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…

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…

Speedy Spicy Supper No.2

I’ve just returned from a lovely overnight stay at the Slieve Donard Hotel in Newcastle Co. Down. It was really lovely – relaxing and indulgent and with some really nice food thrown in. I had no camera with me and my phone is tragically bad for photos, so I have no pics of the yummy…