Saturday, 9 August 2014

Tomato, Chilli and Coriander Pasta Salad

Recently I have being trying to eat a bit healthier, cutting down on baked goods and beginning to exercise more. I often used to eat bread or wraps for lunch, which although I really enjoy, they are not the healthiest foods to be putting into your body!

Since it is summer I have enjoyed eating colourful foods such as salads! I often prepare a medley of different salads to eat at lunch. These include my Crunchy Carrot salad, Potato salad, egg mayonnaise, as well as lettuce and different veggies like cucumber, peppers, avocados and the likes. 

However I also enjoy to prepare and eat cold pasta salads which are extremely tasty, delicious and pretty simple to prepare! 

Today's recipe is a new favourite of mine, quick to prepare, but strong in flavour. The sauce I am using today is from an Irish company called The Scullery. I got my hands on this delectable sauce from a hamper from the site Viking Direct who not only supply office stationary, but a range of food and drink products as well. I hope you enjoy this dish!


75g Pasta (Any shape you desire)
1 Onion (finely chopped)
1 Clove Garlic (Crushed)
Freshly chopped coriander
4 tbls Tomato, Chilli and Coriander sauce from The Scullery


1. Cook the pasta in boiling water until al dente. Strain through a colander and rinse with cold water until cold.

2. On a low heat, saute the onion and garlic in a bit of oil for about 5-8 minutes or until soft and slightly golden.

3. Add the cold pasta, coriander, onion mixture and sauce together and mix thoroughly.

And that's it! A simple little dish, which will add colour and flavour to any array of salads. 


Monday, 16 June 2014

Maltesers Gravity Cake

I finally made a gravity cake! Im soo so happy with the turn out! :) It was my very first try. I used tips I gained from other cakes and pictures, and I am so pleased with the result!

What do ye think? Feel free to comment :)

Want to try out other cakes I have made? Click here for a Chocolate and caramel layer cake or here for my favorite Chocolate birthday Cake!


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Pancakes for dinner!

Making the perfect pancake is much more complex than knowing how to mix eggs, milk and flour. Whilst pancake purists might insist the only way to eat one is with lemon and sugar, preferences are changing.

Although pancakes have traditionally been enjoyed as a dessert food, with the prevalence of American-style breakfasts and savoury crêpes, more and more people are eating pancakes for dinner. Read on for a selection of these tasty, hot dishes made easy.

Which pancake style is best for dinner?

It’s all a question of preference. For those wanting something more substantial, whipping up a heavy American pancake might be just the ticket. Simply mix 135g plain flour, 130ml milk, one large egg, one tablespoon of baking powder, two tablespoons of caster sugar and half a tablespoon of salt and heat in a non-stick frying pan for a thick, satisfying treat.

Alternatively, make a light crepe by mixing one cup of flour, two eggs, half a cup of milk, half a cup of water, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt and two tablespoons of butter and heat in a non-stick pan. This will create a much lighter batter with a more refined result.

Pancake dinner recipes

1. Squash, rosemary and goat’s cheese savoury pancake

These ingredients make a lovely flavourful supper but also serve to add a note of sophistication to any plate. Simply combine 250g butternut squash with a knob of butter and heat for ten minutes before mixing with 100g of cheese and folding into the pancake batter. After making a pancake as usual, serve with rocket salad and pumpkin seeds.

2. Tomato and mushroom savoury pancake

Take 250g of button mushrooms, 250g of cherry tomatoes, a tub
crème fraîche and a handful of pine nuts. Cook the mushrooms until tender, add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes before adding a splash of crème fraîche and some pine nuts, then gently simmer. Spoon the mixture over your pancakes and scatter with chives.

3. Cheese and broccoli pancakes

Make a cheese sauce by whisking together
50g grated cheddar cheese, 50g grated Parmesan cheese, 150ml double cream and a pinch of salt in a pan over a gentle heat. Cook the broccoli for two minutes in boiling water and plunge in to cold water to preserve its vibrant green colouring whilst you whip up your pancakes. To finish, top a pancake with three or four florets and ladle cheese sauce on top. Fold in half for more elegant presentation. 

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

My Baking Wishlist...

I (Obviously) adore baking! And theres nothing I love more than some super cool, super cute equipment to work with. I am fortunate enough to have good appliances and great things to work with at home, aswell as generous parents who support my hobby. But theres always those few things I will forever lust over!

I have always dreamt of having one of these bad boys sitting on the counter top. They are huge and oh so cool! They will take up space on the counter, but its well deserved. Not only are they functional but they look so cool with all the different colours! I will buy myself one, one day. I will!!

Endless Supply of books:

Although I have a press that is over flowing with cookery and bakery books, the heart wants, what the heart wants! Right now, I am loving this book by the talented Irish chef Donal Skehan. His book is filled with spectacular recipes following from his television series. Definitely on my to-buy list!

Le Creuset:

Just look at that picture. Just look at it! I have dreamt of just walking into a kitchen filled with these little gems! So so cute! I would literally cook things in separate pots just to use them all! They are so cute and versatile.

That's my baking wish list (for now!!) What is on yours?


Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Three Ingredient Brownies!

Three Ingredient Brownies?? Like only three ingredients?

How can this be?

Incase you haven't already scrolled down to see what these mysterious ingredients could be I will let you know!

