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The moment the temperature tips over 16 degrees I start eating salad again. I’m also on a bit of a health kick. This salad is massive and would easily do you for dinner.

[5 mins prep / 40 min baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 : 1 salmon fillet, 1 sweet potato, 2 eggs, rocket]

1) peel and chop 1 sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, place in the oven at 180 degrees.

2) in a ramekin, mix 1 dessert spoon of olive oil with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika to create a paste. Then smother on a salmon fillet. Pop in the oven 15 mins after the sweet potato.

3) after 15 more mins, boil two eggs for 8-10 minutes. Peel and halve.

4) flake the salmon and place on top of mixed leaves with the sweet potato.

Pop on your eggs with symmetry!

  

I made this for a delightful picnic watching the cricket yesterday. Of course it was typical English weather and despite sitting around in big coats and gloves, this cake tasted like summer! I followed this recipe and changed a few things.

1) preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2) in a bowl, use an electric whisk to beat 3 eggs and 120g of golden caster sugar.

3) mix in 120g melted butter and a drop of vanilla extract.

4) stir in 150g self raising flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

5) stir in a handful of white chocolate chips and 4 large chopped strawberries.

6) transfer to a greased and lined loaf tin.

  
7) bake for 30 – 35 mins. Test to see if it’s done by sliding a piece of spaghetti in it to see if it comes out clean.

Once cooled this cut into 11 slices and was devoured in about 3 minutes! It was way yummier than the M&S mini cupcakes someone had bought 😉 

  

Those who know me, know that I’ve been pretty scared of fruit for 20 years. However I’m getting bored of being weird and so I’m trying to get into fruit. I recently discovered strawberries and boy have I been missing out. Baking with fruit has helped me cure my fruit phobia and these strawberry muffins are a winner.

I took these to my poorly bf in hospital today for a summery cream tea treat to cheer him up, which they did. They’re moist, juicy, perfectly sweet and creamy thanks to the strawberry yoghurt in the mixture.

1) in a bowl mix 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup dark sugar, 2 small pots of Activia strawberry yoghurt and 1 beaten egg.

2) in a separate bowl mix 1 1/2 cups plain flour and 1/2 tsp baking soda.

3) add wet to dry and mix until at dropping consistency, fold in white chocolate chips and chopped fresh strawberries.

4) bake on 175 for 20/25 mins.

Serve with cream, naturally!