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…

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…

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…

Flabulous Yorkshire Puddings – every time

Jamie Oliver saved me from crap Yorkies several years ago. Before I was under the misapprehension that Yorkie mix was the same as pancake mix but I was soooo wrong. This always left me with flat doughy, puddings that were frankly an embarrasment. Jamie’s recipe is so simple and honestly works for me every time….

Too Easy to be true Real Chips

For years I avoided making real deep fried chips.  I grew up with horror stories of wet tea-towels, chip pans that melted and a whole host of other things that can go wrong. That is till about 5 years ago when Nigella changed my life forever. Since then Ive been able to make perfect chips…

Cauliflower Cheese

I’ll let you into a secret – I am not a fan of cauliflower – it started in childhood and whilst other foods have become something i now happily eat I will never choose Cauli.  I do however, thanks most to my hubby, have a secret craving for Cauliflower cheese whenever I have roast chicken….

Cherries & Berries Overnight Oats

Im useless at getting organised in the morning. My brain just doesn’t function that early and I always end up either with a bacon roll from Greggs or Marmite toast.  Neither of these are particularly good for me and my doctors have been banging on at me about having porridge for breakfast for years –…

Our post Christmas Mexican feast

Merry Christmas to you all. Like me by now you are probably over Christmas food and looking for ANYTHING that doesn’t come with stuffing, gravy and roasted vegetables. I decided that last night was going to be the last night of xmas food and we used up leftovers with nibbles and cocktails.  Today I don’t want…

Mini Hasselback Potatoes

Yesterday was Sunday, It was miserable & cold out – most definitely a Roast Chicken Dinner kinda day. After a quick trips to the supermarket I got a really nice size chicken for £3.50 (thank you Sainsbury’s!) which I basted with lemon and pepper and popped in the oven together with some stuffing I threw together. I was just about to peel…

My favourite easy breakfast sarnie- toasted bacon and tomato

We’ve all been there. In a rush, want something satisfying yet naughty but don’t want the guilt. I was in exactly this position this morning and really needed to get to the shops and then I remembered a sandwich I haven’t made myself in a long time- my toasted bacon and tomato special. It’s not…