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I like making stuffed courgettes, the possibilities are endless, and I cannot understand why some people don’t appreciate the versatility of courgettes. So here I am, sticking up for the green vegetable, and presenting you with different ways to get them onto your plates! My go-to method is to stuff them with ricotta/cheese/parsley or sometimes minced meat, but this time I didn’t have either of those things in my fridge, so I opted to use what I already had.

You will need (2 portions):

1 round courgette per person

1 red bell pepper

1/2 a bulb of funnel (or according to taste)

1/2 cup spinach

2-4 sundried tomatoes

1/2 cup chopped cheddar or grated Parmesan (I used some chunks of Scamorza)

1 egg

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Trim the edges from your courgettes so that they can sit flat. Cut in half across the wider part.

Place in a deep pan with boiling water for about 20 minutes until soft. Fish them out and let them cool until they are cool enough to handle.

Preheat your oven to 180 C.

In the meantime the spinach, red bell pepper, sundried tomatoes, and fennel need to be chopped finely. Whisk the 2 eggs in a bowl and add all the ingredients, reserving some cheese for later, and add a pinch of salt & pepper to taste.

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Scoop out the insides of the courgettes, leaving a 1cm border all around, and being careful not to cut through the sides.

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Fill the courgettes with several spoonfuls of your mixture till the top and place in an oven-proof dish (a deep one is better as sometimes they will leak). Cook for about 30 minutes until they are browning at the top.

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With the temperature going down, it’s time to take entertainment indoors and there isn’t a better time to catch up with friends in a cosy environment. I like organising themed parties because everyone gets to join in with the preparations, and the party starts with sharing ideas days before the actual day. Needless to say, we had more than enough food on the night and everyone was happy.


Last night I was invited to Costa Coffee to sample their Christmas menu for this year. We were greeted with 5 different desserts and 3 hot drinks to taste. Now if you’ve been following my posts, you will know that I’ve been following a low sugar diet (for health more than aesthetic reasons!) so I was a bit nervous and equally excited to taste these sugary treats. The staff was patient enough to let me cut tiny pieces and have just sips of the drinks. Rest assured, ladies and gents, that this took a lot of will power, because my taste buds went wild with the delicious things presented to me.

Since I was there to give my opinion I will tell you about my favourites: it was a hard choice between the Mini Mince Pies and the Orange & Cranberry Muffins, both tasting just like they had been made at home in a warm kitchen.

The Caramel Fudge Hot Chocolate was the hardest to put down I’d say (ok, maybe I had 3 sips of this one) because not only did it look really pretty with that thin layer of chocolate weave that started to melt as I drank, but it tasted of the best chocolate-y goodness. Did you know that Costa source chocolate from rainforest alliance certified farms? Which means from farms that are more sustainable and where farmers are paid fairly.

Having said that about the hot chocolate, if I was writing in there right now and wanted a treat, I would opt for the Gingerbread & Cream Latte – served with tiny golden chocolate stars. I think that this was my absolute favourite. But I may need to try it again… with a Mini Mince Pie… just to be sure… 😉

Incidentally, Costa Coffee is giving Istrina 25c from every pack of Mini Mince Pies purchased. So you’ll be doing your bit too.

But of course, don’t forget to walk that sugar off!