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Bake, Beef, Comfort food, dinner, Mushrooms, Pie, Recipe, Shortcrust pastry

Steak and Guinness Shortcrust Pastry Pie Recipe

Created for St Patrick's day, this pie is filled with a rich, hearty steak and mushroom mixture with a savoury Guinness gravy. Slow cooking the filling for an hour before putting it in the pie helps make sure that the beef is soft, and the gravy is at its best. All of this delicious flavour… Continue reading Steak and Guinness Shortcrust Pastry Pie Recipe

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Grow your own, kitchen garden, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary

March Kitchen Garden Update

It feels like a while since I first wrote my plan for growing extra vegetables in our garden this year, and already I can see it starting to come together. The first 3 planters have been in the garden for a while now, and a second set of 3 will be finished today. Liners between… Continue reading March Kitchen Garden Update

Italian, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Product review, Review, Uncategorized

Easy Italian flavours with Cannamela

[AD GIFTED] I have always been a lover of Italian food, from the plates of spaghetti bolognese I shared with my sister in restaurants (begrudgingly on her part) when we were small, to my more recent holidays to Italy experiencing the ‘real thing’. So, when I saw that Ciao Gusto were looking for people to… Continue reading Easy Italian flavours with Cannamela

Easy recipe, Fish, Healthy Recipes, Recipe, Spices, Traybake Recipe, Vegetables

Harissa fish & vegetable traybake with couscous recipe

As usual, this recipe came about by accident, from me throwing a few things together in a tray, and the result coming out unexpectedly well! I fancied something with a bit of spice, though not hot, and plenty of veg and lean protein to fight off the cold I’ve felt coming this week! I love… Continue reading Harissa fish & vegetable traybake with couscous recipe

2019, Grow your own, kitchen garden, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Vegetables

January Kitchen Garden Update: planning for the year ahead

Just after Christmas and the New Year in the depths of cold January, summer and the homegrown vegetables it brings feel like forever away. But now is actually the perfect time to start planning and preparing the ground for growing, especially if you’re starting from scratch, or like me expanding the range of crops and… Continue reading January Kitchen Garden Update: planning for the year ahead

2019, Comfort food, Healthy, Healthy Recipes, Lamb, Mince, One pot recipe, Pie, Recipe, Winter, Winter Food

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

An absolute classic, shepherd's pie is one of the ultimate comfort food dinners, and always takes me back to my childhood. Mum used to cook individual pies served in mini ceramic pie dishes, with creamy mash toppings. The edges of the mince filling underneath used to crisp against the sides of the dish, creating this… Continue reading Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

2019, chicken, Chilli, dinner, Healthy, Healthy Recipes, One pot recipe, Pepper, Recipe, Spices, Spicy, Uncategorized, Winter, Winter Food

How to cook healthy, tasty food & my Chilli Chicken Stew Recipe

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

2018, Comfort food, Uncategorized, Veg Garden, Veg Garden Diary, Winter, Winter Food

December food: A look back at summer, and forward to winter

It’s a strange thought as we're here on the edge of Christmas, that only a few months ago our garden was full of tasty vegetables waiting to be picked and eaten. Now when I look out of the window it seems empty in comparison. The huge courgette plant that dominated our patio is long gone,… Continue reading December food: A look back at summer, and forward to winter

Bake, Baking, Comfort food, dinner, Food, Ham, Mushrooms, Quiche, Recipe, Shortcrust pastry, Uncategorized, Vegetables

Perfect quiche recipe

There are few things more delicious and satisfying to eat in the summer than a slice of warm homemade quiche with a crunchy side salad – and maybe a buttery new potato or two!