CURED BEEF & AVOCADO TOAST LUNCH

There’s definitely nothing better than a refreshing lunch after a busy morning. This week, I bought some air-dried wafer thin beef. I first tried this when I lived in Italy. Typically served with plenty of lemon juice, it was the simplicity of the dish that was inspirational! I thought I’d treat myself and use this delicate wafer beef on a piece of toast.
I toasted my seeded bread slice and added half an avocado, topped with beef and a slice of Camembert cheese it looked mouthwatering. Quick, healthy and as always, simple. I accompanied my toast with a fresh and nutritious Greek style salad. Not your typical Greek salad as I added black eyed beans to give it texture and extra nutrition. (Not to mention they are very filling)! To make my salad I used an iceberg lettuce, a tomato, few slices of cucumber, black eyed beans and feta cheese. A drizzle of E.V.O to finish with and plenty of cracked black pepper.

Lunch, done.
Enjoy!
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Cured Beef & Avocado Toast Lunch

There’s definitely nothing better than a refreshing lunch after a busy morning. This week, I bought some air-dried wafer thin beef. I first tried this when I lived in Italy. Typically served with plenty of lemon juice, it was the simplicity of the dish that was inspirational! I thought I’d treat myself and use this delicate wafer beef on a piece of toast.
I toasted my seeded bread slice and added half an avocado, topped with beef and a slice of Camembert cheese it looked mouthwatering. Quick, healthy and as always, simple. I accompanied my toast with a fresh and nutritious Greek style salad. Not your typical Greek salad as I added black eyed beans to give it texture and extra nutrition. (Not to mention they are very filling)! To make my salad I used an iceberg lettuce, a tomato, few slices of cucumber, black eyed beans and feta cheese. A drizzle of E.V.O to finish with and plenty of cracked black pepper.

Lunch, done.
Enjoy!

Too Many Yorkshire Puds?

Too Many Yorkshire Puds?

This can only mean one thing. Pancakes! Sunday Roast’s usually end up having leftover’s for the next day or even the day after that! Unfortunately I made far too many Yorkshire puddings yesterday so kept the batter left in the fridge overnight. Luckily I had some white chocolate chips left in the cupboard, I know I usually go for healthy however tomorrow is going to be a busy day at the zoo with my son and his friend so I thought I’d prepare some white-chocolate chip pancakes as a snack/dessert after all that running around!
Customise your pancakes! Plain? Blueberry? Pecan & Berries? Lemon & Sugar? Go on, indulge!

Too Many Yorkshire Puds?

This can only mean one thing. Pancakes! Sunday Roast’s usually end up having leftover’s for the next day or even the day after that! Unfortunately I made far too many Yorkshire puddings yesterday so kept the batter left in the fridge overnight. Luckily I had some white chocolate chips left in the cupboard, I know I usually go for healthy however tomorrow is going to be a busy day at the zoo with my son and his friend so I thought I’d prepare some white-chocolate chip pancakes as a snack/dessert after all that running around!
Customise your pancakes! Plain? Blueberry? Pecan & Berries? Lemon & Sugar? Go on, indulge!

IRISH INSPIRED WHOLE-WHEAT POTATO CAKES

Irish Inspired Whole-Wheat Potato Cakes

The humble British potato. So versatile yet mostly steamed, boiled or mashed! Do you have left-over potato’s that never get eaten? Have you got a bag of potatoes sat in the pantry? This Irish inspired recipe also eaten in Scotland (usually served for breakfast) got me making some simple, quick potato cakes. Low in butter and using whole-wheat flour, they are perfect for a healthy lunch or even for your little one’s to enjoy!

Here is my healthier version of potato cakes which I served with Avocado, tomato and spinach leaves. The rest will be eaten by my son!


Recipe:

250g potatoes, I used Maris Piper potatoes.
20g unsalted butter
70g whole -wheat flour
1 tablespoon oil (I used vegetable but you can use sunflower)

Any topping to serve!

Firstly, I boiled my potatoes for 20 minutes on simmering heat. Make sure you check them if they need another 5! I then strained them and put them back into the pan to eliminate any excess water. After this I put them in a bowl to cool for the next stage.

Once the potatoes where cool enough to work with, I added them into my mixer. You can also do this by hand! I added my butter and mixed well, followed by my seasoning. I then added my flour until well combined, it should look like this:

Once your happy with your dough mix, you want to flour your work surface/board to roll out the dough. Make sure you also flour your rolling pin! I rolled my potato cake into a circular shape then took a cutter so make individual sizes, however this is only optional! I did mine about 1cm thick.

With an oiled pain hot pan, add your potato cake and leave it took on medium heat for around 4 minutes each side. Depending on the thickness it might need longer so keep an eye out. Place them onto a plate until all of your cakes are done. The house should be smelling lovely by this stage!

I added a few spinach leaves with tomato and avocado for my potato cakes, it’s your choice what you add! I hope you enjoy this healthier version, served for breakfast, lunch or a snack!

