Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket

The capers, potato and flaky white fish make this simple and elegant meal almost evocative of fish and chips, but at a fraction of the calories. This makes a perfect lunch or light dinner, and you will be thrilled at how easy it is to throw together. Feeds 2 Ingredients 400g baby potatoes 2 haddockContinue reading “Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket”

Beef & Broccoli

Stir-fried broccoli and water chestnuts are pretty much the reasons why I love a stir-fry. Paired with steak, oyster sauce and ginger, the end result is intensely savoury and satisfying. Ingredients For the sauce: 1 dessert spoon of oyster sauce 1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp honey 1/4 tsp ground ginger (or grateContinue reading “Beef & Broccoli”

Zucchini Parmigiana

When I’m trying to cut calories and eat as healthily as possible, I need lots of warm, comforting food to stave off any feelings of deprivation (or desperation). This really delivers. Hot, bubbly, full of vegetables, and ready in about an hour. I don’t claim any particular credentials in nutritional science, but I reckon halfContinue reading “Zucchini Parmigiana”

Salmon, Fennel & Pepper Traybake

Fennel and peppers are the real stars here, making appearances in their various forms. The end result is subtle, sweet and fresh. You can eat the roasted lemon, too. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1 bulb of fennel, halved, core removed, then sliced 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut into thick slices Two fist-sized potatoes, peeled andContinue reading “Salmon, Fennel & Pepper Traybake”

Crispy Duck Wraps

Fresh, vibrant and just a little festive, these are just the thing after a few days of heavier Christmas fare. This also works beautifully with leftover turkey! Just fry the meat in a pan with the five spice until it crisps and you’re in business. Feeds 4 Ingredients 2 duck breasts Chinese five spice SaltContinue reading “Crispy Duck Wraps”

Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies

These pies just say Christmas! Big enough to be generous, but small enough for a party snack, if I saw a plate of these beauties any time over the festive period, I would instantly know I was welcome. If homemade shortcrust pastry isn’t your thing, you can buy pre-made shortcrust pastry in most grocery stores.Continue reading “Mini Chicken, Bacon, Leek & Chestnut Pies”

We Should All Be Eating Mussels

Mussels are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. They were actually the first thing I ever cooked for my (now) husband. He was dead impressed – and you will be, too. In addition to being really delicious, mussels have so much going for them. They’re cheap, elegant, easy and quick to cook, lowContinue reading “We Should All Be Eating Mussels”

Rolled Turkey Breast Stuffed with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans

Much less hassle (and expense) than the whole bird. If you’re a little apprehensive about cooking an entire turkey or just have fewer people coming ’round this year, this rolled and stuffed turkey breast is a great alternative. Slices like a dream, too. Substitute any dried fruit, nuts and booze – the method is theContinue reading “Rolled Turkey Breast Stuffed with Bacon, Cranberries and Pecans”

That Time I Roasted a Pheasant

A Fowl Tale I live over the road from a lovely, old-fashioned English butcher. The men know me by name but call me Madam, and routinely inquire after “Sir”, my husband Tom. Utterly charming. Inside this butcher is a display that would delight any carnivore. Proper Tomahawk steaks, full ribs of beef, sliced to order,Continue reading “That Time I Roasted a Pheasant”

Italian Beef Stew

Part of my Festive Italian Feast, perfect for cosy Christmas entertaining. Feeds 6 Ingredients 100g pancetta, cut into small cubes 1kg stewing beef, cubed Olive oil Vegetable oil Salt and pepper 2 stalks celery 2 medium onions 2 carrots, peeled 4 cloves garlic 1 level tbsp chopped rosemary 2 bay leaves 2 tbsp tomato pasteContinue reading “Italian Beef Stew”