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

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

Lamb, Lentils and Flatbreads

When it's a weekday and you come back from work to cook dinner, I'm assuming it's not just me, you actually just want to relax. The cooking should be straightforward, ideally with minimal washing up and the food should be tasty, filling and balanced. I've been adding more and more recipes to my weeknight repertoire that are just that; minimum fuss, maximum flavour and ideally ready in under 30 minutes. This recipe for lamb, lentils and flatbreads Read more

Baked Aubergine, Halloumi and Tomato Mashed Potato

Sundried tomatoes, paste and pesto always hang around for a bit in my kitchen. I never seem to use a whole tub or jar so am left with trying to find different ways to use them up. And why not mix them with mashed potato! This Baked Aubergine, Halloumi and Tomato Mashed Potato is really rather very good; especially when you get a forkful of everything at once. Great for using up a few odds and ends too and you could easily stretch this to feed four Read more

Harissa Chicken with Quinoa, Avocado and Mango Salad

How many times do you think about what to make for dinner and end up with a seemingly impossible list of requirements for that one meal? It needs to be filling, but without being too full of fat, tasty without being too salty or sugary, balanced and preferably something interesting. Welcome to every weekend of my life! Planning meals is something I can’t live without (see post here if you want some top tips) and I usually do it on a leisurely Sunday Read more

Easy White Bean Stew with Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Wholesome food always makes you feel good; it's made from humble ingredients and is full of good things like beans, vegetables and whole grains. I normally eat slow cooked, what I would describe as wholesome, meals in the autumn and winter but this easy white bean stew with purple sprouting broccoli is the perfect dish for this time of year. It's quick and easy to make, is full of seasonal vegetables and is absolutely delicious. Using seasonal veg Read more

Smoky Cowboy Beans

I knew what I wanted these smoky cowboy beans to taste like before I made them. The thing I had to do was to work out which ingredients it was that I needed to mix together to make something that tasted like I wanted it to. After a few attempts, a bit of this, less of that and more of the other I have cracked it. Wonderfully smoky, sweet and sticky with a few spices and plenty of beans to make something substantial from ingredients you probably already Read more

Sticky Chilli Pork and Noodles – Feed 4 for £6

I'm not sure quite what's happened but all of a sudden I find myself spending over £50 a week on food shopping. I know, it's not a shocking amount and it's certainly less than I know other people spend but it's twice as much as I used to spend. I didn't really notice it creeping up over time and I haven't really changed what I eat (less meat if anything) but it irritates me nonetheless. There's only so many beans and lentils one person can eat in Read more

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Some people bake bread when it rains. I bake whatever contains as much butter and sugar as possible to cheer myself up. I'm not a big fan of rain. I made cookies once before when I was much younger and they didn't exactly work out like they were supposed to; I made one very large, thin cookie. With the recent bout of cold and rain I felt it was time I attempted cookies again; why not. Mint chocolate chip cookies are much more welcome than precipitation.This Read more

Earl Grey Gin Cocktail

I like tea and I like gin. I particularly like earl grey and gin based cocktails so I thought it was about time that I got creative with my cocktail shaker and tried these two tastes together. Not for my own benefit of course, all in the name of experimenting. Whenever I make a cocktail I am always amazed at how the slight slip of a hand can affect the end taste of the drink; too sweet, too acidic, too much alcohol. Then again, you can add a bit more Read more