Smoked Paprika Scrambled eggs

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ELSIE… A a very special lady in my life, who became a surrogate grandmother to me and my brothers. She was one amazing cook and loved baking. Elsie taught me many a thing as well as making scrambled eggs her way! I am so pleased I had the opportunity to ask her as they are extremely yummy!

I’ve added my spicy twist to them, you might wish to keep it like that or just use salt and pepper. This post is also dedicated to my friend Jhuls over @ The Not So Creative Cook as she loves eggs as much as I do. It is because of her this morning, that I decided to make some after seeing her version of scrambled eggs on Instagram at the weekend.

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Great start to the week, I’m all ready to go…Much love, D x

INREDIENTS

2 large eggs
3 tbsp milk
1/3 tsp smoked paprika
Salt to taste
1 tbsp butter
Peri peri spice to garnish

METHOD

Whisk the eggs, milk, smoked paprika and salt together until combined

Warm the butter gently in a non stick saucepan

Once melted, pour in the egg mixture and keep on a low heat. Stirring slowly, as it starts to thicken up you’ll get some lumps of egg and it’ll be a bit more moist. This is the time to take it off the stove

Serve on two slices of warm buttered whole wheat toast. To finish, sprinkle with some peri peri spice mix

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My First Zebra Cake!

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Busy and hectic weekend!  But I think I’ve cooked and baked more.  Also because my 3 year old has the chicken pox and he wanted cake, cake and more cake!
I wanted to bake something special for him and I came across this recipe on YouTube.  I’ve been wanting to make a zebra cake for a while and this was the perfect opportunity! My little one was ecstatic and to see the smile on his face…Priceless!

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Here is the link to the simple recipe plus it’s in video form so can be easily followed..

Zebra Cake Video by Aashpazi

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Blanched Asparagus…

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When I saw elegant looking spears of asparagus make an appearance on Selma’s blog, “Selma’s Table” I just knew that i had to buy some and couldn’t wait to devour!
Until now I hadn’t just blanched them in hot water but oh my god will I be doing this again! Sweet, tender, crisp to the bite and now oil. The soft poached egg also provides a silky yolk sauce to dip the spears in….Awwww…I’m in heaven!

INGREDIENTS

10~12 asparagus spears
Fresh eggs
Wholewheat bread
Butter
Sea salt to taste
White vinegar
Boiled water

METHOD

Poaching the egg
To be honest it is only very recently that I have been able to poach the perfect egg to my liking, this is the method that has given me great results

In a shallow medium frying pan, pour in boiling water and set to simmer on low. Add a few drops of white vinegar to bind the egg. Crack the egg slowly into the middle of the pan

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Let the egg simmer for 5 to 7 minutes depending on how soft you want your egg

Turn off the heat and carefully remove from the water, rest on a kitchen towel to absorb the water. Place on some buttered toast

Blanching the asparagus

Place the spears in a bowl of very hot water and rest them for 6 to 8 minutes

Remove and drain the asparagus. Place with the egg and toast and season with flakes of salt

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Eggs & Sautéed Spinach Done 2 Ways!

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I am sure you have noticed by now that I tend to use very similar or the same ingredients in a few recipes one after another. I absolutely love to cook new dishes with the same food produce but in a totally different way! I find that writing for the blog, I am able to experience new foods and meal compositions! I try to make something fresh and different everyday. This way it is extremely exciting for my family and I! And hopefully for you all my friends too!

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Today I come with the same ingredients served in two different ways! Making two individual meals. One is for breakfast and one is for a late lunch. Not a lot of cooking involved but more assembling with these dishes. Though very tasty and that’s the most important thing plus healthy! Yay!

