A Sweet Potato/ Butternut Squash and Lentil Salad

Sweet Potato

Recently I have been very confused. The weather is a nightmare. We have been having a lot of that sort of rain that doesn’t really fall from the sky but just hangs there, midair. There is a real predicament about umbrella usage in this type of weather. No one wants to be the idiot with an umbrella up when it’s not raining but equally you don’t want to walk around holding an umbrella but not using it. My walk to work the other morning was farcical, umbrella up, umbrella down, my arms were knackered by the time I got there. There is a constant worry about what to wear, whenever you I go out the weather decides to change entirely about 30 seconds after I have left the house!

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Equally baffling is the question of what to eat in this sot of weather. Thunder storms conjure up images of stews or jacket potatoes but guaranteed as soon as you start cooking the sun will come up and you’ll fancy a salad and a glass of wine. This recipe is my solution to confusing British weather, it is both warming and light and requires very little effort.

spI usually make this dish with Butternut Squash but this time I decided to mix it up a bit and use a sweet potato. This is so much easier as one sweet potato is the perfect size for one. I also chose it because sweet potatoes seem to be very fash at the moment, they are everywhere as chips alongside that other food fad du jour, the burger. Also, sometimes when I make this I mix the lentils with some salad leaves to give it more body. This is not necessary, the salad is entirely delicious on its own. Continue reading

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AMAZING Eggs for Brunchers

P1030168If you are anything like me, Saturdays call for lazy mornings in the kitchen accompanied by good food, great music and even greater dance moves. Saturday breakfast is one of the best things civilisation has given us, but in the last few years it has morphed into a new strange, unplaceable meal called brunch.  The reasoning behind brunch is as follows: we are all either fucked from the night before or just unashamedly lazy and can’t call this meal breakfast because we’re eating it at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I am usually not a fan of portmanteau words in the vain of “kimye” or “frenemy” but I am pretty chillaxed about this one because it has become so much part of our culture that it has adopted its own space in our language.

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I like brunch, it sanctions laziness and it tastes good. You can do anything you want with brunch, it is the perfect combination of amazing breakfast things, that we wish we could eat all day, and more substantial lunchy stuff that properly fills you up. Take these eggs for instance, they are far to rich for early morning fare but they taste amazing and are, therefore, perfect for brunching. They are also really quick to make, unlike a full english, so you can get on with your day. Today my music of choice was Jimi Hendrix, the god that is, but I was barely half way through the album by the time I had cooked eaten and cleaned up!

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