Salads

Simple Peach and Prosciutto Salad

As we are about to head in to July and the beginning of peach season, I thought I would make a super simple salad containing them. Juicy and sweet and perfectly combined with salty prosciutto, creamy avocado, peppery rocket and finished with a honey and thyme dressing. I feel like a bit of a cheat calling this a ‘recipe’ as it really is so simple to pull together. Just griddle the peaches and whip up the dressing, five minutes to a tasty lunch.

Peach and Prosciutto Salad | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less

Simple Spaghetti

Guys, I’ve given up bread. This is my fifth day without it and I can genuinely say that I am seeing buttery baguettes everywhere I look. So I have to fill the void with another carb, my main love: pasta. I suppose I’ve been quite good for a while now as I replaced white pasta with wholemeal quite some time ago. But I still like to indulge, this is one of the things I make on repeat for myself. It is super simple but amazingly delicious and if like me, you love tomatoes; this one is for you. Before I get to the recipe, I’d like to point you in the direction of this amazing pan my Mom bought me for my birthday. It’s a Paella pan from Wilko, but I genuinely think I will be cooking everything in it, everything.

Simple Spaghetti | The Mother Cooker

Vegan

Mediterranean Style Quinoa Salad

I have been desperately trying to eat better, I have been on a semi diet for about four weeks now. I say semi, because I’ve totally indulged in rhubarb crumble, ice cream cones, strawberry truffles…you get the point. I started eating a porridge that contained quinoa, I read up on the benefits of eating it and they are pretty spectacular to be honest. Twice as much fibre as other grains, extremely protein rich. But let’s face it, although it has a semi nutty taste, it’s pretty boring. A bit like cous cous and brown rice, you need to pack it with flavour. So this salad was born, the dressing is based around what I used for my bruschetta. I’ve also gone a bit wonky and added raw sweet potato in it, but you know all those truffles!

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | The Mother Cooker

Lay the Table

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

After my love affair with Mexico was cemented when I visited in 2013, the love for everything Mexican has never dwindled. So as May 5th marks Cinco de Mayo, I thought this year I would go all out and create something for the blog. For those of you that don’t know what ‘Cinco de Mayo’ is, it is Spanish for ‘Fifth of May’ and is marked to celebrate the victory over the French in the battle of Puebla. Basically, for all us non Mexican folk, it’s a day to embrace the country and its culture. Bright celebrations, amazing food and a beautiful array of colour.

Cinco de Mayo Tablescape | The Mother Cooker

Evie's Corner

Date and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies

These cookies are so amazingly simple to make, absolutely delicious and the great thing is that they contain no sugar, butter or salt. Completely vegan and if you source your oats correctly, gluten free too. You don’t have to mess about with flours or measuring baking soda, all you need are a few ripe bananas. A fuss free snack, perfect for little fingers…and adults, guys they are yummy!

Date and Raisin Oatmeal Cookies | The Mother Cooker