If you have these ingredients at home then give these dishes a go. Let me know what you think! Have a delightful day! Much love D x

INGREDIENTS

150g baby spinach
½ tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove minced
½ tsp smoked paprika
Salt to taste
4 tbsp Boiling water

2 sunny side runny eggs
2 Buttered granary pieces of toast (breakfast)
Pre cooked hot oven chips (lunch)
Feta cheese
Red dried chilli flakes

METHOD

To make the spinach that will be used in both the breakfast and lunch recipe

• Heat up the oil in a large saucepan and stir in the garlic and paprika, cook for a 2-3 minutes for the oil garlic to infuse into the oil

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• Add the spinach, season with salt and pour in the boiling water to help wilt the spinach a little

• Mix and warm the spinach through. Cook for 5 minutes and then turn off the heat

For the breakfast dish

Place 2 pieces of toast on a large plate. Spoon out some of the prepared garlic spinach onto the toasts. Gently place the fried/poached runny egg onto the bed of spinach. Crumble over the feta and sprinkle with some red dried chilli flakes for a bit of a kick

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For the late lunch dish

Take a plate of crunchy hot chips, spoon out some spinach on top. Place the runny fried/poached egg onto the spinach, season the egg with paprika and salt!
Lunch is ready!

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Fresh mint chocolate chip loaf

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I just love mint and chocolate together! especially as a mousse (which I’m hoping to make soon) but in the mean time I remembered I still had some mint left over from my friend’s garden so I thought!…ummm why not put fresh mint in my chocolate chip loaf? So I did!  

The mint oil has really latched onto this cake batter and works incredibly! Different types of chocolate from cocoa to plain to white chocolate really makes this a chocoholic’s dream!

Thank god my little ones are napping at the moment or I wouldn’t have been able to take any pictures of a whole cake to show you but I would just have had a picture of the crumbs!!! Lol.

A very simple recipe to do when you’ve got some friends coming round for a coffee and thanks Anussha once again your mint has really transformed this cake! Come round I’ll have the coffee ready x

I’m also taking a few cakes to the Fiesta Friday over @ The Novice Gardener…where all of us get together and bring lots of delicious food, come on over!

INGREDIENTS

150g unsalted butter softened
170g granulated sugar
Handful of mint leaves and stems
Pinch of salt
140g self raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 eggs
100ml milk
4 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
50g chocolate chips
4 squares of white chocolate melted
4 squares of plain chocolate melted

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 160ºc/325ºf/gas mark 3. Blend the butter, sugar,salt and mint together until nice and creamy

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2. Mix in all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips. Make sure everything is combined

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3. Fold in the chocolate chips and transfer batter to a lined and greased loaf tin and level out

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4. Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes until poked skewer comes out clean

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5. Let the loaf cool in the tin for a while and then transfer onto a large plate. Using a tablespoon drizzle the white and plain chocolate separately to create decoration.

Try and wait until the chocolate topping sets and then slice up yourself a big chunk and DEVOUR!!!!

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I couldn’t help myself!!!

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No not really 😉 ~

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Shivaay Delights Sharing Super Blogs

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This week I have gone Egg crazy! I love to eat eggs and what better way than to showcase them off in a variety of dishes and include them in my Fab Four blogs of the week!

I start off with the super talented Karinna from “Cheesy Biscuit”, her wonderful array of recipes and dishes will have you mesmerized! Especially her love for Rhubarb! which I am yet to try in my recipes and I’m always inspired when I see many of Karinna’s gorgeous and vibrant pink coloured treats. Thank you for all your support honey! I’m putting rhubarb on my shopping list now!

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Such an elegant dish, as is everything Karinna makes… http://cheesybiscuit.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/safffron-smoked-garlic-risotto-with-wilted-spinach-and-poached-egg/

One dish I have to try this weekend for Sunday Brunch is “Italian baked eggs”. Seriously Italian my favourite cuisine and you know about my love of eggs! This recipe is to die for! By “Happiness and Hominy”. A bright, clear and perfect blog with mouthwatering recipes, go by have a look, stay a while and spread the word! Enjoy!

