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…

Recipe – Slow Cooked Chilli (Party Sized)

We love hosting a party in our house and I always do the cooking (some guests demand it!). Finding something that pleases most people but is easy to put on and doesn’t spoil your own fun can be tricky. My chilli always goes down well and it’s slow cooked so you can do the prep…

Recipe – Simple Family Fishcakes

The staple of many a family meal, together with their finger counterparts, fishcakes are a great meal centre and they really are very simple. The recipe below uses cheap, frozen Pollock but you can use fresh or mix it up and use salmon or a smoked fish. For 6 fishcakes, you will need: 500g potatoes…

Recipe – Leftovers Turkey (or Chicken) & Ham Pie

Who doesn’t have a load of turkey left after Christmas? Even after your have countless snadwiches I bet there is still enough for a pie… Don’t forget that the dark meat actually makes a fantastic pie, so don’t chuck it out, make a pie instead! The below is a recipe using cooker turkey but you…

Recipe – Chicken Liver Pate with Brandy and Orange

Pate. It’s a bit like Marmite, you either love it or hate it. Our house is split down the middle as I love it but Samantha really doesn’t… but that doesn’t stop us having some for Christmas for the rest of the family. This year, I thought I’d have a go at an indulgent homemade…