A book worm and foodie, studying English Literature at the University of Glasgow, writing about food, books and travel while aspiring to be a writer.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Hello Fresh Meal #3 - Paneer and Aubergine Curry

Since I returned home, cooking from two has turned into cooking for five. SO, I decided to incorporate this curry into a bigger Indian meal, so I still got to cook and try out the recipe, and my brothers didn't moan at me, or tuck into the biscuit cupboard, after dinner for still being starving.
With the help of my mum we made a feast of brown rice, prawn korma, tandoori chicken and of course, my HelloFresh paneer curry. 
Vegetarian curries are, in my opinion, often the most delicious. If the spices are right you can't go wrong. This is also really healthy, with only 464 calories per adult serving (half of this recipe yield) so it's a curry, but without the guilt! I hadn't cooked with aubergine much and was intrigued to see how this turned out, so here it goes!

Ingredients (for two, or as a side dish)

Mixed curry paste
  • 1 onion
  • 1 Aubergine
  • 150g brown rice  
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 2 tbsps tomato puree
  • 1 cup paneer, cubed
  • a handful of fresh coriander
  • 1/2 cup of plain yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp bang curry spice (a pre mixed spice, so unfortunately I can't tell you what's in it, but you can find out more at www.bangcurry.com)
  1. Boil a large pot of water on a high heat, with 1/2 tsp of salt for your rice. Peel and very finely dice the onion and garlic. Peel the ginger and either grate or chop very finely. 
  2. Rince the rice in cold water for 30 seconds, and add to the boiling water. Cook the rice for about 25 mins until it's soft, drain and leave to the side. 
  3. Meanwhile, slice the aubergine in half lengthways then slice each half lengthways into 1 cm strips. Now, chop widthways into bite-sized cubes, then toss in 1 1/2 tbsps of oil. 
  4. Heat a non stick pan over a high heat. When it's really hot, dry stir fry the aubergine in batches until it is cooked through and browned off. Remove from the pan and set aside for later. 
  5. Reduce the heat to medium, and add 1tbsp of oil to the pan. Add the onion, garlic and ginger and fry for 5 mins until golden. 
  6. Mix the curry spices, tomato puree and 3 tbsps of water to make a thick paste and add to the pan. Cook for 2 mins then add the yoghurt and 1/4 tsp of sugar, or mango chutney. 
  7. Season the aubergine with a pinch of salt and add to the pan. Chop the paneer into bitesized chunks, season with salt and add as well. Turn down the heat and cook for about ten minutes. Add some water to loosen the sauce if it gets too dry. Chop your coriander and stir into the curry just before you serve, over rice and with a touch more coriander on the top! 
Finished paneer curry! 

An Indian feast!

Done! The recipe was easy to follow, lots of chopping, and I would perhaps have added a touch more yoghurt because, ashamedly, I am a big fan of creamy curry. I would definitely recommend using these ingredients for a curry, with your own spice mix or otherwise. I would definitely use cumin, but I think the base ingredients would work well with whatever kind of curry you prefer, spicy, creamy or fragrant. 

Well, that's it from my fruitful HelloFresh box. It has been a fun, rather lazy way of cooking. I felt like a TV chef, with everything miraculously measured out for me before I began, very glamorous indeed. Unfortunately, my student budget means that without the initial voucher, I won't be able to afford a full price HelloFresh box. However, I would recommend them if you are in the market for something easy and fresh, with great quality ingredients. Great to try for some inspiration, but don't be afraid to get out there and find fresh ingredients for yourself. 

A fun three meals, thanks HelloFresh! Now, it's back to having my thinking cap on.. 

Lindsay x 

Sunday, 25 May 2014

HelloFresh Quesadillas - Meal #2

So I moved home yesterday, which I was why there has been a delay in posting the second of our HelloFresh meals; the quesadillas. Me and Calum were really excited about cooking/eating this recipe so we decided to have it for lunch on Thursday.

The ingredients were again lovely and fresh, and the recipe card just as easy to follow as last time. I would definitely recommend trying this recipe out, whether for a lunch or a dinner, it was delicious and easy to make. It's, of course, vegetarian and completely delicious. If you're a lover of Mexican food, definitely try it out!


