Burgers are one my favourite foods to eat when I’m out for dinner.

I think it’s because it’s one of the things that’s possibly a bit more expensive to make yourself at home (you need a good bit of steak mince, if you want a slice of bacon on top then you’re generally going to have to buy a whole pack of the stuff, a block of some nice cheese…). When you eat burgers in a restaurant though sometimes there are so many options it makes it hard to decide what you want!

This was absolutely the case at Burgers & Beers. If you don’t know about this restaurant in Edinburgh, it’s on the Royal Mile, and does pretty much what it says on the tin, well… above the door at least! The majority of the menu is made up of burgers and beer but if burgers are not your thang (what is wrong with you?!) there are other options on the menu.

It seriously took me a while to decide which burger I wanted, plus Mark and I had to discuss to make sure we weren’t getting the same one (we like to have a taste of each other’s food). In the end I settled on the Frying Scotsman, haggis, onion rings and Scottish cheddar cheese, don’t mind if I do! Mark went for the Mac Attack, and yes that does mean mac n cheese on top of a burger! When you order a burger all you’re getting is the burger so you need to order fries on the side. There’s a lot of eating in the burgers so one portion of fries is definitely enough for two people.

So onto the food. I had to take the onion rings out the burger before I started eating it, I don’t have the ability to unhinge my jaw, but even at that I still had to use a knife and fork for some of the eating process! The burger was tasty, had just the right amount of cheese and the haggis fritter was a great add on. The haggis comes in batter but it’s not too heavy so you’re not completely stuffed half through your food. They’ve even nailed it with the bun. There is nothing worse than eating a burger while the bread is turning to mush during the process, not an issue with the glazed bun.

Mark’s burger was also ridiculously tasty. The mac n cheese comes in fritter form too and also has bacon on it, I’m pretty sure this one was calorie free…ha! There was also a bit of greenery on this burger and beer mustard. Yum! The side order of sweet potato fries went down a treat, but even with us sharing a side I still couldn’t finish all my food!

I haven’t even covered the beer menu. You won’t be short of choice, you can find a great selection of Scottish beers along with some imported beers. For those of you who don’t like beer though, check out the cocktail menu!

Burgers & Beers is now one of my firm favourites in Edinburgh, it’s safe to say we’ll be back.

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Last week I shared some of my favourite breakfast choices with you, but as I said I have so many suggestions that I wanted to spread it over two posts.

This week I’m sharing some more of my choices with you.

Oat & banana pancakes. I’m not really one for American style pancakes so this healthy alternative is right up my street. If you like to smother your pancakes in maple syrup then go ahead (although it will make this breakfast a lot less healthy) but I like to put a bit of greek yogurt and some fruit on top of mine! You can find my recipe for pancakes here.

Sweet omelette. I normally wouldn’t go for a sweet omelette but Mark introduced me to peanut butter and banana omelettes and I was hooked! Whip up 2-3 eggs, add a splash of milk and a teaspoon of honey. Pour into a hot frying pan and add a few teaspoons of peanut butter and sliced banana. I’m not going to go into how you actually make an omelette, as I think that is something most people know how to make (if you really don’t know how, just Google it!).

Avocado & eggs on toast. This is a new favourite of mine, and such a cliché blogger breakfast. I mean you only have to look at the above photo to see how Instagrammable this breakfast choice is!  I’m not really sure where avocado has been all my life but I LOVE it! Mash up half an avocado, spread on two slices of toast and top with a poached egg (I have an egg poacher that you use in the microwave, they only take about a minute and a half). Super tasty and quick brekkie!

Fruit salad & yogurt. Another quick and easy option. Use fat free yogurt, or Skyr yogurt if you want a higher protein breakfast and add with fruit of your choice.

So there you go, tasty healthy breakfast choices! Is there anything you would add to my list?

xxx
 
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I consider myself a pretty healthy eater.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to the occasional binge, but generally speaking I try to make healthy choices.

Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and from someone who spent the majority of her teenage years skipping breakfast, it is now one of my favourite meals of the day. So much so I managed to come up with a lot of breakfast options. So many in fact I decided to split them over two posts. I will have pt.2 on the blog next Friday.

Long gone are the days of cereal or a couple of slices of toast! You can get so creative with breakfast choices you won’t get bored at all. Here are a few of my favourite things to eat for brekkie.

Overnight oats. These are fantastic! So easy to make, and there are so many different combinations that even if you had these every morning you wouldn’t get fed up. Change the flavour of yogurt you use, grate apple into them, add different fruit or even add protein powder if you’re going to be eating them after a workout. You can find my recipe for them here.

