Chicken Livers with Pomegranate and Coriander

Super quick and simple yet extremely satisfying dish which combines some wonderful flavours creating an unforgettable dining experience. Soft livers, slightly sour hard pomegranate seeds finished off with the citrusy aroma of fresh coriander leaves… what’s not to love?

Super quick and simple yet extremely satisfying dish which combines some wonderful flavours creating an unforgettable dining experience. Soft livers, slightly sour hard pomegranate seeds finished off with the citrusy aroma of fresh coriander leaves… what’s not to love?

If you like livers (and even if you don’t) you should really give this recipe a try. I know your first reaction might be “meh” but trust me, give it a try and you will love it.

I am a huge fan of quick meals. Often there is nothing better than a yummy dinner or supper on the table ready within minutes, not hours.

Livers cook quickly but they can be tricky… The longer you cook them the tougher they become, so overcooking them is a big no-no. Another tricky part relates to salt… added to soon makes them tough in the same way as overcooking, so salt goes always last when it comes to cooking livers.

Super quick and simple yet extremely satisfying dish which combines some wonderful flavours creating an unforgettable dining experience. Soft livers, slightly sour hard pomegranate seeds finished off with the citrusy aroma of fresh coriander leaves… what’s not to love?

Serves: 2

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 400g chicken livers
  • 1 large pomegranate
  • 1 large bunch of fresh coriander
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1tbsp butter
  • 1/4tsp salt
  • 1/4tsp pepper

Method:

Wash and chop the livers into smaller, bite-size chunks.

Wash and finely chop the coriander.

Deseed the pomegranate.

Preheat a heavy bottom frying pan, once hot add both butter and oil.

Once piping hot add the chopped livers, cook for 7 minutes stirring and tossing them continually.

Then add ¾ of the pomegranate seeds; cook for additional 2 minutes, continue stirring.

Add salt and pepper and ¾ of the chopped coriander; cook for an additional 1 minute.

Serve onto a plate or shallow bowl. Garnish with the remaining coriander and pomegranate seeds.

Serve with some nice buttered bread or best of all some nice hot buttered toast.

Enjoy!

Super quick and simple yet extremely satisfying dish which combines some wonderful flavours creating an unforgettable dining experience. Soft livers, slightly sour hard pomegranate seeds finished off with the citrusy aroma of fresh coriander leaves… what’s not to love?

Spanish Eggs

Eggs baked on top of a rich tomato-based sauce topped with olives and parsley… a wonderful flavour combination, which is perfect any time of the day.

Eggs baked on top of a rich tomato based sauce topped with olives and parsley… a wonderful flavour combination, which is perfect any time of the day. Recipe created by Fiona Hunter, nutrition consultant, writer & broadcaster, to celebrate Spanish Olive Festival, which took place last month in London and was organized by Olives from Spain and Nudge PR.

Recipe serves: 2

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 75g pitted black Spanish olives e.g. Hojiblanca or Cacereña, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp Spanish olive oil
  • 1 red pepper, de-seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed or finely chopped
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • 100g chorizo, diced
  • 2x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • Crusty bread to serve

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C/ 180°C fan/ gas mark 6.

Heat the oil in a non-stick, ovenproof frying pan.

Add the onion and sauté over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes or until the onions are soft. Add the pepper, garlic and paprika continue cooking for 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, chorizo and seasoning to taste. Cook over a medium heat for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture begins to thicken. Stir in the olives. Adjust seasoning as necessary.

Using the back of a tablespoon make an egg-shaped hollow in the tomato mixture and break one egg into the hollow, repeat with each egg.

Transfer the pan to the preheated oven for 10 minutes or until the eggs are set but the yolk is still runny.

Scatter over the parsley and serve with crusty bread.

 

Cooks tip: To make this a more substantial meal and boost the fibre content add a can of chickpeas.

Eggs baked on top of a rich tomato based sauce topped with olives and parsley… a wonderful flavour combination, which is perfect any time of the day.

