Chocolate Cupcakes with Matcha + Chocolate Icing

September 29, 2016

Instagram is just the place to go when looking for cake inspiration, but I wasn't originally going to make cupcakes with piped icing like this photo.

Instead, I came across this incredibly cute cactus cupcake and I couldn't wait to give it a go. How cute does it look?!

5 Ways with English Apples

September 26, 2016

My favourite variety of apples are royal galas and in our household, we buy them every week.

Did you know that there are at least 12 varieties of British apples and they all have their own seasons? Nope, neither did I. So when the lovely guys at Love English Apples sent me a box of their best apples, I couldn't wait to go through them.

Costcutter Teriyaki Chicken + Sweet Potato Mash

September 22, 2016

Costcutter isn't a name you would associate with teriyaki chicken, but that's exactly what I made using ingredients from their Costcutter Independent range. 

Independent is the brand owned by Costcutter and they offer a range of quality, affordable products across all categories including fresh meats and vegetables through to household items and confectionery, all on your doorstep. The award winning brand is available from Costcutter, Mace, Kwiksave, SuperShop and SimplyFresh stores across the UK. 

Teriyaki chicken is super easy to make and instead of having it with rice, as it is often served with, I made a sweet potato mash and simple salad to go with it. The mash can be made ahead of time and served cold like a potato salad and you can make as little or as much as you need. I've used standard mayo in the mash but if you want to make an authentic Japanese potato salad, use Japanese Kewpie mayo. 

It's a great healthy family recipe to keep and also great for entertaining as it takes less than 30 minutes to make.

If you love a glass of wine with your meal then make sure you pick up the Sierra Creek white wine, also from Costcutter, to go with the teriyaki chicken. It's often difficult to pair wines with Asian dishes due to the complexities of flavours within the sauces, but the sweet aromatic Sierra Creek California white will work in perfect harmony with this dish. It's a dry white and also vegan friendly. 

Lancaster Wines is Costcutter's wine partner and one of their best sellers is the Altaria Red. It's packed with dark berry fruit flavours and is an easy drinking red with a fresh fruity flavour and a hint of spice. Both the wines cost a pocket friendly £4.99.  

x4 pieces chicken thighs
750g sweet potatoes
1 head of gem lettuce
3 cloves garlic
3tbsp soya sauce
3tbsp mirin (if you can't find mirin, use sugar)
2tsp sugar
2tbsp mayonnaise
1tsp garlic granules
Salt to taste 
Black pepper to taste
1/2 cup water
2 tbsp oil

1. Wash the chicken pieces and pat dry
2. Mix the soya sauce, mirin and sugar in a bowl to make the teriyaki marinade and then pour over the chicken
3. Peel the sweet potato and chop into small chunks. Boil in a pan of water until soft, about 10 minutes. Once it's done, drain the water and mash. Add in the mayonnaise, garlic granules, salt and pepper. Mix well and set aside
4. Turn the heat on high, add oil to the pan and then the garlic and chicken skin side down. Reserve the marinade for later which will be turned into a glaze
5. Fry the chicken for 5 minutes until the skin is browned then turn onto the other side and add 1/2 cup of water. Bring the heat to low and put a lid on the pan. Let it steam cook for 10 minutes. You may need to add a little more water if it dries out
6. After 10 minutes, flip the chicken back onto the skin side and add in the rest of the marinade. Continue to cook on low heat for 5 minutes with the lid on
7. Take the lid off, turn heat on high and cook for another 2-3 minutes. This will turn the marinade into a slightly sticky glaze. Take off the heat and serve with the mash and gem lettuce salad

I hope you guys enjoy this easy teriyaki chicken + sweet potato mash recipe!

*This recipe creation is in collaboration with Costcutter

Yutaka Sushi Kit For 2

September 20, 2016

Sushi is one of my all time favourite foods, so when I heard that Yutaka had a launched a sushi kit*, I couldn't wait to try it out. I've made sushi at home plenty of times and love the Yutaka range as you can see from my Japanese recipes shirataki noodles, konnyaku stew, edamame salad, and a cooking course with Yumi.

Superstar Korean BBQ | London

September 15, 2016

Since becoming a mum, I knew eating out in London would become a rarity. But at 8 weeks old and earlier than I'd imagined, Isaac and I took our first trip to London.

Along with both our babies, my friend and I headed to Superstar Korean BBQ which is located at the very new and modern St Giles Piazza. I love Korean food and whilst I don't have Korean BBQ very often, I always enjoy it so much when I do. I mean what's not to love about barbecuing a huge spread of meat at your own table? 


September 12, 2016

August came and went in a flash, and I do hate it when September arrives because it means the end of Summer. Luckily the sun is still shining and the weather is still hot, so I'll try and hang onto Summer for as long as possible.

Creating a SmartHome

September 08, 2016

G is a huge tech geek. There isn't a new gadget that he's not interested in and right from the start of moving into our house, he said he wanted to turn it into a 'smarthome'.

A Foodie Guide To Italy

September 06, 2016

I have great memories of trips to Italy and a huge part of that is down to the unbelievably delicious food we ate. Italian food is so homely and when it is made with top quality fresh produce, simple seasoning like olive oil, salt and pepper is really all that you need.

Food says so much about a culture, from the spices used to the way it may be eaten. Immersing yourself in that and trying the local food is a part of any adventure abroad. Italy is a never-ending adventure and whilst I’ve been to 10 Italian cities already, there are still places on my bucket list I want to visit.

So where’s my favourite city for food in Italy? Here’s my Top 3.

Garden Inspiration

September 04, 2016

It has been just over 2 year since we bought our first home and apart from the downstairs bathroom, front porch and garden, all of our living space is fully decorated.

Top Summer Cleaning Tips

September 01, 2016

Cleaning can be such a chore, but it's one of those things that are top of my priorities and especially now that we have a baby. I take great pride in my home and love the way it looks and feels after a good cleanse. With a few handy tips, it really doesn't have to feel like a workout to get your home ready for summer parties. 

SCA have just the right products and tools to make cleaning that much easier. For their Summer Clean Campaign, they discovered that 76% of people are most concerned with hygiene in their kitchens, followed by 58% in the bathroom and then 12% in the bedrooms. Overflowing bins and dust were also a concern for many.

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