Honey, yogurt and dukkah on toast with matcha smoothie

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It’s breakfast week here in the UK. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you with the importance of the first meal of your day. Even though I believe in eating well in the morning my only problem with breakfast is my stomach: it’s a late riser. Hunger never kicks in before 9AM which makes my pre-work routine somewhat hectic. I never know what will stimulate my appetite and I’ve got no time for matinal debates.

If you’re like me, you’ll love this little combo I’m sharing with you this week. It should make a great addition to your quick meal options. It’s nutritious yet light and will sustain you until lunch. The matcha smoothie will give you a wake-up boost, ideal to start your day on the right foot.

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Nutty Aubergine and chickpea curry

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Over the past few months I’ve been asked by some of you to share more vegetarian recipes. I’m not a specialist in the matter, but I do take pleasure in eating meat-free meals from time to time. So this gives me a great motive to learn more on the subject and I intend on fulfilling your request.

So keeping up with the New Year’s resolutions mindset, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce a veggie curry that is both healthy and low in calories. Despite my love for a good protein, discovering a new vegetarian recipe is always exciting and I hope you’ll enjoy this one as much as I do.

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Lyonnaise salad 2 ways

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Happy New Year everybody! May 2015 be filled with scrumptious food and good company.

Despite my skepticism about New Year’s resolutions, I can’t see anything wrong with trying to kick off the year on the right foot. The January “clean slate” effect is hard to resist and I do have a few projects of my own, although nothing too big or difficult to fulfill – I know myself all too well. I think not setting the bar too high is key here. And that is why I’ll be happy with myself if I manage to bring home-made lunches to work 4 times a week.

How about you? Any New Year’s resolution you would like to share with us? How about trying to feed yourself better and prepare meals more often? Now that is something I could help you with.

I’m planning on cooking up a storm for the blog and hopefully inspire you all to get in the kitchen – starting with this satisfying Lyonnaise salad. Light yet rich this is a terrific January meal, a great compromise between your healthy resolution and reality of your cravings. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

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Spicy black bean soup and zesty avocado tartine

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If you’ve indulged in last week’s recipe, you probably have a few leftover ingredients in need to be used. I think one of the tricks to an efficient solo kitchen is knowing how to use these before they go bad. Not only does leftovers help cut your cooking time but using them minimise wastage and saves you money – win, win and win.

Being in this exact situation myself I was browsing the many food blogs I follow in search of inspiration to cook my half can of black beans in a quick and easy way. I’m a regular reader of Love and Lemons. Her style is quite different than mine and concentrates mostly on vegetables, which inspires me a lot. You should check her site, it’s absolutely gorgeous, with food so colourful it’s a pleasure to watch and read.

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Pork pita with fried black beans and apple celery slaw

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After a few days of unplanned cooking I’m usually left with bits and bobs from my previous recipes. So when the time comes to empty the fridge it always opens the door to a lot of experiments. The outcome aren’t always perfect but it’s very pleasing to reuse ingredients in new ways, and more often than thought we get a nice surprise.

One of my favourite things to make using leftovers are sandwiches. I have to admit, I love carbs a bit too much for my health but what’s more convenient and filling that a meal between two slices of bread?

In my view, to make a great sandwich you need these 4 essential elements: a filling mixture, a hint of moisture, some contrasting texture and gorgeous wholesome bread.

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