When life gives you lemons… make one of these 5 lovely lemon recipes! Plus find the linky for #CookBlogShare Week 18…
A lot happens in a month, doesn’t it? One of the (many) things I love about hosting #CookBlogShare at the end of each month, is it gives me a chance to look back and reflect on the month… Each month is always packed full. And April has been no exception!
Last time I was pulling together my #CookBlogShare roundup, spring had really only just begun – well now it has well and truly arrived and with it some rather glorious weather in my corner of South East England. Especially over the Easter weekend!
The Easter holidays have come and gone and for me included a visit to my family in Dorset and a trip to London to see the Fed Cup, as well as spending plenty of time with my kiddos. The 2 week break was a really great opportunity to slow down and take some time off blogging to recharge and reflect on where my two blogs are going. As a result of making myself slow down, I have come back after the break feeling fresher, more creative and with a new spring in my step. It was a very good reminder to me that taking time of blogging (and social media!) is very important!
However, despite taking some well-earned time off since I last hosted #CookBlogShare, I’ve still managed to create some new recipes to share on Easy Peasy Foodie! This month I shared my Easy Chicken Bolognese – an easy peasy twist on a classic spag bol, using chicken thighs instead of the usual beef mince. And I also shared my Easy Beef Enchiladas – a quick and simple version of this Mexican favourite.
Speaking of Mexican favourites, last week I shared a roundup of 19 Easy Mexican Recipes – just in time for Cinco de Mayo in a few days’ time. And finally, I shared a roundup of 27 Easy Chicken Dinners – perfect if you are feeling stuck in a midweek meal rut and need some new inspiration!
Over on Productive Blogging I’ve been focusing on Google Analytics, with a 2 part series. The first part is all about how to set up Google Analytics on your blog, while the second focuses on how to actually use Google Analytics. In this second article I also share a rather awesome freebie – my Google Analytics Custom Dashboard! This custom dashboard helps you see all the most important Google Analytics at a glance – a bit like Jetpack Stats only BETTER!!
But that’s not the only freebie I’ve created this month, I’ve also created my SEO Jargon Buster, where I explain 137 SEO related terms in plain English! If you get confused about all the complicated SEO terminology, then you need my SEO Jargon Buster!
And finally, on Productive Blogging last week, I addressed one of blogging’s biggest problems in my guide on How to stop wasting time and actually get stuff done! One of the biggest benefits of blogging – being your own boss – is also one of the biggest challenges. With no boss hovering at your shoulder, waiting for you to deliver, it’s too easy to put things off, spend far too much time on social media, or suddenly find a very important household chore that really ‘needs’ to be done instead of blogging… and then find that yet another week has gone by with very little to show for it! My latest article helps you use your time more wisely and get more done!
5 lovely lemon recipes
OK, so normally at this point I share my favourite FOUR recipes from the previous week’s linky. But in last week’s linky, hosted by Michelle over at Flipped Out Food, there were FIVE lovely recipes that all featured one of my favourite fruits – lemons! And I couldn’t pick between them… so I decided to feature all 5 lovely lemon recipes in this week’s roundup.
Lemons are such a versatile ingredient, equally at home in both sweet and savoury recipes, and this week’s roundup really demonstrates that versatility with everything from a healthy salad to an indulgent birthday cheesecake, a creamy gnocchi recipe to delicate lemon madeleines and of course that well loved classic: lemon meringue pie!
Salmon and Avocado Salad with Crispy Kale
So first up we have this delicious and healthy Salmon and Avocado Salad with Crispy Kale from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes. One of the things I love about Monika’s recipes is the way she manages to make healthy food so delicious and seemingly indulgent – and this salad is no exception… Monika pairs leftover cooked salmon with avocado, hard boiled eggs and crispy kale, all topped with a creamy (but actually very healthy), lemony dressing!
The Ultimate No-bake Lemon Cheesecake
This Ultimate No-bake Lemon Cheesecake from Hannah over at Crunch & Cream is a very special cheesecake, because it is a birthday cheesecake! This lemon cheesecake is Hannah’s favourite dessert – so was the perfect way for her to celebrate turning 18!! I love how quick and simple this cheesecake is to make – just 20 minutes hands on time and no baking. The lemon juice naturally sets the filling so no need to faff around with gelatine either – now that’s my kind of cheesecake!
Wild Garlic Pesto Baked Salmon with Gnocchi
And speaking of easy peasy recipes, I am loving this Wild Garlic Pesto Baked Salmon with Gnocchi from Jo at Jo’s Kitchen Larder. Here Jo combines baked salmon with gnocchi, broccoli, crème fraiche, lemon and her own homemade Wild Garlic and Walnut Pesto to make a simple, but delicious midweek dinner, which is ready in just 25 minutes!
Continuing our lemon-tastic theme are these gorgeous Lemon Madeleines from Lesley and Michelle over at Lost in Food. Lesley and Michelle regularly hold supperclubs and these these simple, yet elegant, madeleines featured in arecent supperclub as the petit fours with tea and coffee at the end of the meal. Served straight from the oven, their diners were delighted with them – and I can well understand why!
Lemon Meringue Cake
And last, but by no means least, is this impressive Lemon Meringue Cake from Sylvie at The Foodie Journey. This delicious sounding cake is Sylvie’s twist on a traditional lemon meringue pie and is composed of a sablé Breton crust, a lemon Bavarian mousse and a toasted meringue. Probably not a dessert you are going to whip up midweek (!), but a real showstopper and perfect if you want to impress your guests at your next dinner party – especially if you follow Sylvie’s advice to blowtorch the meringue at the table!
#CookBlogShare2019 Week 18
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Jacqui @recipecrumbs and Monika @monikasecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on a selection of my favourite posts this week and pin them to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
The next #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy 🙂