  1. 1 large potato
  2. 4 flour tortillas 
  3. 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  4. 1 tin organic black beans
  5. 1 tin organic sweetcorn
  6. 1 large red chilli
  7. 1 onion 
  8. 1 vine tomato
  9. 1 Tbsp of smoked paprika
  10. 1 small bunch of coriander
  11. 1 lime

  • Peel a cut the potato, into 1cm cubes, and cook in boiling water for about ten minutes until soft.  Drain it when it's cooked, but save 1 tbsp of the water for later.
  • Peel the onion, and finely dice it along with the chilli. Roughly chop the coriander.
  • Cut the vine tomato in half, scoop out the seeds, and dice the flesh into small cubes. 
  • Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large frying pan, on a medium heat, and add all but 1tbsp of the onion and 3/4 of the chilli. Cook over a medium heat for 5 mins to soften the onion. Add the smoked paprika and cook for a further 1 min. 
  • Drain and rinse the black beans and add them and the potato to the pan, alongside 1tbsp of the cooking water from the potato. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and stir in 1/2 of the coriander. 
  • Now for the fun bit; lay out your tortillas and split the mixture between them, covering half of the tortilla only. Sprinkle the half with the mixture on it with cheese and fold the other half over, to make a half moon shape.
  • Heat a large frying pan with 1tbsp of olive oil, and fry each tortilla until golden brown on each side; this doesn't take long at all. 
  • For the salsa; drain the sweetcorn and mix with the remaining onion, chilli, coriander and diced tomato. Add the juice from 1/2 the lime, 1 tbsp of olive oil, 1/4 tsp of salt and mix thoroughly. 
  • Serve your tortillas with the salsa straight away!

This was a lovely recipe to make. Despite a wee typo where chorizo was confused with chilli (I presume, this is meant to be a vegetarian recipe after all) and a couple of quick pan washes, down to only having one large frying pan, it was all easy and clear. 
I have to say, me and Calum agreed that this meal was our favourite over the pasta. We both love Mexican, and despite there being no meat in it, it was filling and rich in flavour. It wasn't overly spicy, which was nice for a change, but I would suggest adding another chilli, or serving it with some hot sauce to spice it up if that's what you prefer! I will definitely be making this again, I might try it with chicken or some quorn and see how it turns out. I will definitely be making this for my vegetarian (and non) friends and it would be easy to make for a large group simply by multiplying up the ingredients. A winner.

The salsa could have been eaten on it's own as a snack. It was sweet and zingy and fresh, not to mention cheeringly colourful. I put a bit more lime juice on mine for an extra zing (I'm all about the zing). I will be recreating it for many different meals, be them Mexican or as a side to a summer BBQ. Maybe adding a bit more tomato, but otherwise it was perfect, fresh and very delicious. 

Another success! I will be posting the curry tomorrow, but if we're going by these quesadillas as an indicator of quality, I am very excited. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Lindsay xx 

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Hello Fresh! Meal #1

About a week ago Calum got a voucher through in the post which gave him £25 off of something called a 'Hello Fresh' box. Unsure what it was, we went on the website and found that the idea behind it is similar to that of a Graze box, apart from this one sends you the ingredients to make a number of meals. You can choose a box for two or four people, and whether you would like meat in it or not.
With the voucher, we ended up paying £11 for a 'veggie' box, to feed two people, which had three meals in it. Of course, being the sad foodies that we are, we went for it.

Our gorgeous ingredients delivery
The box took about a week to arrive; they tell you your delivery date so you don't miss it, incase your produce goes funny. When it came it was like food Christmas, a cardboard box absolutely full of delicious looking fresh ingredients, spices, pastas and tins. The ingredients come with recipe cards so you know what you're going to be making. We ended up with seasonal rigatoni, with porcini mushrooms and pecorino; paneer curry with aubergine and brown rice; and quesadillas with tomato and corn salsa.

The prospect of cooking recipes I wouldn't normally be able to find/afford all the ingredients for was very exciting indeed, and so yesterday we decided to try the rigatoni. Here's how we got on... Whilst I obviously can't take credit for these recipes, I thought I would trial them to see if they are as easy/tasty as they claim to be, and so you can adapt them yourselves if you fancy!

The recipe cards they send with you are great. They give you a list of ingredients as well as instructions as to how to assemble the dish, complete with pictures. The quantities you need are already measured out; it should be as foolproof as it's possible to be in the kitchen.
The ingredients for the pasta were wonderfully fresh and seasonal, we couldn't fault the freshness and quality of the produce, even the creme fraiche came from a British farm and was of a higher standard than the stuff I normally get in Tesco.

