BBQ Pulled Jackfruit with Nachos, Salsa and Sweetcorn Relish

I mentioned on my stories the other night that I made some delicious enchiladas using jackfruit (something I've never tried cooking with before!). I was all set to post a recipe and then a few days passed, then a couple of weeks and before you know it I had forgotten how I even made it!

So last night we decided to have some classic nacho's for dinner with tomato salsa, sweetcorn relish and greek yoghurt (no sour cream in the house) and they were so so good! I thought it was a great opportunity to make some BBQ pulled jackfruit to go with it too.

I did just make this up as I went along and you don't necessarily need all the ingredients I've added. Use what you have and adjust to suit your taste.

Here is the recipe for all the bits and bobs I made...



  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 onion chopped finely
  • 1 spring onion chopped finely
  • 1/2 bell pepper chopped finely
  • 1 can of jackfruit drained
  • 1 can of mixed beans drained (or any beans you like)
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 - 2 tsp chilli powder (or however much chilli you like)
  • 1-2 tbsp bbq sauce
  • 1-2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • A squeeze of concentrated vegetable stock or half a cube
  • Black pepper
  • Oil for frying
  • Boiled water
  • 1/4 cup amaranth (optional - plus you could any any other grain if you wanted instead too)
  • Add some oil to a large fry pan with a lid and fry the chopped onions and garlic until softened.
  • Add your chopped red pepper and continue to fry for another few minutes
  • Add to the pan the mixed beans and jackfruit and fry for a further few minutes.
  • Then add all your 'flavourings' - so chipotle paste, BBQ sauce, tomato ketchup, passata, vegetable stock cube, good grinding of black pepper, smoked paprika and chilli powder.
  • Stir this around in the pan for a minute or so to caramelise and then add some boiled water - enough just to nearly cover the ingredients in the pan
  • Add the amaranth or any grains you might be using and cover with a lid for around 30 minutes (stirring occasionally) on a low to medium heat.
  • When you're ready to eat, remove the lid and turn up the heat and reduce the sauce until its quite thick. Keep stirring so it doesn't burn.


  • 2 finely chopped tomatoes
  • Small handful of fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp chilli oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • Drizzle of balsamic glaze
  • In a small bowl, add all the ingredients and stir well


  • 1 can of sweetcorn drained
  • 2 inch chunk of cucumber finely chopped (seeds removed)
  • 1/2 bell pepper finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh coriander finely chopped
  • Handful of fresh mint finely chopped
  • 1/2 a red chilli finely chopped (or to your liking)
  • Squeeze of fresh lime
  • In a medium bowl add all the ingredients and stir well

I love to serve these with some salted nachos with melted cheese on top. We also added a little greek yoghurt too. Perfect comfort food!

I hope you enjoy this recipe,

Stay safe

Em xx

RECIPE: Quick Leek & Mushroom Egg Brunch

I received some leeks the other day from a neighbour and I wasn't quite sure what to do with them. Then I made a delicious 'disco cauliflower' recipe with one, a vegetable pie with another and then this... mushroom and leek eggs.

I did some research online to decide what to do with my last two leeks (I know, that's how exciting my life is at the moment!) and got inspired from an Ottolenghi recipe. 

Needless to say, it was good! Like seriously good! I would mention though, like when cooking with onions, you need patience. When browning the leeks, you want them to really caramelise and so this won't happen in a couple of minutes, I think I was stood by the pan for a good ten minutes before I was ready to add the mushrooms, but let me tell you... it was so worth the wait!


  • 2 leeks sliced into 1cm discs
  • large handful of chestnut mushroom quartered
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 small pack of feta cheese
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp garlic oil
  • 2-3 tbsps of vegetable stock (I like the liquid stock in a bottle which I add and then add a splash of water to it)
  • salt & pepper
  • Z'attar and chilli flakes to garnish
  • In a large frying pan (which you can put a lid on) add the oil and warm.
  • Add the leeks and fry for around 10 mins with a pinch of salt and a good grinding of black pepper.
  • Once the leeks have caramelised and fallen apart, add the mushrooms and continue to fry for a few more minutes until they have started to become golden
  • Add your mixed herbs and vegetable stock and stir it together
  • Add your spinach, stir as best as you can and then clamp on a lid until the spinach begins to wilt.
  • Once the spinach has softened squeeze in the lemon juice and using a spoon, make four 'wells' in the pan and crack an egg into each one
  • Crumble a handful of feta cheese all around the pan and then clamp on the lid again over a low to medium heat until the tops of the eggs are cooked and no longer slimy.
  • Remove the lid and off the heat, add another grinding of black pepper, a sprinkle of z'attar, a sprinkle of chilli flakes and serve with some toasted sourdough an extra bit of heartiness.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did,

