Tomato, chilli and red lentil soup

I made a rather disappointing soup the other day. I had a bulb of fennel and a few carrots hanging around so I thought I’d roast them and make soup. Hmm I wasn’t convinced- even when boosted by fennel seeds and plenty of S&P it was bland. I’m sure it was down to the lack…

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Chestnut and cinnamon turkey macarons

Gobble gobble… When my boyfriend suggested I made ‘gobble macarons’ to celebrate thanksgiving I was a little confused. What on earth did he mean? But after a little explaining (apparently it’s the sound you make when you eat turkey) and one very quick search on Pinterest I was sold! Gobble macarons were on the weekend’s To…

My favourite bolognese

I think that sometimes the simplest things done incredibly well make the biggest impact. That’s why I’m posting this bolognese. One simple trick turns ordinary mince into something extraordinary. Bake your mince! Don’t fry it. Bake it. Sounds weird I know- I saw the idea in Tom Kerridge’s book but then when he explained it it…

Pistachio macarons

I’m having a macaron moment, I just can’t stop making them. I am determined to perfect my recipe, to make flawless macarons every time. I’m definitely not at flawless yet but these were definitely progress! The first challenge of making macarons is the wrinkly feet because without those they would just be colourful biscuits. Thankfully…

Chicken and chorizo paella

Disclaimer: this is not an authentic paella. I am fully aware that paellas do not traditionally include chorizo. After the uproar surrounding Jamie Oliver’s pig featuring paella I considered changing the name of this to chicken and chorizo rice pot, but then I thought why? I’m not sure any of my 28 twitter followers will…

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Party meringues

These mini meringues are the perfect thing for a party. They are quick and easy to make, look fantastic and who doesn’t like meringues?! Why people call them meringue kisses I have no idea- they’re definitely party meringues- don’t you think they look like they’re dancing?! Ok, maybe that’s just me. I left these ones…

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Chorizo, rosemary and tomato tagliatelle

So here I go, the first of my Supermarket Suppers. It’s a super quick and simple pasta dish and makes a supper (or weekend lunch) for these chilly Spring days. Everything came from the Sainsburys Local on our way back from church, it took about 20 minutes to prepare and cook and the washing up…

The challenge of cooking for one

I think my boyfriend was rather shocked when I told him I was dreading cooking for just myself. I was about to leave home, I was moving into a house with a kitchen designed by me, I loved cooking and I did it every evening at home. So what was I dreading? Two things really….

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Easter Simnel cookies

I’m in Simnel overdrive. Cakes and cookies made, ice cream on the way. Before I start I must ask – have you ever had Simnel cake? Until last week I thought everyone had; but then I made some Simnel cupcakes (super yummy) for work and I was shocked how few people had heard of it….

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Butternut squash soup

If you want a quick, easy and warming soup this is perfect for you. I love this soup for lunch at the weekend when it’s horribly cold outside and I just want to wrap up warm. It’s a beautifully simple soup that celebrates the delicious squash and one I think everyone will enjoy. When I’ve…