Ingredients -

  • 250g rigatoni
  • A handful of asparagus
  • 1/2 cup fresh peas
  • 1 tbsp dried porchini mushrooms
  • 2/3 cup leeks, slices (I just used the whole leek they sent)
  • 5 tbsp creme fraiche
  • 1 tbsp hard italian cheese (they send pecorino) grated
  • 1 tbsp parsley, finely diced. 

  1. You start off by finely chopping your parsley, and soaking the dried mushrooms in a cup of hot water until they have softened, then chop them too. 
  2. Snap the ends off the asparagus and chop into 2 inch pieces, then slice the leek in half lengthways, wash, then slice thinly widthways. 
  3. Boil the asparagus and peas in a pot of boiling water for two mins. Immediately remove them and run under cold water for about 30 seconds. The recipe card tells me that this 'refreshes' the vegetables, and sure enough they are still crunchy and fresh when the meal is complete. 
  4. Cook the pasta in the water you boiled your vegetables in, until al dente, for around about ten mins. 
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive oil (or butter), and add the peas, asparagus, leek and mushrooms when it is hot. Toss the veggies around in the pan for about five minutes. 
  6. Add your creme fraiche and cook for 1 min. When your pasta is done, add it to the pan with the sauce and mix. 
  7. Stir in 3/4 of the parsley. Then, serve with a sprinkle of the pecorino cheese and the rest of the parsley to garnish!
Done! The recipe was simple and easy to follow, everything did what it was meant to and the result was great. 
I would recommend putting some ground black pepper through the sauce and maybe some cheese. Me and Calum felt it was lacking a certain something, and the sauce needed something other than the creme fraiche to give it a bit more flavour. 
However, other then that there were no complaints. We had some leftover which made a great supper and the pasta had so much lovely green veg in it that it was as filling as it was healthy. I will definitely be recreating this recipe on my own, whether with the same ingredients or not. 

The next recipe I am going to try is the Quesadillas one, which I am really looking forward to cooking. I don't often make Mexican food, but because of my new found love for it, I want to start. Hopefully this will be an easy introduction.

So Hello Fresh, so far so good. Let's see how we go! 

Lindsay x

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Brunch on Byres - Charlie Rocks

It's been an absolutely stunning week in Glasgow. Hot, sunny, and with no exams to do it has been mostly spent lounging in the botanic gardens eating ice-cream and feeding the squirrels. I even had shorts on and a chance to wear my new sandals yesterday and not a goose bump in sight.

Whilst it's a bit duller today, it still looks set to be a nice weekend and so my blog today is one which is encouraging you to do one of my favourite weekend activities; brunch. I've written a couple of blogs about brunch before, there is no shortage of places which offer it up on a Saturday and Sunday and it's one of my favourite meals to go for. A perfect start to a lazy weekend day, whether you've been out the night before and are in need of a saviour in the form of bacon, or if you're just having a laid back one. 

The place I went for this particular brunch is a place on Byres Road which I have been to before. It's called Charlie Rocks, and is an American Diner which does great burgers, great deals AND 'hard shakes'... alcoholic milkshakes, you can't go wrong.
It's owned by the same people who own Epicures of Hyndland (see former post on their wonderful brunches) so I was feeling confident that it would be up to a similar standard.
We popped along for a Saturday brunch with an American twist. Because of the setting, and the smell, I couldn't help but opt for a classic stack of thick buttermilk pancakes, topped with streaky bacon and maple syrup. They were divine; I grew up in Canada, so I know a good buttermilk pancake, and these definitely stood up to expectations. They are also probably the only meal you need in one day, I couldn't finish mine so you won't be disappointed by portion size.

It was last weekend so I was with Mum and Mel. Mel opted for the vegetarian breakfast, complete with authentic hash brown. Mum went for eggs royale; like Benedict but with smoked salmon instead of bacon. All enjoyed with freshly squeezed orange juice, it was a delight and set us up perfectly for a day of pavement pounding and going round the shops.

The menu also includes bagels, french toast, a full fry up and eggs all sorts of ways. I would definitely recommend popping along this, or any, weekend, especially if you are in the mood for something particularly hearty. Typing this is making me hungry, perhaps I will have to try and knock up some pancakes of my own...

So that's my weekend recommendation for all those who are in Glasgow and are hungry. One to take note of if you find yourself looking for somewhere to eat, Charlie Rocks is definitely worth trying at any time of day. During the week they do a brilliant £5 lunch deal, where you can choose between the burger of the day or the soup and sandwich of the day. If you are a student, you can also flash your matric card and get a free draft drink, excellent!
Plus, the grilled cheese is to die for...

