Old Fashioned Beef Stew with Dumplings

Delightfully old fashioned and frugal, this meal is comfort and joy in a pot. The stew is deliberately simple in its ingredients, so make sure you use the best quality beef you can find. It’s a cheap cut and you don’t need very much, so go for quality, here. Although I would make this toContinue reading “Old Fashioned Beef Stew with Dumplings”

One Pan Chicken and Chorizo Supper

Chicken supremes are boneless, skin-on chicken breasts with the wing attached. It’s a treat to have a little wing to gnaw on at the end, so give it a go if you wouldn’t usually pick up this cut. However, if you can’t find supremes, skin-on chicken breasts will obviously work just fine. Feeds 2 IngredientsContinue reading “One Pan Chicken and Chorizo Supper”

Smoky Barbeque Sausage and Bean Stew

Bowl food you can really cosy up with. This takes about 30 minutes to prepare, plus simmering time. A total bargain, effort-wise. Feeds 4 generously Ingredients Olive oil500g sausages (approx. 4 – 6, depending on size)1 large onion, diced2 bell peppers, diced2 – 3 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped1 bay leaf1 small bunch of freshContinue reading “Smoky Barbeque Sausage and Bean Stew”

Greek Couscous Salad with Feta Yogurt Dressing

This is a fresh and zesty weeknight meal you can knock up in under 30 minutes – maybe even 20, if you get your act together. Feeds 4 Ingredients 2 skin-on, boneless chicken breastsSalt and pepper1 mugful (dried) wholewheat couscous1 lemonOlive oil1 red pepper2/3 cucumber2 handfuls cherry tomatoes½ small red onion (¼ of a largeContinue reading “Greek Couscous Salad with Feta Yogurt Dressing”

That Time I Roasted a Whole Duck

Chinese Peking duck with hoisin sauce, served with thin pancakes and slivers of fresh vegetables, is one of my favourite takeaway treats. It’s expensive, but I’ve never minded too much because I’ve always been rather intimidated by cooking a whole duck at home. I’ve seen a load of instructions for first dropping the duck intoContinue reading “That Time I Roasted a Whole Duck”

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”