Weekend Food 1 Weekend Food 2

Man do I love my food. Since moving to London almost two years ago now – two years, say what?! – I’ve experienced a tweak in palette, a taste to try out new things (though I need to give Lily credit for that one) and a passion for spending a disproportionate amount of time in the kitchen rustling up new recipes. This is a big change for the girl who used to live in the frozen section of the supermarket, but that’s student budgeting for ya, eh? During the weeks I try to keep things healthy-ish, which the odd dinner out here and there, but at the weekend? Well that’s when it’s time to feast. No holds barred. Here’s what went down in my kitchen a few weekend’s back…

BREAKFAST: I’ve mentioned before that during the AM on a Saturday or Sunday the kitchen is exclusively a pancake zone. I love pancakes. I could happily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner and having just purchased the best non-stick pan ever (who knew I’d ever get so excited about homeware purchases!?) I’ve actually got pretty good at making them. If I’m in the mood for crêpes I use this Nigella recipe, but if I fancy a thicker, slightly beefier stack then I use Amelia’s recipe, which topped off with Greek yogurt and berries is particular delightful. 

LUNCH: I have to say I’m not a huge lunch lover. Brunch? Hells yeah. But lunch, well if I’ve chomped my way through a stack pancakes not too long ago, because I’m rather partial to a lie-in or two at the weekend, then I keep it kinda light. Guacamole is a safe bet though, filling enough to keep me going and handily it means I can usually use up a load of things from my fridge which are looking a bit worse for wear. I use this recipe and accompany it with tortilla chips or some sort of veg.

DINNER: Now here is where I like to get a bit creative. I can easily fill a whole Sunday with dinner prep: browsing BBC Good Food for a recipe, writing a shopping list, heading to the shops where I end up leaving with double the produce I’d set out for, unpacking it all and chopping, marinating etc etc. It’s one of my favourite ways to log-off and relax. On this particular day I began with a Beef Wellington which was rather tasty, if I say so myself. I used this recipe, mainly because it was mushroom and pâté free and ended with a melt-in-the-middle chocolate fondant which did actually melt-in-the-middle. Get in

What’s on the menu for you lot today then? Anything in particular that you like whip out food-wise at the weekend? Feel free to leave links to recipes or über long comments detailing your culinary favourites below. I’m always on the lookout for some tummy rumbling-inspiration…

  • http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk/ Jessica Rose

    OMG…those pancakes look a magnificent species!! I would quite happily chomp away on these myself.
    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kara

    What are the chances. I had pancakes (with a slather of butter & maple syrup – I held off on the bacon) for brunch and grilled chicken & a bowl of guacamole (with an extra kick of chili) and cruskits for dinner!!!

  • Nicole Barbosa

    I love pancakes as much as the next gal, but sometimes they can be a bit heavy. A nice alternative is French Toast or Eggy Bread in the UK. I use this recipe: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/french-toast-recipe.

  • http://www.dot-daria.blogspot.com Daria

    Love pancakes! I usually make banana and egg pancakes, but I’m a bit granola/muesli and fruit lover so on weekends I take time to make my breakfast bowls look pretty and maybe even make an acai bowl or smoothie ;) x

  • http://nueyork.blogspot.com nueyork

    I am so hungry after looking at all of these, they all look so yummy! I can’t get over the dessert, anything that melts in the middle is right up my alley.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

  • Rosie

    You’ve just inspired me to make pancakes! They look sooo gooodddd!!
    xx
    positivelyclassy.com

  • http://aneclecticaffair.blogspot.co.uk/ Megan J

    I’m a total pancake fiend – I love them! Plus guacamole is a definite favourite too.
    Great post for some foodie inspiration!

    Megan / aneclecticaffair.blogspot.com

  • Sandra

    That guacamole looks awesome! I am making this today: http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/green-lentil-yellow-beet-salad/

    And for browsing recipes I LOVE foodgawker.com!

  • Sharna

    The Art of Eating Well by the Hemsley sisters is supposed to be amazing for healthy but delish recipes. They look ridiculously well on it too :)

  • Geena

    I’m going to have to make that guacamole soon, it looks delicious!
    http://www.ablogbygeena.blogspot.com

  • http://www.thevelvetblack.co.uk/ Alice Young

    Definitely going to be making my own guacamole now, I’ve never thought of making it myself! And those pancake look delicious!