Have a happy weekend everyone! Eat some pancakes, everything is happier with pancakes.

Lindsay x

Monday, 12 May 2014

A weekend of Glasgow dining - The Hanoi Bike Shop

This weekend just passed, my mum and friend Mel came down to visit. This meant a few things; namely cocktails, feeding the squirrels in the Botanic Gardens, shopping and, you guessed it, eating... lots of eating.

Wanting to show Mel and Mum the best that the West end has to offer we had cocktails and a meal at the Hillhead Bookclub (still my staple go-to), toured the antiques shops and then, on Saturday, had what was maybe one of my favourite meals to date.

I decided I wanted to try somewhere I hadn't been before; The Hanoi Bike Shop. Situated on Ruthven Lane, just off of Byres Road, I have walked past it often and been tempted by the delicious smells it emanates, but had never so far ventured in. I'm a lover of Asian food, and after looking through the Vietnamese menu online, I phoned that morning to book. There was only one table left, so it seems to be a place of high demand. Having heard or read many a good review before, I wasn't all that surprised.

So at six o'clock we turned up, and from the very start it was a pleasure. We were seated upstairs, under a canopy of paper lanterns and a couple of push bikes resting among the rafters. The decor was casual and authentic, as soon as you are seated on your little stool you feel at home.
Our lovely waitress talked us through the menu; a tapas style system where 3 dishes among two people is recommended, accompanied by a couple of the sides they have on offer. Alternatively, you can order a bowl of 'Pho'; noodles in a fragrant broth served with a variety of meats, seafood or tofu with different spices to match. They even give you a plate of fresh spices  so you can customise it to your taste.

A word on tofu; I have never been a fan. I don't know why, but early on in my childhood I was scarred against it. One too many stir-frys perhaps. The Hanoi Bike shop make their own tofu each morning, and serve it a multitude of ways, with salad, in noodles etc.
When choosing what meals we were going to share we went for the special tofu of the day, served in a chilli/lemon sauce. It was delicious. As far from my 'like eating a car sponge' perception as it is possible to be, I found myself wanting more. Definitely worth a try, if you are a lover or a hater. After all, the best tofu you could ever eat is the stuff that was made the same morning, by the people who prepare it for you that night.

Chilli Tofu; it will surprise you
Aside from the Tofu, the meal was possibly the best meal I have ever eaten. We went from a combination of rice rolls, beef curry, mackerel, a beef and pork belly Pho, sweetcorn and potato fritters, seasonal vegetables.. and I'm sure there were another few dishes thrown in there that I can't remember, being caught up in the bliss of it all. The food was so good I don't even have that many pictures as proof, it disappeared too fast. We demolished the lot, and washed it down with a cocktail I am definitely going to try and recreate; spiced gin. Gin, soda water, fresh chilli, lemongrass and I believe star anise made one of the most refreshing drinks I have ever had.
For desert, it was coriander and lemongrass (or perhaps it was thai basil) ice-cream. Unusual and all the more wonderful for it.
I couldn't have found one fault, or one dish that wasn't just as good as the last.  The staff were informed about the food, and very good at stopping you from ordering one dish too many. It would be easy to get carried away. You WANT to get carried away.
My favourite dish that we tried was the beef curry and whilst I can't remember it's exact name, I can tell you it's from the 'from the pot and grill' section and 110% worth a try. The Pho, personally, wasn't my favourite. However, mum and Mel still loved it and you couldn't criticise the fragrant flavours, pork just isn't a meat I'm wildly fond of.

Seasonal Vegetables and the amazing beef dish

Spiced Gin
Coriander and lemongrass ice-cream
The next time I am in need of a real culinary boost, this is where I am going. You leave feeling full, but refreshed, and as if you have just had a short break to Vietnam. The chefs and staff enrich the experience so much so that despite being full to bursting, you don't want to stop until you have tried everything on the menu.
Maybe next time I visit I will try the Jellyfish salad...

The Hanoi Bike Shop is the best place I have eaten so far in Glasgow, and beyond. For anyone visiting who likes this kind of food, make a beeline for Ruthven Lane.
Even if you aren't as sure of Vietnamese cuisine, I bet you a Spiced Gin that this place changes your mind...

