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…

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 – Chicken Shawarma Wraps

This is a super-delicious Middle Eastern-inspired recipe and really easy recipe which includes a way of doing frozen oven chips that will revolutionise your life! To feed 3-4, you will need: 500g skinless and boned chicken thigh fillets 200g Greek-style yoghurt Juice from half a lemon 4 garlic cloves, peeled and bashed 8 soft tortilla…

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 – 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…