Eco Restaurant

I have lost count the amount of times I have dined in Eco between their first restaurant that in the middle of the main street and their location now at the top of the town. I have had numerous lunches, dinners and parties there in their function room upstairs, that is gorgeous by the way! The menu has something for everyone and I especially LOVE the sharing platter, the flavours on each item is great and really compliment each other.

The tempura fish of the day has been excellent every time I have it and they do sushi on Friday – which I am yet to try though. There is always a great atmosphere and cool music playing in the background….I had my 30th birthday party upstairs and the staff, setting and food was all great!

If you are in Gorey and looking for somewhere to dine, Eco is the place to go – you will not be disappointed!

Here is their website

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday

I have decided to re-name today, and every Tuesday from here on in, Taco Tuesday! Who doesn’t love tacos? Especially on a drab Tuesday… They are tasty, easy and best of all MESSY!

Mexican spiced pork with a hint of smokey barbeque (or barbecue / BBQ?) served in a crispy corn tortilla shell and topped with avocado. These are great for dinner parties as everyone gets stuck in and makes their own. They are also perfect for kids as they will love assembling. Gluten and wheat free too. Let’s get down to business……

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • ½ red onion – diced
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2tsp ground cumin
  • 1lb / 500g pack lean pork mince
  • 1 ¼ cup / 300ml passata
  • 5 tbsp barbecue sauce
  • 14oz / 400g can black beans – drained and rinsed
  • Small bunch cilantro (coriander) – chopped
  • 8 taco shells
  • 1 ripe avocado – peeled and sliced
  • ½ iceberg lettuce – finely shredded
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sour cream and grated cheddar – to serve (optional)

Method

  1. In a large frying pan add the oil and when hot add the onion. Add the spices and cook for one minute then add the pork ensuring to break up the mince so it separates, stir until cooked through (it will go white)
  2. Add the BBQ sauce and passata along with four tablespoons of water. Turn the heat up until the sauce starts to bubble and thickens slightly then add the beans. Stir through the cilantro.
  3. Heat the corn tortillas then fill with the pork and bean mixture top with shredded lettuce, avocado, cherry tomatoes, cheddar (if using) and spoon over some sour cream

If this doesn’t cheer you up on a Tuesday I don’t know what will. Tomorrow being Wednesday we will have a day of full eat’s ahead with some more new recipes.

What is your go to food when you’re feeling miserable?

 

The Great Gluten-free Event

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Happy Monday folks,
I wanted to let you know that The Great Gluten-free Event is happening tomorrow over on Buckbooks and one of my books is featured and will be just 99c for tomorrow. There will be 10+ Gluten-free books at this amazing price.
To sign up and download these bargain books tomorrow visit – http://buckbooks.net/gluten-free-books/
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WIAW #20 Quinoa Pizza Base ~ Gluten-free and NO soaking!

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Happy Wednesday guys! Linking up to Peas and Crayons and all the other What I ate Wednesday bloggers!

Today’s recipe was last week AND last nights dinner and it was A-mazing both times!! It was the first time I used quinoa as my pizza base last week as I have used cauliflower and buckwheat in the past so was *super* excited to try this recipe. I scoured the internet to find a quick and easy one as I am not a fan of having to wait overnight when I wanted the pizza now! You can pick this pizza up like regular pizza, no knives and forks required *mini fist pump* 🙂

The recipe for the base is from The Wholesome Dish, she made a super garlic and cheese ‘bread’ with hers. I will definitely be doing this soon. Go check her site out, it rocks! But first here is breakfast lunch and snacks!

Breakfast: Breakfast was buckwheat flakes with almond milk – I am LOVING these at the moment. So crunchy and tasty –> wheat and gluten-free too!!

Buckwheat flakes

Lunch: As I was getting over the vomiting bug (sorry!) I was easing myself back in to food and made a yummy batch of homemade vegetable soup. 1 onion, 2 carrots, stem of broccoli (stringy outwear layer removed) 1 beef tomatoe, 1 knorr stock pot and 1 litre hot water. Delicious!

