Beef Stew

A simple, classic beef stew done really well is a complete joy. However, it isn’t always done well, which I think is why so many people think of stews as a bit depressing. The difference between an amazing stew and a mediocre one is like the difference between a warm hug and a limp handshake.Continue reading “Beef Stew”

Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree

Otherwise known as Orange Chicken with Orange Mash. I love chicken legs for this because you get huge flavour from the bone, no carving required. (Legs also offer great value.) However, for those breast-inclined among you, four skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts would be just fine, too, though you’d need to reduce the cooking time slightly.Continue reading “Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree”

My Ultimate Chilli

There are a million recipes for chilli con carne – this is mine. Packed with vegetables, beans, and moderate quantity of delicious meat, this meal is one of the best things you could eat, nutritionally. It also freezes beautifully; I have a stack of bags of this chilli waiting in the freezer at all times.Continue reading “My Ultimate Chilli”

Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake

This dish reminds me of a dinner my mum used to make for me – she took an uncharacteristic shortcut and made hers with cream of broccoli soup, as I recall. For me, it is comfort and nostalgia on a plate. This version dispenses with the tin of soup, but I redress the balance byContinue reading “Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake”

Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce

This is a really quick, easy and satisfying salad. Perfect for lunch or dinner, it’s a veg-packed weekday wonder. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup cashews  1/4 green cabbage, core removed and cabbage thinly sliced 2 nests medium egg noodles  1 small head broccoli (1/2 if large), cut into florets 1 red pepper, de-seeded and slicedContinue reading “Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce”

Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

The whole point of a weekend is finding time to enjoy oneself, separate and apart from the monotony of a working week. While I often find that enjoyment in hours of pottering in the kitchen, sometimes I’d much rather be anywhere else. A slow-roasted shoulder of lamb will happily look after itself while I spendContinue reading “Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb”

Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms

This is a sexy pasta. Layers of flavour, fabulous textures and a hint of luxury – properly grown-up comfort. Feeds 2 Ingredients 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs Olive oil 20g butter 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper 200g mushrooms, sliced 2 slices prosciutto 200g dried linguine Parmesan Truffle oil Method: To make the pangrattato, heatContinue reading “Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms”

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Easy to make, and really hits the spot. Perfect if you fancy something a bit junky but still want to stay on track. Because despite its crispy credentials, this is lighter than it looks! Serve with oven-baked sweet potato fries for a healthier pub meal at home. Feeds 2 Ingredients 2 boneless, skinless chicken thighsContinue reading “Crispy Chicken Sandwich”

Gardener’s Pie

I’ve written a recipe for shepherd’s pie before, but this pie, so-named for its vegetable-reliant ingredients, is a sensation. While not strictly vegetarian (due to the inclusion of Worcestershire sauce), this vegetable-based take on a shepherd’s pie is a really delicious, healthy swap. Comfort and warmth delivered in a very nutritious, low-calorie package.  Feeds 2-4, dependingContinue reading “Gardener’s Pie”

Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato

Pangrattato is the crisp, garlicky breadcrumbs shaken over a finished plate of pasta, providing fantastic texture and contrast to the creamy sauce. Originally intended as the “poor man’s parmesan”, pangrattato is no compromise. It’s my new favourite pasta accessory. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 butternut squash Olive oil Salt and pepper 2 slices stale bread (anyContinue reading “Silky Squash Pasta with Pangrattato”