Flabulous Fish Pie

I love fish pie There Ive said it. When it goes cold and dark in the evenings I love nothing more than tucking into a warming creamy bowl of fish pie with steamed green beans and carrots. Whats better – this dinner can be ready in 40 minutes if you are organised. These are also great…

Chilli con Carne

Its cold and blustery outside and, although its Sunday, we have already had a roast dinner last night so as we are decorating I wanted to make something simple, yet satisfying, that I could throw in a pan and leave to do its thing whilst we work. Ive always loved chilli and if truth be…

Lemony, nutty, Couscous

I love Couscous. Its one of those ingredients that pretty much makes itself. Its incredibly forgiving and takes on the flavours of the ingredients you use with it and works equally well as a salad or as part of a hot meal. This is one of my longest serving side dishes – to go along…

Banana, Prune & Walnut Bread

I adore banana bread, not just because is its really easy to make, uses up old bananas and is a very forgiving recipe but because it tastes delicious. Elsewhere on the blog I have a no added sugar recipe which I’ve been making for years but I was doing my usual root through my larder…

Speedy Beef stew

In a previous post I made rice pudding in a Pressureking Pro that my hubby got for his birthday.  As its a rainy Sunday and hubby isn’t feeling well and needs comfort food I thought it was about time I made something savoury in it, So here we are at 3pm on said rainy sunday afternoon…

Orange bundt cake

Its that time of year again when we join in with the worlds biggest coffee morning at work in aid of MacMillan. I always try and do something different (last year was Hungarian cherry cake) Ive joined a community on Facebook (The Cook’s Cook Community Forum) which is an amazing group of people from all…

Spaghetti Bolognese

Todays recipe is a retro classic reminiscent of my childhood in the 70s. My mum had a love of all things Italian and was using garlic and olive oil long before it was trendy. Ill admit it I used to cheat and use pasta sauce in a jar to speed things up, That is until…

Creamy Colcannon

Colcannon is one of my favourite side dishes. So much so that I would happily eat this on its own straight from the pan!! Its origins are decidedly Irish, although my version makes a nod to the Northern Irish champ, which focusses on Spring onions rather than cabbage. You could also add in chopped bacon…

Apples and Pears Crumble

Today has been all about comfort food. I had some pears and apples that weren’t going to get eaten so thought it was about time I made my apples and pears crumble Its a traditional crumble, so named not just because its made with apples and pears but also because one hefty portion, served with…

Cheeky Chicken Chasseur

It’s rapidly approaching autumn and although the weather so far has been really good, today its raining and so i thought, as its Sunday, I’d mix up our traditional Sunday roast and make chicken chasseur. The advantage of this is that hubby will eat more of this dish and I will have leftovers for work….

Practically Perfect Poached Eggs

From what I’ve seen around the internet poaching an egg is one of those things that people seem to find hardest to master. Even my mother finds poaching eggs difficult – no matter how many times Ive shown her how to do it. In multiple forums over the years I have read about various methods,…

Chorizo and Butterbeans in Port

This recipe is at the same time the most satisfying and the most simple entertaining nibble I have in my arsenal. If you ever have friends pop in unannounced and need something delicious and yet easy to prepare then you need this dish, which I served last week alongside a cheeseboard, some dips and sliced…