Speedy Spanish Stew

A healthy weeknight dinner to the rescue. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 110g cured chorizo, casings removed and chorizo chopped into small cubes Small drizzle of olive oil 2 medium onions, diced Salt and pepper 4 large cloves of garlic, minced 2 bay leaves 56oz tinned chopped tomatoes 2 x 400g tins of butter beans,Continue reading “Speedy Spanish Stew”

Salmon Linguine with a Lemon Cream Sauce

I don’t often cook with double cream, but when I had a large pot leftover from a recent over-catered garden party, I knew I had to find some uses for it. I’d rather the guilt of a few extra calories than the guilt of food waste. Anyway, my philosophy on cooking with cream is itContinue reading “Salmon Linguine with a Lemon Cream Sauce”

Greek Marinated Pork Kebabs

This is one of my all-time favourite, mainstay weeknight dinners. I always have bags of this pork frozen in its marinade, ready to be thawed and thrown on the BBQ. Tzatziki is my preferred condiment of choice, and while I certainly don’t disapprove of the shop-bought varieties, my recipe for homemade tzatziki is completely worthContinue reading “Greek Marinated Pork Kebabs”

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”

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”

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”