First Thoughts On Hello Fresh

Light yellow creamy curry with fish, butternut squash and herbs sticking out of the top

The Sunday I had arranged for my box to get delivered I was ridiculously excited about it and was so happy when the text and email came through to let me know the hour slot that the driver was likely to arrive in. It resulted in a few quick messages between my friend and I, […]

Starting Up Hello Fresh

Hello Fresh is something that I had seen around for a long time through adverts and social media but until recently I had not encountered anybody in person that actually used them. There are people on social media, including one of my favourite lifestyle/beauty YouTubers, that get sponsored to cook Hello Fresh on their channel […]

Cosy Home Hot Chocolate

Cream and marshmallows melting

I love a hot chocolate. In the morning when I get to work, when I am out in a cafe or at home as a way to unwind after a long day. Cream and marshmallows are usually reserved for the ones that are made for me in a cafe but that seemed a little sad […]

Homemade Beef Burgers

Beef burger and brie

These burgers were possibly the best I ever made and, even though I have eaten many burgers whilst out and about, they compared to very few that have lodged within the memory. It wasn’t until sitting down to write this post, considering the way the burger was made and how the chips were put together, […]

Tuna And Spinach Risotto

Rice dish with tuna and spinach

We reached that point in the Cooking Up A Treat household where the ingredients to make a full meal were starting to run a little low and I decided to go a bit rogue by creating a tuna and spinach risotto. It might seem a little out there but, especially when combined with all the […]

Quick Chicken And Sweetcorn Risotto

Quick mid-week risotto

Cooking a proper risotto takes time, care and only a few ingredients. This is not one of those proper risottos as it is done from start to finish rather quickly and is loaded with dairy products and other needless ingredients; it tastes delicious and is delightful to make all the same. This is a recipe […]

Vegetable Packed Mac N Cheese

Side view of mac n cheese

Mac n cheese is a real comfort meal in the Cooking Up A Treat household but for something so comforting it actually involves more effort than the traditional thoughts of ‘comfort food’. It is the food of exhaustion but of wanting to reward and nourish, I suppose, and that makes those extra few moments of […]

Tomato Cous Cous With Halloumi

Tomato cous cous and cheese

It’s a weekday and you are absolutely knackered but want something tasty to eat? This cous cous is packed with vegetables, flavour and can go with a whole variety of things including halloumi to make a tasty meat-free dish or be loaded with even more vegetables, whilst taking the halloumi away, to make a super […]

My Goals For 2018

Artwork and quotes on a motivational wall

After writing my brief and rather shamefully dull review of my life during 2017 I decided that I wanted to create some actually sensible targets for 2018. The issue with sensible targets though is that they end up being fairly dull because they are realistic and achievable and with that are sort of a bit less […]

Spanish Omelette

Just as the egg finished setting and the cheese started melting

Alright I will admit and acknowledge that this is by no means a traditional Spanish omelette and that claiming it is would be an insult on the “original” but this has the same themes and for lack of a better name that is the title we are going with. Egg based dishes are things that […]