Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Trip to Corfu

Hey guys,

It's been 2 weeks since I came back from Corfu and with the weather been mostly rain for the past few weeks, I'm feeling holidays blues big time! It's back to the grind of work and having to wear a coat in July. I went to Corfu, one of the Greek Islands knowing a little about the food they served there and that was partly the reason I chose to go there. I had dreams of hummus, feta and lamb in the sunshine.



I went with my parents, my brother Sean and his girlfriend Sarah and my boyfriend Matt. We stayed in this secluded villa in the mountains near Nissaki. Our balcony overlooked the sea and you could see boats and Albania, it was beautiful to walk out to in the morning. I much prefer renting a villa with family or friends and having the privacy and ability to chose what we wanted to eat, especially with so many people comes so many different food preferences.



One day, we explored the centre of Corfu including the old town and the new town. I won't spoil it for you if you ever choose to visit, but you need to visit the forts as they are so fascinating and different to the history we have in the UK. Although free to explore, I would have rather have payed a euro so they could display some facts about the forts. The towns are what you imagine Greece to look like, especially if you divert away from the busy main streets and explore the back lanes. Me and Matt explored on our own and came across an amazing herb shop that we would probably find difficult to locate again. The lady who ran it spoke English and Greek, as do most of the people who live there and told us she made all the herbs herself. She gave me the most amazing recipe for tzatziki that was a hit with the family. We also went for crepes and smoothies at the Earth Cafe, they are really friendly so go visit them and they have an open kitchen to watch them prepare your food.






My parents have recently been learning to sail back home and were keen to rent a boat in Corfu. We had the boat for the whole day and whilst the guys took it in turn at the wheel, the rest of us sunbathed and relaxed. We got to go swimming at different beaches and jump off the boat. Although I won't be sailing any time soon, it's the best way to see the Island.


It was also my mum's birthday whilst we were out there. My dad booked a restaurant called the Agni Taverna. We arrived by speed boat which my mum loved/hated as she thought it was going too fast but she felt very special and spoilt. The food there was so good and everyone's looked amazing, I can recommend the scallops and risotto.







My whole holiday was so good and I can only tell you about you a few dishes that I tried that I want to recreate: baked feta cheese, stifado, saganaki, stuffed peppers... My last day, however was one of the most exciting. I love trying new things, so Matt and I went to the local beach to try watersports. Matt was a natural at waterskiing and everyone was impressed at how quickly he picked it up, I was only a little bit jealous. I was next to try wakeboarding and was a little bit nervous, especially when they attached my feet to the board and I couldn't even lift it. It didn't help when the instructor asked me why I chose the most difficult sport for my first time (before I'm an idiot??!)
However I awarded myself the most improved award at the end because I finally did at least a minute of wakeboarding by the end and have never felt so proud.




A lovely taverna we stumbled across coming down from visiting the Monastery. They served amazing Greek pizza, everyone had food envy

Drinking cocktails with mum and Sarah, are we drunk or is the quality of the camera that bad?



We all had a great holiday and I would love to go to Athens one day. Hope you enjoyed my little holiday review.

love Katie xx

Monday, 18 July 2016

Fry up Frittata

Hey guys

So this morning I woke up to find my poor Ruben bear was ill. He is not feeling very well but we are going to monitor him for a few days before we take him to the vets. I won't go into too much detail about what the illness is (gross). 

After sorting him out, I needed to think what to make for breakfast that would keep me a bit fuller than usual. I decided to make this delicious frittata that has all the ingredients of a good Sunday fry up in it but it is so tasty, healthy and good if you need to feed friends/family. It's also a really good breakfast idea if you want to teach others how to cook something a bit more complicated than cereal. 

Fact: Frittatas originate from Italy as opposed to the Spanish Omelette. It roughly translates to an open faced omelette but you won't find it on many menus in Italy. 


Fry up Frittata (Serves 4)

Ingredients:
1 x onion (Peeled and diced)
1 x pepper (chopped)
4 x sausages
4 x slices of bacon (fat removed)
300g potatoes (chopped into cubes)
frylight or any low fat calorie spray
Vine tomatoes (chopped in halves)
8 x eggs (add oregano and salt and pepper and whisk)
Oregano
Salt and Pepper



Method

1. In a pan, boil your potatoes in boiling water for 10 minutes
2. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
3. Meanwhile, brown sausages and bacon in a frying pan. Also cook your onions and peppers for 2-3 minutes. When finished browning, cut sausages and bacon into chunks

I cook mine all in one large pan but it depends on the size of your frying pan

4. Spray a casserole dish with frylight and add potatoes, veg mix, sausages and bacon and mix together. Pour the egg over the top making sure it is evenly spread. 
5. Place tomatoes on top
6. Cook in oven for 30 minutes

I enjoy this with baked beans to give it that proper fry up feeling. However other options could be to serve with halloumi or avocado. Tweet me @amikatie if you make this yourselves. 



