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Pumspiration…Recent Recipe Roundup

Here’s my recipes to try in August…


Roasted  Salmon with Watermelon Salsa

This looks so fresh and summery, here’s hoping we get some sunny weather to go with it!




Roasted Sweet Potatoes with hot Honey Drizzle

A really simple idea but I’m sure a delicious one.




Cinnamon Stresuel Banana Almond Muffins

Of course my eye wanders to the sweet recipes I come across.  This sounds so yummy I love cinnamon so much!



Millet Tabbouleh

I remember first being introduced to tabbouleh by big sis Biff when I visited her in Dubai.  Another fresh recipe this is ahhhmazing with hummus.  Can’t wait to try the millet version!




Sweet Potato Chickpea Salad with Pesto

I go through phases of being really into pesto and then forgetting about it completely.  This recipe sparked my interest so I’ll definitely be whipping up some pesto during the week for various meals.




Baked AB&J French Toast Oatmeal

Yum yummy yum yum yum!

How good does this look?! As a lover of all nut butters and porridge this one has to be tried!



Pum x



Pum update…Eating In Lately

Last week I updated you on Eating Out Lately  so thought I’d pull together a post on some of my recent tasty eats-in.

I made my tried and tested lasagne  the other week and it was such a treat.  Thankfully Josh took a few portions home since I always make too much!


I’ve really been getting into scrambled eggs recently.  It’s funny I go through phases and when I’m off them I really can’t stand them but when I’m loving them I can’t get enough, hence the scrambled eggs for dinner tonight!


Followed by fruit salad with loads of pink grapefruit, fave!


Using half a roast chicken I whipped up a really yummy chicken soup on one of my Sunday cooking sessions.  The added rosemary really finished it off and I didn’t mind at all having this for lunch all week.

Not given up my porridge-loving-ways I’m back into the date syrup (with peanut butter obv).


I’ve also made a delicious new discovery of mint in salads.  Who knew?!  Definitely makes a green salad less boring!…


Sticky honey, soy chicken has been one of my go to dinners lately, just really quick and easy to pull together!


When the weather was gorgeous here I enjoyed dinner at Chez Cat’s (…aka Catriona’s house).  As soon as the sun’s out I become instantly jealous of people with gardens!  Cat served Asian salmon with mango salsa and salad.  It was sooooo good, perfect for outdoor dining.


Josh has also made some pretty good meals recently, credit where credit’s due eh. Grilled asparagus with parma ham, chicken stuffed with black pudding wrapped in bacon with a whisky sauce (hello!) finished with rhubarb crumble.  Not even going to pretend this was a healthy dinner but it was bloomin’ good!

Aaaand rounding off today’s post is the immense chocolate calzone that Josh also made me (after the infamous ‘calzone incident’ where I wasn’t allowed to order a chocolate banana calzone in Zizzi lest we miss the cinema…joking, it wasn’t that bad but I still got a homemade calzone out of it).


Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Tasty Turkey Chili

This is my tried and tested recipe for turkey chili.  I love beef chili but like to mix it up and use turkey now and again for something a little lighter.

I usually make a big batch of this and freeze off portions.  Then when I fancy having some for lunch or dinner I just defrost overnight.

This is great with quinoa, brown rice, baked jacket or sweet potatoes!


Pum’s Tasty Turkey Chili

  1. 500g lean turkey mince
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 2 red peppers, chopped
  4. 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  5. 1 tin kidney beans
  6. 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  7. 2 tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 300ml stock (I prefer beef stock to make it richer)
  11. 1 tbsp. olive oil
What Pum did
  1. Heated the oil in a large pot and browned the turkey mince.
  2. Added the onion and cooked until soft.
  3. Mixed in all other ingredients and left to bubble for 30-45 mins until sauce thickened (remembering to stir occasionally).




This is so tasty and you can totally adapt the spices to your own preference.

It’s also deeeelicious with some grated cheese melted on top for an extra treat!!


Pum x


Pumspiration…Recipe Roundup

Recipe roundup over the past few weeks has been looking goooooood.  Here’s my list of saved recipes from my favourite blogs…

Hemsley + Hemsley

Celeriac Spaghetti + Kale Carbonara

Who’d have thought of spiralizing celeriac?!  Not me anyway…I love celeriac, can’t wait to give this one a go!



Madeleine Shaw

Lentils with Roasted Aubergine and Tahini Dressing

My love affair with aubergine continues and I’m having a real thing for lentils just now so this one is right up my street.



Baked One-Pot Coconut Fish Curry

A bit rich coming from me  but I do love the blog IQuitSugar and it has some really great recipes.  This one seems dead easy and looks very tasty!


Fit Foodie Finds

Thai Peanut Chicken Salad

Peanuts, peanuts, peanuts…yum!


Green Kitchen Stories

Spring Celebration Salad

I mentioned in one of my recent posts here that I’m really keen to keep going with the salads over summer so always on the lookout for a combination I’ve not tried.


