Recipe – Beef and Guinness Ragu

I was inspired by a lovely looking dish in Delicious Magazine – honestly it did look wonderful and I thought I’d explore the recipe. I changed it a little to make it more family (and budget!) friendly. This is a fantastic dish because it’s A LOT, but you can split it down into three family…

Recipe – Gluten Free Soda Bread

My friend Dean follows a gluten free diet and likes to experiment in the kitchen. I bought him a couple of cook books and I’ve been following his results, they all look fab! He asked me for a soda bread recipe so I changed one I had to use Gluten Free flour and this is…

Recipe – Italian Arancini with Arrabbiata Sauce

Balls! Italian balls at that. Arancini, if you’ve never had them, are deep fried rice balls. They taste far better than they sound in English. They are a real faff to make yourself but are quite an adventure, and really are worth it in the end as fresh Arancini are one of my favourite Italian…

Recipe – Creamy Chicken, Bacon & Leek Bake

Chicken and bacon are a fantastic combo, one of my favourites (bacon is the answer to everything, of course). This is a great and simple meal centre for the whole family, even my 6 year old loves it (although he asks about having a yorkshire pudding with it!) For 4-6 you will need: 600g chicken…

Recipe – Lamb and Potato Pie

I recently did a live video on Facebook asking my followers what recipes they’d like to see, especially as we’re currently all staying home. Aside from some sweet treats and healthier dinners which kids can help with, a big theme that came out was pies and lamb pies at that! So using my shortcrust pastry…

How To – Shortcrust Pastry

I have never pretended to make my own pastry, it’s always been shop bought. But I was making a pie and couldn’t find any pastry anywhere so thought I’d give shortcrust a go. What a revelation! So easy and much better after baking than ready made. These amounts make enough for two large sheets, suitable…

How To – Slow Roast Lamb

It’s that time of year again! Spring lamb is a wonderful roast, superb flavour, the right level of fat and a real seasonal treat perfect for Mother’s Day or Easter. Lots of people worry about having a gristly and chewy roast but I covered a standard recipe to sort this out here. However if you…

Recipe – Catalan Chicken and Chorizo Stew

At time of writing, global travel is being restricted and we’re all staying home more. So we need to bring a bit of Mediterranean warmth to our food. This is a wonderful stew, full of colour and flavour, inspired by fantastic pot stews I’d had on trips to Barcelona. For 4-6 people you will need:…

Recipe – Spicy Bean, Bacon and Eggy Bread Bake

I haven’t done a breakfast recipe in a while and after pancake day thought it was time to revisit one of my favourites. This is a really easy recipe to knock together and super tasty. For 4-6 you will need: 2 tins baked beans 1 tin chopped tomatoes ½ tablespoon paprika ½ tablespoon ground black…

Recipe – Spanish Omelette with Smoked Bacon

We all know Stacey’s mum makes a mean omelette (and very little else) in Gavin and Stacey. A really easy meal centre for a midweek meal but a Spanish Omelette is a simple meal centre for the whole family. It only takes half an hour and can be thrown together. You can chop and change…