day. It hasn't been ruined yet nor has any disappointment come my way, still full of potential. A hot cup of Green tea, homemade waffles topped with greek yoghurt, bananas, granola and blueberries and a quick morning read is my idea of the perfect morning. Bliss. Waffles are super easy to make especially if you've got a waffle maker at home. If you don't have a waffle maker, don't you worry that pretty little face, you can also use a griddle pan. Even though they won't be the perfect waffle shape, they still taste just as great.

Spicy Grilled Pork Slices

If there's one thing my brother thoroughly enjoys, it's meat. Red meat, white meat, seafood, you name it, he will have it and I hate to admit but he's a pretty great cook when it comes anything meaty. The assignments are piling up and so time is of the essence which is why my brother and I teamed up today to grill up some rather appetising pork slices. Ain't nothing wrong with sharing roles every now and then, after all, he was just as hungry as me. These pork slices are flavour-packed and juicy, definitely worth a try.

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