Spiced beef with saffron rice crust recipe
Beef, Biriyani, Comfort food, dinner, easy, Easy recipe, Middle Eastern, One pot recipe, Recipe, Uncategorized

Spiced slow-cooked beef with a saffron rice crust recipe

This recipe was actually created as a result of putting together 2 others that I love, and in all honesty, was a bit of an experiment. The starting point was a pack of organic stewing steak destined for a tagine served with couscous and pomegranate seeds. Sounds good, right? The only problem was that when… Continue reading Spiced slow-cooked beef with a saffron rice crust recipe

Bake, Baking, Cake, Fruit, Orange, Recipe, Summer food, Sweet, Uncategorized

Orange drizzle cake recipe

It was Sunday morning, I was considering what to bake and as usual, didn’t really know what I fancied. I wanted to try something different, and when the thought occurred to me that if you can have a lemon drizzle cake, why not other fruit drizzle cakes, I immediately settled on an orange one. I love… Continue reading Orange drizzle cake recipe

Homemade Ravioli with grated Parmesan and beurre noisette
Italian, Pasta, Recipe, Review

Tried and tested: is making your own pasta really worth the effort?

I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta, but never got around to it until now. It seems like a complicated task, but as I’m not one to shy away from a challenge, I decided to not only make my own pasta, but to fill it as well. With not a clue what to… Continue reading Tried and tested: is making your own pasta really worth the effort?

Comfort food, easy, Easy recipe, Meat Free Monday, Mushrooms, One pot recipe, Recipe, Soup, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Winter, Winter Food

Ultimate comfort lunch: Mum’s Mushroom Soup Recipe

When the weather is cold, and spring just doesn’t seem to be on its way, I always fancy warm, comforting food. One of my favourites (and a bit of a classic in our family) is Mum’s homemade mushroom soup. She serves it Boxing Day lunchtime as a perfect antidote to the excess of food we… Continue reading Ultimate comfort lunch: Mum’s Mushroom Soup Recipe

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Bake, Baking, Beef, Chilli, Chilli Con Veggie, Cream, Cupcake, dinner, easy, Mushrooms, Occasion, Porcini, Recipe, Spicy, Uncategorized, Valentine's, Vegan, Vegetarian, Veggie

5 ways to make a Valentine’s night in special & 4 things to cook to make them feel loved!

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!

Cupcakes
Bake, Baking, Cake, Comfort food, Cupcake, Dessert, Occasions, Pudding, Sweet, Uncategorized, Vegetarian, Veggie

A month of me: mindfulness & baking Mum’s vanilla cupcake recipe. Yum!

After Christmas is over, January drags its heels in a seemingly endless parade of grey sky and perpetual drizzle. The complete opposite of a month of sparkle and celebration in December, and unsurprisingly, it’s a struggle to stay motivated for the goals we optimistically set ourselves on New Year’s Day. It’s far too easy to slip into a dull routine, forget the resolutions for another year, and nothing changes. But, instead of all this, I think now is the best time to look after ourselves for a bit. Christmas is a barrage of friends, family, parties, and as much as we love them all, it’s exhausting! (Especially for us introverts.) I’m lucky in that Dad’s birthday is January, so there has always been something to look forward to after Christmas, but it has meant that I hadn’t taken any time out for myself to recover. This year could be the start of a new routine – something wonderful. The month of me.

spicy veggie bean chilli
Beans, Chilli, Chilli Con Veggie, Comfort food, dinner, easy, Healthy, Meat Free Monday, Pepper, Recipe, Spices, Spicy, Uncategorized, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie, Winter, Winter Food

Spicy veggie & bean chilli recipe

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!

Carrot_soup_boil
2018, Chilli, Chinese, Comfort food, curry, dinner, easy, Food blog, Healthy, Indian, Meat Free Monday, Noodles, Potato, Quick dinner, Recipe, Soup, Spices, Spicy, Stir-fry, Uncategorized, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Veggie, Winter, Winter Food

3 Comforting & Healthy Recipes to get through a chilly January

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.

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Christmas, Christmas Food, Comfort food, dinner, Festive, Food, Ham, Recipe, roast, Uncategorized, Winter, Winter Food

The Ham: Honey and Mustard Roasted Gammon Recipe

An alternative to turkey, and the star of and Christmas supper or Boxing Day Buffet, this honey and mustard gammon really is a showstopper. In my parents’ house, we have always had turkey or chicken on Christmas day, but whenever we were hosting the wider family for Boxing Day tea, there as always ham home-cooked ham in the buffet line up. While it was intended for Boxing Day tea, we always cooked it and ate it for dinner on one of the days before Christmas, usually the 23rd or 24th December. Freshly cooked, hot, and served as a roast with potatoes, vegetables and gravy, this has become one of my favourite winter dishes, and is an essential part of Christmas.

Autumn, Christmas, Christmas Food, Event, Festival, Festive, Food, Food blog, Food Festival, Food Show, Gin, Ingredients, Spices, Uncategorized, Winter, Winter Food

BBC Good Food Show 2017

Crammed with sellers of all things food and drink, from larger companies to small artisanal producers, there is definitely something here for anyone who likes eating food. Which is everyone, right?!