Stay safe,

Em x

RECIPE: Super Quick Mixed Vegetable Toasts

This was a meal which was a positive out of a negative. I'd come back from Tescos doing my grocery shop and was a little bit traumatised to be honest with all the panic buying. After seeing empty shelves it gave me a sick feeling in my stomach. I then switched on the news and then it was like my stomach dropped. After watching a little too much of good old Sky news, I was no longer in the mood for the big meal I had planned. I wanted something easy, filling and quick. This was what I made and it comforted me no end.

I hope you guys are all staying safe and trying not to get too stressed (I know, easier said than done right!). This little recipe helped feed my soul and grounded me too. I could eat it on the sofa, knees up to my chest with the plate balancing on top of them. 'Finger food' as it were!

WHAT YOU NEED - serves 1 little soul

  • 1 -  2 tsp garlic or chill oil (or a combination of the two)
  • 1 tomato chopped into cubes
  • 2 - 3 mushrooms sliced thinly
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 slice of sourdough bread
  • salt & pepper
  • truffle oil
  • parmesan cheese
  • fresh chopped parsley and basil to garnish
  • In a frying pan, add your garlic oil and allow to warm.
  • Add the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes before adding the tomatoes. season with salt and pepper and finally add the spinach. Continue to cook until the tomatoes and mushrooms are cooked through and the spinach has wilted.
  • Pop your bread in the toaster now.
  • When everything has cooked, stir through a little truffle oil off the heat (optional) and top your toast with the cooked veggies.
  • Serve with another grinding of pepper, a good grating of parmesan and a sprinkle of freshly chopped parsley and basil leaves
  • Apply to face
I hope you try this recipe out. It's great as a quick lunch or a light evening meal if you're just feeling a little overwhelmed.

Stay safe guys and sending lots of love,

Em x

RECIPE: Spiced Oat & Coconut Crackers

Is it bad that I make oat and coconut milk now just to make these crackers? It was an experiment that I had a play with the other day and then I became addicted. You know when you reach for a savoury snack and before you know it... the whole pack is gone! Well this is what happened, so I had to make some more!

I have spoken in the past for my love of my Almond Cow nut milk maker, I mean, it's bloody brilliant for people like me who like to make their own nut milks. I will admit, it did take some time for me to find a recipe that I liked and also, please remember these are not like the ones you get in the carton. Oatly barista will always take centre stage in my heart, but for £2 a carton that lasts around 3-4 matcha lattes, I thought it was best if I found a cheaper alternative.

Anyway, I'm digressing! If you make your own nut milks, this is a great way to use up the pulp. It's super easy to do to!


  • 1 cup of nut milk pulp
  • 2 tbsp garlic oil
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 3/4 - 1 cup of flour (I like spelt for the nutty flavour it gives)
  • 3 tbsp medium curry powder
  • few teaspoons of z'attar to sprinkle on top
  • salt and pepper
  • Cut a piece of baking paper to fit the inside of your baking tray.
  • Strain out as much liquid from the pulp as you can and add to a food processor with the all the ingredients except the z'attar and flour. Blitz together.
  • Then add 3/4 cup of flour and pulse until you get a thick, dough like consistency. Add a little extra flour if your mixture is still quite loose (this can depend on the flour you use and also how much liquid is still in the pulp).
  • Wrap the dough in cling film and leave in the fridge for 60 minutes to set.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 175 degrees and roll out the dough onto the baking paper to your desired thickness. Using a pizza cutter or sharp knife, cut the dough into squares and prick each one a few times with a fork.
  • Brush with some garlic oil and sprinkle some z'attar over the top.
  • Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes, then remove from the oven and brake the squares apart and put back in the oven again for a further 10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.
  • Serve with some tasty dips like this hummus recipe 
I hope you give these a go. I'm thinking you could have a play around with the recipe and make sweet ones with cinnamon too... I think that's my next plan!

Stay safe,

Em x

RECIPE: Chipotle & Nut Butter Hummus

I love hummus, I really do. The annoying thing though is that I just don't like shop bought hummus. It find it just too acidy. Maybe it's the preservatives of the fact it's just made in a factory, but I'm just not a fan. 

