Recipe – Spaghetti Bolognese

I was surprised to find I hadn’t put this on the blog as it’s such a staple in our house, and probably a lot of houses! We recently had this double the size for our whole family (eight) so it can be good for big or small meals. To feed 4, you will need: 500g…

Recipe – Homemade Garlic Bread

I admit, this is such a staple shop-bought food, you may never think of making it yourself. But shop-bought never has enough garlic flavour and aroma for me, so here’s my recipe to serve around 6 people (as an accompaniment to a main meal). You will need: A French stick / baguette (full size) 100g…

Recipe – Sylvia’s Italian Pork Steaks

It was my Nan and Dad that got me into cooking, that’s not to say my Mum wasn’t a great cook, but her kitchen prowess came in phases! She created this very simple dish for a friends children, using chicken. It was very popular and whenever she cooked for them they’d always ask for “Sylvia’s…

Recipe – Sausage and Baked Bean Pie

Everyone in our family likes pies and sausages so I thought, why not put them together? In a proper, family favourite recipe that includes baked beans? My eldest wasn’t sure about it when I was putting it together but his plate was empty at the end. And he had seconds! To feed 4-6, you will…

How To – Roast Beef

Nothing quite a British as Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings for Sunday lunch, is there? Even the French call us ‘Les Rosbifs’ and I’m not sure whether it’s a bad thing or good! Anyhow, good roast beef is a fantastic meal centre for a family lunch and it’s not that hard to do a slower-cooked…

Recipe – Beef Stroganoff

I adapted this recipe from a chicken version as I wanted to treat my wife (then my girlfriend!) – see really liked it so I regularly make it for her on special occasions and when she’s feeling a bit pants. For 2 people, you will need: 450g beef steak – frying steak is fine, rump…

How To – Roast Lamb

Spring is a great time of year. Everything comes to life, the days get longer and we start to see the end of the long season of winter vegetables and produce. Roast Lamb for me is a major part of Spring and Easter. I lived in the Welsh Valleys for over ten years and the…

Recipe – Quick Lamb Hotpot (using leftovers)

Lamb can be expensive so you need to make sure you use everything you buy. Legs and shoulders can sometimes leave you with lots of extra meat you might not think you can use. This recipe takes pre-cooked leftover lamb and turns it into a great family meal. To feed 4-6 people, you will need:…

Recipe – Pancakes (with Double Decker version!)

When it’s Shrove Tuesday, it’s a wonderful excuse for a tiny dinner to leave room for loads of pancakes! They’re great fun for kids as they can do their own toppings. I detail some standard toppings below but I also include my super indulgent Double Decker pancakes… For around 6-8 pancakes, you will need: 3…

Recipe – Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Pork is a good, healthy meat – or at least it can be if you done have really fatty chops or crackling! The tenderloin cut is almost a forgotten cut, it’s certainly not easily found in the pre-packed aisle, but it can make a healthy, tasty family meal with virtually no fat. To feed 4,…

Recipe – Basic White Bloomer Bread

Home baked bread is wonderful, the smell, the taste… there really is nothing better. It also seems daunting but with a bit of coordination it can be very simple, as long as you have the time! This recipe makes a very decent white bloomer loaf in around 4 hours including proving. You will need: 275ml…

Recipe – Individual Beef Wellingtons (Valentine’s Special)

Not everyone is good in the kitchen, and it may be a bit of a generalisation, but this is especially true for men. I’’ve met several chaps over the years whose cooking expertise extends only to microwaving a pasty. Valentine’’s Day comes around only once a year and presents the perfect opportunity for men to…