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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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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Rich & Creamy Garlic & Herb Chicken

This is a recipe that I learned from one of my housemate’s at uni. She cooked this for us one house Christmas and I’ve made it several times since. It’s a recipe she learned to cook from her Dad and I’ll be forever grateful that she shared it with us, it is one of my favourites. I only cook it on special occasions because it is so rich and naughty but so totally worth it. What’s more special than Christmas Eve?! Not very much, and that’s why I decided upon this meal for such an occasion. I was almost relieved when I remembered this recipe because I would have been very sad to miss the chance to make it again. This is up there in my top 5 favourite meals, it is so so delicious!

Boursin chicken

It is very simple to make, with just a few ingredients, nothing complicated or time consuming. Given NYE is a work day this year, it would be easy to whip this up for a lovely dinner before heading out (or staying in) to celebrate. This NYE, J and I are going out to dinner, just the two of us, to a local Thai restaurant we found recently and absolutely adore. After that we’ll head home for a film and to reflect on the year we’ve just had and to make plans for the year ahead. Expect a few more posts on this topic!

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