In the Kitchen: New Kitchen Plans

Guys, I need to move into our new house, like seriously need to move in there. Don’t get me wrong being at the parental units isn’t that bad, but it does mean I can’t try out a new recipe whenever I want, can’t fill the cupboards with all my random ingredients (or peanut m&m’s) and can’t eat the same food four days in a row. Oh and cake for dinner, apparently that’s not a thing for the parents. Never mind that they’re missing out big time. Odd people I tell you, odd people. Once I’m in my new kitchen (knock on wood, fingers crossed, please God let it happen and all that jazz) I am going to be doing all the things with food. I’m thinking spiralising (yes I will be that person), baking avocados with eggs, smoothie-ing to my heart’s content and *insert big drumroll here* picking up my Kitchen Aid of joy – oh hooray for this!

As part of the desire for my own kitchen I’ve been pinning recipes like a mad woman recently and here are my top picks right now. I can guarantee you that at least half of these will be made within the first week of us moving in, well at least once we’ve got everything unpacked and out of boxes. That won’t take right? There are magical little elves that do that for you, yes?

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Pesto and Balsamic / Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce / Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fondants / Chewy Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars / Flourless Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Muffins

Has anyone ever had chicken meatballs? I haven’t but I’m really intrigued by them, especially with a peanut sauce and served with rice – delicious right? Talking of delicious things what about a peanut butter and chocolate fondant!? Who even knew that was a thing? I need to get on that asap. And also peanut and chocolate chip muffins need to happen asap too, again how have I never thought of these before? I’m still trying to convince Lau that she does love mushrooms and just as soon I’ve done that then I’m thinking these stuffed mushrooms will be a staple in our house. Has anyone ever had one of those Quaker Oats chewy oat bars, I’m guessing the recipe above is exactly these – and I need to relive my childhood.

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Chicken, Kale and Mushroom Pie / Loaded Black Bean Sweet Potatoes / Glazed Lemon CookiesGinger and Peach Crumble

A crumble is the queen of desserts and there’s nothing better than a bowl full of apple crumble with a dollop of cold custard, but I think this peach and ginger one could usurp the classic apple one. As it sounds (and looks) delicious and would be perfectly summery. Yum! Another classic is a pie and chicken, mushroom and kale is a new combo that needs experiencing soonish – just look at the flaky, buttery pastry. Wow. One surefire way to eat more fruit and veg is to cook with them and with the loaded sweet potatoes, I’m ticking all the boxes, without any of the excessive calories, so that means I can have the light and refreshing lemon cookies for pudding. Right?

Tell me, what’s top of your must-make list right now? And, nosey person alert, what was the first thing you cooked when you moved in? I know I don’t need anymore inspiration but be a doll and humour me!

-Fi x