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

Chicken arrabbiata stew + dumplings

I’m starting to think that my family will eat almost anything if I fling a dumpling on top of it – but actually none of us needed any encouragement to eat this stew because it’s delicious. It would also work well served with pasta, on top of a baked potato, over rice even. Clearly the… Continue reading Chicken arrabbiata stew + dumplings

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

Sausage + bean stew

AKA autumn in a bowl. Yesterday the weather was awful – dark skies, endless rain, blustery winds – so after the wettest dog walk ever we ate this for dinner and all felt a lot better. If that wasn’t enough, my daughter ate the kale without question. SHE ATE KALE!!! Massive tick on the parenting… Continue reading Sausage + bean stew

Ottolenghi’s Lamb + feta meatballs

Or, as I like to call them, Ottolenghi’s balls, because I’m such a child. A variation on kofte, these are excellent. Served here with rice, griddled strips of courgette (use a veg peeler to cut really thin slices, toss them in a little olive oil, then lay them in a hot dry griddle pan until… Continue reading Ottolenghi’s Lamb + feta meatballs

Lamb shish kebab

Oh boy these are good. Prep the lamb, get it marinating in the morning, and you’ll have delicious tender kebabs for dinner. Serve them any which way you fancy – with potato salad, baked potato, tiny roast potatoes, fries, wedges, chips, mash potato, potato rosti, buttered new potatoes, hasselhoff potatoes (I’m sorry, I’ll stop now),… Continue reading Lamb shish kebab