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”

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roasted vegetables in a spicy, creamy sauce. Substitute any vegetables you have – it’s a great way to use stuff up! Feeds 2 Ingredients 125g cherry tomatoes, halved 200g mushrooms, halved or quartered if large  2 bell peppers, roughly chopped  Olive oil Salt and pepper  250g any short pasta  2 cloves garlic, minced  1 tspContinue reading “Roasted Vegetable Pasta”

Crispy Baked Chicken and Spicy Vegetables

Low maintenance and quick to throw together, this one-tray dinner is packed full of flavour – and vegetables! Feeds 2 Ingredients 2 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs 1 bunch of tenderstem broccoli 2 bell peppers, chopped into large chunks 1 tbsp dried oregano ½ tsp chilli flakes (or as much as you like) 1 tsp fennelContinue reading “Crispy Baked Chicken and Spicy Vegetables”

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Curry

This is a sweet, gently spiced and deeply comforting curry. If you’ve never tried raisins in a curry before, you’ll be amazed at how delicious it is. And don’t be tempted to leave out the sugar – it’s the magic ingredient! Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp olive oil 1 large onion, finelyContinue reading “Sweet & Spicy Chicken Curry”

Sausage and Apple Traybake with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

A cosy, stress-free autumnal meal. Great for a weeknight, but would make a lovely Sunday lunch, as well. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 – 8 sausages (depending on size) 4 carrots, peeled and sliced on the diagonal 4 apples, peeled and cut into cubes 8 handfuls of brussel sprouts, larger ones halved, smaller ones left wholeContinue reading “Sausage and Apple Traybake with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette”

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”