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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Yorkshire Pudding Lasagne

Yes, lasagne using Yorkshire pudding. I thought, why not? You hear a lot about fusion but never really much fusion using traditional British foods and I’ve created Yorkshire Pudding Wraps before so can see the benefits of flat-sheet Yorkshires. This replaces the pasta strips with Yorkshire, creating a more moist, flavoursome lasagne with a slightly…

Recipe – Bacon and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Pasta bakes are the stuff of family dinner legend… kids love pasta and a bake is a great way to get really soft pasta and maximum flavour into your meal. I may be accused of being a heathen putting Chorizo in an Italian dish, but it works brilliantly and provides a very tasty meal. To…

Recipe – Turkey and Courgette Burgers

Here’s a new option for burgers for the BBQ, a lighter choice than beef burgers, made with turkey and with Italian herbs for a very Mediterranean taste. To make 4 or 5, you will need: 500g turkey mince 2 courgettes, peeled and grated 2 shallots, finely chopped 1 teaspoon dried basil 1 teaspoon dried oregano…

Recipe – Courgetti Ragu with Sauté Potatoes

I’ve been experimenting with meat-free meals which don’t scrimp on flavour and texture. I’d also never tried ‘courgetti’ which is all the rage, a spiralised courgette that looks like spaghetti. So I gave it a go! This is a great meal the family will enjoy and happens to be vegan too. To feed two adults…

Recipe – Asparagus, Lemon and Pecorino Pasta

I do look at a lot of the supermarket recipe cards they like to give away, for inspiration and maybe finding an ingredient I’ve never used before. I always like to try my own little twist on things so with thanks to Waitrose, here’s my version of a recent recipe from them. It makes a…

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…