Caramelised butternut squash and quinoa burritos

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I did warn you that I was now on the butternut squash train, and it was no lie. This veg is here to stay (until January...). The gorgeous orange colour just makes me feel so cheerful! Which is very much appreciated when the weather's a bit miserable outside. Do you know one way to transform butternut squash in one easy step? Those of you who bothered to read the title of … [Read more...]

Healthy spinach dip

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It's dip time! Healthy spinach dip, at that! Usually when I think of a dip recipe, I think of something gooey and cheesy, with very little nutritional value. And although I love (!) gooey, cheesy things, there's no reason at all why healthy dips can't be just as delicious! This healthy spinach dip is crammed with vegetables, and has plenty of Greek yogurt to transform them … [Read more...]

Asparagus spaghetti with a fried egg

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Despite what I said the other day about sticking an egg on something and calling it breakfast, I'm not going to call this 'breakfast spaghetti' (although that does sound pretty amazing, and will definitely be added to my running list of recipes to make...). Nope, today I'm sticking with plain old 'asparagus spaghetti with a fried egg'. Because sometimes, simple things are the … [Read more...]

Spinach and feta chickpea burgers

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The sun has finally got his hat on! Hip hip hip hooray! Well, actually, he had it on over the weekend, but seems to have taken it part of the way off again today. The joys of living in Britain. Anyway, as soon as the sun shines, my thoughts turn to summer foods - picnics, salads, BBQs... and although I didn't actually cook these chickpea burgers on a BBQ, a big fat burger … [Read more...]

Creamy spring vegetable soup

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Did you know that it's Yogurt Week from 19th-25th May? It's a time to celebrate all things yogurty - breakfasts, baked goods, creamy pastas, salad dressings, sauces, dips, curries, and a million other things - it really is a ridiculously versatile ingredient, and a great food staple. Plus, it's packed with a wide range of nutrients that are vital for a healthy lifestyle! (i.e. … [Read more...]

Easy slow cooker saag aloo

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I've been totally obsessed with spinach lately (much to the annoyance of my fiancé, who isn't a fan - I know, I'm the worst girlfriend ever). So much so that I think I'm going to have to ban myself from buying any more for the next couple of weeks. It's just so versatile - eat it in burgers, stick it in soup, use it to make pesto... this time I made saag aloo, an Indian spinach … [Read more...]

Mushroom and white bean soup with a garlic crouton

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I think vegan January has truly changed me. I accidentally made this into a vegan soup. I came up with an idea for a white bean soup that I thought could be nice, made it, and then realised it was entirely vegan. I know! Mad. I didn't want to shock you too much, so I made a ridiculously buttery, garlicky crouton to go on the side. You could easily make this vegan too if … [Read more...]

Thai green curry spinach soup

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You know how you can sometimes tell that something is full of nutrients just from the way it tastes? And I don't mean in a bad way, like those nutritious protein drinks that are actually just powdered vitamins masquerading as a milkshake (you're not fooling anyone, shake), I mean something that tastes incredible, but you know you're doing some good for your body at the same … [Read more...]

Creamed spinach stuffed mushrooms

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Sometimes you just have to stuff a mushroom. They're rich and earthy, and do a very good job of filling you up when you just want something hearty and comforting. And very good way to transform 'comforting' into 'that was so good I just want to pass out' is to add creamed spinach. That's right. Creamed spinach stuffed inside a roasted mushroom... I die. I'll admit, I totally … [Read more...]

Creamy leek and parsley pasta

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I seem to be a little obsessed with ricotta lately. After using it the other day in my spinach and ricotta strudel, I remembered how amazing it is and bought myself another tub! In fact there's still a bit left so I'm sure you'll be seeing it again soon, I'm that predictable. Please don't get bored of me. This time I used it to make creamy leek and parsley pasta - simply … [Read more...]

Spinach and ricotta strudel with chickpeas

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School starts again today after our week's holiday, which means I'll be back in the classroom surrounded by grabby hands and sticky fingers. As if that wasn't an exciting enough way to spend a Monday, the UK has been experiencing what's supposedly the worst storm in decades. Luckily it hasn't really reached us up here in the north of the country, and our outside wheelie bin … [Read more...]

