Lauren Gemmell

Food, Fitness, and Technology

Month: April 2009

Rhubarb Sponge

I think this is possibly the first recipe I am going to link to that has absolutely no pretensions of being good for you. It’s just really tasty and makes me think that summer is finally on its way.

Individual Rhubarb Sponge

Individual Rhubarb Sponge

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Macaroni Cheese and Salsa

It’s been a long running tradition that when I have to make dinner just for me, I make Macaroni Cheese. It’s a treat because my fiancee hates cheesy things so when he’s not around I go overboard. However Macaroni Cheese is just a bit on the plain side, it was perfect when I was a kid, but now I am looking for something that vaguely contains a vegetable in my dinner – that’s where the salsa comes in.


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Pineapple and Banana Enzyme Smoothies

I just made some smoothies, the enzymes come from the fruit, which can be an “effective way to assist in treating Sinusitis (sinus inflammation) and inflammation pain”.

Find the more information and recipe here on Healthy. Happy. Life.

pineapple and banana enzyme smoothies

Low Fat Beef Stir Fry

The number of times I have made really bad beef stir fry has meant that now I have actually made a really good one I feel the need to post the recipe! However this time I did it a bit differently, and it was worth it.

  1. The first thing I did differently was to buy a great cut of meat, a fillet steak. While you might think it a waste to stir-fry a fillet steak, this was by far the best change I made. Admittedly if I had been deep frying the beef in the stir-fry it would have been a crime, but by keeping it healthy (or at least healthier, it didn’t compromise the taste).
  2. I marinaded the Beef for 8 hours. This meant that it was succulent and melt in the mouth.
  3. I tend to overcook everything, and I made sure this time that the beef was cut really thinly so that it would cook quickly in the heat, this way it didn’t dry out and become tough.

From now on I think I’ll try to stick to these rules as much as possible, although maybe I’ll try downgrading the cut of beef, the fillet was perfect but really can only afford it for special occasions.


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Nutella and Coconut Cookies

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been experimenting using Coconut Oil as a shortening rather than butter. My first real attempt was to make a very simple change to the Nutella and Bran Cookies I put up a couple of weeks ago.

The result was amazing, and definitely better than my original attempt.

nutella and coconut cookies

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Substitutes for Butter – Coconut Oil

After making the thumbprint cookies a couple of weeks ago, I decided to look into butter substitutes. As I had been shocked at the butter-to-everything-else-ratio. A google search later, and I come up with my next attempt. Coconut Oil. 

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