Condensed milk provides moisture and (delicious) sweetness, digestive biscuits provide a crunch and texture and lastly, chocolate chips add texture, sweetness and amazing flavour! Mix these three in a bowl and what do you make? Beautifulness--Oh wait I mean Brownies :)

A few years back one of my closest friends brought these into school to share with us. She asked a simple question, 'Guess what are in these brownies?'. Laughingly I said 'Well flour anyway!!'. And she replied 'No!'. I was gobsmacked! How could you have brownies with out flour??

A few weeks back we met up and she brought these beauties with her. I remembered them and this time I got the recipe! You can literally whip these up in a few minutes and even serve them warm.

Lets roll...


500g Digestive Biscuits
397g Can of Condensed Milk
150g Plain Chocolate Chips


1. Preheat oven to 180C. Line a Swiss roll tin.

2. Place the biscuits into a bag. Using a rolling pin, or other implement, break up the biscuits into small            pieces.

3. In a bowl, mix together the milk, chocolate and the broken biscuits.

4. Scoop into a tray and bake for 20 minutes, or until browned.

Enjoy! Its so delicious when warm and lasts for days when cold. So, so sweet, don't think the dentists will thank me!


Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Candy Bar Blondies..

Happy New Year everyone! I suppose everyone has heard that milliooonns of times by now! Ah well, everyone loves a party! Another reason to celebrate, eh!

2013 was a big year for my blog! Because, well, I started it! I began my blog back in July and am loving it! I have had some great opportunities and very kind people help me along the way. They haven given me advice and encouragement, and for those, I am thankful!

I know I don't have the most popular blog in the world (clearly!!!) but I still love what I do, and I can't wait for it to grow during 2014! Maybe someday I will be like Sally or even Lindsey, who I have a major blog crush on!!

Anyway, I hope all my readers have fantastic New Year celebrations and enjoy 2014, fulfilling their hopes and dreams throughout it! 

Now, it this is recipe post?

Why yes, it is!

Today I am sharing with you, my recipe for my candy-loaded Blondie's! Like brownies, only blond.. And have candy stuffed into every slice!

These and super tasty, with your favourite candy in every bite and oozing chocolate coming for the sides!

These were made extra tasty, by using Butlers white cooking chocolate. This chocolate is from an Irish company called Butlers. They are one of Irelands favourite chocolatiers and all their produce is super tasty! The high quality can really be tasted, when you take a bite, and the chocolate oozes out! Simply.Perfect.


100g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 Tbls Golden Syrup
210g Self-Raising Flour
10g Custard Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
150g Butlers white cooking chocolate (Or any other good quality chocolate)
100g Candy Bars (A mixture- Mars/KitKat/Toffee Crisp etc.)
30g Marshmallows


1. Preheat oven to 180C. Grease and line a brownie tin.

2. In a bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until light and creamy. Then one by one, beat in the eggs until fully combined.

3. Then, add the golden syrup and mix again until fully combined.

4. Using a sieve, add in the flour, custard powder and baking powder. Mix on a low speed until all the flour is evenly combined.

5. Using the spatula, add in the chocolate, bars and marshmallows. Stir until just combined.

6. Spread evenly into the prepared tin and bake for 15-18 minutes.

After that, take it out and cut into squares. Theres only more step... Indulge!


Sunday, 29 December 2013

Review: Graze Box

Today, I am coming to you with a slightly unusual post from my norm. A few weeks ago, I received a delicious Graze Nibble Box,  from the very generous company Graze. I have ordered from Graze in the past and was delighted to receive another box of goodies.

Graze is a subscription service that, once signed up, deliver a delicious box of nibbles to your door once a week. 

Graze are a company based in the UK. The snacks they provide all contain a health benefit and are all under 150 calories. The snacks are ideal for travel as they are contained in a sealed plastic box, and are perfect fro in between meals.

I was first struck by its wonderful, eye-catching appearance. It was beautifully decorated for the festive season, with pretty trees and reindeer's. Each box contain four goodies.

When ordering, you have the option of rating over 100 snacks, You can rate them 'Love' 'Like' 'Try' or 'Bin'. These options will filter your preferences and therefore you will receive the products which are interested in. This is a great feature Graze have, as it avoids waste and you are guaranteed to enjoy all your snacks!

For those of you who skip breakfast, you now have no excuses! They are perfect for travel and can be easily popped into a school bag for inbetween classes!

What I love about the box, is it is really personalised. A little leaflet comes with the box. Not only does it say 'Hi Siobhan' on the cover but inside it has the nutritive values of the specific food I received. It is really conversational writing and it is so nice to read! The box is full of lovely cute notes!

For those of you who wish to try Graze, they have given me a code for a free 1st, 5th and 10th box for all my readers! On the website, enter this promotional code, LTKFTL7DB. And then you are ready to roll!

Below are the snacks I received. These were truly delicious!

These pistachios were yummy and so unique! I wish I could buy these in the shops!

This banana bread was so moist. I'm not a fan of dates though!

The summer pudding was a nice addition. I am a cranberry-lover, so I was only delighted to continue my love affair!!

These were real cheesy! I brought these with me in my bag one day while I was out. They were a super yummy snack. I wish the packet was bigger!

I hope you enjoyed my review of the Graze nibble box. Don't forget if you want to try it out, use my code!


* This box was given to me for free to review. However all opinions are, as always, my own.