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Creamy Orzo with Chickpeas and Roast Vegetables

| 12/07/2016 | 0 Comments
Creamy Orzo with Chickpeas and Roast Vegetables

A creamy orzo dish with all the flavour and little fuss. Roast vegetables sound fancy, don’t they? I think, really, they’re a bit of a cheat. I never cook just plain butternut squash soup, or risotto- it’s always roast butternut squash soup or risotto – because I hate peeling the things! Bung them in the […]

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Minced Lamb and Lentil Curry – Keema with Less Meat

| 08/07/2016 | 0 Comments
Minced Lamb and Lentil Curry – Keema with Less Meat

This lamb and lentil curry is a twist on the traditional Indian Keema, and is quick to make. Do you go in for the whole ‘Meatless Mondays’ thing? We’ve eaten a lot of vegetarian food since we were students, but I know it’s not easy for everyone. If you’d like to cut down on meat […]

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Slow Cooker Marmalade Glazed Ham

| 05/07/2016 | 0 Comments
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

| 28/06/2016 | 0 Comments
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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Simple Chilli Con Carne

| 24/06/2016 | 0 Comments
Simple Chilli Con Carne

This quick, simple chilli recipe is mild and easy to make. Are you confident cooking with spices, or do you use mixes, blends and ready made sauces? I’ve designed this chilli to be simple as can be. It’s a blank canvas. It’s very mild, as a starting point- use it to play around with different […]

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Weekend Wraps No.2 – Barbecue Chicken Wraps

| 17/06/2016 | 0 Comments
Weekend Wraps No.2 – Barbecue Chicken Wraps

This barbecue chicken wrap is perfect for holidays, beach days, country walks – or just any old fun lunch days. Tip – if you wrap it in clingfilm with a folded down flap at the top you can eat it with less-than-clean hands. The weekend is our time to play – time off to enjoy […]

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slow cooker black bean mole – perfect for tacos!

| 10/06/2016 | 0 Comments
slow cooker black bean mole – perfect for tacos!

Slow cooker black bean mole – an intense chocolate flavour chilli that melts in the mouth. I’ve been making this meal for 10 years – I turned 30 last month, and first made it for my 20th birthday party. When cooking for vegetarians and meat eaters I tend to produce a big pan of cheap bean […]

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Easy Mussels in Cream – French Style

| 07/06/2016 | 0 Comments
Easy Mussels in Cream – French Style

This child friendly, easy mussels in cream is ready in minutes. This Guardian article on eating in restaurants with small children caused me some amusement recently. I do think it’s important that children have the experience of eating out where possible, and sometimes it is easier than cooking at home with a toddler underfoot. On […]

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Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with Tarragon Fried Potatoes

| 03/06/2016 | 0 Comments
Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast with Tarragon Fried Potatoes

This cheese stuffed chicken dish is the perfect chicken fix for summery weather – or a good way to get summery vibes going when the weather doesn’t feel too warm. This recipe is based upon one I first cooked 11 years ago in my now husband’s student kitchen. Roasts shouldn’t just be for the winter […]

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Spaetzle with Vegetables

| 27/05/2016 | 0 Comments
Spaetzle with Vegetables

Have you heard of spaetzle? I hadn’t until very recently. We found some in the fresh pasta aisle of the supermarket in our recent trip to Brittany. This dish would work with any fresh pasta. One of my favourite parts of being on holiday is exploring foreign supermarkets. Yes, self catering is also cheap, and […]

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