Bacon, Asparagus & Pea Risotto and Gibbon Conservation

Hello everyone! On the off chance you had noticed that I haven’t posted in a while, the past two weeks I’ve been working away in London and catching up with many lovely friends in the evening. I didn’t have a kitchen when staying in London and even though I came home in the weekend between (to see Foo Fighters play Milton Keynes – a bucket list item for sure), eating out for every lunch and dinner got old very quickly. I did manage five pre 7 am runs along the beautiful Southbank of the Thames (see my Instagram) though, my favourite part of London.

Risotto

On a related note, tomorrow I am running the first of two runs for a charity called The Aspinall Foundation, who do amazing animal conservation work, this particular run is for their Gibbon projects (the most endangered primate). If animals are your thing then a donation, no matter how large or small would be hugely appreciated by the animals and myself. The first run is a 5 km fun run and the second is a 10 km run in October (my longest official run to date, eek!).

The recipe inspiration is courtesy of Jam and Clotted Cream, such a simple but delicious combination of flavours with the genius addition of clotted cream at the end, risotto is comfort food at its finest!

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Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie

I’m not going to lie, by the time it gets to Friday I am exhausted. I want to curl up on the sofa with James and nod off in front of the TV or a book; if I am awake past 10:30 pm I am impressed. I imagine the getting up at 6:15 am and 3 hours of commuting every day is what probably does it. Friday night dinners therefore need to be comforting, filling (so that hunger isn’t likely to wake me up early in the morning) and a tiny bit naughty, a treat for making it through the week and all its obligations.

Chick, Bacon & Leek Pie

This past Friday I decided to make this and I am so glad we have leftovers for another night because it performed all its tasks admirably, it tasted delicious and far more indulgent that it was. This is evident by the poor quality of photos because I just wanted to get that pie in my face!

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French Toast and Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm

This recipe is inspired by (and features in) the latest book (due out on July 17th) Secrets at Maple Syrup Farm by Rebecca Raisin. Rebecca has written some of my absolute favourite books, all (so far) set in the deliciously quaint town of Ashford, Connecticut with her gang of incredible characters. The relationships between the characters literally warms my heart and I want so badly to move to Ashford and be their friend. Whilst Lil (who I’ve blogged about here, here & here, and reviewed several Rebecca Raisin books in this post) is my kindred spirit in these books, this book focused around Lucy who is an artist and a totally new character who has been made to promise her mum (whom she cares for) that she’d take a year for herself and get on the first bus out of town. I couldn’t help but love Lucy and don’t get me started on the mysterious maple syrup farm owner Clay, what a character he was! I could not put this book down, I HAD to know what happened and despite it not being officially out yet I am in desperate need of the sequel to it. I HAVE TO KNOW, it is imperative. In this book Lil cooks Lucy some French toast and I realised how long it had been since I’d rustled up this favourite for breakfast myself.

French Toast

So here goes, my recipe for French toast…

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The Best Gluten Free Pancakes

The title might be a bold statement but I challenge you to make them and then get back to me. It is no secret I love pancakes, all varieties, goodness knows there are enough pancake recipes on this blog; however, when it comes to plain old pancakes to dress up as you please, that are light and fluffy but not too thin, these are your babies. Whether you eat gluten or not, this recipe is a winner.

Pancakes

If you like you could sub the gluten free for normal flour and the almond milk for any milk of your choice.

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Creamy Chicken, Leek & Bacon Boxty

With St Patrick’s day being tomorrow, I wanted to post an Irish recipe. I was having a think about what I could make and despite loving Chocolate Guinness cake, I wanted to make something more traditional. I’d never heard of boxty (potato based pancakes), until my best friend posted this recipe. I followed it word for word and it was scrumptious, comforting and filling and absolutely what you should be having for dinner tomorrow.

Boxty

These have definitely got me wanting to go to Ireland to try the real deal!

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