Sweet potato nachos

With my sweet potato nachos recipe you can enjoy a GIANT portion of nachos all to yourself without any of the guilt, and of course without sacrificing on the taste.

…oh did I mention these nachos are packed full of vitamins, antioxidants and are low in calories? Just Google the health benefits of sweet potatoes and you’ll be sold! (If you weren’t already from the word ‘nachos’.)11376298_1440249826281331_432873756_n

This recipe is ridiculously simple, even for the inexperienced cook. It does involve some nifty knife work (but you should use a mandoline slicer if you have one.)

Ingredients:

♥ 1.5 large sweet potatoes or 2 medium sized sweet potatoes.

♥ Glug of olive oil.

♥ Salt & pepper.

And that’s it!

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 – 200 degrees celsius.

2. Using a large sharp knife or a mandoline, thinly slice the sweet potatoes into rounds (2-3mm thick). Make sure all your slices are the same thickness to ensure they bake evenly.

3. In a large bowl shake up your sweet potato rounds with a glug of olive oil, and then season with a generous amount of salt and pepper (this is the time to add any other herbs and spices you’d like).

4. Place your rounds on baking parchment (do not overlap).

5. Bake for 25 minutes and then turn over and bake for another 15-20 minutes. (it’s important to stay close by as they can catch quite quickly. I used this time to prepare my salsa and guacamole.

And there you have it! A giant plate of crunchy, loaded, delicious and (believe it or not healthy) nachos.

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Homemade Doritos with only 3 ingredients!

Whilst trying to think of an alternative side dish to rice to eat with my chilli, I came across “homemade” corn tortilla chips online… well when I say homemade the majority of recipes went like this – ‘buy premade corn tortillas, cut up and fry.’

A) I didn’t want something fried and oily

B) It’s almost impossible to find corn tortillas without wheat or other added ingredients

I mean, I can be lazy at the best of times, but when I want to make something homemade I don’t want to buy something premade to start off the recipe! So, I decided to come up with my own. 2222

This is an amazing recipe for expert cooks and novices alike; it’s super easy yet people will be impressed to know you made them yourself!

The three main ingredients you will need are:

♥  1 cup of Finely Ground Cornmeal (NOT cornflour).

♥  1/2 – 3/4 cup of water.

♥  1/2 tsp of salt

(Optional but highly recommended ingredients)

♥ 1/2 tsp of hot chilli powder

♥ 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 180-200 degrees celsius.

2. Mix all the ingredients together (the consistency should be fairly runny, not doughy at all).

3. Line your baking tray with baking parchment and spread with a little olive oil.

4. Using a spatula spread the mixture thinly onto the baking parchment (in regards to thickness  they should be about the same thickness as a regular Dorito, if they’re too thick they won’t go crunchy).

5. Bake for 20 minutes, and then remove from the oven, chop up into triangles and place back in the oven for 30-40 minutes. You’ll know they’re ready when they start to brown and go hard. (If they feel a little bit soft keep them in the oven and check them every few minutes.)

3333These chips are delicious and crunchy, slightly spicy and so much healthier than the shop bought alternative! I paired mine with turkey chilli for a low carb, gluten free side dish – in fact, just skip the fork and use these as an edible utensil to scoop the chilli straight into your mouth! Layer with melted cheese, sour cream and guacamole for perfect nachos, or simply munch on them with your favourite dip!

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Note: Dogs will give serious puppy eyes to get their paws on these chips!

No grandes, no talls just big coffee…

I love relaxing in a nice coffee shop with a hot coffee and a piece of cake, but let’s be honest, my usual hangout Starbucks is overpriced and the coffee is nothing to write home about! It was after spending almost £10 on a frappuccino and ordered in cake that I decided to find a new coffee shop to spend my time!

Couch is a coffee shop on Ecclesall road with a branch on Campo Lane in Sheffield City Centre. When I walked past and saw it was open I thought I would give it a try. The interior is amazing, think patchwork antique chairs, big comfy leather sofas, wooden booths and mismatched dining tables and chairs. The cakes are all served under bell jars, and books and board games scatter the book shelves along the walls. It has a lovely homely feel to it, and it would be easy to lose yourself in a good book whilst watching the busy traffic on Ecclesall Road pass by.

The first time I went I ordered a snickers brownie and a cappuccino for well under £5. The brownie was a huge slice (I asked for the biggest bit) and it had peanut butter running through it and of course whole peanuts. It was beautiful and moist, and so chocolately and rich, but in no way too sweet or sickly. Let’s be honest, peanut butter and chocolate is the best combo ever. They have loads of different flavours of brownie to try, such as Double Decker and Mint Aero which are all on the ‘to do’ list! They also have a huge selection of cakes, but when it’s between a brownie or cake I’m always going to go for the brownie!

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Brownie and Coffee

We took our brownies to our table and waited for our coffees, promising to only take a little nibble and to wait for our hot drinks to arrive. Needless to say the brownie was all but gone by the time our drinks arrived. (This isn’t a bad reflection on the staff who made the coffee in a perfectly acceptable time, but more a reflection at my lack of self-control and greediness).

The coffee is smooth and drinkable, and doesn’t leave a bitter or unpleasant taste in your mouth like some other coffees from certain chains can. It’s served in cute tea sets in all different colours; say goodbye to coffees the size of your head, “no grandes, no talls just big coffee” as their website says. It also says “our mum says our coffee is the best, and mums don’t lie” and their momma definitely didn’t lie! It’s as good as any coffee I’ve tried in Italy or the south of France. So far it’s the best coffee I’ve found in Sheffield. The best bit? You can get one of these lovely hot drinks for £1 between 8-10 in the morning!

I went for a second time for a bank holiday brunch. The breakfast menu is extremely reasonable with a bacon sandwiches for around £3.50. I went for a smoked ham eggs benedict for under £5. The food comes served on chalk board like slates, which to be honest I think is a little bit unnecessary but it does go with the decor. The eggs benedict was amazing, it was the perfect hangover treat, they were very generous with the ham, and I had two thick slices on my English muffin, with two perfectly poached eggs and just the right amount of buttery hollandaise sauce. My friends who both got bacon sandwiches watched on in jealousy at my brunch, food envy etched onto their faces. My only complaint would be that all the food was on top of half a muffin and I think it should have been served over 2, but then again I’m greedy!

Smoked Ham Eggs Benedict

Smoked Ham Eggs Benedict

I paired this with a caramel cappuccino, and I was not disappointed.

If you’re a coffee lover but you’re fed up of spending almost £5 on your morning caffeine hit, then stop by at Couch. I mean, for £1 during happy hour it would be stupid not to!