Friday, 9 May 2014

Goats cheese and pesto chicken

The lack of blogging recently has been for a good cause; exams are OVER! My celebrations so far have consisted of bowling, tidying my room and watching lots of Netflix, unashamedly for once.
I promised an easy chicken recipe in one of my previous posts so that is what you lovely people are getting today.

I rarely eat chicken, as I don't like to buy it if it isn't free range and otherwise it can cost up to eight quid... I'll take the Quorn please. But, every now and then we manage a trip to Aldi, where the free-range chicken isn't extortionate. Because it's such a rare occasion I like to make the chicken the main event, and this incredibly easy way to cook it is lovely served with vegetables of your choice.
This recipe is one normally made with mozzarella, and is delicious when done so. I, for some reason, was craving goats cheese when we made this, so I decided to try it instead, and the results proved excellent!

All you need is..
To serve two.

  • Two chicken breasts
  • Two tbsp of basil pesto
  • 4 slices of goats cheese, or mozzarella
  • Vegetables, to serve
  1. Cut a slice into each chicken breast, making sure you don't go all the way through, so it forms a sort of 'pocket'. Saying that though, I often find that chicken breasts have a ready made 'pocket', meaning you don't have to slice them, check the underside before you do so. 
  2. Into each pocket, spread a tbsp of pesto, then lay a slice of goats cheese on top. Fold the chicken over so the pocket is sealed (you can use toothpicks to do this really thoroughly, but I don't bother. Mainly because I don't have toothpicks).
  3. Then, on the top of each breast, spread another spoonful of pesto, and put the remaining slice of cheese on top of that. Place the chicken in a baking tray, lined with foil, and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until the cheese is golden and the chicken is cooked through. 
It really couldn't be easier, and it is delicious. Great for a treat, if you want to make something a bit more impressive than usual. 
We had ours with peas, chips and roasted red peppers, which went amazingly with the chicken. 

Besides the chicken, after exam celebrations ended in... shopping, oops. Since I have no deadlines left, holidays suddenly seem very close indeed and that called for a wardrobe update. My boyfriend and mum would probably disagree... but oh well. 

So, yesterday I purchased these three holiday staples, which I am head over heels for. 

The top and shorts are from Urban Outfitters, and I'm very excited about wearing them not only in sunnier climes, but clubbing and out and about. And the sandals, the glorious sandals. They are from Topshop and at first glance are simple and silver. Then, when the light hits, they become so shiny and fabulous that they make me a little less sad about the loss of my blue metallic jacket. 

These will be worn to death, this summer and beyond. And hey... I deserved it. Cough. 

Sunday, 4 May 2014

The Butterfly and the Pig, West.

After my English exam, in desperate need of sustenance, me and Calum decided to head somewhere new in search of tasty food and good atmosphere. So, venturing a little further down Byres Road than we usually wander, we happened upon a pub/restaurant/tearoom that I have wanted to visit for quite a while now; The Butterfly and the Pig.

This version is the second model of the restaurant, which originates on Bath Street in Glasgow, but gladly ventured out to the West End, on Partick Bridge St, not too long ago. I had heard good reviews from friends as to the pub element, but as of yet had not heard anything on the food. A quick look online at the menus solidified my curiosity, and now here we were.

Now, any of you who have read my blog before will know of my undying love for the Hillhead Bookclub. Something about the quirky decor and cocktails just keeps me wanting more. The Butterfly and Pig, dare I say it, has a very similar appeal. I haven't been to the one on Bath St, but the West End one is gorgeous. You walk in to a mixture of mis-matched arm chairs, vintage wallpapers and lace doilies, which combine to create something that is cool, not tacky. Right up my street. You can choose to sit in the charmingly chintz, but still trendy restaurant, or to cosy into one of the many armchairs and sofas that surround the bar; we did the latter.

The service is good. After scanning the quirkily written menu, which is full to bursting of delicious meals, I chose (hate to say it) a burger. Again, I know, but I often think that the quality of a place can be judged by it's burgers. They are easy to do, but hard to do really well. This time it was a chicken burger, topped with cheese, bacon, tomatoes and salad, with a side of home made chips and pickled cucumber.
I have to say, the burger test was passed with flying colours. The chicken was perfectly cooked, the bacon was actually crispy (I have a phobia of fat on bacon if it isn't crispy, often a problem in sandwiches etc) and tasted delicious. The salad and cheese were both flavourful. The chips were plentiful and yummy; I couldn't finish them, which is always happy news for Calum and a good indication that portion sizes are spot on.