Mama Bee

Irish Inspired Whole-Wheat Potato Cakes

The humble British potato. So versatile yet mostly steamed, boiled or mashed! Do you have left-over potato’s that never get eaten? Have you got a bag of potatoes sat in the pantry? This Irish inspired recipe also eaten in Scotland (usually served for breakfast) got me making some simple, quick potato cakes. Low in butter and using whole-wheat flour, they are perfect for a healthy lunch or even for your little one’s to enjoy!

Here is my healthier version of potato cakes which I served with Avocado, tomato and spinach leaves. The rest will be eaten by my son!


Recipe:

250g potatoes, I used Maris Piper potatoes.
20g unsalted butter
70g whole -wheat flour
1 tablespoon oil (I used vegetable but you can use sunflower)

Any topping to serve!

Firstly, I boiled my potatoes for 20 minutes on simmering heat. Make sure you check them if they need another 5! I then strained them and put them back into the pan to eliminate any excess water. After this I put them in a bowl to cool for the next stage.

Once the potatoes where cool enough to work with, I added them into my mixer. You can also do this by hand! I added my butter and mixed well, followed by my seasoning. I then added my flour until well combined, it should look like this:

Once your happy with your dough mix, you want to flour your work surface/board to roll out the dough. Make sure you also flour your rolling pin! I rolled my potato cake into a circular shape then took a cutter so make individual sizes, however this is only optional! I did mine about 1cm thick.

With an oiled pain hot pan, add your potato cake and leave it took on medium heat for around 4 minutes each side. Depending on the thickness it might need longer so keep an eye out. Place them onto a plate until all of your cakes are done. The house should be smelling lovely by this stage!

I added a few spinach leaves with tomato and avocado for my potato cakes, it’s your choice what you add! I hope you enjoy this healthier version, served for breakfast, lunch or a snack!

Mama Bee

A Use Once Again

There is nothing more satisfying then seeing your child light up when you have made something for them. It is very true that making something or restoring an item is much more meaningful than purchasing from a shop. This is exactly what I did. I was kindly passed down a ‘kneeling chair’ almost 100 years old from Grandad Mo. He told me I could repaint it if I chose to. Originally this chair was used to change nappies for when the mother sat down so she could place the baby on her lap. (It is very low for this purpose). It was dark wood stained so I found my Annie Sloan chalk paint, perfect for the project to brighten it and give it some life and use again – this time for my son to enjoy!

If your not familiar with ‘Annie Sloan’ chalk paint and you like to restore, repaint or make projects using paint, I highly recommend this one. I was actually told by one of my friends who also likes to restore furniture to give this a go, the results really where great especially after using the clear wax to protect and polish the chair.

To get this chair bright and fresh looking comes with preparation and patience. Firstly I got some very fine sand paper, as the last thing I want to do is damage or sand down too much for something so old and fragile! Once I got the wood sanded down, I got a fine brush to get rid of any fine dust. Finally, time to paint! If you are using ‘Annie Sloan’ make sure you mix your paint well as there will be a layer of oil at the top.
This chair took me only 2 coats considering the wood was very dark that was great! Once the paint totally dried, chalk paint doesn’t take too long but I left it overnight to make sure! I then got my clear wax and used a lint free cloth to buff the chair. It was wonderful to see the outcome! Leon loved it and was really simple to do! I found some lovely wooden letters that where a very reasonable price, very tempted to place them on the top on the chair with LEON written on it!
I hope I have inspired you to restore something you think needs it’s life back again.

Mama Bee

A Use Once Again

There is nothing more satisfying then seeing your child light up when you have made something for them. It is very true that making something or restoring an item is much more meaningful than purchasing from a shop. This is exactly what I did. I was kindly passed down a ‘kneeling chair’ almost 100 years old from Grandad Mo. He told me I could repaint it if I chose to. Originally this chair was used to change nappies for when the mother sat down so she could place the baby on her lap. (It is very low for this purpose). It was dark wood stained so I found my Annie Sloan chalk paint, perfect for the project to brighten it and give it some life and use again – this time for my son to enjoy!

If your not familiar with ‘Annie Sloan’ chalk paint and you like to restore, repaint or make projects using paint, I highly recommend this one. I was actually told by one of my friends who also likes to restore furniture to give this a go, the results really where great especially after using the clear wax to protect and polish the chair.
To get this chair bright and fresh looking comes with preparation and patience. Firstly I got some very fine sand paper, as the last thing I want to do is damage or sand down too much for something so old and fragile! Once I got the wood sanded down, I got a fine brush to get rid of any fine dust. Finally, time to paint! If you are using ‘Annie Sloan’ make sure you mix your paint well as there will be a layer of oil at the top.

This chair took me only 2 coats considering the wood was very dark that was great! Once the paint totally dried, chalk paint doesn’t take too long but I left it overnight to make sure! I then got my clear wax and used a lint free cloth to buff the chair. It was wonderful to see the outcome! Leon loved it and was really simple to do! I found some lovely wooden letters that where a very reasonable price, very tempted to place them on the top on the chair with LEON written on it!I hope I have inspired you to restore something you think needs it’s life back again.Mama Bee