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…

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….

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…

Perfect Mash

I’ve had one hell of a week!! We nearly had to give up our ice cream van Lulu, I’ve been getting over a virus and then I had 2 wisdom teeth out!! I suppose you could say it couldn’t get any worse!! It doesn’t help that this has come on the heels of a fantastic…