Spicy Lentil Tacos

10 minutes from start to finish and you’ve got a fantastic weeknight meal. I use soft, free-standing taco shells because they are easy to stuff all at the same time, but if you’ve got crispy taco shells, flip a couple of egg cartons upside down and rack ’em up that way. Feeds 2 – 3Continue reading “Spicy Lentil Tacos”

Roast Chicken and Homemade Gravy

Roasting a chicken is one of the easiest things in the world to cook, and what a payoff! I roast my chickens in a cast iron pan because it goes straight on the flame afterwards to make the gravy, but any stovetop-safe roasting tray that is large enough to hold your chicken will do. I’veContinue reading “Roast Chicken and Homemade Gravy”

Caesar Braised Beef

Flavours of the Great Canadian Caesar are slow-cooked with a brisket of beef. Rich and spicy, and nothing like any beef stew you’ve had before. The Canadian Caesar is the best drink in the world. Kind of like a Bloody Mary, only instead of tomato juice it’s Clamato juice: a briny, salty tomato and clamContinue reading “Caesar Braised Beef”

Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries

A classic appetizer, but this would also be a fabulous and unexpected dinner party menu. Some really good cold ham, piles of good-quality mini gherkins, a crisp bitter salad and lots of cold Champagne… Quantity-wise, one 4″ wheel will do for six as an appetizer. As a main, it will feed two generously. Ingredients ForContinue reading “Baked Camembert with Oven-Crisped Fries”

Tuscan Bread Salad

Traditionally this salad is a great way to use up yesterday’s bread. Particularly in Tuscany, where the bread is unsalted and goes stale in about three minutes, this salad is practically the only use for it. (Sorry, Italians.) That being said, any rustic loaf – fresh or otherwise – is absolutely fine. Serves 4 IngredientsContinue reading “Tuscan Bread Salad”

Moroccan Meatballs

This really delivers on flavour and it’s packed full of vegetables! I would make this for a casual dinner party (see Make Ahead tip below) but it’s also simple enough to cook on a weeknight. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients – you probably have most of it already. Serves 4 –Continue reading “Moroccan Meatballs”

Veg & Noodle Stir-Fry with Maple Hoisin Salmon

Despite appearances, this stir-fry recipe is very quick to make and dispenses with a lot of the usual chopping required. Once prepared, the meal is cooked in 8 minutes – and it doesn’t take much longer than that to get organised. Please don’t be put off by the long instructions; they are there to help!Continue reading “Veg & Noodle Stir-Fry with Maple Hoisin Salmon”

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw

You may be thinking: a yogurt dressing, whole wheat buns and oven baked sweet potato fries – why even bother!? But trust me, this is as satisfying as the calorie-laden originals, only way, way lighter. Give it a go and thank me later. Serves 4 For the chicken sandwiches: 4 cups of cooked, cold shreddedContinue reading “BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw”

Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie

Mushrooms and ale give this pie a really deep flavour. The ale lends a slightly bitter edge, mellowed by cooking and the sharp cheddar cheese. The end result is deeply comforting and about as British as it gets. Serves 6 Ingredients Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 ½ cups finely diced onion 1 cup finelyContinue reading “Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie”

Crispy Paprika Salmon

Part of my summery salmon feast, though this salmon would go with almost anything. Serves 2 Ingredients 2 x 200g fillets of salmon, skin-on Paprika Salt and pepper Lemon Method: Preheat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the salmon on both sides with paprika, salt and pepper and give the salmon aContinue reading “Crispy Paprika Salmon”