Sunday, 10 August 2014

Chicken & Chorizo Spanish Stew

This my friends, isn't just your standard stew. Spiced with paprika rather than using a heavy tomato base, this stew is light yet filling, and packed with immense flavour. Serve with your greatest attempt at a Spanish accent, crusty bread, and you're guaranteed an absolute crowd pleaser. It really does capture summer with every bite!

Serves 6

6 Chicken Thighs, chopped
250g Chorizo, chopped
3 Peppers (Preferably red, orange and yellow), sliced
1 Onion, chopped
12 Baby Potatoes, washed with skin left on
2 litres of Chicken stock
2 tbsp Paprika
Sprinkle of Salt, Pepper and Oregano
Parsley, for serving

  1. In a pot, fry off chicken with drizzle of olive oil, until browned. Then fry off chorizo along with the chicken.
  2. In a seperate pot, fry off onions until browned, then cook the peppers for a few minutes so they are slightly softened.
  3. Add vegetables to meat pan with paprika, and stir.
  4. Sprinkle with seasonings, and add stock along with potatoes.
  5. Put a lid on the pot and leave to simmer, over medium heat, for 40 minutes. (Until potatoes are cooked)
  6. Season to taste, then serve with crusty bread and a sprinkle of parsley to garnish.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014


Do you picture yourself in this situation? 

It's 5pm, you've just finished work or classes for the day. You're tired, lunch feels like forever ago, and you're just a little bit cranky. You come home and raid the fridge for a delicious snack that requires zero prep requirement. Something which will make all feel right with the world again and rescue you from your state of 'hanger'. 

If the answer is yes, (or even if it's no) then say hello to these seriously great energy bites, aka Amazeballs. They are the perfect solution to your rumbling-tummy issue, and possibly any other problem you may have in life.

These little treats fantastically curb energy slumps, and truly do live up to their name. If you think dates are just for cute, old people who need to increase dietary fibre intake to improve their you-know-what, then think again! They have the most incredible caramel-like taste, which makes them the perfect base for these snacks.

Cashews are among the healthier nut choices, as they have a high level of omega-3 and protein. Once the dates and cashews have been blended together, then you can add pretty much anything else you desire. Dried fruit, coconut flakes, sunflower seeds? You name it! Splash of vanilla extract and maybe a pinch of cinnamon? Badda bing, badda boom - they're done! Scoop out using a teaspoon and roll the mixture into little balls with your hands. Pop them in the fridge where they can last a few days in a sealed container. Then kindly thank Amazeballs for saving you from ever resembling a hungry bear again.

Coconut and Cashew Amazeballs

                         Serves 16

1 1/2 mugs Dates
1 mug Cashews
1/2 mug Desiccated Coconut
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Cinnamon
1 tbsp Water
Optional: Extra Coconut for rolling

1. Blend cashews in a food processor for a few seconds until they become a chunky-flour like consistency.
2. Add dates into nut-flour and blend.
3. Then add in coconut, vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon and water.
4. Blend ingredients until all mixed together. Scoop out a tablespoon of mixture and roll with your hands to form a ball. 
[Optional: Roll energy bites in desiccated coconut to finish.]
5. Can be placed in an airtight container and refrigerated for a few days.