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by Em on April 7, 2012



Giving you some respite from all the body image chat – and my totally intellectual debate about whether McDonalds or dried beans work out as cheaper to eat –  today I’m sharing some of my favourite recipes that we’ve been enjoying over the past few weeks!

All from online sources, for your cooking convenience.



1) Tomato Soup.

BIG props to Jackie because I LOVED this soup. And, even though I’m currently trying to seriously minimise bread, this is the sort of soup I would make the exception for (make sure you use buttered sourdough though). It’s also a bonafide pantry staples meal that feels special enough for a weekend. Give me this soup, a LOT of black pepper, a nice glass of Pinto Grigio and some back to back episodes of Six Feet Under (which was the best show ever BTW). Sunday night. Done and done.

2) Crustless Quinoa Quiche

This is the most deceptive dish because on paper it sounds almost off puttingly healthy. Quinoa and kale? No crust? Gulp.

In person however, this dish is anything but crazy healthy. (I guess the copious amounts of cheese and caramelised onions should have given me a warning). Decadent is actually more the word that springs to mind. We split it to serve four and it was super filling, insanely delicious – served hot Louis called it one of the best things he’d ever eaten! – and really very easy. We switched up a couple of things; using blue cheese in place of cheddar, goats cheese in place of feta, and adding basil. Grain free pizza guys!

3) Chicken Marsala

You CANNOT go wrong with caramelised mushrooms and onions, cooked in white wine and chicken stock.You know that right?

Unfortunately, I overcooked the chicken a bit on account of not being used to working with breasts (my husband , of course, made the funniest joke EVER when I said that..). I think next time – there WILL be a next time – we’ll use thighs and bake them, covering them in sauce for the final ten minutes. We’ll also use lardons in place of the prosciutto … less easy for heat happy cooks like me to burn. Even overcooked though… this dish had incredible flavours!

4) Maple Miso Dressing.

I like miso soup as much as the next 29 year old, female 9- 5er (lunch shops all over London sell miso soup now!). However, I’d never really given it much credit as an ingredient before. Natural Chef’s use it all over the place and that inspired me to give Lou’s maple miso dressing a try. OMG!

As a bonafide sweet and salty obsessive this was clearly straight up my street and, although we had it with tempeh, I’ve heard it goes great with all types of meat. I can imagine it being awesome on salmon too!

5) Heidi’s Cabbage Soup.

Okay, I was in two minds about posting this soup. Although, as you know, I trust Deanna implicity on food (and have heard rave reviews about her hummus) this soup was more of a like than a love. Apparently she got the recipe from 101 Cookbooks though, a site which (get this) I hardly EVER like the recipes from. I know.. right?!

The soup did however go down really well with both Louis and my aunt. Louis liked the way you fry the diced potatoes first, so it ends up being a bit potato fries in a soup. Also the curry powder reminded him of takeaway (my husband, the foodie). My aunt thought it had real depth of flavour and was a super inoffensive way to eat cabbage (which I love so clearly I am the weirdo here). Anyhow, if all this is floating your boat you should definitely check out this soup …although I personally might skip straight to the Strawberry and Sour Cream Ice Cream that is also featuring on Deannas wonderful blog.



And with that… I’m out! I still have a ton of other recipes bookmarked from sites I love (starting with this butter coffee hybrid. YES!). However, if you have a food blog and have a recipe you think I should try please, please let me know! Ideally one without grains, if possible.

Have a wonderful Easter friends!


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Cupcakes&KaleChips April 7, 2012 at 9:44 pm

The quinoa quiche sounds so good! I posted some grain-free blueberry muffins today.


Deanna April 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I’ve been so bad about commenting this week…I promise I’ve read all of your posts. I really liked the cabbage soup, but it was even better with the coconut milk. Can I already be excited to hangout with you again or is that weird? You and Louis should stay with me when you come down here. Then we shall go eat. Although I don’t know if anywhere by me has a Skippy burger.


Jennie (the gf-gf) April 7, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Please tell me you’ve made Deanna’s hummus by now?! You’ll never buy grocery store stuff again. (also thanks for the link!)
Hope you’re having fun! If you ever have a chance to write about your classes, I’m curious to hear how they’re going :-)


Amy April 8, 2012 at 12:02 am

Ah thanks for complimenting the quiche, Em! And I loved seeing the other recipes you’ve been trying out… I really need to get on this whole miso bandwagon because it seems like such an interesting flavor that I have honestly never even tried cooking with. Hope all is well with you in California!


katie @KatieDid April 8, 2012 at 12:29 am

you will LOVE butter coffee. good quality coffee and good quality unsalted butter- whirl away, add some coconut oil if you like… a frothy buttery drink. Happy weekend to you!


Monet April 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Hi sweet girl. Now why can’t I just come and stay at your house for a month? You are always eating the most inventive and delicious meals. Your quiche sounds delicious…as does the soup. I love a good cup of soup with a fresh piece of bread and a dollop of butter :-)


Lou April 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

Oh YAY, glad you liked the dressing… I’m obsessed with it, I’ve just made a mustard-y version and blended it with chickpeas to make a hummus – I know, I know, sounds crazy but it works! Love the links to these other great blogs too :)


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