Posts Categorised: Recipes

My New Bike And A Lemon Drizzle Floral Cake …

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How has your weekend been so far ? There are two reasons for this post. One is to show you my new bike. I am beyond excited about it as I’ve wanted one for ages. Everyone else in the family has one so I have felt a bit left out when they’ve all cycled off for a little road trip. Not anymore.

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I haven’t stopped since I got it  – cycling is the new running. One of my the stipulations was a basket on the front so that I can pop to the shops or visit my family with cake…. more on that in a minute…

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On this trip I was on the way back from the local garden centre ( far more appealing than night clubs these days ) and stopped off to take a few photos. The bike is designed by Victoria Pendleton and I chose the mint green as this colour would always be my first choice as its subtle and inspired by times gone by.

It has seven gears by the handle at are really easy to change too. Whoop ! You might have guessed that I’m a bit in love with it ? You’d be right.

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I left half of the lemon drizzle here for my Mum with the edible flowers and we took half for a long journey. It’s something that I had wanted to try out for ages and it was fun decorating with the pansies, violas and marigold petals – think next year I will try growing some so they are at hand. The lavender was just for extra aroma, although lavender and lemon works well together as a cake too. If you’d like the recipe then leave me a comment and I will get it over to you in two shakes of a lambs tail ! I hope you like it ?

Have a good one …

Lucy x

Homemade Vegetarian Curry Recipe ideas and Inspiration

Vegetarian Curry recipes

As well as being a screen and stage writer – and my inspiration in so many ways, my Dad is also an incredible cook full of Homemade Vegetarian Curry Recipe ideas and Inspiration

He worked very hard when I was little at honing his talent, by spending time with authentic chefs and trying out every type of curry you can imagine. As a result, we sure know our onions when it comes to a good Ruby Murray – and I’m really excited to share a few of his meals with you.

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Because I’m a vegetarian, he has come up with some nice, quite simple ones that are meat free and bursting with colour.

You can add as little or as much chilli powder ( or fresh chillies ) as you like – and don’t forget your coriander,  lemons and of course natural yoghurt mixed with some mint to cool things down too. Goes without saying that you will probably want to do some rice with the dishes.

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Onion Bhaji

Ingredients

2 large Onions

1 mug Gram Flour ( Chickpea Flour )

Salt to taste

1 egg

Handful coriander leaves

Pinch Chilli Powder

1 tablespoon curry powder

1 teaspoon paprika

Method

Mix the ingredients together until a smooth consistency is formed. Don’t feel tempted to add water as the onions will provide a natural liquid if allowed to stand for an hour before frying.

To cook – ladle individual bhajis into a frying pan of hot oil. When they are golden brown, remove and serve. A squeeze of lemon all over is always nice and maybe a dash of natural yoghurt.

All ready to serve.

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Aloo Tarka Dhal ( Potato and Garlic Dhal )

Ingredients

1 mug of rinsed red lentils ( Masoori dhal )

12 small potatoes

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1 large bay leaf

4 cloves

4 green cardomans

1″ cinnamon stick

8 garlic cloves

8 onions

Vegetable ghee

Pinch of salt

Method

Pre boil the potatoes then put to one side. Simmer the lentils with the turmeric powder, large bay leaf, cloves, green cardamons, cinnamon stick and sea salt. Remove any residue from the lentils and once soft but ( but not dry ) remove the excess water and put to one side.

Slice the garlic cloves and finely dice an equal amount of onions. Fry them together in vegetable ghee until golden brown and then add the lentils mixture and potatoes.

Ready to serve.

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Saag Chana Chat ( Spinach and chickpea curry )

Ingredients

1 tin of rinsed spinach

1 tin of rinsed chickpeas

1 tablespoon of mint sauce ( optional )

1 handful coriander

1 piece of root ginger- diced

Salt to taste

Tablespoon curry powder

1 large finely diced onion

2 cloves garlic – chopped

1 handful chopped coriander leaves

4 medium tomatoes – diced

1 handful Methi leaves ( fenugreek leaves ) if available.

1 teaspoon of garam masala

A squeeze of lemon juice

Drop of water

Ground pepper to taste

Method

Fry the diced onion and both garlic cloves with the diced root ginger in oil until onions are soft and then add the curry powder and further fry for 5 minutes. Add a drop of water if necessary to prevent sticking.

Introduce the chickpeas, spinach, mint, coriander leaves, diced tomatoes, ground pepper and methi leaves.

Cook for 20 minutes on a medium heat and then add the garam masala and the lemon juice.

Mix and serve.

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You could do just one of the dishes or all for a fabulous feast. I can vouch that this is really tasty. I hope you try it and love it too. Let me know if you do or if you would like any extra cooking advice by leaving me a comment under this post or tweet me @lucylovesyablog … will get right back to you.

Have a good day.

You can find more food inspiration over on my Pinterest.

 

Tea For Two With Extra Sprinkles- with Meincupcake

Cakemart DecsWhat do your kids say when you offer them a little tea for two party with extra sprinkles –  not only my quaint cups and saucers filled with their favourite fruit juice … but also cake Meincupcake pops and cupcakes and extra sprinkles. No brainer. They said .. ” Yesssss Mum ” ..

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I’ve never made cake pops before although have been intrigued as to how you do. Actually, they were quite easy. I did have a book that came with the set so that helped. Funnily enough my girls were really happy to help out as much as possible ! The candy melts are meant to be microwaved but I did it over the hob with a saucepan and a bowl and turned out fine…. the fiddly bit was covering the sponge but we had fun with it.

Cupcakes

We also made some cupcakes that I have to say, were delicious. I’ve tried loads of times to ice cakes with a piping bag and quite frankly made a mess, but this time I used a one hand decorator and it was a doddle. The sprinkles added some lovely colour and a little bit of crunch. I love the bright polka dot cases – they go so well with the multi colour toppings.

Meincupcake spotted,my love for colour, recently, so sent me these delights to try out. I’ve had lots of fun on Instagram over the last few days sharing some pics. Have a look if you like. We also made doughnuts but they are in our bellies on the cutting room floor ;)

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After our little ‘ do ” we wrapped up some of extra cake pops in cellophane packs that came with the kit and some striped wash tape and took them round to our neighbours. Here you can see the girls all ready to deliver them in front of our purple front door.  It’s a nice idea for wedding and kids favour bags. I will definitely be using them for future parties. Hopefully we will get more adventurous and make some of the amazing creations on offer in the book.

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Are you a dab hand at baking ? Or like me, keen but still a bit of a novice ? Any tips either way then leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you …

Lucy x