30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Halloumi Rainbow Salad

Happy new year everyone! Can’t quite believe we have reached 2017, last year went by so quickly it was all a bit of a blur. I for one am welcoming the fresh start with open arms, the decorations are down, the house is clean and I am focusing on new recipes for the year. Before I get in to this delicious salad, I just want to mention that I have added a new feature to the blog. In my top bar or top left if on mobile, you will find my ‘Food Calendar’. I have listed all food awareness days, weeks and months for the UK, US, Internationally and World. I will be updating it if new ones arise, so you will never again miss ‘National chocolate cake’ day. I hope you find it useful and I will be creating recipes to mark each event.

Now, let’s talk about this delicious salad. Packed full of rainbow vegetables, in season beets and radish. Salty halloumi and topped with a lemon, caper, chilli and garlic dressing. Simply delicious and so bright that it makes me smile. I ran a poll and the majority of you voted to see a lot more vegetarian recipes, turns out a lot of you are vegetarian. So I am ploughing my efforts in to researching and creating some delicious meat free alternatives. If you are doing #veganuary or are a vegan, simply remove the halloumi and replace it with something else you enjoy or eat the salad alone, it is very satisfying and packed full of nutrients. My Husband is currently eating it out of the serving dish with a serving spoon because ‘it is just so tasty!’

Once you get past all the chopping, the salad is easy to assemble and the dressing adds that extra bit of kick you need. Please know that this salad does not need any salt added, as the capers and halloumi add a decent amount of salt already. I hope you like it, I hope you decant it in to tubs and take it to work. Here’s to a tasty 2017.

Halloumi Rainbow Salad | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Breakfast, Recipes, Vegetarian

Simple Breakfast Tostadas

Morning! As breakfast is one of my most requested meals to feature, I thought I would share something that is amazingly simple to make. Helps that they are also packed full of flavour, with a base of red pesto, topped with fresh ingredients it means that you can easily make them before work. Or if like me, have a toddler running around your feet, all you have to ‘cook’ is the egg and toast the wrap.

Eggs are my main love for breakfast, you can create so many different combinations or cook them so many different ways. These tostadas would also work great with poached or boiled eggs. I totally cheated and bought red pesto from a jar, but if you have time you could easily whizz up your own in a blender. The rich base of sundried tomato pulls the whole breakfast together. I hope you like them as much as I do.

Simple Breakfast Tostadas | The Mother Cooker

Dinner, Recipes

Chicken Noodle Broth

The other night, my Husband was out with his friends and it had got to 6:30pm and I realised I hadn’t eaten all day. Terrible I know, but sometimes I literally forget to eat. I’ll snack on the crusts of my daughters sandwich or steal a few spoonfuls of her porridge to check the temperature and I’ll think I’ve eaten. So there is a hungry me and lack of time, as it’s nearly Evie’s bed time. What can I cook? I have some chicken and some vegetables, I don’t want pasta. I check the cupboards, find some noodles and think I’ll just make Chicken Noodle Broth. Turns out it was pretty tasty, so I made it again for lunch Saturday and decided to share it with you guys. Sometimes recipes come out of nowhere, and this super quick supper does not disappoint.

Chicken Noodle Broth | The Mother Cooker

Dessert, Recipes, Sauces

Banoffee Bread With Whipped Cinnamon Cream

Hello all, it’s been a long time coming but I am finally back blogging. Two house moves, a toddler, family health. It’s all pulled me away, but it has also got me super excited to blog again and I have so many ideas for my favourite season of all, Autumn. The season of comfort food, indulgent puddings, warming stews and soups. With some of my favourite ingredients coming in to season, I simply can’t wait to share all of the recipes I have created with you. I hope that through the dark nights and early mornings, you find comfort in my food and it perks you up or wraps you like a blanket.

So lets kick things off with this Banoffee Bread, a spin on my traditional Banana Bread, this has indulgent toffee sauce and lovely whipped cinnamon cream. Easy to make and with all that banana, surely it counts as one of your five a day? I really hope you like it.

Banoffee Bread With Whipped Cinnamon Cream: The Mother Cooker

Dinner, Recipes

Hot & Sour Red Thai Prawn Noodles

This recipe has been shortlisted in the ‘Best of Pinterest UK’ food & drink awards in the ‘Best Go To Recipe’ category.

Thai food is high on my list of favourite foods, add seafood and I am sold. Totally and utterly sold. We have a great Chinese market here in Birmingham and when I paid a visit the other day, I picked up some egg noodles with the intention of making this dish. A coconut base, infused with red Thai flavourings and a squeeze of lime to give the perfect balance of hot and sour. Spooned on top of a heap of noodles, it would be great for lunch or dinner. Super quick and easy to make and completely delicious, well I think so.

Completely fresh ingredients, with prawns bought at the fish market and a sprinkle of coriander from my very own garden. What’s great is, you can make a huge pot and just pop it in the middle for the table and watch your guests spoon in the goodness. If you wanted to make it for a group of more than 3, just double up on the ingredients.

Hot & Sour Thai Prawn Noodles | The Mother Cooker