Autumn Casserole

Brown the meat in the marinade

With this recipe, you need to leave all preconceptions about what you think a pork casserole should be like at the door! It contains apples, has a very rich gravy and meat so tender you can eat it with a spoon. However, that’s where any similarities with other casseroles stop. The sumptuous gravy is full of […] Read more »

Steak in a Peppercorn Sauce

Steak in a Peppercorn Sauce

I love this version of Peppered Steak as it’s easy, sooooo delicious and won’t break the bank either. It serves 2 very generously, in fact you could easily get a couple of kids portions on top from the quantities used here. Of course if you’re feeling flush, you can follow the recipe with beef fillet […] Read more »

Party Bites

Party Bites!

These are my favourite combinations of party sandwiches. You can either put them on chunks of baguette that have been sliced in half, as below. Or if you prefer something a little more delicate and hors d’oeuvre-like, you can cut very slim rings of the baguette, lightly toast them and then top them with the […] Read more »

Spanish Toadilla!

      This is another deliciously unauthentic dish! I’ve put that it will serve 8, but with accompaniments, you could easily get away with splitting it into 10 or even 12 pieces. The cross between Spanish tortilla (omelette) and Toad in the hole might sounds as unlikely as a Labradoodle but once you’ve tried […] Read more »

Quirky Lasagne

      This recipe was created because I love lasagne but I didn’t love making it. Seriously, every time I did it, I would end up with it taking twice as long as it should and the kitchen would look like a whirlwind had been through it afterwards! So I set about creating a […] Read more »

Pork in Perry

Pork in Perry

      This is a great recipe for pork because the meat and vegetables all cook in one pan, so once the dish is on, you’re free to entertain your guests. It also tastes as good as pork roasted the traditional way – the meat is so tender that it falls apart when you touch […] Read more »

Sausage and Bean Casserole

Sausage and Bean Casserole

This is a great one-pot recipe for making on chilly evenings. It’s very simple and relies mainly on store cupboard ingredients, which is always a bonus! It serves between 4 (see photo on the right) and 6 people, depending on if you are serving anything on the side (crusty bread works well for dipping up […] Read more »

Parsnip and Smoky Bacon Soup

Parsnip and Smoky Bacon Soup

      This is my all time favourite soup, a really warming recipe that’s packed with flavour. The smell of the soup is absolutely amazing. You’ll feel like it’s doing you good by just inhaling! Timings: Start to finish: 1 hour of cooking / preparation. Ingredients: 500g parsnips 500g white or brown onions 1tbsp […] Read more »

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

This recipe for Spaghetti Carbonara is my version of the Italian classic. It’s not too far from the original and is a delicious and speedy way to enjoy pasta.   Timings: Start to finish: 30 mins cooking / preparation.   Ingredients: 4 rashers of  dry cure smoked back bacon 14oz / 350g   spaghetti or quick cook  pasta 4 […] Read more »

Butternut Squash and Salami Risotto

Butternut Squash and Salami Risotto

      I don’t just love this dish because it can be created mainly using store-cupboard ingredients. It’s also easy to make, really rich in flavour and totally delicious. The sweetness of the squash perfectly complements the heat of the chilli and gives you a cosy, warming feeling – great now that autumn’s on […] Read more »

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