Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Recipe: Sausage, Fennel + Mushroom Ragu

This sausage ragu is some serious autumn comfort food just waiting to be mopped up by a big slice of bread. It is also a real one-pot wonder: easy to prepare, despite the rather long ingredients list, and leaving minimal washing up. It is also incredibly delicious and makes fantastic leftovers, too. I use a combination of plain pork sausages and a more herby variety, or Italian-style seasoned sausages from the butchers for this. Make sure you get it on the hob with a good two hours' cooking time ahead of you - it is so worth the advance planning... 

Recipe: Aubergine + Bean Chilli

Winter's on the way, comfort food is on the menu, and I'm BACK! The Blog has been rather neglected this summer but I'm *all* about warming one-pots and big batches of cosy curries and stews so I promise to make a proper return to blogging my favourite recipes once again this winter. Let's start things off with this feisty little weeknight number: Aubergine and Bean Chilli with Tomatoes and Red Pepper. It's a good 'un (and it is also vegetarian - vegan without the soured cream - if you happen to be into that kinda thang)... 

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Recipe: Oat + Fruit Snack Bars

Here's another nice recipe to chuck together using mainly store cupboard ingredients. I originally made these oat bars to use up some fruit and to try out on my toddler as a healthy snack, and they were such a hit that I made another batch soon after! They are pretty virtuous: very little butter, and big on the dried and fresh fruit, so if you feel they need a bit more 'treat' in them whack in a couple of handfuls of chocolate chips or up the golden syrup... 

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Recipe: Lemon Lamb Curry

This curry is so quick and easy that the recipe fits on a scribbled sheet of tiny notepaper, one which was stuck into my scrapbook of recipes* by my sister so I'd stop asking her for the recipe every week. We really do make it that frequently - it's a delicious curry, really simple to make, and perfect for a midweek dinner. For a bigger feast we serve it with rice and another curry - such as the aubergine one in the picture from Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey book - or garlic and chilli lentils, but more regularly just piled on top of chapatti or naan, with yoghurt and fresh coriander.    

Monday, 8 May 2017

Recipe: Easy Kedgeree

This is my version of kedgeree, which is actually rather nice, but also ticks the box of being an easy, cheat's version of the traditional rice and fish dish. It's pretty quick to throw together and it is often enjoyed for both dinner and breakfast the next day in our house. Being a big fan of one-pot and store cupboard recipes these days, I tried out a number of kedgeree recipes before putting my own together based on the ingredients I usually have within arm's reach on any weekday. Consequently, this uses a handy pack of fish pie mix which we buy regularly but I also make this kedgeree recipe with whatever fish I can lay my hands on (salmon or haddock usually). A word of advice before you start: don't skip the fresh chilli and spring onions; they really make it.  Come to think of it, I can't live without the fresh coriander either...