Tabbouleh with Pomegranate, Apricot and Pistachio

This is pretty much stolen directly from James Martin’s Home Comforts book, but I have made one or two tweaks to the original. What I love about tabbouleh is the freshness, variety of textures and the feeling that everything you’re eating is packed with goodness. This couldn’t really be simpler and it goes well with…

Shopska Salad

Such a simple salad this one, but truly delicious and perfect for a hot summer’s day. I tasted it in Skopje, Macedonia on a short work visit in March 2017 and really wasn’t sure it would be for me, but it was delicious and I made and shared it as part of my feast for…

Orzo Salad with Pesto, Tomatoes and Feta

Number one son gets very bored with sandwiches for school lunch and is something of a pasta freak, so I tried this and he happily scoffed it over a couple of days – minus the Feta as he’s not a fan, but I am! You could use other types of pasta here, but I’d suggest…

Spiced Salmon Tacos with Avocado Cream

For my Mexican Bistro Night at the end of June, I wanted a second main course that would be light, tasty, fresh and would appeal to non-meat eaters (who eat fish though). This fits the bill perfectly and I suspect there may be many who wish they’d chosen this option rather than the beef (even…

Slow-Cooker Smoky Chilli Beef

This was my second attempt at a slow-cooked chilli beef to add to my Mexican Bistro Night menu. The first one worked well and you can find in on here, but this is a smokier version, made with brisket that just pulls apart and shreds into sumptious, softly spiced, melt in the mouth meat and…

Slow-Cooker ‘Real’ Beef Chilli

If you have a slow-cooker, it’s perfect for this chilli beef dish made with steak pieces rather than mince. The slow cooking means you can get the most out of an inexpensive cut of meat and enjoy chunks of smokey beef with beans and a chilli-infused rich sauce. If your slow cooker has a delay…

Rustic Hummus

What makes this hummus special is the spicy, toasted topping that adds both texture and another layer of flavour. Plus it looks great! Purists will tell you the chickpeas need to be dried rather than tinned and ideally, I’d agree, but on this occasion, I didn’t have the time to soak them overnight, so a…

Chicken, chorizo and black bean enchiladas

Serves 3-4  |  50 mins including cooking I found a pack of tortillas in the cupboard that needed used up, youngest son wanted enchiladas for his birthday eve dinner and this is what I pulled together with the ingredients in my fridge and storecupboard to keep him happy. We served this with some soured cream,…

Citrus and Za’atar Roast Chicken

From ‘Sirocco’ – Sabrina Ghayour’s second book of mouthwatering middle-eastern recipes. This makes a nice change from the standard herb and lemon chicken I do most Sundays. Serves 6+ depending on appetites and size of bird ǀ approx 2hrs cooking Ingredients One free-range chicken, about 2.5kg or so (calculate cooking time at about 45mins per…

Apples – Saucy, Tarty or just Plain Crumbly?

Autumn. My favourite season. Season of woolly jumpers, cosy nights by the fire, golden leaves, crisp weekend walks and apples. All of these things I love and most especially the trees in our garden, picture perfect for a few weeks with delicious red and green apples. I have no idea what variety the red apples…

Something old, something new, something borrowed….

So, in the many weeks since I last posted, I’ve held my second supper club and it went really well. The feedback was great and afterwards I had a lot of requests for future nights and plenty of pre-bookings for my next event. Unfortunately, the new manager of the cafe I’d been using isn’t interested…

Italian Night Trial Run

On Saturday night, I invited a few friends over to help me do a trial run of the menu for my Italian Night. These are good friends who I can trust to be constructively critical and who will give me a reality check regarding portion size, as my gauge is completely skewed thanks to giant…