Tomato and Mascarpone Gnocchi Bake

I think this is a perfect meal in many ways: firstly, it's just the right size for two people; secondly, it's really simple to make; thirdly, it's deliciously vegetarian and full of veg and lastly, it's really versatile. My tomato and mascarpone gnocchi bake is made from a few ingredients which I often have in the kitchen anyway. Just the thing for a busy Monday night when you want something quick and tasty. You could add anything to it that you Read more

New Little Treats

I don't want to speak too soon and scare the sunshine away but it might actually now be summer. I've been trying out some lovely new little treats that are great for summer snacking and are easy meal additions. I always find myself eating lighter in the summer months, but I don't just mean calories. Lighter flavours, colours and textures are always welcome at this time of year and these products I've been trying fit into that perfectly. First up Read more

Squash and Chickpea Tagine

This is actually surprisingly quick to make and I normally have some or most of these ingredients in the kitchen so it’s a great recipe to keep coming back to. My squash and chickpea tagine is a great way to use up some spices and a few tins from the cupboard. The fennel and paprika aren’t perhaps the most traditional tagine ingredients but I really think they add to the sweet squash and earthy chickpeas. If you roasted the squash before adding Read more

Elderflower, Cucumber and Mint Fizz

The elderflowers are here and it is the best time of year. If I was more of a poet I’d have come up with a second line to go with that. I’ve been shoving elderflowers into various different things for years: cordial, gin, crumble and sugar to name a few. I wanted to try something a little different, and a bit less time consuming this time round, to get that wonderful elderflower fragrance down my neck as soon as I could. A celebration of late Read more

Revisit: No 5 Bridge Street Winchester

I do love Winchester as a city. Compact, historic, quaint and with just about everything you could need (including a fantastic tea shop) all in one place. At the bottom of the main high street there's a subtle, unimposing restaurant called No 5 Bridge Street and we were invited for dinner. I have been before, the menu was completely different a few years ago, so I was looking forward to seeing what had changed. Normally when I'm perusing a menu Read more

Smoky Chipotle Tomato Soup

I made some enchiladas a few weeks ago and added one chipotle chilli for four people. You couldn’t taste it at all; there was a little bit of smoky flavour but no chilli heat; it wasn’t the end of the world, they were still very tasty. When I made this Smoky Chipotle Tomato Soup I added one chilli again, this time for two people, and it was probably the hottest thing I have ever eaten. It’s amazing how different two chillies that look just the Read more

Urbangrains Hamper Giveaway

You know when you go on holiday you can try some food or ingredients that are so wonderful and you just know you won't be able to find the same thing when you get back home. If you're lucky, you can stock up and take some home with you but sometimes that's not an option. I recently tried some products from Urbangrains; a website where you can buy deliciously unique products that they source straight from the producer. In the case of Urbangrains they Read more

New snacks for Spring

It's time to put the jumpers away and dust off the summer clothes. Almost, it's still pretty cold in the mornings! I find this time of year is when I start to try more new things, especially in the kitchen. Cooking with different ingredients, mixing up meals in the week and having something as a new little treat with my lunch always feels better when the skies are blue. So here's some new snacks for spring that I've been trying in my kitchen recently. As Read more

Wild Garlic and Crispy Fried Salami Potato Salad

Meals that are made from a few simple ingredients are invariably some of my favourite dishes of all. A quick scramble around the cupboards and fridge pulling ingredients and ideas together always feels more satisfying; like you’re getting a meal for nothing. My evening meals are always planned in advance so it’s lunchtime where I get my Ready Steady Cook hat on. Sometimes however the scrabbling approach doesn’t yield any particularly tasty sounding Read more

Olive and Fontina Baked Courgettes

A couple of courgettes turned up in the veg box this week. Although the days have been warm, borderline hot, recently the evenings are still cold reminding me that it’s firmly still spring. I’m certainly not complaining, I prefer spring in some ways; mostly that the heat (if any) is not muggy and there are many, many fewer insects. All the more enjoyable for al fresco dining I think you’ll agree; insects in summer mean I am forever swiping the Read more