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…

Green Veg Noodles for one in minutes

Ever got home from work and couldnt be bothered to cook? Does Hungryhouse mention you in its tweets? Does Alexa recognise your JustEat orders before you even ask? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then I may just have a recipe that will save you at least a tenner!!! I got…

Chicken and Chorizo Cassolé

I call this recipe Cassolé as a play on words as this is neither truly a casserole nor a cassoulet but is a happy accident combining the best bits of both.  A cassoulet is all about sausage and beans, whereas a casserole is usually about slow cooked meat and vegetables but thankfully this dish ticks…

Lemony Salmon rice

Its January and, as is the same every year, money is tight. I know we only got paid a week early but somehow I still have 3 weeks till payday and have to really think about how to make everything last till the end of the month. Which is why on Friday when someone at…

Flabulous Chicken and Mushroom Pie

Its cold and rainy outside and I don’t really want to have to go out to the shops and get something in for Sunday lunch.  After a root through the freezer I found chicken breasts and have some mushrooms in the fridge so thought, rather than do a traditional roast, I would try my hand…

Mid-week Mini Roast

OK its Monday – I was too knackered to cook a roast dinner yesterday but had shopped for all the bits so needed to use everything up.  Obviously I dont have time for a full on roast today so I popped the beef into the freezer and took out some chicken breasts this morning I…

Bean Chili – Its not just for Veggies!!

Originally posted on My Flabulous Blog:
I’m feeling the need of something comforting yet healthy this week as work has been all out. So I thought this weekend I would dedicate to making something I haven’t made for a couple of years but I used to LOVE – My Bean Goo – or bean chili…

Boozy Beef – my perfect winter warmer!!

Its winter – I’m freezing and its dark outside when I get home.  Its times like this that I want something substantial  that doesn’t require loads of effort. For me this equals mash and an obvious partner to that is a stew of some kind. My ultimate winter meal has to be my boozy beef…

Paella – with chicken, chorizo and seafood

Since I first had Paella on holiday as a kid, almost 30 years ago I was hooked. Fast forward 15 years and I had my first adult holiday to Ibiza and even though none of my friends wanted it, I had to have paella.  The resulting individual paella for one was so obviously pulled out…

Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs

Yesterday for my birthday I decided to admit my age and have a BBQ rather than pretend I’m in my 20s and go out clubbing – besides I did that on Thursday AND Friday. Most of the BBQ was your usual artisanal sausages and burgers – courtesy of the farmers market – but I decided…

Macaroni Cheese Lasagna

Last night one of my favourite chefs, Lorraine Pascale, tweeted asking which people preferred – mac and cheese or lasagna. It sent my mind running back to the first meal I ever cooked my mum and her then boyfriend at my first ever flat way back in time. The meal was cooked in an old…