Quick Meals

Creamy Pasta with Bacon – Cheats’ Midweek Meal

Creamy Pasta with Bacon – Cheats’ Midweek Meal

Creamy pasta with bacon, leek and sweetcorn – ready in just half an hour and so easy. Your summer holiday is a distant memory and your credit card is starting to fill up with goodies you can’t open ’til Christmas. It’s cold outside, and  the thermostat wars have begun as you reach for another jumper. […]

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Easy Pork Chop Casserole with Cajun Spices

Easy Pork Chop Casserole with Cajun Spices

This easy pork chop casserole is a super easy dinner for entertaining, or when you need to get things done. I love eating sausages, don’t you? They’re perfect with  mash, and great with a jacket potato – perfect bonfire night food. Sausages are great autumn and winter food, however, sometimes it’s nice to have a […]

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Easy Baked Chicken Portions in Black Bean Sauce

Easy Baked Chicken Portions in Black Bean Sauce

Easy baked chicken portions in black bean sauce – great for a Chinese style meal, or a fresh twist on Sunday lunch. When I was growing up there was a time when Sunday lunch every week was roast chicken. The way the smell permeated through the house was just magic. Now I simply don’t have […]

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Slow Cooker Ideas

Slow Cooker Lamb and Lentil Curry with Dumplings

Slow Cooker Lamb and Lentil Curry with Dumplings

This slow cooker lamb and lentil curry with a difference will warm your cockles on a winter night. Curry is a great term, because in this context it really denotes something very English. Many Indian recipes use lamb, and lentil dal is a staple. The spices I’ve used crop up in many Indian recipes. Adding powdered […]

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Slow Cooker Marmalade Glazed Ham

Slow Cooker Marmalade Glazed Ham

Slow cooker marmalade glazed ham – pretty foolproof, but fancy enough for a special occasion. Our first married Christmas, Christmas Day itself was just the two of us, so we boiled the meat, a gammon joint, and roasted the vegetables. It was a veritable feast – it doesn’t have to be turkey to be Christmas. Indeed, […]

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Chilli

Slow Cooker Sausage and Bean Chilli

A filling, hearty slow ocoker sausage and bean dish with a kick that you can customise. Sausages are such a great food – we must eat them at least once a month. They’re cheap and tasty, and they can be cooked slowly or quickly. Sausage and bean is a classic combination, from Heinz tins all […]

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Dinner

Easy Spiced Sausage and Squash Bake

Easy Spiced Sausage and Squash Bake

An easy autumnal celebration of sausage and squash. We recently started getting our vegetables delivered from a local greengrocers. They have such a great variety of seasonal produce! I was unable to resist one vegetable in particular – the assorted seasonal squashes. Butternut squash, whilst unheard of in my childhood, is pretty much a staple […]

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Vegan African Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Chilli

Vegan African Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and Chilli

This vegan african peanut soup is not an authentic recipe, but my take on a West African dish – adapted for busy modern lives. African style peanut soup sounds very exotic, doesn’t it? My adaptation takes just 20 minutes and uses just 4 ingredients. It’s based on peanut and sweet potato stew  recipes like this […]

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Autumn Tuna Steak Casserole with Chard and Mushrooms

Autumn Tuna Steak Casserole with Chard and Mushrooms

This autumn tuna steak casserole uses chard, mushrooms and sundried tomatoes to create a celebration of taste. Autumn Produce Autumn is my favourite time of year, and it’s not complete without autumn food. In a bid to move beyond the plethora of pumpkin recipes that abound on social media at this time of year I […]

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Sides and Snacks

15 Minute Spiced Tomato Poached Eggs

15 Minute Spiced Tomato Poached Eggs

This spiced tomato poached eggs recipe would be great for breakfast, lunch or tea (or any time in between). Poached eggs for dinner! It is said that variety is the spice of life, and in this house we like to vary our proteins. We have meat, fish and  some kind of pulses each week, along with other […]

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Quick Vegetable Couscous

Quick Vegetable Couscous

Vegetable couscous abounds in the supermarket in lots of flavours – try making your own nutritious version, using up veggies from the fridge. Those packets of instant vegetable couscous are tempting, aren’t they? Here’s my take – a flavourful bowl of couscous full of flavour and fresh, nutritious vegetables. This recipe produces enough for a […]

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Chorizo and Roast Pepper Hummus

Chorizo and Roast Pepper Hummus

A yummy twist on roast pepper hummus – so easy to make! I first began experimenting with hummus ingredients as a student when I couldn’t afford tahini. Whilst the traditional middle eastern dip of chickpeas, lemon, garlic and sesame that is hummus has been eaten for millennia, it’s also a great formula for experimenting and […]

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Other Recent Posts

Cheesy Chicken in a Creamy Sauce with Vegetables

Cheesy Chicken in a Creamy Sauce with Vegetables

| 14/10/2016 | 0 Comments

Cheesy chicken in a creamy sauce doesn’t need a jar – or a complicated roux. Some of my best recipes aren’t planned. Owing to an ill toddler, this was one of those weeks where the meal plan went out the window. Chicken in a creamy sauce with mash was just what we wanted – easy […]

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Braised Onions and Apples

Braised Onions and Apples

| 07/10/2016 | 0 Comments

Braised onions and apples – perfect with a baked ham joint, or nut roast. Try it with my Slow Cooker Marmalade Glazed Ham or Pork Leg in Apple Juice.   Do you live away from your family? When we were younger Christmas, for my husband and I, meant swapping between my parents and his. We always […]

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No Peel Roast – Side Dish Ideas

No Peel Roast – Side Dish Ideas

| 04/10/2016 | 0 Comments

No peel side dish ideas for a lazy roast. If you’re looking for easy side dish ideas give this a try. The worst part of a roast for me is the peeling. Roast potatoes, carrots and parsnips are tasty, but gosh, the chopping and peeling. If you put off a roast dinner because of the […]

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