9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch Box

9 Homemade Snack Bars Perfect for Kids Lunch BoxIt’s back to school time again which means that all of us who have kids are starting to scratch our heads yet again in search of something new and exciting to put into their lunch boxes.

I was wondering about the perfect lunch box contents but the more I thought about it, the more confused I became and I would end up turned around in my own thoughts… sandwiches, salads, fruits, veggies plus some special “pick me up” treat. Normally this treat would be a shop bought snack bar but lately I’ve started making my own energy bars… they aren’t perfected as yet so I can’t share them with you… I did however go on the hunt through my favourite food bloggers in search of that something special to put into the lunch box.

I have picked for you a lovely selection of homemade bars which would make a perfect addition to any bento lunch box.

Savoury Bars

Bacon Jam Crumble BarsBacon Jam Crumble Bars

These bars contain bacon spread which can be purchased from most supermarkets but if you are a vegetarian 10thkitchen has a few great ideas with regards to substituting the bacon content.

Oat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried TomatoesOat Bars with Olives and Sun Dried Tomatoes

Lovely vegetarian bar which can be adapted to suit omnivores too. I love sun dried tomatoes so this recipe sounds perfect to me. For the full recipe please click here.

Pizza Snack BarsPizza Snack Bars

I am sure this one will become many kids favourite. As long as you call something pizza they will eat it, am I right? These bars are whole grain, gluten and oil free. For a full recipe please visit Healthy Helper Blog.

Sweet Bars

Vanilla Almonds Granola BarsVanilla Almonds Granola Bars

Wonderful looking and packed with good ingredients and if you want to go one step further Bowsesssed has the recipe for homemade almond granola too 🙂

Chocolate Chip Walnut Granola BarsChocolate Chip Walnut Granola Bars

Lunch with no chocolate? Well not to worry, I picked some chocolate bars too. The full recipe can be found on Shweta in the Kitchen.

Kitchen Sink Snack BarsKitchen Sink Snack Bars

Don’t let the name put you off, these bars are truly amazing. They are packed with oats, nuts, seeds and berries and look like fun… oh, and they are gluten free! For the full ingredients list and the recipe itself please visit Kim’s blog.

No Bake Bars

Strawberry and Cream Snack BarsStrawberry and Cream Snack Bars

Vegan, allergy friendly, gluten free and with a paleo option, they are very kid friendly. All you need is one bowl and 10 minutes of your time. Sounds great, doesn’t it? Visit The Big Man’s World to see how they are done.

Coconut Almond Quinoa Granola BarsCoconut Almond Quinoa Granola Bars

Lots of wonderful ingredients disguised as a sweet bar, especially with a chocolate drizzle on top who would think these are the healthy option? These might not take 10 minutes to make but they are well worth it. Full recipe can be found on The Spiffy Cookie blog.

M&M Protein BarM&M Protein Bar

You have to admit they do look super kid friendly. What kid could resist a bar like this? But in addition to the M&M’s which stand out in these bars they are packed full of goodies like oats, nuts, seeds, coconut… For a full recipe please visit Mommyhoods Diary.

These are all looking like wonderful bars, wouldn’t you agree?

And they are so much better for them than many shop bought “slabs” of chocolate bars which usually take up a place in our kids’ lunch box.

And on the topic of lunch boxes…. Fancy having your lunch in style?

I have a wonderful MB original green bento box from monbento to give to one of you. Monbento boxes not only look totally fab but they are also microwave-safe, dishwasher-safe, soft touch, airtight, BPA-free and are made from food grade materials. So if you fancy winning yourself this award winning, cool looking lunch box just follow the steps on the Gleam app below.

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Vegetable Burgers & Green Salad with Coriander and Lime Dressing

As much as I love meat from time to time I really do desire a vegetarian meal. Most of the time this meal will come in the form of a variety of salads but not today… today I had a veggie burger!

Vegetable Burgers & Simple Green Salad with Coriander & Lime DressingAs much as I want to take the credit for the entire dinner I simple can’t… well… I didn’t make the burgers; they were from Mash Direct.