Calum went for something I wouldn't normally choose, but upon trying and tasting his would definitely opt for; bangers and mash. Served in a gorgeous china bowl, the sausages were surrounded by a puddle of mash, onion and gravy which was delicious. Calum is a sucker for condiments (my mum is sometimes offended by his love of sauces) and he didn't even feel the need to add to the flavour of this at all. It also filled him up, a near impossible feat.

After we had finished, we were brought the bill with two delicious cubes of tiffin, or chocolate fudge of some sort (I ate both). It is well priced for the portion size and quantity, so I had no qualms with the bill. We are also going to go and just have a drink in it at some point, it has a gorgeous bar with plenty of seating which seems as if it would be lovely on a Friday or Saturday night.

Overall, I would (and probably will) visit The Butterfly and the Pig again. Great food, and a charming atmosphere, it feels every bit as trendy as The Hillhead Bookclub. I will be taking my mum when she visits next time; high praise.

Another rave review; there are just too many good places to eat in Glasgow, it isn't fair on a girls wallet.
To be honest, I think I just have a weakness for places that serve good food with miss-matched silverware... and with such a cute logo, who could resist.

Definitely recommended! Happy Sunday everyone.

Lindsay x

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Eileen's Maple and Orange Salmon

A couple of nights ago, the night before my first exam, I had the night to myself. I thought I would take advantage of that and cook something that a) contained lots of brain enriching omega oils and b) that my boyfriend doesn't eat, so I can't cook for him. That's right, you may have guessed... FISH!

I love fish, I think it is underrated. One of my absolute favourite things to eat will always be fresh sea food, which is why one day I am convinced I will live by the sea, be it abroad or in Scotland.
So, considering I was cooking for my lonesome, I wanted an easy but still tasty recipe. Sometimes it's  hard finding the inspiration to spend hours creating something magnificent if you don't have someone to share it with.
The recipe that sprang to mind is (just like the previously posted 'Granny's pasta mince') a family favourite, invented - as far as I am aware - by our beautiful late friend, Eileen. So I have her to thank for this, and my mum for making sure I wrote it down in my recipe book.
Having met Eileen when me and my family lived in Canada, her 'Maple and Orange Salmon' is a fitting tribute to her. Easy to make, inexpensive, delicious, and combining amazing flavours, this is a great recipe for fish lovers which requires hardly any effort at all.

Ingredients - for the marinade of two salmon fillets

  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 4 tbsp of fresh orange juice
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed 
  1. What you have to do, is put your salmon fillets in a leak-proof sealable plastic bag, or a dish that preferably has a lid, then put all of your other ingredients in over the salmon, mixing slightly until they are combined. 
  2. You want to leave your salmon marinading for as long as possible, preferably over four hours, in the fridge. However, if you can only leave it for an hour or so before you get too hungry, don't worry, it will still taste great. 
  3. Once the salmon has marinaded, cook how you will. You can BBQ, grill, oven bake or pan fry this fish. I pan fried mine, purely for convenience... and because the communal oven in my halls isn't that pretty. If you are also doing so, you want to place your salmon skin side down in a hot pan. Leave it until you can see that about one third has turned solid, light pink, then flip it over and cook until it is solid pink all the way through. Adding a little of the marinade to the pan makes the salmon sticky and sweet, which is lovely.
  4. I served mine on a bed of brown rice, with soy sauce and salad, but it would be equally good mixed into stir fry vegetables, with cold salads at a BBQ... or with whatever side you want really. 
It really is that easy, and it's delicious. If you're cooking for one, freeze the other salmon fillet for another time. If your cooking for a large number, simply work by the rule that it's 2tbsp of OJ and syrup, and 1tbsp of soy sauce per fillet. This can be enjoyed at any time of year and I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a different, easy way to cook salmon. 

These past few days have been full of studying in preparation for Wednesday, when I have the pleasure of two exams in the one day. I do however have a great chicken recipe for you guys which I cooked last night, as well as another review of somewhere that may just become a favourite haunt, more to come in the next couple of days.

For now though, I am cooking a weekend treat of bacon and egg sandwiches for our lazy breakfast/lunch. Today will consist of revising and perhaps making another lemon and poppyseed cake, which Calum demands is 'just for him'... well, at least it must be good!
I hope everyone is having a great Saturday, and perhaps try this recipe out as a really easy but tasty family meal tonight! 

Here is a picture of two sleepy lions that I took in Edinburgh Zoo. I hope your Saturday is as lazy as theirs. 
Lindsay x