All posts tagged: avocado

Mean clean beefburgers

Cooking as a couple can go one of two ways: either you get into an argument over how fine to dice your onions and you end up eating the finished product 4 hours late in complete silence (all been there?). Other times you take tips from each other in order to create something truly epic. We’ve been making burgers together since we started dating, taking influences from our favourite restaurants and cook books, in an attempt to create the perfect home burger. Our burger recipe is the product of lots of different trials (and some catastrophical fails) until we had developed the perfect formula. What to do and what not to do: We’ve used Jacobs crackers in the past (a la Jamie Oliver) – I don’t really rate this. They dont provide much flavour and the texture is a bit crumbly. I’ve tried raw onions mixed through the mince and it is horribly wrong. Onions never go soft if they aren’t cooked properly, and stay acidic and unpleasant We’ve used BBQ or Cajun seasoning in the beef mix before now. …

Giving in to the Instagram Fitspiration b****es again!

I’m used to taking pictures of lovely food porn that makes my eyes bulge and my mouth drool. But today is Tuesday, the day before Monday, which (every week) is the beginning of my healthy eating regime (again) and, as well as flailing about in the free weights section,  i’m keeping a food diary to keep my meals in check. If I don’t I can happy end up eating two dinners quite without noticing. So here’s some sickeningly wholesome dishes that i’ve been knocking up in the last few days. I’ll be awaiting my medal in the post… If you’d like any of these virtuous recipes, do drop me a mail 🙂 x

Avocado & Lime Houmous

Two years ago ready made houmous was my shopping basket essential – you can dip in almost everything, and it doesn’t break the bank leaving more money for your night out (it also makes for amazing late night/ early morning snack when the kebab shops are all closed). But now i’m no longer a student, and try to think a lot more about my waste line, and making everything from scratch. Avocados are now a shopping basket staple and so the avocado houmous was born. All you really need is a food processor, and something to dip in. I like to keep mine chunky – its nice to get a good chunk of avocado on your nacho… Makes a good bowlful Ingredients 1 really ripe avocado 1 can chickpeas small bunch coriander extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove 1 lime ground cumin ground coriander ½ tsp chilli flakes Roughly chop the coriander, bash the garlic to remove the skin and add to the food processor with the drained chickpeas, cumin and coriander. Blitz a couple of …

Avocado Carbonara with Lemon, Pine Nuts & Olive Oil

Ok, so I just moon walked into the kitchen to cook myself something tragic with the leftovers in my fridge, and just so happened to cook a pretty damn tasty dish that was ready to eat in the time it takes to cook the pasta. I use a couple of tricks to make this dish extra special. Avocado’s make a healthier substitute for cream in pasta sauce, using starchy pasta water helps the sauce to stick to the pasta and a cheeky yolk thickens the sauce when it is mixed in, just like in a Carbonara. Serves two 1 small leek 1 small red onion 1 clove of garlic 1 lemon 1 ripe avocado a few glugs of olive oil a handful of pinenuts a handful of grated cheddar 1 egg yolk So… fill a saucepan with water, bring to the boil then add the pasta. Cook for around 15 mins until al dente (and keep 3 tbsp of the cooking water) Roughly chop the leek and red onion, and crush the garlic clove with …

Ginger & Sesame Cod with Broccoli & Avocado Cold Tossed Courgette Noodles

Ginger & Sesame Cod with Broccoli & Avocado Cold Tossed Courgette Noodles (2 portions) For the cod marinade: 1 garlic clove, 1 inch of ginger 1 tsp fish sauce 1 tsp dark soy sauce 1/2 tsp each black & white sesame seeds For the noodles: 2 courgettes 1 tsp soy sauce 1 tsp fish sauce 1/4 a head of broccoli 1/2 an avocado First bash the garlic clove and ginger with the flat side of a thick knife and brush on a chopping board until minced. Add 1/2 the paste to the rest of the marinade ingredients, brush over the fish and marinade for at least 20 mins. For the noodles: I’ve got a nifty gadget that will turn vegetables into spaghetti (see below – under £2 from Amazon ;)) but you can also use a vegetable peeler to make long thin strips, then slice length ways into noodles. Place the noodles in a bowl with the rest of the garlic and ginger paste, soy sauce and fish sauce. Roughly mash the avocado until creamy with a few chunks …