Tuesday, 8 May 2018

#CookBlogShare 2018 Week 19 - Plus 4 Delicious Dishes

What a lovely long weekend it has been. Got to love an extra day at home. I don't now about you but as soon as the sun comes out our barbecue comes out and this bank holiday did not disappoint! We had lots of food al fresco, went to a foodie festival and spent time in the garden. 

Over the weekend Doncaster hosted not only the finish line for the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire but also had their own food festival called Delicious Doncaster. The hubby and I love a good foodie festival, yes I am not the only foodie in the house! The market area was full of delicious street food stalls, local produce, locally made alcohol and even The Hairy Bikers! Yes the bikers were there doing demonstrations and taking in the atmosphere. Needless to say we came home with lots of foodie treats!

Last week work was manic. Last week I was interviewed for permanent extra hours at work and I am delighted to say that I got the job! Working full time is obviously going to mean that I have got less time to blog. The last post that I wrote was to blog or not to blog? I have to admit that I am not ready to give it up. So during term time, things will be quiet but when the school holidays come around I hope to be able to blog for the love of writing and creating recipes. I have found that blogging less recently has given me more of a urge to write. Writing because I want to is completely different to writing because I feel that I have to. This means that things are going to change with regards to #CookBlogShare. After this week I will be hosting only during the school holidays, when it is my turn to host during term time I will be looking for some guest hosts to help out, so if you have a spare week please do shout out!

Now onto this weeks #CookBlogShare feature recipes. Last week the linky was with the lovely Eb at Easy Peasy Foodie. This weeks feature does not have any particular theme apart from all four recipes are now on my 'must try' list!

Here are my four favourite recipes from week 18 of #CookBlogShare...

Pasta is always a winner in our house and now that I am super busy pasta is my go to meal after a manic day. So there was no surprise when the first two recipes stood out. 

Searching for Spice created a meal that I am really keen to try. This avocado spaghetti with chilli and lemon is a fantastic meal that incorporates the super healthy fat that avocados provide. I imagine that the creaminess from the avocado perfectly balances the hit from the chilli and the sour from the lemon. An explosion of taste!

The Veg Space took on an all time classic and reinvented it into a healthy vegan version. This vegan butternut squash mac and cheese is going to be on my meal plan this week! I have got two fresh butternut squash to use and in a mac and cheese sounds like the ideal way to use them! Plus when you have all of the ingredients in the cupboard you know that it will be a winner!

The following two recipes are ones that are perfect for the sunny weather.

All three children love beetroot, as do the hubby and I, so as soon as I saw this recipe from Recipes Made Easy it was straight on my to try list. This beetroot hummus is the perfect side dish for a lovely al fresco barbecue. We love to eat hummus with crunchy veg but this sounds amazing with fresh bread and goats cheese!

My final recipe this week is one from Jo's Kitchen Larder. Pesto is another firm favourite in our house. It is one of my go to ingredients especially when I am short of time so having a jar of this wild garlic and walnut pesto would tick so many boxes! I adore the flavour combination and the addition of the wild garlic. What is there not to love!

Now over to you and this weeks linky. But first let me recap the guidelines that we ask you to follow...

  • Please add the badge below to your post/page this helps other bloggers find us and discover all of your lovely recipes
  • Comment and share the love with other bloggers who have linked up
  • Please do not add any more than 4 recipes
  • Posts can be old or new but please do not add posts that have previously been shared with CookBlogShare
  • Last but not least ENJOY!
I will be tweeting all of the posts shared over the week.

Have a lovely sunny week x

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  1. I almost drooled over your photos, Kirsty! Haha! I am glad to know that you had an amazing weekend & holiday. Thank you for hosting this week's #CookBlogShare. x

  2. Huge congratulations of the job interview Kirsty :-) I love a good food festival too - we often come home with lots of purchases and plenty of inspiration, Jo's wild garlic recipes have me inspired to get foraging for some at a local spot I know :-)
    Angela x

  3. I think a Must Try is as good a theme as any for a round-up. Thanks for including my beetroot hummus.

    Looks like to had a great weekend, I spent mine gardening or painting in Suffolk and didn't take time off to go to the coast which is a shame given it was only a few miles a way. But yes the BBQ did come out.

    Congratulations on getting the Job.

  4. Wow looks like you had quite a weekend Kirsty! And huge congratulations on getting the extra hours you wanted. Love the look of the recipes you've chosen here, I must try that vegan macaroni cheese.

  5. Well done on the job! That bbq looks amazing!!

  6. That sounds like a good plan Kirsty! I think writing for the love of writing is the best way. I can definitely see how being away from your blog can make the urge a lot stronger! xx

  7. Congratulations on the extra hours at work! I love a foodie festival, we have one in Milton Keynes called the Sausage & Cider Festival which is dangerous because I eat AND drink too much!x

  8. I really do like the theme for this week's round-up Kirsty and am so chuffed that my recipe is the one you'd like to try! Thank you so much! :) What a fabulous, Summer like weekend we had and yours sounds like a cracker with food festival and bbq :) Congrats on your extra hours at work too! I'm glad you are still planning on blogging in your spare time as entire #cookblogshare community would most certainly miss you if it wasn't the case! :) All the best! xx

  9. Congratulations on the job - fantastic news! Everything looks delicious here, looks like you had a fab weekend.

  10. Sounds like you had a great bank holiday weekend! I had a lovely time at Blog On X in Manchester - great seminars and it was fab to meet up with so many lovely bloggers, but it did mean I missed out on all the lovely sunshine :-( Eb x

  11. Mega Congrats on getting your new hours.Fab round up too.Love them all!

  12. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! The roundup looks great, seasonal and yummy! I've just linked up a sponsored post rather than a recipe, I hope it's ok, if not just delete it.

  13. Hearty congratulations on the job, Kirsty! I am sure that we all relate to your blogging/writing dilemma. I'm not sure of the deets for hosting a linky, but I'd be happy to help out (and I'm a pretty quick study). Great round-up here—I'm especially intrigued by Corina's avocado pasta! Thank you for hosting, and best of luck to you.

  14. Some lovely recipes here, I particularly love the sound of your wild garlic and walnut pesto.

  15. Happy to be part of another awesome roundup..Happy weekend

  16. The foodie festival looks great - I think I would be bringing some of that gin home!

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