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’veĀ  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 recipeĀ  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…

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…