Pappardelle with bacon + mushrooms

My word this is good – think of it as a French version of carbonara (well, it is a recipe from Raymond Blanc!) but in many ways it’s simpler and easier to make so I’m predicting that I will be making it a lot. A whole lot. If you haven’t got any fresh thyme use… Continue reading Pappardelle with bacon + mushrooms

Smoked mackerel pâté

So easy to whip up, I sometimes wonder why I don’t always have some of this in the fridge, ready to be eaten for lunch or as a dip. Not so much a recipe as a reminder of what to throw into a food processor. A recipeminder if you will – which is basically the… Continue reading Smoked mackerel pâté

Salad Niçoise

It’s not hard to see why this salad is a stone cold classic – it’s delicious, substantial, easy to make and appears to contain all known food groups. If you’re lacking in any particular ingredient just leave it out, or substitute with anything you have to hand – once you have tuna, eggs and green… Continue reading Salad Niçoise

Warm grain salad

This salad is A) yummy, B) pretty, plus C) a batch lasts me all week for lunch, so in my book it’s a winner. What’s not to like about winter veg, grains, herbs, spices and nuts? Result! The recipe is from the Waitrose Food Magazine, which I highly recommend if you can get your hands… Continue reading Warm grain salad

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

Fish + bean stew

A recipe that largely comes out of the store cupboard you say? YES PLEASE. If you happen to have some fish in the freezer, then you might even be able to whip this up without much ado at all. Serves 4. Ingredients 1 tbsp olive oil 10g butter 1 stick celery, halved & sliced 2… Continue reading Fish + bean stew

Börek

If memory serves, then every single family celebration we’ve ever had at my parent’s home has featured börek, and consequently I do the same. They’re simply the best way to get a party started – crunchy cheesy pastries, perfect for nibbling with a glass of something lovely. Börek can be made in a variety of… Continue reading Börek

Fish pie

Oh I love this pie. It takes a little while to make, but it’s well worth the effort. I know a pastry fish pie can be decisive, so if you’re more of a mash type, then just go ahead with the filling and tuck it in under a mash duvet. It’s all good however you… Continue reading Fish pie

Sausages + prunes with red wine

More Autumnal yums that needs surprisingly little work to produce something rather marvellous. I’d say that mash is obligatory here, because you don’t want to waste any of that delicious red wine gravy. Serves 4 but is easily scaleupable (yes that’s a word). Ingredients 2 large red onions sliced into half moons 2 tbsp olive… Continue reading Sausages + prunes with red wine

Tabbouleh

You can fling pretty much anything into tabbouleh – so long as you have some herbs, seasoning, and dressing in there it’ll taste great. This recipe is from the Waitrose Food magazine and is super colourful and contains two things I particularly love, figs and pistachios. Neither are obligatory, although the nuts do add crunch.… Continue reading Tabbouleh