Creamy Avocado and Corn Jacket Potato

I tried a healthy version of Jacket Potato – just because I absolutely love it but can’t afford to look like a big fat potato as a result.  This recipe is vegan and vegetarian friendly.  Easy to make and delish to eat!

I’ve been writing for Almonds and Raisins, a well-being site based in Thailand.  My recipe can be found there. Here’s a screen shot of the page!

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Review: VonShef Stone Raclette Grill

I’ve recently bought the VonShef Stone Raclette Grill.  I was missing some grilled cheese from Switzerland.  I was there 2 years ago, the cheese is to die for.  I bought this grill to have an indoor BBQ as the weather in London is so unpredictable.  So just in case. I absolutely loved it (thought I’d give you my verdict first) 🙂

Here are pictures that prove that Vegetarians can have a great grill too!

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 So vibrant and beautiful

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The layered grill.. Such an awesome feature!

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Loved the Kebabs!

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You can’t go wrong with Quorn Sausages. You seriously can’t.

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Cheese from heaven.  It just couldn’t get any better.

 

Here’s a breakdown of the VonShef Grill.  What I liked/disliked etc!

What we had for dinner from the grill:

  • Quorn Sausages with bread
  • Halloumi-Cherry Tomato Kebabs
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Grilled Asparagus
  • Grilled Peppers
  • Grilled Gruyere Cheese *to die for*

How to Use the Grill:

  • Pre-heat it for 20-25 mins
  • Brush oil on it lightly
  • Rub a bit of salt on the stone

What I liked about it:

  • Fun & Interactive Dinner
  • Easy to assemble
  • Healthy cooking option (minimal oil)
  • Grilled food is always yummy!

What I disliked about it:

  • You have to wait to wash up (I left it overnight, but some people say 3-4 hours is plenty)
  • Washing up by hand as opposed to a dishwasher
  • The wire for the cord is not long enough to use on the table – I got an external long adapter

TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY:  TO BUY.

Ferrero Rocher Banana Smoothie

Hi everyone!  It’s been super hot in London, I actually feel I’m near the equator – like Singapore or something!  You’d never expect London to have a real summer.  It feels weird.  I can’t exactly complain though just ’cause I am soaking the sun up!  🙂  I’ve been experimenting with drinks to combat the heat and make use of my blender. Haha!  

I’m on a Serious Summer Smoothie Mission.

I’ve got a box of Ferrero Rocher as part of a Birthday Gift from someone really special, so I’ve found ways to eat it. HAHAHA!  Not that you need ways to eat chocolate, just to be clear! 🙂  

IMG_2605Yummyyyyy.  It was really heavy though – so treat it like an in between meal.  (Yes there’s such a thing! No one said you can only have 3 meals a day!)

 

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Happy with my photography 🙂

 

Ferrero Rocher Banana Smoothie

Makes:  2 tall glasses

Ingredients:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • Water 
  • 4-5 Ferrero Rochers
  • A bit of milk (if you want it richer)
  • Chocolate powder 

Method:

  • Blend frozen bananas with a bit of water (3 tbsp or so) and Ferrero Rochers.  
  • Add a bit of milk if you want.
  • Sprinkle Chocolate powder and some crushed chocolate for garnishing.

Enjoy! xx

Technology Tuesdays: Paprika (Recipe Manager App)

Today’s app – PAPRIKA.  My favorite Recipe App!Image

Hello there!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  Weekends we mainly eat out and try different restaurants.  Or we go to the same restaurant and end up ordering exactly the same thing to avoid disappointment!  Sounds ironic but when you get to one of your favorite restaurants, you know exactly what would satisfy you and the risk of a new dish is almost frightening.

Weekdays we eat at home, which means I get to show-off my culinary skills or the lack of. haha! Which brings me to today’s featured app – Paprika.  It’s actually the only app I use for recipes.  I usually download mainly free apps unless the paid app proves to be very useful.  I’m quite frugal when it comes to apps (not so when it comes to designer handbags).  We have to save somewhere! 🙂  This app is usually $4.99 and you can check it out here: http://www.paprikaapp.com/blog/ (apparently there’s a sale at the moment!)

Firstly, the APP lets you search for recipes from all over the web through your internet browser.  It also provides suggested supported sites which are very useful.  I especially like to go to AllRecipes and BettyCrocker.   However. there are times I like to go to other sites and Paprika gives me this flexibility.  When you come upon a recipe that you would like to save – instead of a snapshot, it will save it in a uniform template into your recipe organizer.  Prior to this app, I used to snapshot what I liked and had to go through my photo gallery frantically when I was about to try something new.  That was pretty inefficient and time consuming.  Now I am able to save, categorize and store in an effective manner.

Sometimes, you come across a site that is not supported by this app as it cannot differentiate the text in the blog from the recipe.  There is toolbar at the bottom of this app that overcomes this problem.  You are able to manually copy the ingredients, method, title and store it in the template where you can then save.

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The picture above is a snapshot of my Paprika Recipes.  This demonstrates the way in which my recipes are stored.  There is a search button on the top which allows the users to search their own saved recipes.  Also, you are able to save your own recipes in the same format to add to this collection.

Secondly, if technology isn’t quite your “thing”, it allows you to print recipes so you can have them in a recipe file if that’s how you are used to storing them.  I have to admit, that I print some of my recipes instead of taking my iPad or iPhone in the kitchen with me all the time.

The last feature that this app is able to do is – plan meals.  Frankly, I do not use this feature much as I rather plan my recipes weekly.  Also – my husband sometimes doesn’t quite like sticking to the plan and has spontaneous food cravings.  🙂  Eitherway, the picture below shows how this feature can be used.

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