2018 – a year of BIG changes

Hi Everyone Its taken me a while to put this post together as I didn’t  want people to think that this was a New Years Resolution, because this journey started many years ago. But now that everyone has finished their NEW YEAR NEW ME posts it feels the right time to let you in on…

Maple Mustard Glazed Gammon

I’m actually writing this maple mustard glazed gammon recipe on Christmas Eve as I realised I hadn’t got it detailed anywhere and with my memory going the way it is I thought it best to get this somewhere safe before I forget how!! I love gammon almost better than turkey on the big day and…

DIY Pigs in blankets

Yesterday I made cranberry sauce and as promised I also made Pigs in blankets ready for the freezer. Piggies as I call them are my all time favourite christmas tradition. I always make way more than I need just so I get to snack on them!! I keep seeing ready made pigs in blankets in…

Easy Peasy Cranberry Sauce

Christmas is fast approaching and as usual I’m getting excited. So that I’m not completely manic on the day I’m doing some prep work in advance that will make Christmas time a time we can all enjoy. To kick things off I’m making cranberry Sauce. This is so easy to make that it’s a crime…

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…