Hot Sweet Potato Bowl

December 17, 2012

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This dinner was inspired by Sarah Yates at House in the Hills… and is my new favourite.

It’s so delicious and so healthy, and also very filling!

This is the way I had it but you could throw in whatever veggies/salad you have…

You need – for one;
1 sweet potato
1/2 an avocado, chopped
5 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 lime
1 small bunch coriander
1 dollop creme fraiche
plus sea salt and black pepper and ground cumin

1. Roast your sweet potato, coat the skin in a little olive oil and sea salt and pop in a medium to high oven for an hour… this is approximate as the time and temperature will fully depend on the size of your potato… just keep your eye on it after about half an hour.
Wait till the skin in nice and crispy and the inside is fluffy, then sprinkle some cumin on the inside and season.

2. Put your potato in a bowl and cut open then cube it inside the skin, add the cubed avocado, tomatoes and coriander, then zest some of the lime and squeeze a little of the juice over before adding the creme fraiche.

Season some more and enjoy!

I made double and took some to lunch the next day, it was really good as a cold salad as well.

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Eating in Portugal

September 21, 2011

So I just got back from the loveliest holiday in Portugal, apologies for the silence I did plan on posting a little but there was no internet so I took a proper break from everything, which was amazing.

We had a beautiful villa just outside a small town called Carvoriro which although had a big tourist strip, I loved the main town with lots of cafes and bars and a lovely beach.

We pretty much ate all the time… and I thought I would do a little round-up of our eating at the villa habits. Mostly we ate in, popping out for lunch and dinner a couple of times.

We sussed out the supermarkets on our first day, not knowing where the local markets were and we skipped the nearest supermarket (lots of English items and v. expensive) we found one in the next town that was a local shop and normally priced!

We found that salad and vegetables were much more expensive in supermarkets than the markets we did find, as was fish and meat but as usual everything else was pretty cheap (good wine was silly cheap!)

Bread was wonderful in Portugal, lots of crusty rolls and loaves, brioche and pastries everywhere we went.

We had a BBQ at the villa on a roof terrace where we could see a lighthouse, the sea and the sun set, so  we pretty much ate fish and meat kebabs every night.

Check out the squid on the end, the Husband was in heaven.

We ate a lot of peri-peri seasoning that week, I pretty much put it on everything… smashed peri peri potatoes;

Peri peri rice!

With some BBQ peri peri chicken made by the Husband.

 On salad…

And we even roasted some red onions with a sprinkle of the stuff with some giant cous cous.

A great lunch option if you are doing a villa holiday is the tortilla, so easy and fuss free and tasty as hell, this was a use up all the left over meat and cheese and eggs from the previous day lunch.

Again with peri peri on top, basically we used it like salt and pepper.

With some delicious tomatoes and salad leaves, there wasn’t much in the way of interesting salad options but everything was so fresh it didn’t really matter.

Meat, cheese, bread and crisps; our standard lunch.

We also ate quite a few custard tarts, my absolute favourite. I must make some of these very soon.

We also munched our way through a big watermelon by the pool one afternoon. I always have to eat watermelon on holiday.

One day we found a wonderful fishing village and had a sundae in the beautiful square.

And everytime we went to town to stopped for some gelato! (always coconut or banana)

And this strawberry lolly saved me on a particularly hot day walking around a castle.

And one day at the beach I had the most delicious sardines and chips.

Portugal is famous for sardines, I loved these drawing I found at a craft market definitely want one for my kitchen!

We ate at a few great places as well, which I will share very soon. Lots of ideas for no effort summer dinners here, shame that’s over now!

Big thank you to my Mother and Father in law for the holiday, the Husband and I had a lovely time.