Tuscan Roasted Chicken

Low effort, summery and delivers amazing flavour, this bird has everything going for it. If you aren’t convinced yet, know that a spatchcock chicken roasts in less time than your standard bird and the flattened meat means the skin gets really crisp. Easy to carve, too. Spatchcock is just to say, remove the backbone fromContinue reading “Tuscan Roasted Chicken”

Rescue Me Pasta

I love this dinner for its lifesaving properties. Incredibly low effort, cooks in no time, and for me, does not require a trip to the grocery store (always a bonus). I keep these ingredients to hand at all times, including pairs of smoked bacon rashers in the freezer for just such an occasion. Save thisContinue reading “Rescue Me Pasta”

Springtime Sausage Pasta Bake

This is a fresh and comforting make-ahead dinner that you can throw together in about 30 minutes. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 good quality sausages, casings removedOlive oil3 cloves of garlic, finely minced3 medium courgettes (zucchini), halved lengthwise and sliced into 1 cm piecesSalt and pepper2 x 14oz tinned chopped tomatoesPinch of dried chilli flakesLarge handfulContinue reading “Springtime Sausage Pasta Bake”

Pan Fried Sea Bass with Courgette and Peas

I love this meal for its simplicity, but what’s amazing is how exciting it tastes. The combination of flavours is something very special. If you can find fresh garden peas this is a great use for them. Feeds 2 Ingredients 3/4 cup peas (400g if still in their pods) or use frozen2 medium courgettes2x 175gContinue reading “Pan Fried Sea Bass with Courgette and Peas”

Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik

Fresh, smoky and fabulously spiced, this meal feels like a trip to the curry house (but without all the calories). Very quick to cook, too. Use whichever curry paste you like, just make sure it’s the paste sold in jars, not curry powder. On the subject of jars, the mint yogurt is made using theContinue reading “Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik”

Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with Zesty Rice

This dish brings the flavours of a moussaka without all the calories. For as much as I love a traditional moussaka, it does tend to do a bit of oil-leeching on the plate – not a good sign if you’re watching your figure. Small eggplants are the best option here as they are the rightContinue reading “Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with Zesty Rice”

Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas

A real fish & chips experience in less time than it takes to wait for the takeaway. Look for cod loin fillets which are thicker, for best results. If you’re in the mood to make your own chips rather than take the shortcut of a bag of frozen ones, this recipe is great. But forContinue reading “Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas”

Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie

A great way to use up leftover lamb, this pie is packed full of vegetables, spices and different textures. While the various stages take a little time to complete, none are hard, and the end result is infinitely rewarding. As a bonus, next time you have vegetarian guests to feed, simply omit the lamb forContinue reading “Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie”

Steak in a Last Minute Marinade

Consider marinating steak not before it’s cooked, but after. When left to rest in a post-marinade of roasted red peppers, garlic and mustard, the steak takes on fantastic flavour. But what the steak taketh, it then leaveth behind: its juices boost and flavour the salsa, creating a fabulous sauce to eat with. Serve with creamyContinue reading “Steak in a Last Minute Marinade”

Moroccan Spiced Vegetable Stew

Fresh, fun, and a little surprising, this healthy weeknight dinner is quick to throw together and tastes fantastic. No excuse not to get your 5-a-day! Don’t be tempted to skip the pine nuts – they add necessary texture and nuttiness that makes the whole thing really work. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter½ tbsp oliveContinue reading “Moroccan Spiced Vegetable Stew”