Harissa-spiced Aubergine, Pepper and Potato Stew

Son number two asked me last night to make a vegetarian dinner, forgetting entirely that my attempt at introducing Meat-Free Mondays a few months back had met with almost violent protest from both boys. Having checked the contents of the fridge and the veg drawer, I was grateful for his request, as I found peppers,…

Summer Berry Sponge

This is light as air and fat free – my ‘go to’ cake when a cream and fruit sponge is called for (which is surprisingly often).

Chicken, Spinach and Chickpea Curry

I’ve been having a bit of a spinach-fest recently. It’s going in everything from omelettes to pasta sauces to casseroles and now in this Thai-inspired curry. As someone with a tendency towards anaemia and who doesn’t eat a huge amount of red meat, the spinach here provides a good boost of iron, but the chickpeas…

Chilli-Beef Macaroni Cheese

This dish combines two great comfort food favourites of mine – chilli beef and macaroni cheese. It’s one of my kids’ top meals too and a great one to make if they have friends over and they want something filling. I’ve given a recipe for the chilli, but if you already have your own failsafe…

Everything yummy (Chocolate-Chilli-Caramel-Nut) Tart

I’m often asked whether I prefer cooking or baking and until I started this blog, I’d have said it was about half and half. However, a quick count of the ‘sweet’ recipes on here would suggest I tend a little more towards baking. This one’s a bit of a special dessert. Think of all the…

A ‘Weekend Special’ Prawn Laksa

I’ve never made a Laksa before, but had read numerous recipes and posts where the author claimed it was one of their very favourite dishes, so it had been on my ‘to do’ list for a while. The list of ingredients is fairly hefty, lets be honest, so this isn’t something I’m likely to whip…

A Good Little Company that makes Great Little Sausages

My day job for the last 20 years has been in corporate social responsibility. Yes, I’ll excuse the blank and confused looks. It’s not a particularly simple one to explain. In fact, I’ve  often joked over the years that it would be a lot easier to tell people I made sausages, as they would understand…

Slow-Cooked Spiced Pork Pibil

No-one in my house will now eat processed meats. Sounds fair enough, but in fact it’s a pain when it comes to making packed lunches. No more easy peasy slices of ham or roast beef, oh no, it has to be ‘proper’ cooked meat. What this means is that every weekend, I have to roast…

A Green Shakshuka (of Sorts)

This is a great catch-all dish – perfect for using up leftovers or veg that’s on its last legs and just FULL of goodness. Really filling too thanks to the potatoes and eggs – it really does have everything. I was inspired by a recipe  I spotted in the Good Housekeeping magazine I browsed through…

And now for something completely…. Eastern

I’ve been channelling my ‘eastern’ bunny (geddit?!) these last few weeks, dipping into various recipe concoctions a la Ottolenghi, Sabrina Ghayour and my favourite Masterchef champion of them all, Dhruv Baker. In fact, I went on quite a cookery book spree over the holidays following a trip to the library and also a few swapsies…

Getting my zest back

It’s been a while. In fact it’s been almost half a year! Shocking and inexcusable I know. For the first three months at least I did have a crazy work life as a robust reason for simply not having the time to post. However, that reason really turned into an excuse from about the start…