Recipe – Retro Chicken Kievs

It’s not a commonly known fact that Marks and Spencer introduced the chicken kiev to the UK. It was the first chilled ‘ready meal’ available back in the days when dinner was usually made from scratch in every home. There’s something about it that brings back memories of childhood and for me, my Mum working…

Recipe – Student Special Chicken Curry

It’s that time of year! I’ve done a few Student Special recipes, inspired by my son Niclas who went to university this year. Check this out alongside my other Student Special recipes which I’ll be doing over the next month. All recipes feed 3-4, so can feed groups or the main can be chilled for…

Recipe – Student Special Chicken Supreme

My oldest son Niclas started university this week and during our conversations about his cooking ability he told me about a couple of really great recipes perfect for students – and parents worried their kids aren’t going to eat! Check this out alongside my other Student Special recipes which I’ll be doing over the next…

Recipe – Chilli & Red Pepper Chutney

I do love the chilli pepper. So many different types with so many different flavours and heat intensities. My crop this year hasn’t been great – the heat has kept away the bees that pollenate the flowers. But I did have a good crop from a Tornado Chilli plant so thought I’d turn them into…

Recipe – Pork and Apple Sausage Rolls

A super snacky staple. In a previous life, I was part of a team that made millions of these a year, but they’re a doddle to make at home. Great for kids meals or family snacks and picnics. For 12 you will need: 500g puff pastry block, taken out of the fridge half an hour…

Recipe – Broccoli and Stilton Quiche (Vegetarian)

Another day another quiche! I love pastry too much to stay away from it in hot weather and quiche is a great versatile meal centre, hot or cold. Here’s my favourite vegetarian version, really good, super mature Stilton is key! To feed to up 6, you will need: 1 roll shortcrust pastry 150g tenderstem broccoli,…

How To – Boil An Egg

It should be easy but it isn’t always! We love boiled eggy and toast soldiers (as I’ve called it since I was little) and it took me a while to crack (sorry!) the right timing for soft boiled eggs. My method is to get a pan big enough for the eggs you want to do,…

Recipe – Moroccan Spiced Fish

Fish is really good for you but finding simple recipes which allow you to use cheaper fresh fish are difficult to find. Try this easy slice mix to have a really healthy and flavoursome meal centre. For two people you will need: 2 boned and skinned white fish, such as cod or basa 1 tablespoon…

Recipe – Turkey, Bacon and Cheese Burgers

This summer sun just keeps going! It’s fantastic and so I’ve been doing more BBQ recipes and experimentation. These are great, tasty burgers with less fat content than a typical beef version. For six, you will need: 500g minced turkey 4 rashers smoked bacon 100g grated mature Cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon paprika Handful flat leaf…

Recipe – BBQ Chicken Tikka and Onion Bhaji Kebabs

Onion bhajis are a really great ingredient, if you haven’t tried them in a chicken sandwich, I urge you to! I thought I’d try them on a skewer with chicken tikka as a BBQ treat and they were amazing! For 4-6 people, you will need: 3 skinless chicken breasts The juice of 1 lemon 150ml…