Black pudding carbonara

I have a confession to make; when I made this a couple of months ago it was my first ever time making a carbonara and only my third time eating one. The first two had been courtesy of Carluccio’s and both had been horrible, I mean truly awful. I had my first after day two at a…

Teriyaki salmon with stir-fried sprouts

I’m a bit of a sucker for sprouts.. I may well have sent an excited snap chat to my fellow sprout lovers when I saw my first lot back in November. I just can’t get enough of them. So when I found purple sprouts I’m happy to admit that I was far more excited than…

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…

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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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Port braised rolled lamb

I’m not sure I should be sharing this. I’m not convinced I should be letting on just how simple it is to make! But as so many people have asked I thought I ought to… Plus as it’s unbelievably delicious and really rather simple to make so the more people cooking it the better! I’ve made this port…

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Jewelled sprout and cauliflower cous cous

Sprouts- do you love them or hate them? I love them! Not undercooked and bitter or overcooked and mushy, but just right and they are one of my favourites. Temperamental but delicious. So when I saw this recipe I knew I had to try it! Shame that was in July; I waited a long time…

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Venison and squash tagine

Forget Jamie’s 30 minute meals, fast cooking for me is all about casseroles, curries and tagines; cooked in the time it takes to find and boil the peas. Certainly faster than calling for a takeaway. Well almost. It would be more accurate to say reheats in the time it takes find and boil the peas….

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Chicken with orange, fennel and pomegranate

Sitting at home, in the kitchen, in the playroom, in the spare bedroom, in my room and anywhere else that there’s space are cook books. I have cook books everywhere. But how many of these cookbooks have been used more than once or twice? How many of the recipes I eyed up when in the…