Chicken, Olive and Artichoke Stew with Risotto

I do like a tin of food. There's something very humble about tinned fruit and vegetables particularly; and I am not one to overlook anything that comes in a can. My favourite canned good of all is the artichoke. That's how this recipe for Chicken, Olive and Artichoke Stew with Risotto came about. Artichokes are very expensive, covered in oil (normally sunflower rather than nice olive oil) and quite small if you buy them chilled or in a jar; but in Read more

Smoked Chicken Fried Rice

I bought some smoked chicken from a local farm shop. I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it but it sounded too tasty not to try it. I planned to serve it with some cheese and chutneys but somehow I never got round to it. I certainly wasn't going to waste it and I thought, rather than serving it alongside something else, why not make it the star of the dish? Smoked chicken fried rice sounded like just the thing for a simple, no hassle Read more

Beef Stew with Horseradish Dumplings

I made this stew on New Year's Day. I can't think of many things as warming and comforting as a big bowl of slow cooked food. My beef stew with horseradish dumplings was made up of almost everything I had leftover in my fridge and cupboards; happily simmered away with some beef shin. A delicious, make-the-most-of-everything, homely stew for four people. Trust me on the ingredients; one or two may sound a little out of place but they really add to Read more

2016 Best Bits

Those funny few days between Christmas and New Year are the perfect time for a bit of reflection. I like to look back at everything I've been up to and where I've been, what (if anything!) I've learned and achieved in the last year and, most importantly, what I've been eating! So this post contains my absolute favourite recipes from this year and some of the best places I have visited. Beer, Mustard and Onion Macaroni Cheese To cook up this take Read more

Smoked Cheddar and Pickled Onion Turnovers

There's something you need to know about these turnovers. Although they are most excellent for using up leftovers they are more than worth baking up in their own right. Am I the only one who couldn't say no if offered Smoked Cheddar and Pickled Onion Turnovers? Didn't think so. Perfect for using up roast or mashed potatoes, pickled onions or chutneys and whatever hunk of cheese you have lying around. Completely versatile and a little bit too tasty Read more

Marshmallow Rice Krispie Yule Log

I tried making a traditional Yule Log a few years ago. It was somewhat stressful. Apart from the fact that my butter is never warm enough and I always lose patience and mix it up anyway and deal with the consequential sponge that turns up the whole process is fraught with danger. The rolling up, unrolling, spreading of cream, re-rolling and hoping for no cracking then furiously patching it up with ganache, chocolate flying all over the place. It's Read more

2016 Christmas Food and Gift Guide

This year’s Christmas food and gift guide is full of different products to try! A little collection of tasty treats and foodie gifts to give you a few ideas. If I find anything else I think is worth popping on I’ll be adding to this list over the next few weeks. I’ve got wreaths, crisps, chocolates, prepared veg, dessert tea and a hamper to get you started. Herb wreath from Rocket Gardens I love this, I think it’s such a lovely idea Read more

Granny’s Oat Biscuits

When I was young I baked with my Granny at any opportunity. She's got mad cooking skills and will beat anything together that looks like it's not going to work, portion up a raw chicken to freeze in the blink of an eye and somehow manages to produce amazing food from seemingly nothing. Safe to say, she knows what she's doing. However, we made these biscuits once together and, thanks to a timely phone call from my Mum, somehow both forgot to add any Read more

New in the Kitchen November

November has certainly let us know it's arrived! The weather has definitely got colder and the trees are all almost bear. That means that the cooking has changed in my kitchen. It's all about comfort food, being clever with leftovers and slow cooking at the weekends. I have been trying out some new products this month too so here's what's new in the kitchen November. Lee Kum Kee sent me a few of their sauces to try. The Kung Pao chicken (in the Read more

Burley Manor – An Autumn Weekend Escape

A night away is a real treat; one where you have gone far enough that you’re away from home but not so far that you get bored of driving. The New Forest is much closer to me than I had previously realised (how I’ve not recognised this before is quite astounding) and a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of day to day life so I was really looking forward to a stay at Burley Manor. Based in Burley, in the New Forest, Burley Manor Read more