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Vilma, reporting live from London

Courgette porridge

Adding courgette to your oats might sound a bit weird, but it makes for a far fresher and greener morning bowl. It’s also a delicious way of sneaking some veggies in your diet so go ahead and give this zoat (zucchini & oats) recipe a go.

You’ll need:

100g oats

100g courgette

100ml water

1 tbsp chia seeds

Cinnamon

Start off by grating a courgette. Then add all the ingredients to the sauce pan and simmer on a low heat for about 5-10mins until the oats have cooked.

Garnish with some maple syrup and any other toppings you may have.

Chocolate overnight oats

This porridge is so full of nutrition and goodness. It’s so incredibly delicious and it will fill you up until lunchtime. It takes 5 mins to make and you’ll feel like you’re in for a treat in the morning.

You’ll need:

1 ripe banana

4 tbsp oats

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp maple syrup

1 tbsp raw cocoa powder

1 tbsp water

2 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Start by mashing a banana. When the banana is mashed, add the rest of the ingredients and stir thoroughly. Pop your mixture in the fridge to set overnight. If you forget to do this, whip your oats together in the morning and allow the mixture to set for at least 2 hrs and it will be just as good.

Add some garnish and you’re good to go!

Sweet tomato jam

This is easily the best tomato jam I’ve ever eaten. It’s so full of flavour, I’ve eaten half a jar with a spoon whilst writing this post.

This recipe is so ridiculously easy, it will take you literally 5 mins to prep.

To make 1 jar you’ll need:

500g fresh tomatoes

5 tbsp olive oil

1/2 fresh chilli pepper

1 tbsp cinnamon

Salt, pepper & for seasoning

To make this jam simply cut the tomatoes into medium chunks. Add chilli pepper & season with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, pepper & cinnamon.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees (gas mark 5) and put the jam to roast for about 3 hrs. Check on the tomatoes every 30 mins and turn them if needed. I wanted the tomatoes to be well done so it brings out additional flavours, but if you don’t like your tomatoes to have a slight burn, then leave them in the oven for about 2 hrs instead. Voila!

Prune – chocolate pops

These little prune chocolate pops are simply amazing. Prunes have such perfect gooey texture which adds lovely sweeteness to dark chocolate, whilst praline adds a great crunch.

To make 20 pops you’ll need:

Base:

60g cocoa butter

3 tbs cocoa powder

2 tbs milled cocoa nibs

7 pitted & chopped prunes

Praline:

100g hand chopped roasted hazelnuts – skin removed

4 tbs maple syrup

To make chocolate base simply melt cocoa butter & add the rest ingredients. When ready pour the mix half way into silicon ice tray. Set aside.

Next put hazelnuts into a sauce pan & cover with maple surup. Gently simmer the praline until syrup has turned into a sticky, hard mass.

To finish off fill the rest of the mould with praline & leave it in the freezer or a fridge to set. Voila!



Goats cheese mini tarts

Similar to my sweet mini tarts, these are so easy to make and are the perfect breakfast option if you’re looking to make something a bit more special.

To make these tarts you’ll need:

150g Goats cheese

Few cherry tomatos or a larger tomato (sliced)

Wild red currants

Lemon & lime

Salt, chilli flakes, maple syrup & rosemary to season

To make these tarts simply cut puff pastry in squares and spread goats cheese on top. Then garnish each square with their separate ingredients. Put it in the oven and bake tarts for about 15min or until they turn golden brown.

I made 3 different type of tarts:

Goats cheese, tomato, salt, chilli & rosemary

Goats cheese, wild red currants & maple syrup

Goats cheese, lemon, lime, maple syrup

Sweet mini tarts


These mini tarts are so much fun to make, you can use literally any ingredients you have at home and whip a great party food platter or a bit more special breakfast in few minutes.

For sweet mini tarts you’ll need:

Puff pastry

Small amount of berries, fruit and nuts for topping.

I made 5 types of sweet mini tarts (from right)

Butter, blueberry & cinnamon

Butter, dried figs & hand chopped pistachios

Lemon, lime & maple syrup

Banana, walnut & cinnamon

Banana, chocolate & cinnamon

To make these tarts simply cut puff pastry into circles, add all ingredients on top and bake it in the oven for 15min or until they turn golden brown.


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Hazelnut praline chocolate

This is literally the best hazelnut praline chocolate I’ve ever eaten! Honestly, after making this you’ll never want to buy ready made chocolate again.

For chocolate base you’ll need:

1/3 cup grated cocoa butter

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup date syrup

For praline you’ll need:

100g roasted whole hazelnuts

30g maple syrup

This is recipe takes literally 10mins to make, but you’ll need to be quick with the ingredients so start off by hand chopping hazelnuts. Set them aside.

Next melt cocoa butter, when melted add cocoa powder & date syrup whilst stirring continuously. When all ingredients are mixed pour it on a flat plate / cake mould and let it cool.

Whilst the chocolate is cooling, put chopped hazelnuts in a souce pan, add maple syrup and boil it until most of the syrup has disolved and nuts have caramelised. Pour nuts over the chocolate until it’s covered evenly.

Leave the praline chocolate to cool end enjoy as soon as it becomes solid.

Avocado salad & egg on rye bread

This is my all time favourite breakfast. It’s so nutritious and delicious and it’ll fill you up until lunchtime. 

To make avocado salad you’ll need:

1 avocado

3 cherry tomatoes

Dash of lemon juice

Dash of pumpkin seed oil

Simply mash avocado with a fork, add lemon juice & pumpkin seed oil and mix it all together. Next chop tomatoes and add them to the avocado mash.

When ready place avocado-tomato salad on toast & put poached egg on top. Sprinkle with some salt, pepper & chilli and enjoy!

Simple oven baked salmon

Making fish can seem a bit intimidating, but trust me – this is the simplest salmon recipe ever and it works every time.

You’ll need:

2 salmon fillets

1/2 lemon

2 cloves of garlic – takes off the smell

Rosemary

Salt to season

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (gas mark 5).

Start off by placing salmon skin down on a baking tray. Then squeeze some lemon juice and add seasoning. 

Slice the garlic and put it on top of the salmon. Finish off by garnishing with rosemary.

Place your salmon in the oven and bake for about 20mins or until fish is no longer pink inside and has started to brown. Voila!

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