On the second day of Christmas – The Basic Cookie

While I was not in the mood to wait 3 hours for dough to chill, I rather picked a simpler and easier dough- the basic cookie dough.

All you need is the ingredients below and 25 minutes of your time


  • 225g butter, softened
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 275g plain flour

Recipe is from Allrecipes.co.uk


This recipe was extremely easy and the cookies baked very fast. If you don’t watch them however they can burn easily. I really liked this recipe because it only requires 3 ingredients and it’s something you can whip up in a few minutes.

Recipe Rating 7/10





Friday night dinner Dagwood

When I was a child my dad use to buy us Dagwood’s at the sports-club every Friday night. Later he started creating his own Dagwood’s at home. Sometimes adding bacon or a home made relish. Dagwood’s always remind me of those days.

Yesterday was our 9 year wedding anniversary and since we’re going to Seoul this weekend we decided not to go to dinner yesterday but rather save it until the weekend. Since it is still a special day, we decided to have some home-made Dagwood’s, so off we went to the store to buy some minced beef.

Homemade Dagwood (serves 4)

img_6457For the beef Patty

  • 100 gram minced beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 Large onion
  • paprika
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Italian herbs

For the Dagwood

  • 4 mince patties
  • 8 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 avocado’s
  • 2 tbs sour-cream
  • 1 large tomato
  • slices cheese (enough for 4 servings)

First you have to start with the Patties if you’re making them yourself. Beat one egg and break one slice of bread into small pieces. Mix the two together and add the salt pepper, paprika and Italian herbs.

img_6449Chop up 1/2 an onion. Add your mince and onion to the bread mixture.

img_6450Divide the meat mixture into 4 equal parts and roll them into 4 balls. I keep them in the ball form until after they are cooked but you can press down on them with a spoon to make them flatter. Grease an oven pan and place them on the pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes.


While they were going in the oven, you can start with your ‘guacamole mixture’. I used 2 avo’s and 2 tablespoons of sour cream mixed with some salt and pepper.

You can then proceed to fry the eggs and the rest of the onion. Slice the cheese so that you have enough for 4 servings. Slice the tomato. Spread butter on one side of the bread and fry it,face down, in a non-stick pan until golden brown.

After the mince-balls are done, press them down with a spoon so that they are more patty shaped. They might break apart but this allows the cheese to melt into them.

Assemble your Dagwood and put it back into the oven for a further 5 minutes so that the cheese can melt. Remove from the oven and serve.


img_64581img_64561Its quick delicious and easy to make. It takes around 35 minutes to make 4 yummy Dagwood’s.


5 Meals in less than 30 minutes.

When working full time and having a family to feed, time isn’t always on your side. Very often the only thing you want to do when you get home after a hard day, is to sit down and relax. This post includes 5 healthy recipe’s that you can  make in less than 30 minutes.

Broccoli Rabe and Sausage Parsnip Spiralized Pasta



  • 1 bunch broccoli rabe, stems trimmed
  • 2 links spicy Chicken Italian Sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and spiralized, noodles trimmed
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Full recipe here 

One Skillet Chicken with Bacon and Green Beans



  • 4 strips center-cut bacon, chopped
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut lengthwise into thin cutlets
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup crisp white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc (use broth for Whole30 or Paleo)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 8 ounces French green beans

Full Recipe here

Grilled Scallop and Orange Kebabs with Honey-Ginger Glaze



  • 1 tbsp raw honey (I like to buy local)
  • 1 large navel orange (or 2 small)
  • 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • oil for the grill
  • 12 jumbo sea scallops, about 1lb
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • double prong metal skewers

Full recipe here

Red White and Blue Fruit Skewers with Cheesecake Yogurt Dip



For the cheesecake dipping sauce:

  • 4 oz 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat free Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup raw sugar

For the skewers:

  • 14 oz angel foods cake, cut about 1-inch cubes
  • 72-84 medium strawberries (about 3.5 lbs) stems removed
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 24 to 28 skewers

Full recipe here



  • 2 medium russet potatoes, washed and dried
  • 1 small head of cauliflower  (3 1/2 cups or 16 ounces), stem removed cut into florets
  • 1 1/2 cups fat free chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups 1% reduced-fat milk
  • salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 10 tbsp reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 6 tbsp chopped chives, divided
  • 3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (you can use turkey bacon if you prefer)

Full recipe here