The Whole Food Diary

WFD Loves… Valentine’s Day

— February 10, 2013

I much prefer staying in and cooking a nice meal together on Valentine’s day as restaurants tend to be overcrowded both with people and red table decorations. Why not surprise your loved one with something for the kitchen for some cooking inspiration for your romantic night in?

  1. Habitat Poppie Silicone Cake Tin
  2. SodaStream Source Drink Maker
  3. Le Cresuset Mini Heart Casserole Set
  4. Marimekko Oven Glove
  5. Debenhams Heart Cutting Board
  6. Habitat Cacti Wine Rack
  7. Habitat Milly Pepper Mill
  8. KitchenAid Artisan Food Processor

Found Recipes I Want to Try… Week 3

— January 17, 2013

Here’s another round of found recipes featuring some of my favourite food blogs and a selection of dishes that took my fancy this week. I want garlic butter sweet potatoes and peppermint ice cream affogato right now. Please.

  1. Roasted Peach & Lavender Ice Cream by Tartelette
  2. Pear Roquefort Salad by Verses from my Kitchen
  3. Beetroot Tarte Tatin by Cannelle et Vanille
  4. Warm Lentil Salad by My Darling Lemon Thyme
  5. Peppermint Ice Cream Affogato by A Couple Cooks
  6. Asparagus over Grits by Happyolks
  7. Garlic Butter Sweet Potato Fries by How Sweet It Is
  8. Tomato Soup with Tarragon by Flourishing Foodie

The Ultimate Comfort Dish - Pasta with Creamy Zucchini Sauce

— January 14, 2013, 1 comment

It’s Monday, it’s cold, it’s snowing and I’m feeling a little bit under the weather. That’s when I appreciate having this, pure comfort, pasta dish up my sleeve which has actually become one of my signature recipes. Requests often come in from both my boyfriend and various friends to cook them big bowls of it and there is unfortunately never any leftovers. Perfect for me as it doesn’t take more than 15-20 mins to throw together and it’s super easy. Win, win! Find the recipe on the right.

Found Recipes I Want to Try… Week 2

— January 08, 2013, 2 comments

Here is the second edition of what will hopefully be a weekly ‘Found Recipes’ series with some great cooking inspiration. Again, all the blogs are lovely and worth exploring for more mouthwatering recipes and images.

  1. Eggplant Involtini by Alexandra’s Kitchen
  2. Coconut Macaroons by The Urban Poser
  3. Red Cabbage and Fennel Salad by What Katie Ate
  4. Stuffed Acorn Squash by The First Mess
  5. Beet & Sweet Potato Salad by The Healthy Foody
  6. Quinoa Collard Wraps by Golubka
  7. Almond Chocolate Chip Cookies by Elena’s Pantry
  8. Squash Salad with Roasted Potatoes by The Year in Food

Making Zucchini Spaghetti with my new Spiralizer

— January 06, 2013

I was given a spiralizer for Christmas so was very excited trying it out this evening by making zucchini / courgette spaghetti which came out great. It really is the perfect low carb, gluten free substitute for pasta and it honestly tastes just as good as the real thing with the right sauce and toppings. I steamed it lightly, tossed it in kale pesto and topped it with roasted baby plum tomatoes, roasted garlic, pine nuts and parmesan cheese - YUM! You can find the recipe on the right.

WFD Loves… Aubergine

— January 04, 2013

This grey cold winter weather is making me crave some colour in my life. Here are some vividly purple products that will liven up your kitchen.

  1. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in colour Boysenberry which can be bought here.
  2. ProCook Aubergine Silicone Utensils
  3. Hamburg Aubergine Wood Salt Mill
  4. Joseph Joseph Square Colander
  5. Iittala Maribowl in colour plum which unfortunately has been discontinued but is still in stock here.
  6. Le Creuset Cast Iron Casserole
  7. Revol Crumpled Espresso Cup
  8. Linea Curve Spoon Rest