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 – BBQ Beef Burgers – Chilli and Cheese, Chorizo

When the sun finally comes out in the spring, it’s time to get the BBQ out, realise you didn’t clean it at the end of last summer, and after faffing about cleaning it, look forward to great food with friends and family. I use a base recipe for my own beef burgers, which you can…

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 – Cottage Pie

It’s that time of year when you want something properly wholesome and warming for your family dinner. You can’t beat a Shepherd’s Pie (made with minced lamb) or a Cottage Pie (made with beef) like this. Serves 4-6. You will need: 750g minced beef 400ml beef stock 2 red onions (or swap for a large…