Mash Direct are an independent, family owned farming and food production enterprise. They produce a huge selection of vegetarian meals including the burgers we had today – Vegetable Burgers with Cabbage. Don’t let the name mislead you, the burger ingredients are for more complex than just cabbage… we find in there potato, broccoli, cauliflower, parsnip plus the stated cabbage; all coated in lovely crisp crumbs. I’ve never even considered making a veggie burger myself but after tasting how delicious they can be I think I am a convert and now really want to give it a go myself 🙂

Vegetable Burgers & Simple Green Salad with Coriander and Lime DressingSo I have declared that I didn’t make the burgers but I did create the salad and the dressing to go with it. When it comes to the actual salad, well… you can just pop into the bowl any veggies and salad leaves you have to hand… I will however share with you my Coriander and Lime Dressing recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 red chilli; finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic; minced
  • 2 limes; juiced
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 1tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 5tbsp olive oil
  • Handful of fresh coriander; chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Finely chop the chilli, mince the garlic, juice the limes and place all of the results into a mixing bowl.

Add the honey, balsamic vinegar and stir well.

Add the coriander and olive oil and stir until all ingredients are well combines.

Salt and pepper to taste (lemon pepper works very well).

Drizzle over your salad and enjoy!

The dressing will keep well in the fridge for a few days. I am not absolutely sure how long to be honest as it never survives in our house longer than 2-3 days anyways.

What do you think about our dinner today?

Are you a fan of veggie burgers?

How about a coriander and lime dressing?

It is all about soup! GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup Range

Soup – a liquid dish, typically savoury and made by boiling meat, fish, or vegetables etc. in stock or water.

It sounds very uninspiring doesn’t it? When in fact soup can and does provide an amazing dining experience.

When I moved to the UK, I must admit I was a little disappointed by the lack of soups on the British menu. In Poland, soup is an indispensable part of every day dinner. I really missed my soup a lot at the beginning… then I slowly became used to the lack of soup on the dinner table, but in the last year or so I have turned back to my roots and the humble soup is now more often found present on our table, which my regular readers might have notice by the amount of soup recipes I am sharing with you 🙂

Just before we went for our holidays GLORIOUS! sent us some shopping vouchers to purchase and try their healthy SkinnyLicious Soup Range. I confess, I don’t buy readymade soups very often. The reason for it: they are usually boring and often bland in taste, at least in my opinion… but looking at the funky names of GLORIOUS! soups a seed was sown that grew and grew until in the end I really, really wanted to give them a try. Well, I am so very happy I did as they are far from boring, and no one can say they are bland. They are actually quite amazing dishes as soups go. Their flavour combination is very unusual and extremely tasty and at times very surprising.

It is all about soup! GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup RangeCurrently there are 16 different flavours in the GLORIOUS! Soup Range and half of this selection, being eight, are SkinnyLicious Soups, which boast that they are less than 2% fat and under 150 calories per portion. Perfect!

I had the pleasure of trying 4 of the SkinnyLicious Soups plus I purchased one “full fat” version especially for Mark, to stop him grumbling.

It is all about soup - GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup RangeAll the soups we tried, without exception, were divine. I honestly couldn’t make better myself. San Antonio Fiesta, which is a chilli sin carne with black eye beans, haricot beans, black turtle beans and red kidney beans was a little bit too spicy for my taste but Mark loved it.

From the selection of soups we tried the Thai Tuk Tuks & Tumeric was my favourite. A fragrant carrot soup fused with coconut, lime and lemongrass – totally delicious. “Please Sir, can I have some…”

So, if you ever fancy a soup for lunch or dinner, I can honestly recommend GLORIOUS! Soup Range and if you are counting calories try one of their SkinnyLicious Range, you will not be able to tell that these are diet friendly soups, I promise.

It is all about soup! - GLORIOUS! SkinnyLicious Soup Range - San Antonio FiestaThank you GLORIOUS! for the opportunity to try something new and discover your range. I have to admit I most likely would never have purchased them otherwise but now that I’ve tried, we will definitely be buying more on a regular basis.

Do you buy readymade soups?

What’s your favourite soup flavour?