SWEET POTATO RISOTTO

Peel and dice the sweet potato and boil in slightly salted water for 4-7 minutes.  Drain and put to one side.

In a large pan melt a generous amount of butter and add half a chopped white onion.  Cook until the onions turn clear.

Add the risotto rice (75g per person).  Cook for about a minute then add a ladle of chicken stock.  You should have a pint of boiling chicken stock on the side.  Add a ladle at a time to the rice as needed.  The whole process should take about 20 minutes.

Move the sweet potatoes to a pan and cook on the stove for 5 minutes on a low heat adding olive oil, thyme and rosemary.

Once the rice is almost cooked at the sweet potato.

Slice up around 4 strips of parma ham and add to the sweet potato and risotto mixture.

Mix together well, add salt and pepper then serve.  The salty ham is incredible with the sweetness of the potatoes!


I'm having a moment with sweet potatoes.  I've always loved them but for some reason I feel the need to use them in almost every meal I make.  Lunch time called for something substantial so I decided on a buttery delicious creamy risotto with plenty of sweet potato and one of my favourite foods, parma ham.  This is a filling hearty meal, perfect if you are going to be skipping dinner and need a big lunch.  Risotto requires some serious arm work, you need to stir it constantly, but if you do it right then each mouthful is worth every bit of arm muscle used!

SWEET POTATO BRUNCH

Ingredients:  sweet potatoes, avocado, white onion, eggs, olive oil & salt and pepper

In a bowl, grate the sweet potatoes and onions.  Mix together and add  olive oil, salt & pepper

Squidge (professional term) the potato and onion mixture together and  place in a well heated, slightly oiled pan.  Cook for about 4 mins each side.  Don't worry if the mixture falls apart when you flip it, you're going to turn it to hash any way

Chop the avocado and season well with salt & pepper

Remove the potato hash from the pan and set aside.  Fry the egg in the same pan, you'll get the yummy flavour from the onion

Assemble the hash on the plate (the dark brown slightly crisp bits are my favourite!)  Pile on the avocado then place the egg ontop

Finish off with a drizzle of olive oil, some extra salt and pepper, and if like me you enjoy a bit of heat, a splash of Nando's hot sauce!


I am fully aware that lately my blog seems to have transformed into a food blog!  I can't help it!  I'm eating such wonderful things that I want to share with you all so that you can experience the deliciousness for yourselves.  Late morning on Friday I hadn't had breakfast, just my usual coffee when my stomach made a noise resembling thunder.  I needed something fairly quickly, easy to prepare yet not lacking in flavour.  Open the fridge.... eggs, sweet potatoes and avocado's transformed into sweet potato hash with chopped avocado and fried egg.  MOUTH WATERINGLY YUM.

BROWNIES FROM HEAVEN


Ingredients:  2 packets of Oreos, 1 pack brownie mix, 1 pack chocolate chips.  For the cookie dough: 2 eggs weighed,  same weight of butter, sugar and plain flour.

Combine all the cookie dough ingredients together with a wooden spoon.

Line a baking dish with greaseproof paper and spread out the cookie dough into the bottom.

Cover the cookie dough with oreo's.

Pour the brownie mix until all the oreo's and cookie dough has been covered.

Bake for 30 minutes at 180c, remove from the oven and leave to cool.

Once cooled chop into squares on a chopping board and watch the lovely goo ooze out.

Devour Immediately!
My sweet tooth has been calling out to me so i decided to do the obvious and get baking.  I originally saw this recipe here and thought it looked too delicious to not try myself!  The original uses pre packaged mixtures.  I decided to make my own cookie dough from scratch and used packeted brownie mixture as I already had some in the house.  These brownies are without question of a doubt unbelievably delicious however they are so super sweet that only tiny amounts can be consumed at a time, unless like my brother you're a big burly man and can eat about 3 in one go.  Show off.

MEDITERRANEAN LUNCH

The simplest ingredients:  brown bread, avocados, cherry tomatoes, parma ham, olive oil, salt & pepper

Remove the avocados from their skin and mash in a bowl with plenty of salt and pepper

Slice the cherry tomatoes in half and sprinkle with sugar (it draws out the sweetness)

Separate the parma ham slices, approx 2 per slice of toast

Layer the ingredients and pile high making sure the parma ham is on top

Drizzle with olive oil and finish with cracked black pepper
Today's lunch was so delicious yet so simple I just had to share it with you.  One of my favourite snacks that makes me feel as though I'm in the Mediterranean, if I close my eyes i can feel the sunshine on my skin and hear the waves below.  A crisp class of white wine goes incredibly well however it was a bit early for daytime drinking!  Combining two of my favourite foods, parma ham and avocado, the simplicity of this dish is almost too good to be true to produce such gorgeous flavours!

QUOTE OF THE DAY

                  "People who 
                                  live to eat 
                                              are always 
                                                            the best people"

These are the wise words of an extremely wise lady.  Mrs Julia Child.  Being a passionate cooker / eater, I couldn't agree more with this quote.  Julia (I feel as though we are friends so I call her by her first name) is pretty much an oracle when it comes to France (my secret lover) and all foods French.  I love reading about Julia and her life almost as much as I love working with her recipes and creating culinary French masterpieces... or so I try.  Julia Child single handedly revolutionised the way American's (and later the world) approached French cooking by explaining every single step in immense detail so as to make the cooking process as easy as possible.  Julia was a legend with a big appetite and an even bigger personality.  If you know nothing about Julia Child then you can watch the movie Julie and Julia starring Amy Adams and the incredible Meryl Streep for a quick fix.  YouTube also has some original Julia footage.  "Bon Apetite!"