Hummus for me is smooth, creamy and rich. Like the type you get in a traditional middle eastern restaurant. So because of this, over the years I have played with many a recipe at home. Some really successful, others sadly not. This one today however was delicious!

I decided I wanted to make hummus, so opened my pantry only to find I didn't have any tahini - and after searching on Amazon, it was 'on offer' for £18 for two jars! Erm... no, I think not! 

Lockdown has made me play with some recipes without a doubt and so here is my chipotle and nut butter hummus!


  • 1 can of chickpeas drained
  • 2 tbsp garlic oil (or Extra Virgin Olive oil and 1/2 a minced garlic clove)
  • 1-2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Good grinding of salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsps almond butter
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp greek yoghurt (optional)
  • Chipotle paste (if you don't have this, you can leave it out and just have plain hummus)
  • Pinch of Z'atar to garnish
  • Ice water

Chickpea topping
  • Mix together a couple of spoonfuls of chickpeas with a drizzle of chilli oil and a little chipotle paste in a small bowl.
  • Place in an air fryer to roast for 10 minutes or fry in a small frying pan until they are golden
  • In a food processor add the chickpeas, garlic oil, lemon juice, almond butter, peanut butter and chipotle paste and blitz for a few seconds until combined.
  • Add the yoghurt and blitz again for another few seconds.
  • I like my hummus super creamy and smooth, so with the motor running, I like to add 1-2 tbsps of ice water down the funnel to get it to the right consistency. You decide how smooth you like it though.
  • Taste for seasoning and add anything extra you feel you might need i.e. more lemon, more salt etc
  • Serve in a bowl with chickpeas on top, a sprinkle of z'atar and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
  • Enjoy with some crackers or with your dinner.
I hope you found this useful,

Thanks so much for reading,

Em x

RECIPE: Super Quick Pesto Pasta Dish

Well as most of us have a store cupboard full of pasta, I thought it might be a good idea to post a pasta recipe (or two or three!).

This is a dish I make quite regular at home when I've come home late, want some kind of beige food and don't have a lot of time to cook. It's pretty much all store cupboard and if I don't have any veggies in at all, I just use frozen peas and it still tastes great.

  • 1 cup pasta (per person)
  • 1-2 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of sugar
  • handful of fresh basil
  • salt & pepper
  • balsamic glaze and parmesan cheese to garnish
  • Selection of vegetables - here I have used chestnut mushrooms and courgettes
  • Start off by boiling your pasta according to packet instructions
  • Chop up your veggies and fry them in a little garlic oil
  • Whilst the veggies and pasta are cooking, get making the dressing. In a pestle & mortar (or mini food processor) add 2 tbsps of garlic oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, salt & pepper and a large handful of fresh basil. Blitz until all the ingredients are blended
  • Drain the pasta when it's cooked and then add your cooked veggies, basil dressing and a good grating of parmesan cheese to the pasta pan.
  • Stir together to combine and then serve with an extra grating of cheese, a drizzle of balsamic glaze and a sprinkle of fresh basil.
This is just super quick, comfort food for when you're needing a quick fix of pasta.

I hope you enjoy,

Stay safe guys,

Em x

How To Make The Perfect Matcha Latte

With all this working from home, it can be hard to stay motivated and sometimes coffee can be the only thing to keep your mind focused.

We all know though that coffee isn't the best thing to be drinking a lot of, plus you might get the high, but you also get the massive slump not long after.

Matcha is great, it's bursting with antioxidants and also has a high caffeine content. It gives you a slow release of energy and then you don't have that horrible slump afterwards. I wouldn't recommend having a lot of these each day, but one or two a day is a great way to up your antioxidant levels.

It's super easy to make, but there is definitely a technique to it (nobody wants a lumpy matcha latte - I am that arse who will send it back!)

It's super simple...

- measure it out
- sieve it in
- make a paste with hot water
- whisk it up
- add your hot milk

If you don't sieve it and whisk it, you will end up with lumps. We don't want that!

WHAT YOU NEED (per serving)
  • 1gram matcha powder
  • 1 tsp inulin powder (optional but a great prebiotic to add to hot drinks)
  • water from a recently boiled kettle - not boiled
  • 250ml hot oat milk (or any milk of your choice) - I use a milk frother for this but you can use a sauce pan or microwave

I would always recommend warming your cup first with hot water, then put your cup onto the scales with your sieve/tea strainer on top and zero your scales. Weigh out 1 gram of matcha and then add your inulin powder on top and sieve into the cup. You can also buy special spoons that have the perfect measure of matcha. I am that person who has one :o)

Add a splash of water to the powders and then whisk it up with either a matcha whisk or (my favourite) a milk frother whisk. I tend not to add sweetener, but you can add it at this point if you wish.