The Wheatless Kitchen

Toasted Coconut Stovetop Granola

How bloomin’ wonderful does this look?  Love the taste (and smell) of toasted coconut…



There recipes should keep me busy in the kitchen…for a little while at least!


Pum x



Pum’s favourite recipes…Lovely Lemon, Rosemary & Honey Chicken

This is my recipe for a really speedy, easy dinner.  It doesn’t have many ingredients and the flavour combination just works; lemon, rosemary and honey.

The soy sauce adds a bit of saltiness to balance the sweetness of the honey and sourness of the lemons.  I really like that the chicken becomes so flavourful without a thick or runny sauce, the honey helps it turn into a sort of glaze that coats every piece.

This really is a throw it in the pan and done in 20 minutes dish, ideal for a mid-week dinner!



Pum’s Lovely Lemon, Rosemary & Honey Chicken

  1. 2 lemons
  2. 3 tbsp. honey
  3. 2 tbsp. sesame oil
  4. 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  5. 3 chicken breasts
  6. small handful fresh rosemary
  7. salt and black pepper
What Pum did
  1. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and pan fried with 1 tbsp. sesame oil, salt and pepper.
  2. When the chicken was fully cooked and no longer pink, added the juice of 2 lemons with the honey and soy.
  3. Chopped the rosemary very finely and added to the pan with 1 tbsp. sesame oil and cooked for a further 2 mins and that’s it ready!





I like to serve this with brown rice and mixed veg but this chicken also goes soooo lovely with noodles and a little extra soy sauce or served over a green salad.




Tried and tested on a honey-lover this recipe got the thumbs up!!


Pum x

Pum’s favourite recipes…Easy Peasy Prawn Laksa

I’m so into Masterchef right now!!!

Some of the dishes the contestants have been coming up with are so inventive and look amazing but I just think sometimes, why bother with all that effort.

However there have been a few dishes that I’ve made a mental note to attempt to recreate because they just look fantastic, and one of these is a laksa (a kind of spicy noodle soup)…and I’m so glad I did!!

This is a really easy throw-together meal but the combination of chillies, ginger, garlic and coconut is a total winner.



Pum’s Easy Peasy Prawn Laksa

  1. 4 cloves garlic
  2. 2 tsp. sesame oil
  3. 4 spring onions
  4. 1 thumb sized piece fresh ginger
  5. 2 tsp. brown sugar
  6. 2 green chillies
  7. 1 red chilli
  8. 2 limes
  9. 300g raw prawns
  10. 1 can light coconut milk
  11. 200ml chicken/veg stock
  12. 200g dried egg noodles
  13. large handful coriander
What Pum did
  1. In a food processor (or nutribullet with a little water), whizzed up 2 cloves garlic, 1 spring onion, half the fresh ginger, 1 green chilli, brown sugar and the juice of 1 lime.  Set aside.
  2. Heated 1 tsp. sesame oil in a large pan and added garlic, 1 spring onion, remaining ginger and green pepper all chopped finely.  Cooked for 3 mins then added food processor contents and cooked for further 2 mins.
  3. Added the coconut milk, stock and a generous amount of salt and black pepper and cooked down for 15 mins.
  4. In a separate pan added the remaining oil and cooked the prawns until pink and in a separate pot cooked the egg noodled for 5 mins until soft.
  5. Added prawns and drained noodles to laksa sauce.
  6. Served with red chilli, remaining spring onions and coriander all chopped and sprinkled over with a fresh squeeze of lime.






Really warming and delicious, I’ll definitely be keeping this one in my back pocket for a quick meal for 1 or entertaining.


Pum x


Pum update…Buys, Gifts, Eats and Beauty

New Purchases

After an embarrassing gym leggings ripping incident last week (yes at the crotch!) I decided it was about time I topped up my gym wardrobe and took a visit to H&M.

I love H&M’s gymwear, it’s so reasonable and I find so well-fitting.

I picked up 2 tops and a pair of gym leggings (which I really love because they’re high-waisted plus a drawstring tie…nothing worse mid-burpee having to readjust!).  Hopefully this will tide me over for a bit.



My amazing mum just treated me to some gorgeous plates from the halo collection I just love by Denby.  I’m determined to complete the collection by the end of 2016!


Such a beautiful design.



Eating Out

I had an absolutely brilliant meal at Porter & Rye in Finnieston during the week.  We shared the scallops to start which were just perfect.  I then had a fillet steak (rare obviously), served with aged barbeque sauce and truffle fries and Josh had the ribeye steak, langoustines, béarnaise sauce and beef dripping handcut chips.

We also tucked into a fair few cocktails!!

All delicious, I’d highly recommend.



To chop or not to chop?  I loved my hair when I first got it cut and it’s now getting to that mid-length decide to grow, maintain or chop stage.

I need to find a new muse!!




Still loving my cooking, I’m recently getting really into making different kinds of sauces and dressings with my nutribullet.

I made an awesome almond pesto that I served with trout and brown nice, so yum!

I’ll blog this soon…



I feel like I’ve been so busy lately but things are going well, happy spell for Pum!

Have a great week ahead!!


Pum x