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…

Cheats Croque Monsieur

It’s cold, you’re feeling under the weather – or maybe you just fancy something calorfically tasty. This quick cheats version of the croque monsieur is bound to hit the spot. Go on have two… A traditional croque monsieur can be surprisingly laborious to make with the béchamel sauce and the nutmeg etc… this simple speedy…

Open Sandwiches ‘Kanapka’

This is another one of those things I just grew up with and never thought twice about. The ‘kanapka’ – which roughly translates to sandwich-  seems to be very much an Eastern European thing, though they do have some history in the UK from the middle ages where slabs of bread were used as plates…

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…

Skillet Pork Loin Steaks with Rich Brandy Sauce

This pretty dish is not only tasty but cheap to make! Impress your family and guests without breaking the bank! I really like pork, I’ve said it before I’ll say it again…it really is pretty much as versatile as chicken and often cheaper. You could try this using chops, a tender loin, rib steaks or…

Warm Polish Beetroot Salad (Sałatka z Buraków)

Warm? I hear you ask… yup! So very typically Eastern European this “salad” is usually served warm with a hot meal and I promise you its delicious – You don’t even have to like beetroot! Forget the taste of those cold pickled slices… this warm, peppery, sweet and just a tad sour salad will be…

Spanish Chicken Bake

So let me paint you a mental picture, one I am sure you can sympathise with… Its been a tough, long and frankly awful day, you fancy something hearty, full of flavour, satisfying and most importantly quick to prepare and even quicker to clean up!  This one pot bake is the ideal solution whether cooking…

King Prawn Pad Thai

I really like Asian food, but I’ll admit – its definitely not my strong point in the kitchen! One thing I have learned is that; in order to get those fragrant and fresh Asian flavours, you need a lot of ingredients and many of them HAVE to be fresh! Dried versions (unless specified) just won’t…

Freezing Fresh Herbs

I love fresh herbs, nothing beats how they look and smell in a dish and I always try to have some on standby.  I’ve never had that much luck with growing them myself mind; rosemary, thyme, parsley and coriander seem to survive but my favourite – basil never quite works out.  I often buy those…

Griddled Pork Steaks & Herby Crushed Potatoes

Pork used to be at the bottom of my favourite meats list, but recently I’ve grown to to love it… especially its price tag! Pork offers a variety of cuts and I wouldn’t hesitate to say its just as versatile as chicken !  If you can make it with chicken…I bet you can make it…