On a rather drizzly 'summer' day the other week, mum and I went to try out a new cookery class being run by a friend of her's.
Based around simply, healthy home cooking, it was the perfect fresh inspiration for meal ideas - it's always good to mix things up a bit!
We prepared a delicious meal from scratch, full of all kinds of yummy and nutritious things.
And as much as fun as cooking is, eating it was obviously the best bit! After preparing all the dishes in the most relaxed, homely way, we sat down and tucked in to our creations.
For the main course we marinated chicken, peppers and onions in a simple lemon juice and herb mixture, popped them onto skewers and put under the grill to cook.
To go with the skewers we made tabbouleh with quinoa and bulgur wheat - a light and fresh accompaniment filled with flavoursome herbs, onion and tomato and drizzled in a little lemon juice.
We also made pesto courgetti - packed with flavour and making an excellent side dish. I love drizzling a little pesto over roast vegetables, but this was the first time I'd made my own and it was surprisingly simple (although does require a food processor) and you can definitely taste the quality of homemade.
To finish off - chocolate mousse! Super simple with just eggs, chocolate and cocoa powder this was a lovely light dessert, delicious topped with fresh berries and grated brazil nuts.
It's easy to stick within your comfort zones when cooking at home, so this was a great way of trying out some new combinations and using someone else's meal ideas!
These are dishes I'll certainly be trying again :)