What’s for Lunch? Let’s Get Creative With Egg Muffins!

Since trying to maintain a gluten AND lactose free diet, plus attempting to lose weight, I've struggled with snack lunch ideas beyond fruit and lactose-free yoghurts. In the past, I've either eaten Ryvita style crispbreads or sandwiches with various fillings, so as you can see my imagination has struggled to find alternatives that do not... Continue Reading →

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Delicious Cumin-spiced Carrot and Butternut Squash Soup

I haven’t cooked this delicious low calorie soup for a while so as I have some butternut squash in the freezer that needs eating what a great excuse. I have cooked many recipes from this book and they’ve ALL been delicious!

Piglet in Portugal

This recipe is courtesy of Greedy Girl’s Diet: Eat yourself slim with gorgeous, guilt-free food with permission of the author, Nadia Sawalha

I am always keen to try new recipes especially those which are filling and with not too many calories. My biggest problem with losing weight is that I only have to look at food and I pile on the pounds! I tried this recipe from the “Greedy Girl’s Diet” book and it was absolutely delicious!

Despite Mr. Piglet’s moaning and “tutting” the whole time I was cooking the soup that he did not like ginger or cumin, even he, despite his earlier reservations, agreed it was absolutely scrumptious!

Cumin-spiced carrot and butternut squash soup Cumin-spiced carrot and butternut squash soup

199 CALORIES PER SERVING

SERVES 4
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion peeled and finely chopped
3 garlic cloves peeled and finely chopped or crushed
1 red chilli (optional) deseeded if preferred and…

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Simple Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake

On our last visit to France, our daughter (Piglet in France) cooked this delicious Zucchini, Tomato and Aubergine Bake. She swore blind that she'd cooked it for us before, but I'm still convinced she was telling porkies! Serves four Ingredients 2 Courgettes 2 Aubergines 6 tomatoes Olive Oil Mixed Herbs chopped garlic (optional) Salt and... Continue Reading →

Hot Cross Buns to share with friends at Easter!

Piglet in Portugal

According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme…

“Half for you and half for me,
Between us two shall goodwill be”

Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming year.

This is my first attempt at making “Hot Cross Buns” so here’s to sharing them with all my blogging buddies… HaPpY eAsTeR!


Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday served either hot or toasted. Some believe the cross symbolizes The Crucifixion while others maintain the buns pre-date Christianity. The cross in Saxon times was in honour of the goddess Eostre and symbolized the four quarters of the moon.

Ingredients
For the buns
2 oz caster sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
5fl oz hand-hot water
1 level tablespoon dried yeast
1lb plain flour
1…

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Hot Cross Buns – To Share with Friends

According to English folklore there are many superstitions surrounding hot cross buns. My favorite superstition is accompanied by the rhyme... “Half for you and half for me, Between us two shall goodwill be” Apparently, if you share a hot cross bun while saying the above words it is meant to ensure friendship throughout the coming... Continue Reading →

Tuscan Chicken Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” Recipe Challenge

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to research and cook one new recipe each week. This recipe is courtesy of Paws2Claws from Northern Portugal, but originally came from her friend in Texas... P2C I have to report it was absolutely delicious and Mr Piglet definitely gave it the thumbs up! Thank you! Tuscan chicken... Continue Reading →

Iced Oranges – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” Recipe Challenge

The weather here in Portugal, over the last few weeks, has been bright and sunny with temperatures up to 20C. The warm weather is an early reminder that my "tractor tyre" midriff currently concealed, but still lurking under the layers of winter clothes, needs urgent attention. Oh no, I need to focus on the dreaded... Continue Reading →

Savoury Pear Delight Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” Recipe Challenge

OK, OK so I win no prizes for my food photography! I promise it tastes far better than it looks in this picture so any food photography tips gratefully received! One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to research and cook one new recipe each week. This weeks recipe "Savoury Pear Delight" was kindly supplied... Continue Reading →

Cranberry and Orange Pork – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

This recipe was really simple to cook and absolutely delicious. However, tracking down cranberries in Lyon proved problematic. I thought cranberries were in vogue but apparently not in this gastronomic centre. Eventually, after several fruitless forays to some local supermarkets (and not to beaten) we made the "pilgrimage" to the "English" Food shop aptly named... Continue Reading →

Dutch Coffee Cake – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

Rosemary aka ClassyRose was my first “blogging buddy” from the wordpress challenge. When I made a "shout out" for some recipes ClassyRose immediately came to the rescue and emailed this recipe for "Dutch Coffee Cake". I was a little confused by the name as I could not find any “coffee” in the list of ingredients. However,... Continue Reading →

Tarte à la tomate et au chèvre – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

During my recent visit to France I decided to try a simple traditional French recipe "Tarte à la tomate et au chèvre " My host was a little unsure how traditional adding grated cheese was but it certainly added flavour and a new "take" on this traditional recipe. I really enjoy food shopping in France... Continue Reading →

Simple Sweet and Sour Pork – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

Stuck in a "culinary rut" one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to research and cook one new recipe each week; photograph the results, both successes and failures, and post to my blog. On reflection I should have named myself "Squirrel" not Piglet as I hoard tins, jars and packets of this and that in... Continue Reading →

Flapjacks – Piglet’s “Foodie Friday” recipe challenge

Stuck in a "culinary rut" one of my New Year’s Resolutions is to research and cook one new recipe each week; photograph the results, both successes and failures, and post to my blog. Considering I absolutely adore food, hence the name Piglet, I can’t believe I have become so lazy in the kitchen! The recipe... Continue Reading →

Mr Piglet’s Pickled Onions!

Elusive pickling onions September is the month Hubby normally pickles his onions! For the uninitiated pickled onions are small onions preserved in vinegar and spices and usually accompany: cheese; turkey or beef sandwiches; fish and chips etc. A strange combination, but trust me absolutely delicious! In the UK it was so easy to just pop... Continue Reading →

Bread and Butter Pudding

Bread and Butter Pudding This is another traditional English recipe handed down through the generations. Originally, the recipe was created to utilize stale bread. However, since moving to Portugal, I have adapted it slightly by using Jean Pierre ‘milk rolls’ (purchased in Lidels), instead of normal bread. The Portuguese bread just does not work well with... Continue Reading →

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