Honey and Mustard Roast Ham

Ham. More than just a sandwich filler. I have recently become very conscious about meat quality.  We’ve significantly reduced our meat intake and we aim to eat much less but better quality meat and ham is definitely on that list.  I am often surprised how few pre-packaged hams are NOT pre-formed and or full of…

Chinese quick char siu belly pork (stove top)

Char Siu without roasting or BBQ’ing or waiting hours for a slow roast! This version packs a Char Siu flavour punch without the marinating and long roasting. The caramelisation comes from the honey pan fried on a moderate heat near the end of cooking, resulting in super tender pork with an amazing BBQ -like crust!…

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…

Sweet French Crepes

Proper homemade, fresh, thin and sweet french crepes are unbeatable. So much so, I have been known to eat quite a few in a row and will happily whip some up instead of a dinner! A french crepe, to me, must be freshly made, thin and I like them sweet! My default topping is pretty…

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……

Breakfast Baked Eggs

Eggs are an obvious and pretty good choice for breakfast, but once you’ve fried, poached, scrambled and boiled they can get quite boring! Ideal for a leisurely breakfast or brunch, these smokey bakes eggs will really hit the spot. Serve with your favourite toasted crusty bread dipped into a lovely runny yolk! Because you are…

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…

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…