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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – One Pan English Breakfast

I recently asked in Facebook for everyone’s favourite weekend breakfast and the lovely Tracy Harkness told me about her favourite, which is a kind of Full English in a single pan. So I thought I’d have a go! It really was simple and very yummy. Per person/serving, you will need: 4 cherry tomatoes, halved Around…

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…