Porridge. Great to warm you up on a cold Scottish morning. Which, let’s be honest is most mornings in Scotland! Again this is something you can make in many different ways. Cinnamon and honey, jam, peanut butter. All loaded with fruit. Blueberries and banana are my first choice. Now, the Scottish lass in me loves porridge the Scottish way best of all – made with salt and milk on top to cool it down. Yum! There is mixed opinion on this, some people think porridge this way is disgusting but it reminds me of the way my Nana and Gran made me porridge when I was a kid.

Oat muffins. Flourless and tasty. Add a mashed banana, some cinnamon and honey. A perfect ‘on the go’ breakfast you can make the night before. Find my recipe here.

Eggs. Such a fantastic breakfast food! Low calorie, packed with protein (perfect after a morning workout) and quick to make. Poached, boiled, scrambled or fried, I’m not fussy. Add a bit of salt and pepper and you’re in business!

Full cooked breakfast. I’m not a fan of a greasy fry up but from my experience you can still eat food like this when you’re trying to be healthy and lose weight, it comes down to  the meat you use and the way you cook a full breakfast being the difference between healthy or not. So, in my house, it’s a ‘grill’ up and no oil is used to cook it. I cook bacon with the fat cut off, if potato scones are added they are cooked in fry light spray. No Scottish cooked brekkie is complete without square sausage and the Skinni range square sausage has hardly any fat. Add beans, fried mushrooms and eggs and you have a great treat breakfast for the weekend.

xxx
 


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One of the best things about Easter is Creme Eggs.

They really should be sold all year round! I have combined two of my favourite things for today’s foodie Friday – cake and Creme Eggs.

I used mini Creme Eggs for this, but if I was going to make them again I would try them with full size eggs cut in half, I think you would get more of the gooey inside melting out. I also haven’t baked in a while so really need more practice with icing… I think that’s a good excuse to make more cupcakes, right?!

So, onto the recipe. I have shared my sponge recipe before and it is one I have sworn by for years. It makes a really light, fluffy, moist (apologies for those who hate that word) sponge.

Sponge:

125g self raising flour
1/2 level tsp baking powder
100g butter, softened (I like to use Stork for the sponge)
100g caster sugar
2 medium eggs
12 mini Creme Eggs

Buttercream icing:

100g of unsalted butter (I use real butter for this)
200g of icing sugar
(to make my buttercream icing, I always combine butter with twice the amount of icing sugar)

– Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius /170 degrees celsius (fan) / gas mark 5. Line a cupcake tin with cake cases. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Put the butter in another bowl and soften with an electric whisk. Add the sugar, eggs and flour and beat until mixed.

– Split the mixture evenly between the cupcake cases and put a mini Creme Egg in each case. Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. I check after 15 minutes to see how they are doing. When the sponge is cooked it’ll be springy to the touch and if you insert a cocktail stick it’ll come out clean.

– Once ready, remove from the oven and place the cakes on a cooling rack.

– To make the butter icing, soften 100g of unsalted butter and gently mix in the icing sugar with a spoon to start with (if you use the electric whisk straight away you will end up with icing sugar all over yourself) and then use the electric whisk to make the mixture smooth.

– Leave the cakes to cool down before putting the icing on top, you can pipe the buttercream or spread it on top of the cupcakes. It’ll taste just as nice either way!

I debated putting this post up because my cakes didn’t turn out quite how I wanted them to, but I’m not a baker and they still tasted damn nice so I thought why not share them?! Plus it’s a good way of combining two tasty foods.

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It has been said that Elvis Presley’s favourite food combination was peanut butter, bacon and banana.

And I’m not gonna lie, I can see why it was. Sometimes the weirdest combinations are the best. Add this combo to a burger and you have the king of burgers!

This burger is probably nowhere near as bad for you as it would have been if Elvis had made it himself, after all he wasn’t well known for his healthy diet! But healthy food doesn’t have to taste bad and you can definitely make a healthy version of this.

This burger is part veggie, I like using Quorn burgers because they actually don’t really taste any different from real beef ones and they are super low fat, which always wins for me. Here is my (as always) super easy burger recipe.

Ingredients:

Quorn burger (you can use beef burgers or make your own, see my recipe here)
2 slices of bacon (with the fat cut off before cooking)
half a small banana
1 tsp peanut butter 

Method:

1. Cook the burgers and bacon, these can be cooked under the grill or on the hob. If you use Quorn burgers there will be no fat dripping out them during cooking so I normally do these on the hob.

2. If you fry the bacon, remove from the pan once cooked and dab any fat from it with kitchen roll.

3. Spread 1 tsp of peanut butter on the lid of the roll and slice the banana.

4. Assemble your burger, with the banana on top. And you’re good to tuck in!

I had home made healthy chips and cauliflower and cheese fritters on the side. You can find my easy healthy chips recipe here.

There you have it, a healthy, quick and ridiculously tasty burger! Let me know what you think if you try it.

xxx
 
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