Archives for June 2014

It’s BBQ time – our first of the summer

Cooking on a BBQ - Pikalily food blog

Being from Northern Ireland, the first sign of sunshine usually leads to one question – BBQ today?  We’ve been pretty lucky in the past few weeks to have a spell of great weather, and living by the seaside, this can only mean one thing; time to get the BBQ out of the shed and head to the shop for supplies.

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Toasted oat and coconut granola with berries

Homemade granola berry and yoghurt - Pikalily Food Blog

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that work out the best.  For many of us, time is of the essence during the day, as we look to balance work and eating healthily.  We’re always looking for simple but quick lunch ideas that require minimal ingredients but still pack a punch when it comes to flavour.  This granola recipe is one such lunch option, but is also perfect to enjoy for breakfast or as a healthy snack during the day.  It will also make a great light meal to enjoy before or after a training session.  Here’s how we made this simple, yet tasty granola – be sure to try it out.

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Spicy baked eggs with melba toast

Spicy Baked Eggs Recipe

Eggs are plentiful in our kitchen, mainly due to the amount of baking that Helen does.  We also enjoy some of the finer things in life like a full Ulster fry with fried eggs and off course the odd omelette or two 🙂  Fresh from creating a vibrant chorizo Spanish omelette, we decided to once again get creative with eggs, this time letting the egg be the star of the show.  We go from Spanish cuisine to Mexican as we create a spicy baked egg.  Check out our recipe below, and do leave a comment to let us know what you think. [Read more…]

Afternoon tea at the Europa Hotel Belfast


We recently took a trip to Belfast city centre and to the popular Europa Hotel for some afternoon tea.  It is believed that the tradition of afternoon tea dates back to the early 19th century when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was left feeling hungry in late afternoon, and so she had bread & butter and cakes to help tie her over until the normal evening meal time of 8pm – 9pm.  Afternoon tea has continued to grow in popularity and has become a British institution in recent years.  Indeed, many tourists flock to parts of the UK to enjoy afternoon tea, in the same way that many go to Spain to enjoy a delicious serving of tapas.  Afternoon tea in Northern Ireland has become an extremely lucrative business in recent years, no more so than in our capital city Belfast.  With so many hotels and restaurants competing to entertain guests with afternoon tea, we thought we’d check out the offering at the popular Europa Hotel which is a member of the Hastings Hotel Group.

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