Veggie bean chilli

The Teen has declared that she not only prefers this to a meaty chilli, but she also thinks it may well be in her top 10 favourite meals. So far we’ve eaten it with rice, baked potatoes, baked sweet potatoes, in a wrap like a burrito, and with tortilla chips to create nachos with all… Continue reading Veggie bean chilli

Red wine onion gravy

Way way way back in 1999, we spent Millennium Eve in London partying with my younger sister and a bunch of her friends, and the evening started with this meal (it ended up by Tower Bridge watching fireworks and dancing the night away). Anyway, what we learnt that night is that it’s all about the… Continue reading Red wine onion gravy

Savoy cabbage, bacon + caraway soup

We’ve finally had a lull in the rain and instead were treated to an afternoon of winter sunshine on Saturday, so I whipped up this hearty soup for lunch then headed out to do some gardening. I can’t wait to make it again because it’s really tasty, easy to make and utterly comforting. Yes please,… Continue reading Savoy cabbage, bacon + caraway soup

Chicken Katsu Curry

Now I know that you can buy a jar of Katsu Curry sauce and whip this up quickly, but it’s quite thrilling to make your own sauce – pretty simple ingredients combine with some sort of magnificent alchemy to make something incredibly tasty. I’ve tried a few different recipes and this is the one that… Continue reading Chicken Katsu Curry

Cauliflower soup

Soooooup glorious soooooooup, this one is delicious and takes less than 30 minutes to make. Yummo. The versatility of cauliflower never ceases to amaze me, and this recipe really shows it at its best, esp on a cold wintery day. Homemade soda bread is optional, but it takes very little effort and time so I’d… Continue reading Cauliflower soup

Chicken kebab with crunchy red cabbage

Friday night is takeaway night in our house (or at least it’s food that feels like a takeaway) and last week we had this super colourful meal of chicken kebabs with flatbreads and all the trimmings. No you don’t have to lay the food out in rainbow patterns, I just don’t seem to be able… Continue reading Chicken kebab with crunchy red cabbage

Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings + gravy

When it comes to a roast, all my family actually cares about are Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and gravy (and maybe fling some pigs in blankets in there too). Consequently we have Yorkshires with roast chicken, pork and lamb as well as beef because life’s too short not to. This time around it was beef,… Continue reading Roast beef, Yorkshire puddings + gravy

Parsnip + apple soup

This soup is goooooooood. Just add some bread and maybe some cheese and you’ve got a perfect lunch ahead of you. Yums. Serves 4. Ingredients 20g unsalted butter 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped 500g parsnips, diced 2 apples, diced 1/2 tsp smoked paprika 500ml veg stock 250ml milk Drizzle of double cream Chopped… Continue reading Parsnip + apple soup

Green soup

I’ve made countless versions of this soup – the base ingredients are the same, but then I fling in whatever green veg I happen to have, or just frozen peas if that’s all that my fridge/freezer can provide. Fresh herbs deffo make a difference, but dried will do, basically just eating this much green has… Continue reading Green soup

Cauliflower + chickpea curry with coconut rice

This curry is excellent – light, delicious, simple to make, can be prepared almost entirely from store cupboard ingredients (with the addition of a cauliflower!) and is from Hugh Fearnley-Wittingstall’s book River Cottage Veg everyday. The rice is incredibly moreish and couldn’t be more straightforward, the thanks there go to my friend Heidy. Thanks Heidy!… Continue reading Cauliflower + chickpea curry with coconut rice