Enjoy!

Love Katie xx





Sunday, 17 July 2016

5 easy healthy lunches


Hey guys

Lunch has always been a difficult time food wise for me as I am hungry and I never know what to cook that will fill me up but not overface me. I feel sandwiches are a thing of the past, unless you are out and need something quick to eat. With so many options available, why settle for a boring sandwich that will cause you to be hungry a couple of hours later?

Is this just me or do other people feel the same?

Here are my top 5 favourite lunch meals that are easy to prepare for when you are at home or to take to work/school. I am currently a student but I also work 13 hour shifts so I know that to be healthy, I need to be on my toes. 
Let me know what you easy lunches you all make!

1. Toastie and wedges (with side salad)


Obviously this is student friendly. I, like many students have fond memories of my toastie maker and those toastie bags that fit in the toaster. It seemed impossible that toasties were a meal you could eat as a real life adult. 
A toastie will never fill me, so I could have 2 or serve with a side of quick homemade potato wedges.

Toasties are delicious warm, attempt bravely cold or otherwise known as a sandwich. 

Previous fillings for me have included: 
Ham, 20g feta cheese and baked beans
Chicken slices and baked beans
Chorizo and boiled egg
Bacon, poached egg and maple syrup
Red pepper, spinach and ham hock

2. Pasta

All the best food is from Italy and unfortunately I don't live there... I will make do with making my version of their delicious food. Pasta is fab for either at home or at work as it can be eaten cold or hot. All you need is 10-15 minutes to cook and prepare it. 
I normally make a simple tomato sauce to go with the pasta and change the vegetables, meat and sides that I add to it. This way I know how long it will take and it is easy to prepare to take to work. 



3. Omelette

So I am not one for a light lunch... I love cheese and carbs, it could be worse?! (Reassurance is not needed). 
An omelette has all the right protein and good fats your body is needing and don't worry, the yolk is good for you!
I normally whisk my eggs and then add all the vegetables and herbs then whisk again before cooking. Although my omelettes are never pretty or Instagram friendly, they are tasty. This one in the photo is stuffed with cheese and served with wedges (duh) but this is not always the case.



4. Grab whatever is in your cupboards/fridge lunch


Sometimes you don't have anything in that makes one whole meal. So it becomes a picnic type of lunch and that's perfectly fine, sometimes even better. As long as it is tasty and leaves you not hungry then do it!
(Photo: my grab it lunch was bacon, sun dried tomato, scrambled egg and spinach, apple and apple and cheese spread on toast)

(Photo: Dippy eggs, leftover pasta salad and asparagus) 




5. Jacket potato

Simple but efficient. I would have never thought to have a jacket potato for lunch a few years ago because a little voice in my head would have told me they are way too many carbs. Yet, the nutritional value in them outweigh this so much and they are so yummy!
Yes they do take a while to cook; I recommend about an 1hr30mins in the oven but woah boy you will not hear my belly rumbling. 



Fillings:
Beans
Beans and Bacon

Let's be honest, these are the only fillings I ever have in my spuds but some people do not like baked beans (crazy) so if you are these people see below:

Egg mayonnaise and cress
Chilli con carne
Sundried tomato, chorizo and sweet peppers
Tuna and Mayo. 


So these lunches are so easy to make and can be made so healthy if you put your minds to it. I think I am the worst person for having the same lunches every week but I hope this will help you mix things up for a bit in the easiest way.

Have a good day

Katie x





Saturday, 16 July 2016

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Healthy Soul

Hey Guys,

Serious post... maybe.

This blog is mainly about food and will carry on been mainly about food as that is what preoocupies my life and I enjoy cooking so I want to carry on sharing it with the my little corner of the world. However, I want to expand on what I read, write and research about. So in the future I may post some more about expanding the mind and doing other healthy activities. I want to be a healthy person inside and out and I believe this comes from nourishing everything so doing exercise, mediation, researching about other cultures and enjoying myself.

Nothing bad will happen from this other then hopefully more posts and as it's summer (the weather has not heard about this in England) I should have more time to write.


Have a good day

Katie xx