Halloumi and veggie egg scramble - to her core

I’m sure I’ve introduced no less than five recipes on here over the past year proclaiming them to be my new favorite breakfast recipe. Breakfast is my favorite meal to cook at home and I’m constantly experimenting, so its probably no surprise really that I keep changing my “favorite” breakfast dish. The current flavour of the month is this super simple but incredibly delicious vegetable and halloumi scrambled eggs.

You may have read the title of this dish and thought – scrambled eggs and veggies? Really? Surely that’s too simple/bland/basic/boring to have a whole blog post written about. But I assure you, its not. By adding in one simple ingredient – the halloumi – this dish is completely transformed to become a super tasty, quick and healthy breakfast. Just make sure not to overcook the veggies or over scramble the eggs!

scrambled eggs with halloumi and veggies - to her core

Halloumi and vegetable egg scramble - to her core

This is the type of breakfast that I never would have thought of eating a few years back – after all, eggs and cheese are fattening, right? W R O N G !! Eggs and haloumi are both great sources of protein, and paired with a generous serve of veggies, they make a great healthy breakfast option that will leave you feeling full well into the day. And of course there’s that added bonus of it tasting ahhhhhhh-mazing. Halloumi is such a tasty little addition to this dish.

As the star ingredients of this dish are super tasty halloumi, and the eggs being the main component which ties it together, it’s a little hard to make this dish vegan, however you could fry a little firm tofu lightly in oil in place of the haloumi, and then scramble some tofu in place of the eggs. On the other hand,  if you feel the dish needs a lititle meaty boost (to which I would argue strongly against, but each to their own), you could fry some sliced chorizo with the halloumi, or flake through some smoked salmon at the end.

Halloumi and veggie scrambled eggs - to her core

Halloumi and veggie scrambled eggs

Serving Size: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp organic, grass-fed butter
  • 6 large mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/2 large zucchini, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 100g halloumi, sliced into large matchstick-style pieces
  • Genervous handful ashes baby spinach
  • 5 eggs, whisked with 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, torn (plus extra to serve)

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in pan over mid to high heat.
  2. Add mushrooms, zucchini and garlic and fry 2 mins - they should be slightly soft and starting to colour on the outside. Push to the side of the pan, creating space to fry the halloumi.
  3. Add the halloumi and fry 30 seconds on each side. Add spinach and stir through. Push to the side with the veggies.
  4. Reduce to a low to medium heat and add the lightly whisked eggs and basil. Let sit a few seconds allowing the eggs to start to set at the bottom of the pan, and then using a wooden spoon, push the mixture into the middle of the pan, allowing the runny, uncooked eggs to spill out to the side. Allow to sit a few seconds again and then repeat. Do this once or twice more until the eggs mostly set, then quickly stir in the veggies and halloumi. Remove from the get, and serve immediately.
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chocolate stout birthday cake - to her core

This month marks the blogs first birthday – cue the music! The blog has come a long way since starting out as a little “not-really-sure-what-I’m-doing” hobby. Admittedly, I’m still not 100% sure what I’m doing, but I’m having a fun time figuring it out!

My readership has grown steadily – I’ve had over twice as many visitors in the past month as what I did in the first four months of having the blog, and I’ve had a great time connecting with you all and sharing my recipes and tips not just here but also on my Facebook and Instagram.

chocolate guinness cake - to her core

So I thought it would be fitting to make the cake of all cakes to celebrate. Chocolate Guinness cake has always been my go-to cake when it comes to special occasions, and I really wanted to recreate it here. I initially was thinking I would make some kind of raw cheesecake number to celebrate the blog’s first year, thinking it would fit in with the healthy eating theme of the blog, or I’d try and create something brand new – however despite the fact that I did manage to bake a chocolate cake with a quarter of a kilo (just over half a pound) of broccoli and cauliflower “hidden” within it, unsurprisingly it did not have that “wow” factor that I was after, so I thought it was best to stick with what I know.

This cake is rich, chocolatey and slightly fudgy whilst still retaining a cakey texture. Its really easy to make, and pretty hard to get wrong making it the perfect cake for novice bakers. I have “healthified” it here a bit so that it’s made of whole, unrefined ingredients, and I’ve halved the sugar content. This allows the deep chocolate flavour to really shine, without being overpowered by sweetness.

