Linguine with prawns and chilli

An excellently speedy dinner that I’ve made many many times – I think the recipe came from some old friends who now live in Canada, because I remember eating it when we used to visit them in North Yorkshire between Christmas + New Year way back when The Teen hadn’t even started school and was… Continue reading Linguine with prawns and chilli

Tomato, mozzarella + basil salad

I have made this salad more times than I care to remember, but I keep coming back for more – excellent as a side salad, main event, or as a nibble to accompany drinks, I also make the basil dressing alone to drizzle over roast or BBQ chicken because it’s delicious. This amount of dressing… Continue reading Tomato, mozzarella + basil salad

Deep-pan pizza

Our obsession with lockdown Friday night pizza continues, but as the BBQ is currently broken (where we make crispy thin based pizzas in the summer), we’ve switched to deep-pan pizzas cooked in the oven. As with all doughs this one takes a couple of hours to prove, and I always make a double batch of… Continue reading Deep-pan pizza

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

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

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

Turkish salad

I know I know, it’s kind of like a Greek salad, but there are some differences (namely walnuts, sumac, dill + mint). I’d happily eat this for lunch every day with some fresh bread, or in the evening alongside some fish or chicken, a glass of rose and preferably a sunset or sea view! (Note… Continue reading Turkish salad

Brazilian Chicken + Prawn Xinxim

This is utterly delicious. You could leave out the prawns, fling in more chicken, or leave out the chicken and whack in some white fish – it’s yummy whichever way you want to serve it. This recipe is from Diana Henry’s wonderful A Bird in The Hand book which is literally a winner winner chicken… Continue reading Brazilian Chicken + Prawn Xinxim

Goan fish curry

Definitely not authentic, but definitely delicious. Whatever firm white fish you have can go in here, prawns if you have them (I didn’t have any this time around), or switch out the fish for cooked chicken, or keep it veggie by flinging in whatever veg you have in the fridge. It’ll still be yummo. This… Continue reading Goan fish curry

Potato salad, Turkish style

Every single BBQ we ever had when I was a child featured this potato salad, and now I seem to make it for every BBQ, picnic or garden party I go to. It turns out that when potatoes, red onions, tomatoes & vinaigrette meet, they have a party. Who knew? (answer, my father!) Ingredients Salad:… Continue reading Potato salad, Turkish style