Whisk until there are no lumps left and its a bit frothy.

Then it's time to add your hot milk...

Pour your hot milk in to the top and if there's any space left, you can always top this up with hot water from the kettle. 

It should then look a little something like this! So sit back, relax and get your matcha on!

I hope you found this helpful,

Stay safe guys,

Em xx

Mushroom & Courgette Barley Risotto

Ok, there are going to be some random recipes coming up over the next few weeks! I've got lots of random grains and store cupboard items that need to be used and although I love recipe testing, this amount of isolation might take it to a whole other level!

I came across this idea from the goddess herself, Nigella Lawson. I know she has done a risotto recipe with barley and so I thought I'd create one too.

I will also admit that this is not by ANY means a traditional recipe. I mean, I've done a lot of 'globe trotting' around my pantry using things like teriyaki sauce and sweet chilli (definitely not an Italian staple!) but it gives it that depth that I struggle to find - plus I don't have any dried porcini mushrooms which would probably work perfectly here. Hey, I'm in quarantine.... porcini mushrooms are not at the top of my shopping list! ha ha!

Barley is super chewy and has more texture than risotto. I'm not usually a fan of normal rice risotto as I find it a bit 'sloppy' and kind of like mush, so this one works perfectly.

  • 1 tbsp garlic oil
  • 1 tsp chilli oil
  • handful of chestnut mushrooms quartered
  • 2 courgettes sliced in oval discs
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 onion finely chopped (I tend to use frozen, chopped onion for ease)
  • 750ml hot vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce 
  • 1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1-2 tbsp truffle oil
  • grated parmesan to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley and dried chilli flakes to garnish
  • In a shallow cast iron fry pan (with a lid), add a little garlic oil and then add the courgette slices. Cook for a few minutes until golden on one side and then flip them over and cook on the other side.
  • Once they are cooked, put them on a plate to one side and then add the mushrooms to the pan and cook until golden. Then add to one side with the courgettes.
  • Add the garlic and chilli oil to the pan and before you put on the heat add the minced garlic.
  • Turn on the heat and then add the onions when the oil begins to warm. You don't want to burn the garlic or onions, just allow them to warm and soften. Add a pinch of salt to stop them burning. Once they are translucent, add the mushrooms back to the pan and cook for another minute or so.
  • In a separate pan, add the stock, oyster sauce, sweet chilli, teriyaki sauce and mixed herbs. Bring to the boil.
  • To the cast iron pan, add the barley and fry for another minute or so to absorb some of the oil from the pan and then add the hot stock.
  • Stir it altogether, clamp on a lid and cook for around 30 minutes until the barley has softened. Stir it every 5 mins once the water starts to absorb to stop it from sticking to the bottom and once the barley is cooked, add the peas and courgettes and stir well. If the barley is still hard and has absorbed the water, just add a splash of hot water at a time until it's tender.
  • When the peas are cooked, take the pan off the heat and stir through a drizzle of truffle oil, a good grating of parmesan and sprinkle with some chopped parsley and dried chilli flakes.
I like to serve this with some greens such as wilted spinach, but you serve with whatever your heart desires!

I hope you enjoy making this like I did. This is proper comfort food!

Hope you're all staying safe!

Lotsa love,

Em x


RECIPE: Super Quick Miso Soup Noodles with Gyoza

When I am in a rush or am just really, really hungry, this is what I eat. I can make it in less than 5 minutes (not including kettle boiling time mind!) and it tastes so so good. 

This to me is comfort food at it's finest...

I like to use pre-made gyozas mainly for quickness, but also because I really love these ones. I use the frozen vegetable gyozas from Itsu and also their instant miso soup paste. This makes the whole thing super super quick!

Serves just one, but just double it to make for two and so on...


  • 1 tbsp liquid vegetable stock or half a stock cube
  • 1 portion egg noodles (or whatever noodles you prefer)
  • 3 or 4 vegetable gyozas (I like the frozen Itsu ones)
  • 1 sachet of instant Miso soup paste (I like the Itsu one)
  • Boiled water
  • Chilli oil and chopped coriander to serve
  • Using a small saucepan, add around 500ml of water and bring to the boil.
  • Add in your vegetable stock and your gyozas.
  • After one or two minutes, add in your noodles (they usually only take around 2-3 minutes to cook but check the packet instructions and cook accordingly)
  • In your serving bowl, add your miso paste and take around one ladle of vegetable stock and add to the bowl to 'loosen' the paste.
  • When all is cooked, add another ladle of stock to your bowl, followed by the noodles and then the gyozas on top.
  • Sprinkle with some chilli oil and chopped coriander to serve
This is so comforting and also really filling too.

