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 garlic pitta bread

Garlic pitta bread recipe - Pikalily food blog

This recipe uses pre-made pitta bread and can be made from start to finish in under 10 minutes.  Garlic bread is a great accompaniment for many dishes and this garlic pitta bread is a great alternative to garlic baguettes that many of us tend to enjoy.  Not only is it a healthier option, but pitta bread is relatively cheap allowing you to create individual slices for friends and family as you dine.  The inspiration for this came from a meal we enjoyed in Coté Restaurant in Brighton, and as we had some pittas that needed used up, this was a quick side to eat with a chicken salad we were preparing.

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Barbecue Glazed Sticky Chicken Thighs

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We recently came across this recipe online at M&S and tried it out at the weekend, one word; delicious!! It’s really easy to make and can be made in around 40 minutes. The glaze creates a lovely sticky coating for the chicken and although the recipe uses chicken thighs, it would work equally well with breasts, wings or drumsticks. You may wish to experiment with other meats as well. The thighs we used were from M&S and were boneless and skinless, making them hassle free.

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Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake

Natvia lime and passion fruit drizzle cake - Pikalily food blog

We recently shared our lemon drizzle cake recipe with you and as it’s a pretty easy recipe to follow and make, we decided to make another drizzle cake, this time using lime and passion fruit curd.  In this cake we used a new product we’ve come across called Natvia; it’s a sweetener alternative to sugar.  Here is how we did it.

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Syrupy lemon drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake - Pikalily food blog

This cake is perfect for those of you who are just getting into baking.  It is an all in one batter that you simply bake, drizzle and enjoy.  It’s also a perfect way to introduce your kids to baking, something we would certainly encourage of any parent.  We used lemon for our cake as it provides a zingy spring like flavour, but you could get away with using other citrus fruits like orange or lime.  This fluffy textured cake is perfect served warm or cold and is extremely hard to resist!

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Quick and easy banana donuts

Homemade banana donuts - Pikalily Food Blog

We had a bunch of ripe bananas sitting in the kitchen so we decided to take some inspiration from the latest Great British Bake Off show by creating over very own flavoured donuts.  This recipe isn’t a traditional donut recipe, however the result is a light and fluffy, moreish donut that takes minutes to prepare.  A great way to use up ripe bananas and a treat that all the family can enjoy.  If you have kids this will be a great recipe to cook with them – who doesn’t like donuts 🙂

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Chorizo and Bacon Baked Potato Rosti

Chorizo Bacon Potato Rosti Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

We recently added a new kitchen appliance to our ever growing collection of tools in the form of a Tefal Fresh Express Fruit and Veg Slicer.  We tested it once we got it with some apples as we couldn’t wait to get trying out the 4 attachments – 1 that slices, 1 that grates and 2 that shred.  We were instantly impressed and have since been putting it to good use in the kitchen, none more so than our recent potato rosti creation which we are going to talk about today.

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Blueberry delight with Genesis Crafty pancakes

Genesis Crafty Blueberry Pancakes - Pikalily Food Blog

One of our favourite weekend breakfasts is to enjoy some homemade crepes or pancakes.  Sweet or savoury, they are always a popular choice in our house and rarely will there be any left at the table after we have dished up a serving of crepes / pancakes.  Perhaps our favourite way of enjoying pancakes is to serve them with a helping of summer berries and some fresh cream.  Strawberries, blackberries and blackcurrants are all perfect accompaniments for pancakes throughout the year, but especially during the summer months when they are at their freshest.  This weekend we had a bit of a lazy one and opted for some ready made pancakes from a local supplier Genesis Crafty, and it’s fair to say they were a bit of a treat.

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Cheats Salted Caramel Ice-Cream Recipe

Homemade Salted Caramel Ice Cream - Pikalily Food Blog

Ok, so we haven’t technically made this ice-cream from scratch, but who cares when it tastes this good!! This recipe uses a salted caramel sauce, and we have to warn you, it’s very addictive.  The inspiration for making this salted caramel ice cream came as a result of a dessert we enjoyed during our recent visit to the Mourne Seafood Bar.

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Easy Homemade Tea Loaf Recipe

Tea Loaf Recipe - Pikalily Food Blog

While doing a quick tidy of my baking cupboard, I realised I had some dried fruit left over from Christmas that I needed to use up. With it being summer, I didn’t want to bake a heavy fruit cake, and I had too much fruit to use up to make Florentines. I decided to make a lovely moist tea cake, perfect with a cup of tea or even as part of an afternoon tea!! This recipe is super easy and makes a light yet moist tea cake. It’s quite a flexible recipe so you can use varying quantities of each dried fruit, depending on what you have. I have used Medjool dates as they are my favourite but you can use any variety. Known as the ‘King of Dates’, Medjool dates are soft, plump and sweet.

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