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http://happinessandhominy.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/italian-baked-eggs/

Here comes Amber @ “Om nom nom, eats and treats” don’t you just love that title! A funky foodie blog, one that cheers me up, everytime I visit. In her own words, “I am one of the horrific people still left in this world who cooks based on “ooo, that sounds tasty!” and not on calorie counts.  I think you will find that my diet is horrible, but delicious.”

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Lets eat tasty food and you’ll be sure to find that at Amber’s blog! http://omnomnomtreats.wordpress.com/2014/05/10/eggchiladas/

Natalie over @ F yea, I’m a chef is a skilled baker and I totally loved the simplicity of her quick rice bowl recipe, of course with a glowing egg seated on top!
Simple, concise and lovely food and drink. Her simple caramel syrup for cold coffee is just too gooood! I can’t wait to make a whole pitcher full!

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http://fyeaimachef.wordpress.com/2014/05/03/easiest-rice-bowl-updated-college-classic/

I hope you all enjoy these brilliant blogs…as I do! But for now have a gorgeous weekend and I’ll see you soon @ Shivaay Delights with more food, food ,food! Much love D x

Veggie chilli cheese fries

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One of my ultimate comfort foods. Chips with a spicy veggie chilli, topped with melted cheese and a soft fried egg. Where the runny yolk adds a further richness and sauciness to this cheerful dish.

It’s only 8 in the morning here but my tastebuds are wondering how this dish would feel again! I think lunch has been sorted!

Have a gorgeous and restful weekend! Put your feet up and grab yourself a plate of veggie chilli cheese chips or better still get someone to make it for you! 😉

See you all tomorrow with my Fab 4 of the week..much love D x

INGREDIENTS
Serves 2

For veggie chilli
300 g frozen quorn mince
1 medium onion finely chopped
1 green chilli sliced
2 cloves of garlic crushed
1 tbsp olive oil
200 g tomato passata or crushed tomatoes
150-200 ml water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp ground cumin
1 squeeze of tomato ketchup

Pre-prepared
2 plates of cooked oven chips/fries
2 soft fried eggs made at final stage
2 slices of cheese

METHOD

● Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan and sauté the onions, garlic and green chilli and add the paprika to the mix. Cook for 4 minutes on a low heat.

● Pour in the tomato passata. Throw in the ground cumin and salt. Add the tomato ketchup and stir well. Let the tomato sauce cook for 5 minutes on a low heat.

● Place the quorn mince into the tomato sauce, add water and combine well. Simmer for 15 minutes on a low heat and cover, stirring occasionally. If you require the sauce to be a bit runny then add a little more water than stated.

● Finally to assemble once chilli is cooked. Place chips on a plate, add veggie chilli. Then a slice of cheese and then top with the soft runny fried egg.

An Asparagus & Feta Pancake…

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My husband eats eggs but doesn’t do omelettes. Though I love them, frittatas are out of the question. So to reach a compromise and please both of us I decided to make a the thick and deep tasty pancake. Full of Spring asparagus, all tender and yummy. The feta as always adding a certain saltiness and zing to the overall dish.

I just put it together as I went along and I know that this will be made again and again in our home. Perfect for brunch or a light lunch…Hope you all enjoy it my friends..until next time, much love D x

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INGREDIENTS
8 tender stem asparagus chopped
80g feta cheese
1 cup self raising flour
Salt to taste
Olive oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1 free range egg
Milk as required

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METHOD

● Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan. Sauté the asparagus on a medium heat for a few minutes and season with salt

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● Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl. Throw in the flour and egg, whisk away. Add the mustard and pour in some milk to form a pancake batter consistency

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● Whisk away any lumps and stir in half the feta in smallish chunks

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● Once the asparagus is ready, pour in a little more olive oil into the pan.