Despite the whole ingredients, this is still definitely a special occasion cake – it is quite rich and still contains quite a bit of sugar (albeit unrefined), not to mention being quite high in calories. But sometimes a little decadent indulgence is good for the soul, especially when it comes to chocolate birthday cake – and this one is definitely one to splurge on. I hope you like it as much as I do :)

chocolate stout cake - to her core

 

chocolate guinness birthday cake - to her core

The best ever chocolate fudge cake + happy first blog birthday!

The best ever chocolate fudge cake + happy first blog birthday!

Ingredients

  • 200 ml Guinness or stout beer
  • 150 grams unsalted, organic butter (or coconut oil)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 50 grams cacao powder
  • 100 grams coconut sugar
  • 150ml coconut cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 75 grams | 1/2 Cup almond meal
  • 100g | 2/3 Cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Chocolate ganache
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp cacao
  • 2 Tbsp coconut cream
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C } 350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform cake tin.
  2. Add maple syrup, cacao and butter to a saucepan over low heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until butter has melted and a paste has formed. Stir in the coconut sugar and then the Guinness and stir until the sugar is dissolves and the mixture is starting to bubble slightly. Remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk eggs, coconut milk and vanilla together in a bowl and then whisk into to chocolate mix, making sure you keep beating until all mixed in and smooth so that the eggs don't set. Then whisk in the almond meal, coconut flour and baking powder.
  4. Pour into prepared pan and bake 45 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan 15 minutes before removing and cooling completely on a wire rack.
  5. To make the ganache, add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir until smooth and combined. Allow to cool slightly before spreading over the cake.

Notes

Adapted from Chocolate Guinness Cake by Nigella Lawson

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Fresh organic vegetables in wicker basket in the garden

Healthy eating is big business at the moment. It seems you can’t walk down the street these days without a new juice bar popping up; paleo bars have overtaken chocolate bars by the checkout counter at your corner store and there is a whole aisle dedicated to “health food” at the supermarket. Whilst this growing interest is great news on the whole, it can also be greatly confusing!

Your colleague tells you your morning green juice has more sugar than a Mars Bar, but how can it be unhealthy when there’s so many veggies and fruit crammed in there?

You’ve finally mastered the perfect quinoa salad, only to read an article denouncing grains in a health and fitness mag – does this include quinoa?

And what the hell is a kombucha scoby anyway!?

Before you throw it all in and pick up the phone to order yourself a pizza, take a step back, a few deep breaths and let me leave you with five basic steps to simplify healthy eating.

1. Don’t over complicate things. A green smoothie is a great breakfast option, but trying to cram as many superfoods in as possible is not only confusing, it can also be extremely expensive! Try something simple instead like yoghurt and fruit topped with nuts and seeds  or scrambled eggs with a few mushrooms and handful of spinach thrown in. Choose simple recipes where you know the ingredients, and introduce any new ingredients slowly.

2. Cut out sugar and processed foods. Sugar makes us crave more sugar, it raises our blood sugar levels, and can zap our energy. Most processed and packaged foods contain lots of hidden sugars, even those that seem healthy like muesli bars and some yoghurts. Start checking labels and try to buy things that don’t have too many ingredients, especially those with numbers after them!

3. Eat more vegetables. Most of us unfortunately do not eat enough vegetables, which are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that are essential for our bodies to continue to function correctly and prevent illness and disease.  Vegetables will also do wonders for your energy levels, skin and hair health – and who doesn’t want beautiful healthy skin and hair? Try to include one or two additional serves of vegetables and day and slowly build it up.

4. Eat wholefoods. Asides from fresh vegetables, look for products such as fresh fruit, free range eggs, nuts, seeds, meat and fish, legumes and whole grains. Foods in their purest form (that is, unprocessed) will provide you with the most nutritional benefit. When starting out with your healthy eating try not to worry about which healthy foods you should and shouldnt eat, this can be a little overwhelming and make things too difficult at the start. Instead, just focus on eating as many wholefoods as you can – especially those veggies!

5. Pick healthy food you like. If you hate kale, don’t force yourself to eat it. Not a fan of quinoa? Try buckwheat, freekah or millet instead. Have a little fun and experiment, but don’t force yourself to eat anything that you don’t like – there will be plenty of other healthy alternatives out there for you to discover and love!

Hopefully this has been helpful for some of you! The main takeaway here is that if you are trying to eat healthy and overwhelmed by all of the information out there, just take a step back and focus on keeping it simple and eating wholefoods to start with.

Feel free to share any other tips or questions in the comments section below – I’d love to hear form you – D x