Japanese Pork Katsu

It wasn't until I moved to Seattle that I reluctantly tried Japanese food. Having grown up on a traditional UK diet of fish & chips, roast dinners and sausage & mash, Japanese food was distinctly "alien" to me. As my hubby escorted me to Seattle's International District for my first Japanese experience, I had butterflies in my stomach and Stephen King-esque thoughts running … Continue reading Japanese Pork Katsu

Indian Summer Salad

The summer (and probably a touch of global warming) is certainly serving us well this year. Ever since the start of June I can honestly say that I have been sweating like a pig - not very ladylike, but true! - and in traditional Brit style all I can do is complain about the heat that I had … Continue reading Indian Summer Salad

Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Tom Douglas... ...if you live outside of Seattle then I may forgive you for not knowing his name, but owning eighteen of the hottest eateries in the city (as well as the Hot Stove Society cooking school) he is the man when it comes to serving seriously good food in Seattle. In fact, he is Sweetness in Seattle itself - I wish I … Continue reading Dahlia Bakery Triple Coconut Cream Pie

Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

If you want people to understand you, speak their language... ...this is a lesson that my husband and I have learnt during our cross-Atlantic relationship, even though both of our native languages are "English". There was that time in the car (A.K.A. the "argument factory") when we completely missed our turning due to me giving the instruction "turn right in … Continue reading Matcha Green Tea & Rose Donuts

Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

So it's the first week of the kids' summer holidays and you are all living the blissful life of the Von Trapps, singing songs about kittens wearing mittens whilst twirling around sunny hay-filled meadows. It has been the most wonderful week and you cannot wait to see what the remaining five weeks of the school summer holiday … Continue reading Peanut Butter Ice Cream Sandwiches

Falafel Burgers (a Tribute to Mr Ghassan!)

Hangovers are just like childbirth... ...wait, before all you mothers out there throw a torrent of abuse at me, please hear me out! Hangovers are a painful and "unpleasant" experience, but no sooner than you can declare the words "Never Again!" your feelings of pain and suffering melt away and only memories of the good stuff remain - like how you wow'd everyone on the … Continue reading Falafel Burgers (a Tribute to Mr Ghassan!)

How Not to Lose Your Cool

They say time flies when you're having fun and this is certainly true when I'm back in the UK spending time with my family and friends - and getting my fix of all of my favourite foods from home, of course! Having only been home for a week, I have already squeezed in a sneaky Nando's, discovered … Continue reading How Not to Lose Your Cool

Sweet Potato Cumin Fries with Harissa Dips

I can’t help but chuckle as the lyrics to “Dazed and Confused” bellow from the radio – how apt is this song for how I am feeling right now?!! Having just waved goodbye to my crazy BFF, I am definitely all in a daze (and suffering from severe food and booze hangovers) after a riotous 4th of … Continue reading Sweet Potato Cumin Fries with Harissa Dips

Stars & Stripes Cake for July 4th

"Independence" is a dirty word and one that is impossible to escape right now. I hate to be a "Debbie Downer" but I am SO fed up with the EU Referendum and the impending economic gloom we are all to suffer until the eventual signing of Article 50 and the UK officially leaves Europe. So god bless America, July 4th and Independence … Continue reading Stars & Stripes Cake for July 4th

Cupcake Sliders

It all started with Colon Hydrotherapy... Since we (me and the hubby) had put ourselves under such a traumatic experience in the name of "healthy living" we decided to try and prolong the benefits of our trauma by eating a healthier diet. However, those of you who have been following the blog for a while will already know … Continue reading Cupcake Sliders

Coconut Chicken Tacos with Mango Slaw

Why is it that the sun instantly makes you feel happier and more (dare I say) 'passionate' about even the most mundane tasks? This is a question I found myself asking as I threw open the windows and dove into a mountain of ironing that even the most experienced sherpa would shy away from. With the … Continue reading Coconut Chicken Tacos with Mango Slaw

Blueberry Fritters

Happy National Doughnut Day! Yes, that's right, today is a day dedicated to the holey doughnut (or 'donut' as it is more commonly known in the US!), a day where it is absolutely obligatory to feast on at least one of these sugary, fluffy morsels of delight! Brought to the United States via Dutch immigrants in the 19th century, … Continue reading Blueberry Fritters

Home-Made Hummus

Some days are simply meant to be spent on the sofa. You know the ones? When it's cold, wet and grey outside and you know it'll be impossible to get down the street without at least one car splashing puddle water all over you as it drives by. Well today is one of those days, so … Continue reading Home-Made Hummus

Iced VoVo Cake

Happy Mothers Day! Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the USA and what better way to treat mom than with a slice of this irresistible Iced VoVo Cake with Pink Guava Jam?!!! Having just returned from a trip to Sydney, I was excited to get my first taste of a VoVo - and now I'm a VoVo addict, they are my new … Continue reading Iced VoVo Cake

Pomegranate Chicken Salad

Some of the things you find later in life are the things you end up in loving the most. For me that includes my husband, brussel sprouts, meat and pomegranate. It's strange that a food can be so available to you and yet you can reach adult life having never tried it. It wasn't until my husband brought home … Continue reading Pomegranate Chicken Salad

Jell-O Robot Pops

Last weekend Seattle hosted one of my fave events of the year, Comicon, a comic book and pop culture convention that draws over 80,000 people into the city. Although I'm not a comic book fan myself and I have no intentions of ever setting foot inside the Comicon convention, I do love the buzz it brings to the city - … Continue reading Jell-O Robot Pops

Strawberry & Coconut Ice Pops

Today I awoke to crystal blue skies and the weatherman's promise of temperatures in the high 70's - finally summer is on it's way! So not only am I revelling in new shoe heaven (I indulged in TWO new pairs yesterday), and ecstatic to finally indulge in some sun worship, but my delight is triple-heightened (yes, there's more!), … Continue reading Strawberry & Coconut Ice Pops

BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

Today's post features an oldie but goodie recipe that has fast become a staple dinner in our home. Delicious, simple to prepare, and a firm fave of my hubby's, this BBQ Bacon Meatloaf recipe makes a great weeknight dinner and provides plenty of leftovers for meatloaf sandwiches later in the week - bonus! I loved meatloaf back home in … Continue reading BBQ Bacon Meatloaf

Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Whether you're partial to Hawaiian style ham and pineapple, Italian sausage and pepperoni, or  barbecue chicken, pizza is a universal food that everyone enjoys. This week, as I indulged in my fave Mushroom, Artichoke and Truffle Oil Pizza at Primo's, my mom excitedly told me about Aunt D's Strawberry Pizza. Now, I am always one to … Continue reading Aunt D’s Pineapple Dessert Pizza

Watergate Salad – Easter Sunday

I have an insanely sweet tooth, which is partly why I have settled into life in America so well. No matter where you go the next sugar fix is never far away. Pop into the drug store and a huge candy aisle awaits you, order a bacon and egg breakfast and it'll come drizzled in maple syrup. Watergate Salad, … Continue reading Watergate Salad – Easter Sunday

Guest Interview: Emily Cox

Today's guest interview is with personal trainer and cycling coach Emily Cox. Emily also specialises in health and sports nutrition advising people on all levels, from athlete to the "Average Joe" (like me!), to ensure they are in the best possible condition to reach their health, fitness and sporting goals. Name: Emily Cox Home city: Bedfordshire, UK Occupation or services provided:   I work … Continue reading Guest Interview: Emily Cox