Belfast City Centre has a lack of restaurants supplying light, healthy (ish) meals. I often find myself travelling out of the centre to areas such as the Lisburn Road or Belmont Road for healthier options. However, after visiting The Sagart, based opposite Kelly’s Cellars and its sister restaurant Havana Bank Square, my prayers have been answered. Continue reading “The Sagart – Review”
Although Caolán and I spend every day together, I still treasure “date night” as a key part of a relationship. We hadn’t been out for dinner and drinks, just the two of us, in so long! On Monday, we decided to head out for a spontaneous date night dinner. Continue reading “My Favourite Date Night Dinner Spot”
Think quick, easy, tasty and cheap meals…Hello Fresh ticks all the boxes. I tried and tested Hello Fresh’s Gluten Free Food Box! Continue reading “Hello Fresh – Gluten Free Recipe Options”
University is the first major chance most young people get to move out of their parents’ house and get a taste of the “independent, adult life”. It can make or break you; preparing your own meals, cleaning your own house, washing your own clothes. Well, I’m sure not everyone succeeds at these tasks as much as others do. But let’s be honest, student life is not “real, adult life”. Continue reading “Moving Home”
Pesto pasta, pesto chicken, pesto and salad, pesto risotto… it can be teamed with any great meal! After having not eaten the Italian delight for years I decided to make my own fresh sauce. I made a little change to mine that may not make it a traditional pesto. I’m not a huge lover of cheese, especially parmesan, which is often included in pesto. Therefore I chose not to add it to my recipe, but if you’re a fan go ahead and add it!
2 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
40g pine nuts
5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Give the basil a quick wash.
Slice the lemon and juice it into whatever you will be making the pesto in (I used a blender).
Crush the garlic cloves.
Place all ingredients into a blender and blitz until green.
I enjoyed my pesto on top of chicken and courgetti! Try my idea or on a pasta dish.
Lemon Drizzle cake is a popular treat, however it is full of sugar! I created this Lemon and Raspberry Loaf, taking elements from a lemon drizzle cake and adapting it to a healthy snack. Continue reading “Lemon and Raspberry Loaf”
Thai Green Curry is always a meal I can add lots of chicken and vegetables to. My aim is to make a meal last for a few dinner options during the week in a bid to save a few pennies. This is a recipe that you will most likely have a lot of the ingredients in the cupboard, so it’s cheap and cheerful as well as tasty! Continue reading “Thai Green Curry”
If you’re looking for a meal idea that uses fresh ingredients and still full of flavour then this is the one for you. I’m not the biggest fan of mince beef so when I’m cooking chilli for myself I’ll pack it full of vegetables and quinoa instead. It’s a really quick and easy dish to make and leftovers last up to 3 days in the fridge. Try this at home and let me know what you think!
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
2 cloves of garlic
2 red chillies
1 green chilli
2 cups of quinoa
1 cup of black beans
5 small mushrooms (you can add more or less depending on your love for them)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp of cayenne pepper
1 tbsp of paprika
A sprinkling of chilli flakes if you like it spicy
Place the quinoa and black beans in two separate saucepans and cover with water and boil for at least 40 minutes. Keep going back to check every 10 minutes, add more water if needed.
While the quinoa and black beans are boiling, chop all the vegetables and crush the garlic.
In a heated pan, add oil and leave for 1 minute. When the oil is hot add the onion, garlic and chillies, cook for 3 minutes before adding the peppers, mushrooms and tinned tomatoes. Once all the veg is soft, turn the heat down on the pan until the quinoa has expanded and the black beans feel soft.
Add the quinoa, black beans and remaining spices to the pan and cook for an extra 5 minutes. Taste to ensure the chilli is the level of spiciness that you enjoy, if not then add some chilli flakes and season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Serve with guacamole and a nice cool beer and enjoy!
When my parents asked where I wanted to have my 22nd birthday meal it was an easy decision… Coppi was the top of my list. In the heart of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, St Anne’s Square, Coppi’s menu follows in the fashionable footsteps of its surroundings. Continue reading “Coppi Belfast”