Vegetable Soup

Snacks: I had a craving for fruit after my sickness (any theories on this please comment below 😉 ) I had a mandarin and some cashew nuts.

Mandarin

And Finally Dinner!! The SCRUMPTIOUS quinoa base pizza that’s like real pizza (I swear!) Change up toppings to your liking. Next time I am going to try some sundried tomatoes, feta and chorizo.

Gluten free pizza

Ingredients:

½ cup quinoa
2 tsp olive oil
1 cup water
2 large eggs
½ tsp garlic salt
½ tsp dried oregano leaves
½ tsp dried basil leaves
½ tsp baking powder
½ cup low fat mozzarella or cheddar if you prefer

Pizza Sauce
1/2 cup of passata
1 tbsp tomato puree / paste
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Freshly ground black pepper

Toppings 
1 ball of low fat mozzarella – grated
1/2 red onion – sliced
1/2 red pepper – sliced
5 slices turkey and pork salami – shredded
Baby spinach leaves – shredded (I add this just before serving so they are uncooked)

 Instructions:

Rinse the quinoa in a sieve under cold running water to remove any residue.

Heat one teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and add the drained quinoa, move around in the oil to toast. Cook for around 5-7 minutes until they are fragrant.

Next add in the cup of water and bring to the boil. Once boiling turn the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Remove the lid for a few minutes to ‘dry’ out the quinoa. Pour in to a bowl and allow to cool slightly (10 minutes at least) Prepare your pizza sauce while waiting – combine all the pizza sauce ingredients together in a bowl and whisk so there are no lumps from the tomato puree (paste)

Preheat your oven to 420’F / 210C – THIS IS IMPORTANT as I FORGOT when I made this first time round *oooops!* It didn’t affect the pizza once cooked, I just had to cook the base for an extra 20 minutes to get the desired texture!

Place some baking parchment or greaseproof paper on to a baking tray.

In a bowl mix together the quinoa, mozzarella, herbs, garlic, eggs and remaining oil, combine well.

Spray the baking parchment with some oil or brush on some extra olive oil then place your mixture in the centre. Using your hands is the best way as it will only stick to utensils!

Quinoa pizza

*The patches are where I spayed some oil so my baking parchment would stay on the tray*

Flatten out to your desired shape, I went with the traditional pizza shape.

quinoa pizza base

Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are nicely browning, remove then add your pizza sauce and toppings and bake for a further 15-20 minutes

Gluten free pizza baseI added chopped baby spinach leaves just before serving and some more dried oregano.

Gluten free pizzaI let the hubby have the last slice 🙂

Gluten free pizza base

I have a lot of recipes to get up such as cajun baked salmon with cauli-mash and broccoli, chicken and vegetable stew and I am making some chickpea smashed guacamole for lunch today. All coming soon. I also have some exciting news on the horizon about Queen Bee’s Kitchen, all will be revealed in time. So for now don’t forget to pop over to Peas and Crayons and check out the other food bloggers. Happy Wednesday and happy eating!

S x

How To Win Sales And Influence Algorithms

David Gaughran

Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson Matt Iden & Nick Stephenson two crime/thriller writers who have been working together to increase their promotion and marketing range since June 2014

I’m hosting a discussion today between two authors who are using creative ways to share audiences, something which has the happy side-effect of increasing their respective sales.

As I said on Thursday, I think creative forms of collaboration – especially in terms of marketing strategies – are going to be big this year.

Traditionally published authors may have to compete with each other ways that may not be relevant/important to self-publishers – like agents, deals, grants, prizes, or co-op. But self-publishers have nothing to fear from cooperating with authors they are nominally competing with, and everything to gain.

The market is so large that no writer will ever reach all the readers out there, and the odds of getting noticed can improve greatly with the right kind of cooperation – as many authors…

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