I hope you are all staying safe,

Em x

The Tea I'm Drinking Right Now

I try and drink as much water as I can throughout the day to help with my skin and also just general health overall.
However, in light of the current climate, I've decided to up the ante a little with this immune boosting tea. Now, I'm not making any claims that this can cure the common cold or beat the flu, but it's a nice way to drink water with some added benefits.

I still love my morning skin and immune booster, but this is an added extra to top me up throughout the day.

Here's the thinking behind it...

PARSLEY - high in antioxidants and acts as a diuretic to help remove toxins and heavy metals out of the body.
MINT - also high in antioxidants and can boost the digestion (keep that gut happy) and freshen breath.
GINGER - anti-inflammatory and warming. Good for cold and flu symptoms
LEMON - high in vitamin C

Now you can serve this hot or cold and just top it up throughout the day if you wish.
This isn't really a recipe as such, but it's how I make mine for one small teapot

- handful of fresh parsley
- handful of fresh mint
- large slice of fresh ginger
- 1 to 2 slices of fresh lemon
- boiled water

Combine all the ingredients together in a teapot/jug and allow to steep for 5 minutes or so.

I hope this adds something a little different to your regular water. We need to keep hydrated at the moment to keep our bodies as healthy as possible.

Hope you're all well and staying safe,

Emmaline x

Restaurant Review; Eating Out at The Bull & Bear by Tom Kerridge in Manchester


Well I finally made it to Bull and Bear and I was so so looking forwards to it!

Ok, so I don't want to make this a really long post so I will make it straight to the point if I can.

The restaurant is beautiful, the Stock Exchange is rather cool too. I was actually taken back a little when I walked in it was so stunning... but... what's with the TV's everywhere?
So as I was sat eating my lunch, there are two football matches going on over the space of seven televisions! Wait.. what?

I get it, the hotel is owned by ex footballers and so they must have a 'theme' running throughout, but it just killed the vibe a bit. It was rather distracting to be honest... especially to my husband (insert eye roll here!)

I mean... stunning though right?

Anyways, let's get down to the food... when it finally came (the food was pretty slow but apparently I'm not the first to say that)

Check out the full Bull & Bear menu here

So this is one of Tom Kerridge's restaurants (who I'm a really big fan of) so I was really excited. It's got quite a nice menu with lots of small plates to choose from. 

We decided to go for the fish and veggie options as always, but there's quite a lot of meat on the menu for you meat fans.

28-hour Sourdough with West Country Farmhouse Butter

Rotisserie Beetroot Salad with Feta and Hazelnut Dressing

Our mains with sides of buttered hispi cabbage and Rotisserie Celeriac with Winter Truffle.

Cheese, Potato and Onion Pie with Braised Leeks and Parmesan Veloute

Spiced Cornish Monkfish, P.S.B, Moilee Sauce, Pine Nut & Caper Dressing

The B&B Profiteroles with Soured Vanilla Cream and Chocolate Sauce

Ok, so overall the food was rather nice. We always tend to share our food so we can try lots of flavours (I think it's the Asian in us!). I would say though, I'm glad we did. The portion sizes were intentionally quite small (even the bigger ones), but I don't think I could have eaten a whole portion of anything. 

The bread was really good and so was the beetroot salad. The sides were great too, especially the roasted celeriac, that was delicious!

The mains were also nice but really, really salty. I mean salty I guess in a good way if you like that, but my tongue started to burn a bit by the end of the meal.

The monkfish was cooked perfectly and the pie was super crispy. I mean, it was all cooked to perfection - and I wouldn't expect any less either really.

Then came dessert which I was too full to eat. However, I did mange to squeeze in one profiterole which wasn't thick and chewy but actually really light and crispy. The chocolate sauce though was TO DIE FOR!

Overall, would I go back? Well maybe.

We didn't have any drinks, just sparkling water and the bill came to around £77. Not too bad, but I think for the price and the food, I would prefer to go back to Six by Nico instead. The tv's just killed it for me a bit which was disappointing but the food was quite good so maybe I would.

So that's it really. Have you been? Did you enjoy? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks so much for reading,

Em x

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