Banana Mixed Berry Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Mixed berry smoothie bowl recipe - Pikalily food blog

Smoothie bowls are very much on trend at the minute.  Indeed, you only have to do a search on Google, Instagram or Pinterest and you’ll see a whole host of smoothie bowl recommendations, each one packed with goodness in so many ways.  We recently took part in a Twitter healthy tasting session with Musgrave Marketplace and Erika Doolan which focused on a range of smoothie recipes.  With National Breakfast Week this coming week, we decided to get creative in the kitchen by making our own smoothie bowl recipe.  We opted for an antioxidant packed berry smoothie bowl which was vibrant in colour and packed full of great flavour.  Check it out below. [Read more…]

2 Minute Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole and nacho recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

Guacamole is a really tasty dip that is perfect with nachos or a nice addition to a wrap.  There is very little work in creating a guacamole and the end result is a zingy, fresh and full-flavour dip.  Below we take you through the steps to making a quick and easy guacamole straight from your own kitchen.

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Quick and easy homemade chicken curry recipe

Homemade chicken curry recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

We’ve been pretty quiet on the blog over the past few weeks but we are looking forward to sharing some tasty recipes with you over the next few months now that spring has sprung.  Curry is one of our (well Nial’s) favourite dishes, so we thought we’d make a quick and handy chicken curry recipe to enjoy this weekend.  Using peppers, onions and tomatoes for the sauce, this sweet curry recipe is a sure fire winner for all the family.

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Champagne jelly with strawberries

Strawberry Champagne Jelly - Pikalily Food Blog

We recently had some friends around for a few drinks so we thought we would try to make a cocktail with a difference; something playful like, that everyone could enjoy.  Jelly vodkas and other jelly spirits are an often popular alcoholic beverage for parties and occasions when friends or family call round.  With some bottles of champagne still in our wine rack from our engagement, we decided to finally put one bottle to good use and make our own champagne jelly to treat our guests.  Our choice of fruit to accompany this; well there could only be one piece of fruit to put with champagne – strawberries.  So let’s get started and make a tasty cocktail you’ll enjoy serving up for guests.  This recipe also sets much quicker than other champagne jelly recipes you may have tried out before.

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Lemon and parsley butter roast chicken with savoury potatoes

Lemon butter roast chicken

Sometimes there is nothing nicer than the classic roast chicken.  A popular choice for the Sunday dinner table across the country, the combination of the nation’s favourite meat, with a crispy skin is something for all the family to look forward to.  Fresh from our visit to Belfast’s St Georges Market, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice Sunday roast, using a whole chicken picked up on the day.  We married our chicken with a lemon and parsley infused butter, to achieve the perfect crisp skin, and a tender moist chicken.  To accompany this chicken we served up a helping of cubed rooster potatoes marinated in lemon, garlic and sage.  Here’s how we did it.

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Roasted red pepper and chick pea hummus recipe

Red pepper hummus - Pikalily food blog

Having recently made our very own focaccia bread, we decided to serve it up with some homemade hummus.  The focaccia bread can last for 3 – 4 days, so this recipe allowed us to make a tasty snack to finish the remainder of the focaccia.  Helen often makes a lemon, garlic and chick pea hummus, but as we had some baby red peppers to use up, we decided to make a roasted red pepper and chick pea hummus.  The roasted red peppers add an earthy sweetness to the hummus, and is extremely easy to make.  For fans of hummus, this is a increasingly popular twist on the classic hummus combination of garlic, lemon and chick peas.  Let’s get started.

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Strawberry banana smoothie with flaxseed and goji berries

strawberry banana flaxseed goji berries smoothie - Pikalily food blog

This latest recipe is one that only takes about 2 minutes to make but is a great way to start the day.  Smoothies are becoming an increasingly popular and affordable breakfast that you can take with you on the road, especially if you commute to work on a daily basis.  It’s also a great way to ensure you are well on your way to 5 a day and also helps you get important vitamins and nutrients to get your body started for the day ahead.  In this smoothie we added some milled flaxseed and goji berries from Linwoods.  These are a great source of protein and fibre and another way to provide your body with a great boost to start the day.

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Homemade apple, plum and pear jam

Apple, plum, pear jam - Pikalily food blog

Homemade jams and preserves have become very fashionable, and can make great gifts for friends and family.  They are particularly good for using up ripe fruit and can be stored for several months.  This particular recipe is a favourite of ours, and can be stored for 6 – 12 months in sterilised jars.  This is an extremely easy jam to make, especially as it does not require a sugar thermometer.

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Sweet potato and chorizo soup

Sweet potato and chorizo soup recipe - Pikalily food blog

Welcome to the Pikalily food blog. Today we are going to share with you our first recipe of the blog. This recipe is so easy to make and tastes incredible. We’re talking about homemade sweet potato and chorizo soup.

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