Autumn, Bake, Comfort food, Dessert, Fruit, Pastry, Pie, Pudding, Recipe, Shortcrust pastry, Spices, Sweet, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Veggie

Comforting Autumnal Apple Pie Recipe

I don’t often eat desserts at home, so they always feel like a treat. They are reserved for meals out, occasions, dinners at home shared with family and friends. My favourite desserts are generally the ones I associate with nostalgia and home cooking, and it’s a tribute to my Mum’s amazing cooking and baking that… Continue reading Comforting Autumnal Apple Pie Recipe

Pot of finished curry sauce fresh from the oven
Bake, Comfort food, curry, dinner, Fakeaway, One pot recipe, Recipe, sauce, Spices, Spicy, Uncategorized, Vegetarian

Slow-cooked curry sauce recipe

As the cold nights of October loom ahead, I can’t help but look forward to warming food served hot from the oven in steaming bowls of comfort. When you slow cook food in an oven, the rich scent of dinner wafts from the kitchen as it cooks, filling the house with a familiar scent that… Continue reading Slow-cooked curry sauce recipe

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Birthday Meal at Antica, Bath

From outside, Antica isn’t all that different from the other shops and restaurants lining Argyll St in Bath. It’s also next door to another Italian restaurant. But step inside, and Antica is a warm, welcoming little restaurant with gentle lighting and simple décor. It feels like being invited into the heart of an Italian family… Continue reading Birthday Meal at Antica, Bath

Ripening cherry tomatoes
Grow your own, How to, Sustainable, Uncategorized, Update, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables

September Kitchen Garden Diary

As the start of meteorological autumn, September heralds the beginning of the new season in all its golden glory, and as soon as my birthday is over (3rd September), I can’t help but start planning for Christmas! (However early that may seem…) But, looking out into my garden, the seasons seem to have a different… Continue reading September Kitchen Garden Diary

Punjabi tomato curry header
curry, Indian, Product review, Quick dinner, Review, Uncategorized

The Spice Tailor Review

I was lucky enough to win a box of The Spice Tailor sauce kits in a Twitter competition this summer, and having worked my way through most of varieties now, I have been seriously impressed with the results! Disclaimer – this is not a sponsored post, I just really love the product! Those who know… Continue reading The Spice Tailor Review

Hot, bubbling, cheesy pasta shells!
Comfort food, dinner, Easy recipe, Italian, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Recipe, Ricotta, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie

Baked ricotta stuffed conchiglioni recipe

This pasta bake, with ricotta filled conchiglioni (giant pasta shells) in spicy, tangy tomato sauce, is one of my favourite pasta recipes. It is simple to make, yet feels luxurious and special thanks to the creamy cheesy filling in each shell, which goes oh-so well with the spicy tomato sauce. Just a little bit of… Continue reading Baked ricotta stuffed conchiglioni recipe

Skewers, makhani sauce and pilau rice
curry, dinner, Fakeaway, Indian, Meat Free Monday, Pepper, Recipe, sauce, Spices, Spicy, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie

Tandoori vegetable skewers with chickpea Makhani sauce recipe

Butter Chicken (or Makhani) is one of the more popular Indian style dishes on curry takeaway menus, but it’s rare to see a veggie version of this classic. ‘Butter Veg’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but grilled crispy vegetable skewers dunked in a creamy butter style sauce definitely appeals to me. This… Continue reading Tandoori vegetable skewers with chickpea Makhani sauce recipe

Courgette Plant
Courgette, Food, Food blog, Grow your own, Summer food, Sustainable, Uncategorized, Update, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables, Veggie

August Kitchen Garden Diary

We’re finally tucking into courgettes from the garden, I haven’t bought carrots since June, and I have more beetroots than I really know what to do with! There are also little cucumbers and tomatoes finally forming on the plants, and as our chilli seeds didn’t sprout in the end, we bought a couple of chilli… Continue reading August Kitchen Garden Diary

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Taste of the South Food Festival & an interview with MasterChef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo

Last weekend, I had a day out with my sister courtesy of Taste of the South festival, and we definitely made the most of the sunny Bournemouth weather! The festival was based in a large field, with plenty of space for over 100 exhibitors, some chef demonstrations and some live music. We had a slow… Continue reading Taste of the South Food Festival & an interview with MasterChef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo

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Comforting homemade lasagne recipe

What says home cooked comfort food quite like a freshly baked cheesy lasagne straight from the oven? This recipe is like a hug on a plate, with rich hearty ragù sauce layered with creamy, indulgent béchamel sauce and soft pasta sheets, all topped off with a generous covering of gooey melted cheese. If your mouth… Continue reading Comforting homemade lasagne recipe