Quick and Healthy Blackbean Chilli

I love chilli and have never considered making it with anything other than mince.  Until I discovered blackbeans that is.  I have made this several times, perfecting it each time until I felt it was ready for all of you and could be made simply, quickly and still be delicious! I make it the day…

Welcome to my world!

What is this all about I hear you ask? Well, this blog is about stuff and things mostly.  Things like recipes for great quick and healthy eats, my cats and hopefully things that will make you smile in this messy thing we call life. Mainly though it will be about my love of felt and crafting…

Quick and Healthy Saturday Night Rice with Bacon

This dish is influenced by paella, but since it has none of the traditional ingredients I can’t really call it a paella.  So, I call it rice and bacon, or for ease, “Anya’s paella”.  It is made using a normal frying pan or you can also use a wok, no special paella pan needed.  You…

Weekend Breakfast Brunch

At the weekend I like to treat myself to a full breakfast, complete with eggs, bacon, chorizo, black pudding, whatever takes my fancy really.  This dish brings them altogether into one plate of delicious food.  You can substitute in any of the typical breakfast ingredients you like (if you prefer sausages, mushrooms for instance) Ingredients…

Quick and Healthy Turmeric Chicken

More chicken! I know I know, I seem to be overloading on chicken, but it is so versatile and easy to make quick and healthy meals with.  This one is no exception.  The most time spent is the marinating and you could quickly rustle that up the night before if you really want the chicken…

Quick and Healthy Chicken and Avocado Salad

It may seem strange to have a salad in Winter, but this warm chicken and avocado salad is so yummy and quick, it is a perfect foil for all those stews, casseroles and pies we end up eating at this time of year! Marinade Olive oil Lime juice of a lime Lime zest of half…

Quick and Easy Chicken Tarragon Soup

Chicken and tarragon are a match made in heaven, add a splash of wine and you have a melt in your mouth delicious bowl of yum. (That could be the wine talking). Another super quick, super easy dish for mid-week that is full of nourishing warmth. Recipe: Serves 2 5-6 chicken thighs, cut into pieces…

Quick and Healthy Spanish Chicken

This is an old family recipe, but also a popular one among non-Spaniards (my other half loves it and I noticed a Facebook friend made something similar the other day).  The key ingredient is a cured meat called Sobrasada .  Sobrasada can only be described as like a spreadable chorizo.  It can be eaten straight from…

Detoxing – through hell and out the other side

  Whose idea is it to detox? I’d like to know because right now I have a few choice words for that person.  Obviously, I have taken the responsibility to put myself through this hell, so the choice words should be for me, after all I wouldn’t jump off a cliff blah blah… So, you…