Recipe – Pizza Penne with Asparagus and Salami Crisps

Everyone in our house loves Italian food as many families do. It’s easy to throw together and as long as the ingredients are good quality you’ll get a great family meal that disappears quickly! This is a fab combo of ingredients which would end up on a pizza but actually makes a brilliant pasta dish….

Recipe – Burrito Bowls

    Mexican food, we all love it. My middle son and I love a really hot chilli but we do a lot of chillis, enchiladas and fajitas for the whole family. This is a twist on both burritos and fajitas. The best bit is you can eat them in three different ways, some messier…

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…

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:…