Cosy Chicken Casserole with Herby Scones

I love the rustic, vaguely French vibe of this meal – and just wait until you taste it. My husband and I both agreed it was one of the nicest chicken dishes we’ve ever had, proving one needn’t reinvent the wheel in order to cook something truly amazing. The slightly radical element here is theContinue reading “Cosy Chicken Casserole with Herby Scones”

Shrimp Fried Rice to Jazz Up Your Leftovers

Should you find yourself with a load of leftover cabbage, carrots and peas from your Sunday roast dinner, give this a go for a quick and healthy Monday night supper. The shrimp can easily be replaced (or indeed, augmented) with any leftover meat you may have lying around. You don’t need much of anything –Continue reading “Shrimp Fried Rice to Jazz Up Your Leftovers”

Resolve to Reduce Food Waste in 2022

If you’re struggling to come up with a New Year’s resolution, or even if you’re not – one of mine is to spend less time reading tacky tabloids – consider this an opportunity to adopt a new attitude to food, and commit to wasting less. The reality is wasted food is a part of allContinue reading “Resolve to Reduce Food Waste in 2022”

Prosciutto Roll-Ups

My all-time favourite festive snack, next to sausage rolls, of course. Sweet, salty and crisp, these attractive nibbles make a fabulous appetizer passed around just as they are. Or, add a pile of these to a festive grazing board for a special treat. Ingredients 1 pack of good quality, ready-rolled puff pastry Honey mustard (orContinue reading “Prosciutto Roll-Ups”

Marinated Olives

Warm olives take on a whole new dimension. Not only are they juicier and more flavourful, serving them warm seems to carry an element of luxury not present if they’re cold. Feeds 4 – 6 as a nibble Ingredients 1 orange or clementine 1 lemon 2 cloves of garlic, unpeeled 2 bay leaves (fresh orContinue reading “Marinated Olives”

How to get Organised for Christmas

This time of year, newspapers and online portals are overflowing with well-intentioned seasonal advice about getting ready for Christmas. The trouble is, the vast majority of it really isn’t very helpful. Flavoured butters, frozen-ahead canapes and pre-mixed cocktails are all very well, but not if you never planned to do any of that in theContinue reading “How to get Organised for Christmas”

Chicken and Chestnut Pie

Served with braised red cabbage and maple roast parsnips, this is like Christmas dinner in pie form. You can use cooked, cubed chicken pieces for this (great if you’ve got some leftover roast chicken lying around), or dice up some raw chicken thighs and let them braise in the sauce. Choose relatively small chestnut mushroomsContinue reading “Chicken and Chestnut Pie”

An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles

All my favourites, rolled into one relaxing and Christmassy afternoon. Dispense with the dinner party this time of year and go in for something much simpler, but by no means less enjoyable. An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles Sugar & Spiced NutsCauliflower and Truffle SoupSliced BaguetteHard cheese (Gruyère, Aged cheddar or Comté)ProsciuttoSausage Rolls One thing allContinue reading “An Afternoon of Festive Nibbles”

Christmas Coleslaw

Don’t dismiss coleslaw as a summer barbeque staple; it is a veritable celebration of winter veg, and this one is so very Christmassy. Serve with Christmas ham, a spiced pulled pork, cold leftover turkey, or simply alongside a steaming baked potato for an easy side dish everyone will love. Inexpensive for a crowd, too. YouContinue reading “Christmas Coleslaw”

My Christmas Dinner

Christmas dinner is deeply personal, evangelical, even, and steeped in tradition, history and family. So who am I to tell you what to eat? Instead, I’ll tell you what I eat, what I enjoy, and what I’ve grown to love as my Christmas dinner. It’s not about perfection, but rather about what I find delicious,Continue reading “My Christmas Dinner”