Recipe – Spinach, Mascarpone and Ham Hock Rotolo

Rotolo, not to be confused with Ronco, producers of the finest compliation albums before NOW came along… Think swiss roll pasta things full of cheese, ham and spinach, in a lovely sauce. It’s the future! Certainly it’s fun to make (and messy…) and my family really enjoyed it. Adapted from Olive Magazine. Rotolo! For 4-6…

Recipe – Chicken, Bean & Leek Traybake

I tried this recipe from Good Food magazine but had to make some changes as I didn’t think the timing was right and also switched to chicken breasts to make it more family friendly. My wife isn’t good with bones, or indeed chicken skin, so adjustments were required! It is a quite simple family meal…

Recipe – Egg and Bacon Pie

Bacon. There, I said it. For meat eaters everywhere the thought of a bacon sandwich in the morning warms the cockles of your heart. And if you’re splurging, an egg and bacon sandwich is something else…! A perfect combo that goes brilliantly in a pie. To serve 4-6 you will need: Two packs of ready-rolled…

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 – 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…

Review – Reds True Barbecue vs. Smokestak London

My family and work colleagues will tell you my pet hate is ‘poncy crisps’. Now, I love crisps and there is nothing better than premium hand-cooked crisps that are fresh, crunchy and moreish. So if you’ve managed to make such a high quality crisp, why ruin it then with ridiculous flavours such as cream cheese…