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Introducing Go Cook Collection Exclusive With Tesco

When Tesco announced the Go Cook collection exclusive for Tesco, I was excited to get on board to share it with my followers! I started this blog when I was a student and create affordable and easy to make meals so when a brand of high quality kitchenware hit the stores (also affordable) I was more than excited to shout about it!

What’s in this blog post

In this blog I am sharing the best kitchenware to invest in to create perfect recipes every time. I am also sharing my favourite go-to recipes that work brilliantly and effortlessly with the right utensils. These recipes are simple, affordable and extremely easy to make - perfect for students and young professionals who require a ‘no fuss’ attitude to cooking!

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If You’re Wanting To Take Your Cooking From Good to Great

Creating delicious recipes and cooking up a storm in the kitchen is fantastic but sometimes there is one simple missing ingredient, that being something you won’t find in your fridge. As I spend more time in the kitchen, it is clear that there is one thing you need to help create perfect recipes - that being quality kitchen appliances.

The Tesco Go Cook range has been beautifully crafted with exceptional non - stick pans to sturdy stainless steel handles meaning this collection will stand the test of time in your kitchen. Like most people, I use the same three pots and pans for most evenings so I need these to be versatile in use whether that’s for a Sunday morning sauteed mushrooms, a Monday evening stir fry or a Friday feast of veggie paella.

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Remember Quality Over Quantity

Tesco’s Go Cook range not only looks smart is a fantastic quality, especially when trying to make dinner after a long day at work - it needs to be effortless and efficient! I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Tesco to see that their latest collection was within my budget! Whether you’re a student, a young professional or maybe a concerned parent buying your kids sturdy kitchenware and sending them off to university, it’s worth to take these into consideration.

When I first started experimenting in the kitchen I would often burn things and would find the bottom half of my brownies stuck to the baking tray. However after selecting quality kitchen essentials that I use daily I noticed an instant difference offering a smug feeling with each batch of sweet potato brownies.

It is much more cost effective to select a great quality product that will stand the test of time and make sure nothing gets in the way between you and your midweek feast of paella! I have been really impressed by the standard of Tesco’s Go Cook range, my favourite being the non stick muffin tray - whether that is for apple crumble muffins, chocolate peanut butter cups or wholemeal wrap cups.

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Perfecting your recipes

I have always loved buying home accessories and kitchenware however when trying to perfect recipes it is now so important to have the right tools. The different between using a blunt knife to a sharp one, or an old pan to a non-stick one is massive when you are trying to create meals with ease. The only way I can describe it, is when trying to make my banana pancakes in an old pan, they tasted great but they would always stick, burn on one side and were probably a little raw in the middle. But give me a brand-spanking-new non stick pan and you’re flipping, frying and eating the perfect pancakes in no time!

One of the most overlooked utensils is the kitchen knife. Having a sharp knife can transform your prep time from a battle into a blissful breeze. With steel blades and sturdy handles the Go Cook range had me chopping my onions and peppers with ease, mimicking the countless professional cooking shows I’ve watched.

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Time saving recipes

My those of you who have followed and made my recipes, you will know I am all about the easy life, if it takes too long or requires too many gadgets there is a very slim chance it will ever be made. So making use of the new Go Cook collection I am sharing my favourite meals that are perfect for any time of year and are really easy to make with the right kitchenware to help.

These baked tortilla cups are one of my go to party tricks when cooking for friends or family as they look fantastic, they’re fun to eat and literally take no effort to create.

Baked Tortilla Cups

All you need to make 8 cups:

2 wholemeal tortilla wraps

Non-stick muffin tray

Simply quarter the tortillas, then pat them into the muffin tray then bake at 180˚C for 8-10 minutes until just golden

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Vegan Paella

Ingredients

500g Paella Rice

1 Vegetable Stock Cube + 1.5l of Boiled Water

1 Pepper

100g Edamame Beans

4 Cloves Garlic

1 Small Onion

3 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tsp Chilli Flakes

Pinch of Saffron

1 Lemon

Fresh Parsley

Method

  • In a large pan gently fry the peppers and onion
  • Add the paella rice to toast for around 5 minutes then fry off the garlic for a further 30 seconds
  • Add 1 tin of chopped tomatoes, the 1.5L of stock and then season with the smoked paprika, chilli flakes, cayenne pepper and saffron
  • Bring to boil and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes
  • Place on lower heat then cook for a further 10 minutes
  • Add the edamame beans, season with generous pinch of salt and pepper and add the squeeze of half a lemon
  • Serve up with quarter of fresh lemon and a generous pinch of fresh parsley on each plate

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But I can’t afford expensive kitchen utensils….

