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”

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”