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Quick & easy spicy lentil soup

Abeille UK

Oliver is at home this week with a virus and I need a pick me up after a few bad nights sleep, this is my go to recipe for a healthy delicious lunch. It's quick, easy and if you have a hand blender to chop the vegetables it can be prepared in less then five minutes

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Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

 

Serves 2-4

 

Ingredients:

400g can chopped tomatoes

25g split red lentils

1 vegetable stock cube

1 teaspoon mixed dried herbs

1 small onion

1 small red or green pepper

1 teaspoon of Tabasco or 1/3 of a fresh chilli deseeded

600ml of water

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Chop the onion, pepper and chilli

Place all of the ingredients into a saucepan

Bring to the boil

Simmer for 35 minutes

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Don't forget to let me know how you enjoy this soup and please share with your friends...

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Enjoy! 

Michelle x

Chocolate Pavlova

Michelle

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Chocolate Pavlova: This Nigella Lawson recipe for Chocolate pavlova has to be one of my all time favourites & is often requested by my girlfriends if they are coming for dinner, it's truly is divine! Although I advise you to make a few small meringues out of the mixture so you can nibble on them as the smell is intoxicating when baked & it's SO hard not to eat...Chocolate meringue base 6 large egg whites 300 grams caster sugar 3 tablespoons cocoa powder (sieved) 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar) 50 grams dark chocolate (finely chopped)

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The topping 500 ml double cream 500 grams raspberries or strawberries 3 tablespoons dark chocolate, coarsely grated (I use dairy free) Method Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4/350ºF & line a baking tray with baking parchment Beat the egg whites until satiny peaks form & then beat in the sugar a spoonful at a time until the meringue is stiff & shiny Sprinkle over the cocoa & vinegar, & the chopped chocolate Then gently fold everything until the cocoa is thoroughly mixed in Mound on to a baking sheet on top of parchment paper in a fat circle approximately 23cm / 9 inches in diameter, smoothing the sides & top (I use a plate to stencil the circle on the underside of parchment paper) Place in the oven, then immediately turn the temperature down to 150°C/gas mark 2/300ºF & cook for about one to one & a quarter hours When it's ready it should look crisp around the edges & on the sides & be dry on top, but when you prod the centre you should feel the promise of squidginess beneath your fingers Turn off the oven & open the door slightly, & let the chocolate meringue disc cool completely

When you're ready to serve, invert on to a big, flat-bottomed plate Whisk the cream till thick but still soft & pile it on top of the meringue, then scatter over the berries Coarsely grate the chocolate so that you get curls rather than rubble, as you don't want the berries' luscious colour & form to be obscured, & sprinkle haphazardly over the top, letting some fall, as it will, on the plate's rim.

Tip: If your strawberries are out of season prepare them in advance by sprinkling with a teaspoon of sugar & cover in cling film. When you go to use them your strawberries will be juicy & delicious

For the dairy free option I make a few small mini meringues (borrowed from the recipe amount) which I pop on the shelf under the large one & have them just with room temperature berries, no cream & I slightly reduce the cooking time by circa 15 minutes. Enjoy! Michelle X

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Energy balls addict

Daisy

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Energy balls addict I LOVE energy balls. If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to curb the sweet counter in your local supermarket then make yourself a batch of these! I have made a few varieties and these ones were delicious. I basically got out all the dried fruit and nuts that I had in my cupboard and whizzed them together, coated half in cocoa and half in desiccated coconut. I chopped up:- A small bag of dates hanful of apricots A small bag of cranberries A small bag of brazil nuts Then added:- 1 tbsp tahini 1 tbsp honey 1 tbsp coconut oil

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I put all of the ingredients into the blender and whizzed until all of the nuts and berries were coated. The ingredients should be like a fudge. Using a teaspoon I dived in, one scoop makes the perfect size for your ball. I then rolled it using my hands, covered it in cocoa and put it on the plate. I used half coconut half cocoa but you can use anything you like, even more nuts! Once I had used up all of my mixture and all the balls were made and covered I placed them in the fridge to set. Florence absolutely adores them and recently I replaced the tahini for peanut butter and they were a real winner! She even likes making them with me which is a really fun activity for a toddler. They are perfect for out and about and will impress your friends and family. They are so easy to make yet taste amazing! Use literally any nuts or dried fruit and see what you end up with. Enjoy! Daisy x

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A wedding!

Daisy

A wedding! It is that time of year that at my age there is nearly a wedding every month, sometimes consecutive weekends. The bride and groom have been planning their special day for a year or possibly two (In Sophie's case probably since she was a little girl) to ensure that they throw a wedding to remember. We got a message the previous evening to warn us that there might be traffic so to leave early, which we did.... 7am early!! Luckily we had a pretty smooth sailing journey which got us up to the venue in good time so we got a few hours to admire the beautiful Hengrave Hall. 20140728-090021-32421738.jpg We got shown to our room and whilst we got ourselves unpacked I propped Florence up on the very beautiful bed to watch a bit of Disney's FROZEN. The ipad comes everywhere with us these days, I swore I would never become one of those parents that bring it out in a pub or over dinner but I have succumbed to the 21st century lifestyle (and we get 20 minutes of uninterupted peace). 20140728-090020-32420074.jpg When we were called from our room we made our way down to the most beautiful church. Sophie and Neil most definately did not scrimp on the flower arrangements which were eye catching to say the least. We saw a message on the Order of service which asked for no pictures to be taken in the church...... so obviously this prompted me and my crazy family to do a quick selfie!! 20140728-090021-32421561.jpg On the hottest day of the year that we have had in England I was very thankful that they had not gone for a full mass wedding like my own (2 hours!!) and when got out we threw home made confetti over the new Mr & Mrs Spencer. 20140728-090021-32421001.jpg After drinks on the lawn we made our way through to the hall for lunch, only then did I realise I had not fed Florence for nearly 6 hours.... thats why she was getting grumpy! Next wedding I will remeber a packed lunch for her. 20140728-090020-32420440.jpg I think this was during the best mans speech! 20140728-090019-32419890.jpg And again, had to get a flower picture because they were so spectacular! 20140728-090020-32420253.jpg Now I have not used a pushchair for Florence for about a year now... but we thought it might be useful on this occasion. She slept for an hour at lunch time and then jumped back in it for a rest a bit later. Well worth remembering for toddlers when you have a long day ahead. It also gave me an extra hour of photo booth/dancing and catching up with the family before we had to retire (with a few drinks for the room). 20140728-090019-32419512.jpg Sophie had thought of everything and even supplied flip flops for when the shoes had to come off! 20140728-090020-32420615.jpg Congratulations Mr & Mrs Spencer... see you next weekend for another wedding! Daisy x

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Healthy breakfast

Daisy

Healthy breakfast Breakfast is apparently the most important meal of the day. I have never been a fan and usually opted for a slice of toast out of ease. Florence LOVES toast but I definately should be having a healthier option!

I have to admit I love throwing things together adding a bit of this and a bit of that, it is how I cook in general. I layered fat free greek yoghurt with a flaxseed mix, blueberries, nectarine chopped up, sunflower seeds, a squirt of honey then a sprinkle of raw Acai powder! 20140728-085433-32073009.jpg It was so nice I have had it every day since! Creamy, crunchy and juicy all in one. Everyone usually has some sort of nuts or seeds that need using in their cupbard! IMG_5091.JPG

Ditch the bread and give this a go.... it will give you a great energy boost to your day!

Daisy x

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