The key is to invest over time! But I cannot stress enough how much easier and time efficient it is having the right tools in the kitchen. Imagine Mo Farah trying to run a marathon in old and battered trainers…. But give him a shiny new pair with bells and whistles and he’ll perform at his best. Over time I have invested in good quality kitchen appliances and cooking tools to make sure nothing is getting in the way between me and the next new recipe creation!

Trying and testing the new Go Cook premium brand has been an eye opener to how good quality kitchenware can make cooking a joy. I love spending time in the kitchen creating recipes of all styles, so if I am making a simple dinner or spending time carefully chopping thin slices of courgette for a ratatouille I need to have the right equipment to make it effortless.

If you’ve been inspired to cook up a storm in the kitchen, why not look at the stunning new collection. As someone who spends most evenings in the kitchen I can safely say these have proudly earned a spot in my cupboard of go to pots and pans - and completely within my price range, even better.

To look at Tesco’s Go Cook Premium Brand, have a peek here >

https://www.tesco.com/direct/go-cook/?sc_cmp=aff*tbp*gmo*goc*lucyandlentils&utm_medium=gmo&utm_source=the_blogger_programme&utm_campaign=aff*lucyandlentils

You can find the non - stick muffin tin here, 

https://www.tesco.com/direct/go-cook-12-cup-muffin-pan/413-4424.prd?source=others&sc_cmp=aff*tbp*gmo*goc*lucyandlentils&utm_medium=gmo&utm_source=the_blogger_programme&utm_campaign=aff*lucyandlentils

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Want a delicious vegan budget friendly recipe?

Check out my previous collaboration with Tesco for their Food Love Stories campaign where I remake their Smokey BBQ Mushroom Buns here.

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The Top Five Things To Do In Edinburgh

Where to visit in Scotland

If you only have a few days and are wondering what to do in Edinburgh then read this post! Packed with culture and food, these top five things will keep you entertained whilst visiting!

Where is the place to stay?

We were located in the Grassmarket which is the old town of Edinburgh with the castle at the top of the hill as the picturesque backdrop. There are so many quirky places to visit within the Grassmarket and some fantastic pubs. Sure there are the famous pubs like “The Last Drop” (where condemned men had their last pint before being sent to the gallows) but I found that there were lots of other authentic and unique places that are worth celebrating just as much! So if you want to see some of the coolest places to visit keep reading!

 

Our stay at the Wee Bunk

Apartment in Edinburgh

We spent our time in Edinburgh staying at the ‘Wee Bunk’ in the Grassmarket square and what a gorgeous bunk it was!

I love quirky apartments that have a certain “je ne sais quoi” about them and this bunk packs loads of personality. With a chipboard staircase up to the mezzanine filled with retro games to the doodles of Edinburgh scattered around the walls,  this apartment was just …. cool!

 

The top 5 things to do in Edinburgh

If like me, you want to have a more authentic stay in Edinburgh then have a read of my top five things to do! Now don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t going to skip the castle, bypass the famous pubs and not enjoy the masses of bagpipe players... but I do like to get a more authentic feel of a city - to ‘live like a local’ as such.

 

 

Take a trip to Dean Village

Dean Village Edinburgh

 

 

 

If there is one thing you do when visiting Edinburgh, it should be to take a stroll to Deans Village and walk the Waters of Leith route, even if you don’t make it to Leith, it is a gorgeous walk next to the water. The view from my photo really is as beautiful as it gets, no hyper realistic view, just a stunning part of Edinburgh that feels like you are miles away from the city. There is no noise from city life, only the serene stream with birds chirping *insert Minnie Riperton’s Loving You song.* Am I selling it to you yet?

If you are visiting in a busy time maybe take an early trip as there were a handful of people stopping to take a picture however we went in the bank holiday at around mid afternoon and there were only a handful of us tourists - not enough to ruin the view.

