Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

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Summer Food: Steak and Potatoes

On Friday Scotland had some of the most beautiful weather, unfortunately I was at work. When I finished I immediately dashed to the supermarket to pick up some summery food. Like always the first hint of sunshine there is everyone dashes to the supermarket for meat to barbecue. Not one burger or sausage! So I just had to make do with steak, shame 🙂

Steak, Potatoes and Salad

Steak, Potatoes and Salad

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Coffee Cake Recipe

So after making coffee muffins that tasted good, I decided to branch out with a coffee cake. I think I put the mocha frosting on too early, but it tasted just perfect.

Coffee Cake with Mocha Frosting

Coffee Cake with Mocha Frosting

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Beef and Broccoli Stir-fry

Largely based on the same recipe as my Low Fat Beef Stir-fry this has the surprising addition of broccoli. A version of this recipe was one of the first things my fiancee ever made me for dinner. While I have never been a broccoli-hater, I had relegated it to something to be boiled and put as a side vegetable. This dish made me see that Broccoli can be a main star. If you don’t believe me you’ll just have to try it and see.

Cooking the Broccoli

Cooking the Broccoli

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Coffee Muffins Recipe

The problem is that recipes for Coffee Flavoured Muffins, not recipes for muffins to have alongside a cup of coffee, are few and far between. While on initial glance it might seem that there are quite a few recipes, 90% of the ones that do exist are actually exactly the same recipe.

The recipe below does contain coffee, and unlike the first of couple of recipes I tried is really really good.

This coffee muffin didn't last too long
This Coffee Muffin didn’t last long!

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Banana, Blueberry and Coconut Bread

Following on from my weekend of baking, I decided to try this recipe from For the love of cooking which was one of the first food blogs I added as an RSS feed back at the start of the year. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out you should!

Banana and Blueberry bread

Banana and Blueberry bread

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Perfect Starters: Bruschetta Al Pomodoro

Last week I wrote a post about how to cook for family one of my main tips was not to try to do too much. Cooking a starter, main and desert can be a lot of work for people who like me are new to the kitchen. Thankfully recipes like this one are made for entertaining large groups of people.

Bruschetta Al Pomodoro

Bruschetta Al Pomodoro

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Cinnamon Buns

A couple of weeks ago I was given a copy of Good Housekeeping: Great Baking (the fiancee was worried I wasn’t creating enough cakes, cookies and such) and since then I have been leafing through it’s 600 recipes whenever I get the chance. Again it’s another American cookbook so the conversions are annoying but at least there is a table at the back.

Cinnamon Bun

Cinnamon Bun

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How To: Cooking for the In-Laws

You want to impress, right? You want the whole process to be stress-free and for you and your guests to enjoy themselves.

I have had a number of disasters with cooking for the in-laws and I thought it might be interesting to talk about what I have learnt, the basic steps to make things easier and less stressful for you, and tastier for everyone else. Here is my guide to cooking for a number of people…

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Rhubarb Sponge

I think this is possibly the first recipe I am going to link to that has absolutely no pretensions of being good for you. It’s just really tasty and makes me think that summer is finally on its way.

Individual Rhubarb Sponge

Individual Rhubarb Sponge

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Macaroni Cheese and Salsa

It’s been a long running tradition that when I have to make dinner just for me, I make Macaroni Cheese. It’s a treat because my fiancee hates cheesy things so when he’s not around I go overboard. However Macaroni Cheese is just a bit on the plain side, it was perfect when I was a kid, but now I am looking for something that vaguely contains a vegetable in my dinner – that’s where the salsa comes in.

salsa

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