    The Velvet Black // UK
    Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  • joysteib

    The pancakes look so YUM!!!! Great job in the kitchen!!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • Beki Blank

    The pancakes are making me rather envious and hungry right now!!!

    http://blondeandblank.blogspot.com/2014/07/banana-boat-aloe-vera-gel-review.html
    xx

  • http://www.beautybabbles.com/ Kate

    I love having thick pancakes for breakfast. Also must try guacamole as I loved Avacodos :)

    Kate xo // http://www.beautybabbles.com

  • http://www.darlingdeedee.com thedarlingdee .

    I’m a terrible cook, great baker but terrible cook. These posts make me wish I could cook lol.

    http://www.darlingdeedee.com

  • http://www.raindropsrosesblog.com/ Simi (raindropsrosesblog)

    I am the same way with pancakes. Lately I have been smoothies – healhier and great way to fight the insane Texas heat – one smoothie I am loving lately is a strawberry mango smoothie I created. recipe here : http://www.raindropsrosesblog.com/blog/2014/6/19/smoothie-of-the-week-strawberry-mango-smoothiea

  • http://emmabebeauty.blogspot.ie/ Emma Be Beauty

    Those pancakes look delicious.

    Emma Be Beauty</A

  • Holly Cooke

    Those pancakes just look divine and scrummy and incredible! x

    holljc.blogspot.co.uk

  • http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/ Grace

    I saw those pancakes on your instagram and they looked amazing! They look amazing here too, haha ;) I love this kind of post, I hope you do more!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • Hollyzee

    Every single meal looks incredible!!! You have to do some videos on this!!

    http://www.hollyeverafter.com

  • Rachel Polansky

    that chocolate cake looks divine!

    makeupmusicbooks.blogspot.com

  • http://www.owl-girl.com/ Candy

    I am so hungry right now. We ended up with a metric fucktonne of courgettes in our veg box this week, so I think we’re going to make some kind of ratatouille later. Plus, we’ve got boozy ice lollies freezing as I write this, which will probably make it onto my blog some time next week.

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

  • http://www.conversationswithcaroline.com/ Caroline Towers

    You’re photos have made me really hungry! I need to spend more time searching for new recipes, it’s so easy to always make the same things!

  • http://www.vibrantbeautyblog.com/ Jennifer Monforton

    Ah, ultra delicious! The guac looks amazing and that chocolate dessert- so tempting!

  • Rachel

    This all looks amazing! I am currently in the middle of a 2 week clean eating plan, and had this AMAZING black bean chili last night for dinner (http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge-day-6#2jj65ym). I highly recommend it!

    http://southcircular.blogspot.com

  • rachelh97

    You should try the Sorted Food chocolate fondant – one of my biggest kitchen accomplishments (and thankfully it was when I was cooking a 3 course meal for my whole family = impressed parents) Those pancakes look amaazing too! xx

  • Maia

    The pancakes look amazing…I’ve never thought about pancakes and yoghurt before! Ugh, obsessed.

    http://www.ohsomaia.blogspot.co.uk

  • LilyLipstick

    Those pancakes look so good! x

  • http://emmasbeginning.blogspot.ca Emma W

    This all looks amazing! I really want to try the guacamole recipe now :)
    emmasbeginning.blogspot.com

  • http://exploringwardrobes.blogspot.co.uk/ exploringwardrobes

    This looks amazing, it wouldn’t be the weekend without pizza and Ben and Jerrys though! Speaking of, Ben and Jerry’s with pancakes… now there’s an idea!

    – Grace and Charlotte

    http://exploringwardrobes.blogspot.com/

  • Issabella The Cat

    If you enjoy cooking and looking at beautiful (but achievable!) food porn you have to check out Smitten Kitchen, in particular this recipe for the best meatballs I’ve ever tasted http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2014/04/lamb-meatballs-with-feta-and-lemon/ they are so good served with gnocchi :)

  • Dagmar

    I actually made the most delicious dinner today: Puff pastry pizza with potatoes, JUICY and CRISPY streaky bacon, onion, parmesan cheese aaaaand olive oil+bacon fat (I repeat: bacon fat). Oh, and I also whipped up a last minute broccoli soup. Meal of champs.

  • http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/ Kate Wilson

    okay, I am now very hungry. Not good considering it’s just gone midnight… x

    http://my–socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

  • http://www.trulifestyle.com/ Trudythecat
  • Kayla

    Please make this a weekly thing… I really enjoy a splash of health mixed in with the beauty! Even if it’s a bad food day, I’d love to see it. I love knowing what other people eat (I’m creepy like that). x

  • http://sponsoredbycoffee.wordpress.com/ Connie

    I freaking LOVE guacamole. It’s like a near-obsession for me.

