One of the best things about having a bf who loves food as much as I do is that he has no problems with cooking more and trying new recipes.  It doesn’t usually take much to convince him that it’ll be a good idea, haha, but don’t tell him that.  He has recently been sucked into the Pinterest world which, despite it’s addictive and addicting qualities, has a vast resource of recipes, among other things.

Trying new recipes has always been exciting for me, so I’m happy to have someone to do it with.  We’ve been quite adventurous these last couple months, trying new recipes from, mostly from Pinterest, but also one from our local newspaper, as well as a Jamie Oliver experience.  I say adventurous, because well, with internet recipes, you can never be too certain whether or not you are going to have a winner on your hands.

If you’re familiar with Pinterest, you know that you have a home page feed that shows what has been pinned by like-minded souls since your last Pin binge.  My feed is predominantly food.  And shoes.  But mostly food, and I’ve gotten into the habit of sending the bf anything that looks remotely droolworthy, because I like to make him want to eat his phone.  Especially when he’s busy at work….heee heee….yes, I am cruel and undeserving of his love.  ANYWAY.  Our first adventure was Easy Sesame Chicken, from a rather useful blog about eating on a budget (click here for more).  This one was kind of a two part adventure for me because I finally nailed cooking rice in a pot.  I know it sounds a little silly, but it IS harder than it sounds and I always tended to have a rather large amount of rice stuck to the bottom of the pot, which is annoying.  I could probably go on about cooking rice in a pot for a whole blog post, so I will simply say this: if you are like me and have issues cooking rice in a pot, simply add a little bit of oil or butter (perhaps 1 tbsp) before putting the rice in and using the approximate ratio 1-1/2 cup water to 1 cup rice, you should be golden.

Having had such a successful first experiment, we went a little further afield and tried something that I had seen on Instagram.  Posted by Jamie Oliver on his Instagram feed, I had seen it and was overcome by the look of its tastiness and decided that it was something I wanted to try.  Don’t get the wrong impression given by the name…ahem…*Hungover Noodles*…even though I can imagine how fantastic they would be whilst hungover…especially with the fried egg on top.  With a little tweaking and a healthy squirt of Sriracha sauce, we had another fabulous winner on our hands!


We soon broadened our horizons and looked at more recipes on Pinterest: Greek Souvlaki, more stir fries, pasta, spicy blackened chicken…


Spicy Blackened Chicken with Garlicky Alfredo Noodles



Spicy Sriracha Shrimp Stir Fry 

Now, I know that this post doesn’t have a specific recipe that means something special to me, but I recently read a blog post about bringing our food blog posts back to the passion and creativity that started them in the first place.  For me this is my attempt at doing so.  I love to cook and bake and I love being in the kitchen.  Even more so, I love doing it with people that I love and people that enjoy it as much as I do.  Cooking with my bf is fun and stress-less and it (he) lets me be silly.  We all have our reasons for doing what we love, and there’s never just one reason why we do it.  For me, it’s not only the passion of actually cooking and baking, but it is being able to share it.  If sharing some of that passion in this blog makes others think about why they blog, then it is even more rewarding.  I hope this can inspire you to share why you started your blog.  Let’s bring it back to basics and be in the kitchen simply because we love it!

Thanks for reading!  Happy eats!


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