Allotment Veg, Sausage & Feta Tray Bake

It’s that time of the year (July) where allotment keepers really start to reap the rewards of all the hard graft – sometimes, and dare I moan, too many rewards! If like me you have a habit of planting far too many squash and courgette plants you’ll soon learn to incorporate them into every meal……

Roast Pork & Apples, Crackling & Cider Gravy

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, our little family craves hearty meaty dinners – so they’re extremely pleased that Sunday roasts are back on the menu! This giant juicy roast was just the ticket a few weekends ago; bit windy, bit rainy and bit colder than we have been used to over…

Chunky Cool Mango Salsa

Refreshing, cool and tasty, this chunky mango salsa is the perfect accompaniment to lots of meals, in particular spicy BBQ meats and fish. Best made in advance to allow the flavours to really mingle and develop; this is ideal to serve at a summer BBQ where you can prepare in advance but deliver an impressive…

Homemade Pesto (alla Genovese)

FOOD HISTORY ALERT!! Scroll down to skip this super interesting and not at all geeky bit…but if you’re like me and can’t resist a good background story, especially about food! then read on! Pesto, maybe not as we know it now; has origins as far back as the Roman Age.  The word Pesto originates from…

Katsu Curry Sauce (yup like Wagamama’s-possibly better)

Let’s face it, I don’t eat out much yet alone in chain restaurants (food snob alert!). But I’ll admit…I have been in Wagamama’s a few times in the past for one reason or another, and have to say their Katsu Chicken is a delight. Assuming that getting that unusual fusion of Indian and Japanese flavour…

Prosecco, Prawn & Chorizo Risotto

Having eaten a rather bland risotto in a so called Italian restaurant many years ago – i’ll add it was the first time I had tried one! –  I was so disappointed that I NEVER cooked it, chose it or recommended it. I just didn’t get it. Truth is, I still find risottos rather bland…

Maple Glazed Roast Ham

Ham. A staple lunch box meat, consumed often, bought in packets or if you’re feeling flush – off the deli counter and usually slapped between two sliced of bread. Nothing wrong with that of course it’s rather convenient… but have you considered how much it costs for a couple of slices? When you can buy…

Best Garlic & Herb Roast Chicken & gravy!

Chicken, without a doubt the most versatile meat of them all! and also in my opinion the most often ruined by lack of love given to it in many cooking processes. Often seen as a plain meat, I think chicken gets a raw deal. To me plain means – exciting – you can experiment with…

Smoked Salmon and Broccoli Creamy Pasta

Let’s face it… smoked salmon is delicious and extremely versatile. It even works well served hot! Because my other half isn’t much of fish fan, I look forward to the days I’m home alone when I can cook up treats like this for myself! Here is my quick and light smoked salmon pasta dish…please don’t…

The “Pizza” Omelette

Yes…you read it right! Stay with me.. its not as crazy as you think! In short this is a cross between an omelette, Spanish tortilla and a frittata. Besides being very easy, quick and cheap to make the best thing about this is you can make it with pretty much whatever you have in your…