    Connie | Sponsored by Coffee

  • Arianne

    I LOVE food photos :D My fave is always the pudding haha

    Arianne | http://ariannecruz07.blogspot.com

  • http://www.beautyblogmark.com/ BeautyBlogmark

    Everything looks sooo delicious!!! Especially the pancakes <3
    Jina
    http://www.beautyblogmark.com

  • http://lilacandgray.blogspot.com/ Ellen Findley

    I adore Nigella. These recipes look fab!

  • Catherine

    That guacamole looks great! If you like cooking, you should check out seriouseats.com they have some great recipes. I particularly like their mushroom bolognese which is a no meat alternative to regular spaghetti bolognese (it’s actually vegan, but I always eat it topped with cheese =P)
    Here’s the link to that recipe:

    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/02/pasta-rich-hearty-mushroom-bolognese-recipe.html?ref=search

    I also really like their Vegan Kale, Broccoli and Quinoa curry. Meat eaters may want to eat it with something like chicken or other meat because it’s a quite a light meal. I don’t eat much meat anyway so I find that it’s fine on its own but feedback from my meat eating friends tells me otherwise haha.

    Link!

    http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/04/vegan-curried-quinoa-with-broccoli-and-kale.html?ref=search

    <3 Catherine

  • Emma and Emily

    You made me so hungry with this post! Seriously amazing looking food :)

    http://www.emandthem.co.uk

  • Hannah Linehan

    Check out http://www.greatbritishchefs.co.uk

    Its a mouth watering website! The pictures are amazing!

  • PeonyandPeach

    I’m trying to keep it healthy today after all the cake I ate at your picnic yesterday! Your mum’s fairy cakes were delicious btw, any chance of a recipe?

    http://www.peonyandpeach.blogspot.com

  • http://meganblogsbeauty.wordpress.com Megan Curtis

    The chocolate pudding looks amazing, definitely have to try that out fo my boyfriends 19th birthday!

  • http://missperiwinkle.blogspot.com/ Rachel

    That beef wellington looks fab – may try the recipe myself!

  • http://www.pamsstuffandthings.blogspot.com Pam Biggin

    I love the BBC Good Food website and in my house we use that every week to plan what we are going to eat

    Pam @ pamsstuffandthings.blogspot.com

  • Clementine Buttercup

    A girl after my own heart! I love trying new recipes and new cookery books. We sometimes have a whole week of exotic recipes. Keeps things interesting and stops the cooking rut from settling in. I’ve imposed a new cookery book ban on myself for this year. Luckily the local library gets new titles pretty quickly and cookery blogs have been indispensible this year.
    http://www.clementinebuttercup.blogspot.co.uk

  • Kat Horrocks

    Wow this looks like a delicious day of food! I adore pancakes as well, need to try Amelia’s recipe :)

  • Chantal

    Looks very tasty :) x

    savvysuperstylish.blogspot.co.uk

  • naturalfoodnew

    It is looks like a delicious food.

    pear benefits

  • http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/ Ellenor Marie

    those pancakes look goooooooooood!! :)

    http://champagnelifestyleteabudget.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://kmkstyling.com Kelly Keating

    Homemade guacamole is my absolute favorite. And it really can be filling enough for a whole meal! So impressed that you cook all this!

  • http://www.thevanillatshirt.wordpress.com/ Astrid Tentorio {from NYC}

    For a pancake lover like yourself that also likes to look at health-ish recipes (just like me) I’d recommend you give these gluten-free Almond Banana Pancakes I made this morning a try! The recipe is one I made myself from a bunch of other ones i’ve looked through recently. These are on the healthier side but you’re definitely not sacrificing the taste cause they are ah-mazing! All you need is 1/4 cup of almond meal, half of a banana (smashed), 1/3 cup of egg whites, a drop of almond milk, plus some cinnamon and dark chocolate chunks for taste! Since they can get a little too liquid-y I added a bit more almond meal as I was making them so I’d say to just keep an eye out for that. You put it all in a bowl and blend it, then on to a low heated pan. (In total this recipe made 5 small pancakes so definitely double the amounts if you’re looking to make a bigger batch.) Once ready I enjoyed them with the remaining slices of banana and some almond butter, because I’m obsessed! They were absolutely delicious and perfectly fluffy. Hope you give these a try and like them as much as I did!
    (I may write a post on these in the next couple of days, just in case you’re interested.)

    http://www.thevanillatshirt.wordpress.com