Cheesy roasted squash lasagne with spinach and walnut pesto

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I'm actually kind of loving autumn so far this year - it's never been my favourite season (far from it), but I don't think I've ever realised before just how good the food is! I'm totally taking advantage of it this year and making a ridiculous amount the three Ss - soups, stews and things involving squash. Today we have cheesy roasted squash lasagne - layer upon layer of … [Read more...]

Pesto macaroni cheese

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Welcome to the new and improved Amuse Your Bouche! What do you think of the new design? There are still one or two little glitches that I'm trying to sort out but overall I like it a lot. You can now access different categories of recipe with just one click in the navigation bar above - my favourite is the main meals section. Nom! Anyway. This is basically green macaroni … [Read more...]

Cheesy spinach and feta sandwich

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Welcome to another instalment of 'Becca tries to justify a ridiculously cheesy meal by assuring you that it's really not as bad as it seems'. I know that this sandwich might seem a bit overly cheesy, even for me - cheesy spinach, topped with even more cheese in the form of feta. However you actually only need a tiny bit of each - in total it adds up to about 20g, which is less … [Read more...]

Spinach and ricotta dumplings

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THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST THINGS EVER! Sorry for shouting but seeeeeriously, you must make these. Look at these little spinach and ricotta dumplings, nestling in a lake of tomato sauce and topped with shaved parmesan. I've never felt so fancy in my life! My next dinner party is definitely going to feature these. They'd make a great vegetarian appetiser, or add an extra one each … [Read more...]

Saag paneer puffs with mango dipping sauce

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Has anyone noticed just how predictable my posts are? If I use half a packet of something in one recipe, you can be pretty certain that the rest of it will appear in a dish a few days later. The paneer in these saag paneer puffs (or is it palak paneer? I've never been too sure of the difference) was left over from the Indian style paneer pizza I posted a couple of weeks ago. … [Read more...]

Cheesy spinach and garlic rice

So it appears I can't even make rice without adding cheese. Everyone okay with that? Yep? Great. Because it turns out, that's sometimes all it takes to change something everyday into something spectacular. A bowl of plain, dry pasta is rubbish, but add a smidgen of butter and a sprinkling of grated cheese, and bam! Best thing ever. A pile of lettuce is not tempting in the … [Read more...]

Creamy Boursin pasta with mushrooms and spinach

I've been on the 4am shift at the restaurant for four days now, and it's starting to show. My brain needs sleeeeep. I'm pretty much the clumsiest person ever at the best of times, but now I'm almost injuring myself just from walking. I'll just randomly nearly fall over or trip over my own feet.Other fun (or not so fun) highlights of the past few days:1. Forgetting I have a … [Read more...]

Asparagus and spinach lasagne

I feel like I should be posting a British recipe today, since this weekend is all about the Queen's Diamond Jubilee (she's been on the throne for 60 years). There are lots of celebrations going on this weekend (street parties and the like), and people with normal jobs (unlike me) will be getting a 4 day weekend. So I should really be posting a recipe for a Battenburg cake, a … [Read more...]

Spinach, feta and mozzarella croissants

I know, I know, I used a shop-bought tube of croissant dough. Don't give me that look. Have you seen how much butter goes into making a croissant? If I buy the dough pre-made I can almost convince myself that it's just bread, whereas if I made it myself I'd always be picturing that enormous slab of butter that gets pressed between the layers of dough.Plus, you know... I'm lazy, … [Read more...]

Guinness shepherd’s pie with lentils and spinach

If like me you're an avid reader of cookery blogs, it will not have passed you by that St Patrick's Day is this Saturday. While I don't really understand why non-Irish people celebrate St Patrick's Day any more than they celebrate St David's Day or St George's Day (which pass by pretty much unnoticed), I didn't want to be left out, so here's a Guinness recipe for you. Because … [Read more...]

Spinach and feta pasty

Do you ever talk to yourself while you're cooking? This is probably going to make me sound a little bit mad, but I constantly talk to myself in my head. I'll talk through what I'm doing as if I was on a cookery show, I'll talk through what I might say in my blog write up (which I usually don't follow through with anyway), or I just have little conversations with … [Read more...]

Saag paneer (version 2)

If you've been reading this blog for a while now, you might remember my recipe for saag paneer. I decided to make some for my lunch the other day, but made a few changes - I'm never one to follow a recipe exactly, even my own! I wasn't originally going to post this, since it's essentially the same as a previous recipe, but this version turned out even better, so I thought I … [Read more...]