Monthly Archives: April 2012

Scrumptious Cottage Pie

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This evening I made this amazing cottage pie, from a recipe in Good Food magazine. Here’s the recipe. It tasted great and although the amount of cheese and the addition of red wine meant that it wasn’t the lowest calorie meal ever, it was totally worth it and quite simple to make. Perfect for making in large quantities and putting in the freezer for days when you don’t have time to cook from scratch!

Happy eating, Foodlings!

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Delicious Bodega Olives

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These olives are the tastiest olives I’ve tried in a while. They’re not stuffed, which is my usual choice, but they have olive oil with garlic and paprika on them.

They’re now available exclusively at Sainsbury’s.

Nutritional information can be found on the Bodega website, along with their other delicious range.

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The Best Meal I’ve Ever Had!

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Last night my best friend (who is studying Culinary Arts Management) cooked me this mind-blowing feast:

Seabass, pan-fried scallops, roasted asparagus, on-the-vine tomatoes and chive mash.

Absolutely one of the best meals I’ve ever had!

Spicy Turkey Dippers

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On Sunday evening I was peckish and stuck for healthy, cheap and tasty meal ideas. All I had in the fridge were two turkey breasts.

This is what I did with them, and it turned about amazingly well:

  •  Heated up very little olive oil in a wok.
  • Cut up two turkey breasts into thin strips.
  • Cooked the strips in the wok with a good sprinkling chilli flakes.
  • Seasoned with salt and pepper.

I was craving ‘chicken dippers’ that day too, which inspired me to serve the strips with three small bowls of sauce, for dipping:

  • Nando’s Medium Peri-Peri Sauce
  • Tomato Ketchup
  • Jalapeño Salsa

It was a very spicy experience, REALLY easy to make and great fun too!

We Eat Things Blog Of The Month: April 2012

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Although I love writing for We Eat Things, I also adore looking around at other food blogs for inspiration. My favourite blog this month is most definitely Tales From Kitchen And Cellar.

I love Abbie Bennington’s photos, blog layout and interesting content. Although, a blog that looks this good could write anything and I’d be happy!

The blog has a great mix of different recipes – from my personal favourite, Milk & Cookies to a delicious-looking Prosciutto and Spinach Salad.

Tune in at the end of May to see who next month’s winner is.

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Is Coffee Bad For You?

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I drink about two cups of strong coffee every day, and LOVE it. Sometimes I wonder if it’s doing me more harm than good, so I decided to do a little research. Here are some good things  I found about coffee:

  • The British Coffee Association have said that drinking three cups of coffee each day can decrease the risk of liver disease by up to 40%
  • Drinking three cups of coffee a day can reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to 60%
  • The Faculty of Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal found that healthy elderly people, with no signs of the brain disease, had consumed about three cups of coffee a day since their mid-twenties. Those with the illness had drank on average just one coffee a day!
  • There have been other studies that show how coffee drinking can radically lessen the probability of developing type II diabetes (up to 50%).

Here are a couple of negative things I discovered about coffee-drinking:

  • It has been linked with heart disease risk factors such as increase in blood pressure and high cholesterol, but there is no evidence that it does long-term harm. It definitely increases blood pressure so if you have high blood pressure you might want to consider cutting down.
  • There have been studies that link coffee-drinking to reduced bone density. If you’re a postmenopausal woman, you could cut down your coffee intake and take a Vitamin D supplement.
  • Pregnant women should decrease their caffeine intake – health authorities suggest sticking to under 300mg per day.

Overall, I’d say, if you’re healthy, non-pregnant and not post-menopausal then drinking a sensible amount of coffee every day will actually be more beneficial than harmful.

Any feedback, please leave a comment.

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