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,…

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…

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 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…

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…