I often find that I buy nuts or seeds to make something particular and I get left with a few grams of them here and there. That's where my store cupboard shortbread comes in. This year I am attempting to use up ingredients in my cupboards and I thought I would start by using the last few dregs of cocoa powder and some leftover hazelnuts; I am so glad I did.
Makes 12 pieces of shortbread:
175g plain flour1 tbsp cocoa powder50g
You know those small pasta shapes you can buy which are ideal for minestrone? Well, it turns out they make a really good pasta bake. I found this out by accident when making my creamy lentil pasta bake and looked in the cupboard to find only teeny tiny bows to hand. This is a seriously tasty and very filling vegetarian pasta bake which is crammed full of veg with a little added double cream for a touch of weeknight luxury.
In my perfect world, a mince pie would be 70% pastry, 30% mincemeat. It's not that I don't like mincemeat I just don't like too much of it. That's where my mince pie crumble bars come in. A thick layer of buttery shortbread, a spiced mincemeat middle and further crumbly shortbread on the top. Let's be honest, it's mostly biscuit with a hint of Christmas. Perfect.
You will need (for 12 mince pie crumble bars):
At Christmas there are four things that I like to do: eat, go for walks, play games and watch festive television shows. I do like to plan ahead and this year is no different with my Christmas meal plan. With a plan in place there's no last minute rush to the shops for those forgotten ingredients and no blank looks when someone says "What's for dinner?". With a little bit of careful planning, some batch cooking and a few shortcuts I am looking forward
Exploring the Lake District has been on my list of places to go for ages! I can't believe how long it has taken me to get it booked and head up there. We went in November, certainly not the warmest time of year to go, but I would argue it's one of the prettiest. The trees are all turning orange and although it's cold, it's not icy cold. Anyway, cold hands are just an excuse to get a hot chocolate.
We were based near Windermere and Bowness-on-Windermere,
It's late autumn. I want the food on my plate to reflect the leaves on the trees outside and my chicken and chorizo tray bake does exactly that. A sizzling tray of orange, red and purple it smells so good while it's cooking and also tastes divine. Those orange juices at the bottom of the dish? Don't waste those. Tear open some crusty bread and get dunking.
You will need (for two):
2 chicken breasts2 red peppers, deseeded
I really like the flavour of satay: nutty, salty and with a hint of ginger and garlic. Quite a lot of the recipes I have tried involve marinating before cooking and frankly, on a weekday when I want dinner in a flash, mixing up a marinade is not what I want to be doing. My satay pork fried rice has all the flavours you'd want from satay, is super simple to make and contains three different vegetables. As it's a versatile recipe I've popped a couple
I often get left with carrots at the bottom of the fridge. They play an overlooked, but important, base in so many meals: part of a mirepoix, in casseroles and in pies to name a few. Rarely, in my kitchen anyway, do the carrots get to be the star of the dish. So when some beautiful rainbow carrots arrived in the veg box it would have been rude to simply chuck them into various dinners. This time, I wanted to celebrate this lovely root in a rainbow
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Having leftovers is such a joy. Cooking an extra large batch of something so that you can reap the rewards the next day, or in the next few weeks, is very satisfying, time saving and thrifty too. Even better if you can store the leftovers in a dish which you can then pop straight in the oven. Minimal washing up; and that's never a bad thing! I have been cooking with Pyrex dishes over the last few weeks, seeing how they
Most people would take one look at our barbecue and wonder what on Earth we were thinking when we bought it. As non-seasoned barbecuers we didn't want to splash the cash and bought pretty much the cheapest barbecue we could find. It's cast iron, uses coal or wood and has just enough space for food for two or three people and it's brilliant. Of course, the first ever barbecue was too hot, the second was too cold but we are pros now and not even a