Now that the festivities and celebrations of December are over and we face the long, quiet month of January, I turn to food to brighten dark evenings while waiting for spring to arrive. As much as I want excitement in my food, I also want to cook and eat healthy dishes. Having eaten my way… Continue reading How to cook healthy, tasty food & my Chilli Chicken Stew Recipe
Pumpkin and squash soups have always been one of my favourite flavours of soup, and I love the combination of spices with the sweet taste of squash. In autumn, when squash are at their best and in season, this is the perfect recipe to celebrate them! I love a thick, hearty blended soup, but you… Continue reading Fiery Squash Soup 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
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
Spicy chilli con carne has always been one of my favourite dinners, and this recipe is a fail safe way to cheer me up and fill me up. I’ve been working on the recipe for a while, changing the ingredients and quantities from the version mum has always cooked, which was pretty good to start… Continue reading Smoky chipotle chilli con carne recipe
This Tandoori Roasted Veggie Pie recipe is a warming, spiced meal that's perfect for chilly evenings! Roasting the veggies before adding them to the pie adds extra flavour, and a delicious sweetness to the carrots, and the Tandoori Masala spice mix is the perfect combination of flavours to warm you up inside. Not to mention… Continue reading Tandoori Roasted Veggie Pie
How to make a Valentine’s night in special: Treat yourselves to your favourite meal. Double points if you both love the same food – this makes it much easier to make! And serve it nicely! Sprinkle heats in the table, set places with napkins, wine glasses and a candle (or 10!) to set the mood.… Continue reading 5 ways to make a Valentine’s night in special & 4 things to cook to make them feel loved!
This recipe was born one chilli (get it?) January night, when I was craving a rich hearty chilli con carne, but a) had no mince in the house and b) could not muster the effort to go to the shop. So I delved instead into the kitchen cupboard reserves of tinned beans, topped it up with some veggies, added tomatoes, spices, and chillies, and was extremely pleased with the result. (Especially as I had enough over for 2 lunches!)
It’s rich, smoky and satisfyingly savoury, despite all the lovely sweet veggies. I even convinced a very reluctant fiancé that it’s good! (With a little encouragement and a LOT of cheese. But you can’t win em all!)
In fact, I was so pleased with the flavour that I didn’t miss the meat at all, and aside from what you serve it with (yogurt or cheese), it’s not only a vegetarian recipe, but a vegan one too! A very happy coincidence, as I want to start making some better choices about the food I eat. So naturally, I felt obliged to share this little discovery with you all – and I’d love to know what you think!
In the winter, all I want to eat is comforting, hearty food, and especially over Christmas, I probably eat a little too much of it! In January I still want the comfort and to feel full, but with a bit of health and a lot of veg thrown in. It’s a great way to recover from the over-indulging, and I always feel better when I eat better. I don’t know if that’s psychological or not, but it’s true!
There are lots of different recipes to choose from, but these are 3 of my staples which I fall back on time after time. They all pack a huge veggie punch, and don’t feel like diet food either! I’ve included a stir-fry, soup and curry recipe. The stir-fry is quick and easy to cook, perfect for staving off any Chinese takeaway cravings. The carrot soup is warming, and ideal to cook in a batch so there’s some for lunch the next day (or the whole week!) too, and a veggie curry which is one of my favourite Friday or Saturday night treats, and much healthier than ordering in.
Now that Halloween is over, the anticipation of Christmas festivities has moved to centre stage, with shops already sparkling with decorations and gifts. It’s clichéd, I know, but I really do love autumn and winter, especially now, in this little post-Halloween, pre-Christmas limbo. Crunchy leaves in vibrant red, copper and bright gold litter the ground outside, waiting to be walked in, kicked about, enjoyed, and jumpers and boots have made a convincing comeback in my wardrobe. There aren’t daily frosts just yet, but I can’t wait to see the beautiful silver spray of delicate, glittering lace over leaves and spiders’ webs in the morning sun. I don’t think I have long to wait. This morning I had to de-mist the car windows with the heating on max for a good 5 minutes before I left for work.