Day 986 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

img_0165Another two recipes ticked off this evening.  Both were from Lean In 15 (second book) by Joe Wicks.

The first was this one.  In the book it’s made with Sea Bass but I don’t like fish so this is a butterflied chicken breast.  It’s basically a warm salad of tender stem broccoli (Joe’s infamous midget trees), broad beans, peas and courgettes which are mixed with butter, mint & walnuts.  The chicken (or sea bass) is grilled and added to the top.

It was really quick to make (15 minutes in fact!) and was really tasty.  I didn’t use the full quantities in the book and it was still a bit too much.  He really does make massive portions!  I’ll definitely make this one again.  It was delicious.


img_0167The second recipe is Potato salad with Butterflied Chicken (you can see why I made them at the same time!)  This is one for Mark for his lunches.  It has chicken, eggs, new potatoes and spring onions all mixed up with creme fraiche.  It’s to be served with a green salad.  This mammoth box is supposed to be one helping!  Needless to say, it’s going to be two…..


Day 983 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

img_0163This was my dinner this evening.  Well, actually it was Mark’s.  My portion was smaller but messier so I took a photo of his instead!

This is another recipe from Joe Wicks AKA The Body Coach from his second Lean in 15 book.  It’s Pork Chop with Feta & Beetroot Salad.  It was absolutely delicious.  I’ve not tried avocado since we were fed it at primary school after reading the book Avocado Baby and I HATED it.  But it was in this recipe so I thought I’d try it.  I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it either and it’s supposed to be really good for you, so I ate it.

Mark was really impressed with it as a meal and actually like the beetroot this time.  Good job as we still have loads in the veg patch!

There are a lot of nice sounding recipes in this book and I’m going to be trying out quite a few in the coming days to try and finish my 50 recipe challenge.  Not sure I’ll complete it altogether but I’ll give it a good go!

Day 756 – #33 Try 50 new recipes

I’ve got another new cookbook!  I know, I know.  As if I don’t have enough already.  But this one is great!  It’s called Inspiralized and I got it from Lakeland of all places.  It’s really good as a lot of the recipes fit in with Primal Eating pretty well.  So we’ve tried a couple out already.   Mark has successfully made Albondigas twice and it was lush.  But I’ve not included that in my challenge as I didn’t make it – so I thought that would be cheating..!

So the first one I made was Chicken & Broccoli frying pan bake (to give it its full title).  My god it was a faff to follow the recipe!  It’s all over the shop.  But I made the same recipe a second time, this time using my own organisation and it worked a lot better.  And created less washing up so win win.  It was basically diced chicken, broccoli florets, broccoli stem spiralized, chicken stock and grated cheese.  What’s not to like?!  The second time I made it I didn’t have enough broccoli stem left so I spiralized a sweet potato and used that instead and it was lovely. Et voila!

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The second recipe was Bacon Cacio e Pepe.  Dead simple to make and very quick.  Consists of streaky bacon fried off in a pan.  Then garlic & chilli fried off in the remaining oil/fat, add the spiralized courgette and then a load of grated Parmesan.  Mix it all together and top with the crispy bacon.  O.M.G  It’s bloody gorgeous.

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Day 208 – #33 Cook 50 New Recipes

Bacon & Cabbage salad So, after the success of my first 3 Hemsley & Hemsley recipes I felt encouraged to try a few more.  We invited my mum & dad round for a barbecue last weekend and I decided to make this salad to accompany the meat (there was a lot of meat!).  This rather lurid looking bowl contains red cabbage, red onion, bacon, apple, walnuts and a basic dressing of olive oil, lemon juice and honey.  My dad & Mark aren’t really salad-y type folk.  However they both agreed to try it, just to humour me I think.  Both were *very* surprised to find that they liked it a lot!  I was too.  It’s another bloody lovely salad.  So much so that mum even emailed me for the recipe the following day.  AND Mark requested it again today.  So, I think that definitely qualifies as a good result.

Courgette friesThe second dish was also from my H&H book and was their courgette fries.  Normally if Mark has a carby accompaniment to his meal, I’m quite happy to just have the veg.  But I saw these “fries” in the book and thought I’d try them out.  They were a bit of a faff to make.  Strips of courgette, dipped in beaten egg, then dipped in a mixture of ground almonds & parmesan cheese and then baked in the oven.  I think I probably should have made them thinner, or cooked them for longer as they weren’t particularly crispy.  But they were tasty and it did make a nice change.

So far, no dud recipes.  This book rocks!


Day 196 – #33 Cook 50 New Recipes

In an effort to keep my primal eating on track I came across a new cookbook.  I have loads and loads of cookbooks, but since going primal they have lost their appeal somewhat.  So many things in them I simply don’t eat anymore that recipes were becoming a chore rather than a pleasure.  Primal/Paleo cookbooks are a bit thin on the ground (and nearly always Amercian – which makes converting the recipes tiresome).  However, having stumbled across the Hemsley & Hemsley “Art of Eating Well” cookbook I have rediscovered my cooking mojo!  So far we have tried out 3 of the recipes.

Blueberry pancakes First up – Blueberry Pancakes.  How lush do they look?  Pretty gorgeous, huh?  Sadly, I didn’t like them.  They were too eggy for my liking and the texture was a bit weird.  Mark, on the otherhand, absolutely loved them and polished off mine as well as his.  He then found out just how filling coconut flour & ground almonds were…. 😀

So, a mini success.  The recipe definitely worked and Mark liked them so it was a good start.

Halloumi & Papaya Salad





Next up was the Halloumi & Papaya Salad.  (Excuse the rubbish photo – it was taken with my phone).  I made this on Saturday night to accompany our barbecued meats.  This took quite a long time to prepare and made a reasonable amount of mess but it was bloody gorge!  I left out the avocados as I don’t like them and was planning on using the whole papaya instead of the half in the recipe, but there was already so much on the plate that I left it half.  Their portions are certainly generous I’ll give them that!  I can’t really explain just how delicious this was.  Every mouthful was just yummy and I will definitely be making this one again.  Mark loved it too, and he’s not really a salad-y type person….



Sesame Chicken SaladWhich brings me on to tonight’s dinner which was Sesame Chicken Salad.  Again, a huge hit.  This was basically made up of pak choi, romaine lettuce, cucumber spirals and spring onions – all topped off with a dressing made from Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Lemon Juice & a bit of honey.  Topped with shredded, cooked chicken & sesame seeds.  It was so tasty.  I didn’t have high hopes looking at it on the plate; it looked a bit rabbity if I’m honest!  But the dressing really made the dish and it was strangely satisfying.  I finished it over two hours, have dug the garden for an hour and I’m not starving.  That’s a result after a plate of salad I think 🙂




So, the book has been a hit so far.  I’m pretty sure some more of their recipes will feature in my 50 and if you want to find out a bit more about Jasmine & Melissa Hemsley and their philosophy on eating then they have a website which is