 Take a stroll up Princes Street, Via St Giles Cathedral to the Castle

St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh

 

Princes street is like the red carpet running up to the castle with some very important historic buildings on the way.  It is cluttered with tourists, a lot of who like to stop dead in front of you and nearly take your eye out with their selfie stick, but it is definitely worth a trip. You can try and beat the hype with an early morning walk or a late night stroll but inevitably you will feel like you are ‘part of the crowd.’

Aside from the 100000 tartan shops the street is a gorgeous and the view of the city from the castle is worth it! A cool tip is to explore the side streets as there are some lovely pubs and shops hidden on the steps winding down the hill - pubs like The Devil’s Advocate (down the Devil's Advocate Street.)

 

Visit the pop-up market in Grassmarket

 

Grassmarket Edinburgh

The grassmarket is a perfect part of Edinburgh to visit as it is the Old Town of the city, lots of history and lots of character. The Last Drop pub is worth a visit sure, but there are lots of other cool places to visit like Mary’s Milk Bar or the cheese and wine tasting deli just up the hill.

Grassmarket

One thing to definitely look out for is the market that happens every Saturday between 10am-5pm where there are businesses selling local produce, delicious homemade goods and a range of street food stalls to test. We spent our Saturday morning eyeing up the whisky infused chocolates, locally made jams and chutneys and flipping through local artists paintings.

Spend a night in The Jazz Bar

 

 

Edinburgh is known for its comedy clubs and live music scene and where better to start then The Jazz Bar! It’s a very discreet bar with a little sign above the door with a bouncer outside, so keep your eyes peeled as it’s easy to miss. Inside is a very cosy interior where the seats are scarce and every corner filled however it has a great vibe with a relaxed feel about the place. It is usually free to visit until around 8pm when the place gets a little more crowded and acts change over rolling into the early hours of the morning! The sultry smooth jazz changes tempo as the night goes on, whilst we were visiting it went from a scatty jazz band into an upbeat funk band, which after sipping on a few glasses of fizz you won’t say no to!

Walk from The Jazz Bar to Grassmarket

After leaving the jazz club it is a perfect 5 minute walk to the Three Sisters pub, which had live music on every night we were there…. Or if you are in need of a pizza to go with your beer why not head to the Brewdog craft bar just next to The Three Sisters, and only two minutes away from the Grassmarket?

 

Walk up Calton Hill to watch up the sunset 

Calton Hill Edinburgh

There are a few key spots to visit for spectacular views, one being Arthur’s seat which is a few comfortable few hours worth of walking, or a less strenuous stroll up Calton Hill to Nelson’s Monument. When we visited -by no surprise- it had been raining and we weren’t exactly wearing the best clothes for walking in the rain up a muddy hill so decided to take the easier option. A perfect time to visit would be

 

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Time Saving Tips For Staying Healthy When Life Gets Busy!

When Life Gets Busy, How Do You Stay Healthy and Focused?

This time of year always seems to be a bit manic.... Whether you're studying for exams at school, university, working really hard at your job, or simply find that life is throwing everything at you, it can be really difficult to stay healthy. 

I have just finished my three year university degree and feel like a zombie right now with the late nights, constant work and the worry of 'what am I going to do with my life after?' It was the kind of busy where I couldn't remember when I last washed my hair, I had no clean clothes and I had no idea when the last time I had an actual conversation with my parents where my only response wasn't a half hearted grunt...

So how do you stay healthy when you don't even have time to brush your hair in the morning?

Fear not!!! 

After a few days of eating bad food, constant snacking and wolfing down a bowl of porridge three times a day because I didn't have time to cook I noticed it was I was struggling to stay focused! Feeling lethargic, bloated or on a sugar crash is not exactly productive when every hour counts towards meeting a deadline! 

So here is a blog post with some time saving ideas for healthy snacks that take minutes to make. No thinking required on your behalf just follow some of these recipes for healthy meals and snacks!

 

 

 

Breakfast

Porridge is such a fantastic way to start the day. Oats are packed with energy and keep you from heading to the biscuit barrel all morning.

To make this super speedy simply measure out the ingredients the night before. In a bowl measure out your dry ingredients, chop your berries ready to add in the morning and put aside a cup of almond milk.

There's a feeling of smugness in the morning when you manage to fit in a delicious breakfast even when you're completely rushed off your feet! 

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Ingredients for Vegan Banana Porridge

1/2 Cup of Oats

1/2 Ripe Banana (mashed with a fork)

1 Cup of Almond Milk

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

For the Topping

1/4 Cup Halved Blueberries 

Other Half of Banana Chopped

1 tbsp Chia Seeds

 Method

This really is a 'throw it all in' kind of breakfast!