● Pour in the batter amongst the asparagus and reduce to a low heat. Crumble the rest of the feta and cover the pan

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● After 10 minutes check if the top of the pancake has set, if not recover and wait a few more minutes

● Once set well, gently turn the pancake over and cook for 5-10 minutes until both sides are golden brown

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● Serve with some coleslaw or a salad of your choice

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My Not So Funfetti Cake For Easter

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It’s Good Friday and I bring you a lemon butter cream topped cake with white pearls. The other element of the coloured balls within the sponge dissolved into the soft batter whilst being baked! So no “Fun-fetti“ effect 😦 But I achieved a crumbly soft sponge with an extremely pretty butter cream topping, so I was happy 🙂 *Lesson for next time…buy really good quality coloured sprinkle balls!

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I hope you are all having a relaxing Easter break, ours was packed with fun at the farm. Which we thoroughly enjoyed in this lovely Spring weather and the countryside air has re-energized me! Enjoy lots of food and eat as much chocolate as your heart desires. Happy Easter to you all! I will see you very soon…
Much love D x

INGREDIENTS
For the cake

130g butter softened
150g caster sugar
2 large free range eggs
Zest of 1 lemon
1/4 tsp vanilla essence
175g self raising flour
1/2 cup coloured sprinkles
4 tbsp milk

Lemon butter cream topping
100g butter very soft
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp lemon extract
3-4 cups icing sugar

METHOD

● Preheat oven to 180°c, grease and line a long loaf tin

● Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl or food processor, add the zest and vanilla extract..combine well

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● Fold in the flour, stir in the milk. Throw in the coloured sprinkles and mix

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● Empty the batter out into the greased loaf tin and bake for 35-45 minutes…or until a skewer comes out clean when poked

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● Leave to cool in the tin. Meanwhile get your butter cream ready

● In a food processor, whizz the softened butter with the lemon juice, extract and 2 cups of icing sugar. Once all creamy, gradually add the rest of the icing sugar. Taste and adjust accordingly so that it spreads well when topping the cake

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● Using a spatula, dollop the butter cream onto the cooled cake. Use a fork and make swirly wave patterns for effect

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● Carefully place pearl ice balls onto the butter cream for the added finish

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Entering into the Pink Whisk and Two little fleas baking competition

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It Took A While…

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Omelettes in our family are so important! As are eggs!  I love cooking with them and maybe that’s why I love baking! Though I have yet to create some eggless baking recipes for our vegan friends…don’t worry I haven’t forgotten you..

My omelette story starts off when I was 5-6 years old and I remember being excited when Dad was at home first thing.  He did shift work so it was a great to see him and I knew we would be in for a treat!

He would wake up early and whilst we were getting ready for school, he would be busy making us omelettes.  Simply with egg a little spice and seasoning, rolled up with tomato ketchup inside!  A very fond memory! My brother made me cheese and onion omelettes with chips when I was pregnant…ooh how I craved them!!! And when my second baby came along, all I ate were omelettes again!!

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I yet hadn’t perfected my omelette until my Mum bought me my tiny tefal omelette pan!  Just one egg cooked in this pan came out so thick and fluffy…
So here it is my quick 1 egg cheese omelette.  Something sooo simple but something I want to share and record for my boys!

Have a beautiful day and I will see you tomorrow, much love D x

INGREDIENTS

1 fresh free range egg
1 tbsp milk
Grated mature cheddar cheese
Salt to taste
Pinch of turmeric
⅓ tsp ground coriander & cumin powder
¼ tsp cayenne/paprika powder
½ tbsp olive oil

METHOD

• Preheat the olive oil in a small frying pan on a low heat

• Crack the egg, add in the milk and with a fork whisk to combine

• Throw in the cheese, season and spice with the rest of the ingredients and whisk until it foams a little

• Gently pour into the frying pan.  Let it set and then flip over with a spatula.  Cook for a couple of minutes and it should have risen and will be all fluffy

• Plate up and enjoy on its own with ketchup like me or as a sandwich filling!

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