The night before chop your blueberries and sed aside

Add the oats and cinnamon to a bowl and pour out a cup of almond milk

 

In the morning simply add the oats, and almond milk to heat on a small pan for 2 minutes, then quickly mash half your banana and add to the pot.

Heat until it's the thickness you prefer, sprinkle the toppings over and enjoy!

 

Lunch

Whether you're working from home, at a desk or on the go, having a lunch ready and waiting is perfect for when you're wanting to power through!

In the mornings I would rush to university and completely forget to make anything to eat, then kick myself later when I was having to buy the most boring sandwich that was unappetising and full of sugars. These literally take 2 minutes to prepare and can even be done the night before.

All hail the Avocado!

This little bad boy is full of healthy fats that fill you up and help keep you going!

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Ingredients for Avocado Toasts/Open Sandwich 

2 Wholemeal Mini Bagels

1/2 Avocado Sliced

3 Radishes Thinly Sliced

1/2 tsp Poppy Seeds 

1/2 tsp Sesame Seeds

Pinch of Salt & Pepper

 

These can be toasted if you're eating at home, otherwise simply stack em' up and take to work in a lunch box! 

Dinner

 

Sometimes after getting in from work after a long old day, the thought of standing and cooking for hours can be a little overwhelming. When you're low on energy, have no brain power and are about as inspired as a turnip you need a quick and easy meal that hits the spot but also fills you up with the right kinds of nutrition.

PASTA!!!!

I am no stranger to carbs.. and in fact I've come to accept my little food baby pouch that is made purely from pizza, pasta and starchy veg... but I love it!

There are so many alternatives to pasta, wholewheat, spelt, gluten free, spinach and so on. 

So finding a one that suits you (I usually go for good old wholewheat) is ideal as you can enjoy it, feel full and most of all stay energised!

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Creamy Spaghetti With Sugar Snap Peas & Ricotta

Ingredients

75g Spaghetti (spelt or wholewheat are delicious)

1/4 Broccoli Head 

Handful of Sugar Snap Peas (Approx. 7 pods)

2 tbsp Ricotta Cheese Crumbled

1/3 Cup Spinach (Optional)

Pinch of Himalayan Salt & Cracked Pepper

1 Heaped tbsp Pesto (For this I used Knorr new pesto pods as they are brilliant for small portions!)

4 Fresh Basil Leaves

Method

Bring a small pan of water to boil and add the spaghetti to cook for around 12-18 minuted depending on the type you have selected (wholewheat tends to take a bit longer)

Whilst the pasta is cooking, chop the broccoli sprouts and prepare the sugar snap peas

4 minutes before the pasta is cooked, add the broccoli and peas to the pan

Once the veg has softened drain the water and add the pesto and 1 tbsp of ricotta cheese, season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix

Layer the pasta in a bowl and add fresh baby spinach amongst the mix, then season with more cracked pepper and crumble the remaining ricotta cheese over the top

Garnish with a few basil leaves and enjoy!

 

Bliss Ball Energy Bombs!

Now I am one for snacking, in fact I don't think I eat three meals a day, I eat about 10.

I was definitely a cow in my former life (says a lot really)

When you hit that 4pm slum, its not quite dinner time, you still have work to do but you can't stop thinking about sugary snacks for a pick me up?

Instead of having something sugary why not have my bliss balls? (tempting no?)

Made from pecans, cacao and dates these have natural sugars, tonnes of energy and good fats to keep you powering through till dinner.

You can make your balls as small or large as you like, depending on your fancy. I Make mine small so I can feel guilt free when eating three... (it all adds to the carb food baby) 

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 Ingredients

2 Cups of Medjool Dates

1 Cup of Pecans 

2 tbsp Maple Syrup

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

3 tbsp Cacao Powder

Grated Orange Zest

Pinch of Salt

1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs (Dark Chocolate Chunks if Not Vegan)

Method

Blend the pecans in a food processor until broken down

Add the medjool dates, cacao powder, maple syrup vanilla extract, pinch of salt & orange zest then blend again until combined

Take out of the food processor and add the cacao nibs and fold together

Roll small balls into desired size and dust in a little cacao powder, and dust a little orange zest over the top