Quick chicken curry (#74)

I won’t make a huge song and dance about this one, but it is actually a great one to have in your repertoire as a way of turning some curry paste into a curry with more flavour than those pre-created supermarket pastes tend to achieve on their own. This is a thank you to the Hairy…

Coriander chicken with wild rice (#73)

I’ve been a tad busy. And being a tad busy means I have been cooking, getting in the kitchen, trying out new things… but woefully bad at writing them up and sharing them with you all and for that I am sorry. So, to make up for it I am sharing a recipe that I’ve…

Romano pepper and herb penne (#72)

This is the first recipe I’m going to bring you from Mary Berry’s Quick Cooking. How glad I am that I purchased this book. It’s given me a whole bunch of cracking recipes. There are some fantastic little tapas pieces and canapes. Go and get this now. This particular recipe is a superb little number. The…

Aloo gobi (#71)

I’ve wanted to make aloo gobi for ages. It’s one of those dishes I really like but feel I don’t get to have very often. I get the impression that my friends from school, known somewhere between ‘Michelin List Mandem’ and ‘Indian restaurant tour’, aren’t very fussed about it when we go out. So I…

Beef casserole with horseradish and mustard (#70)

There is some serious drama in my backstory for this one. Serious drama. I tried to make this two years ago. Stupidly tried to do it after work. Hours later, while tired, impatient and hungry I accidentally tipped the whole thing over on the kitchen floor. There was a rather comic (read tragic) moment of…

Cottage pie with crush potato (#68)

I must caution you, Mary Berry is going to make quite a return to this blog in the next few posts. I’ve already described my joy at the rediscovery of her Absolute Favourites, and my recent shop relied quite heavily on this book. I want you to excuse the terrible photo for this blog post. Actually,…

Pancetta and pea orzo (#67)

Truth be told I’ve been making this one for ages. The post has sat in my drafts for ages and Lord knows why I’ve neglected to publish it. Potentially because at one point I made it with such regularity. This was my first foray into cooking with orzo and I will never look back. My…

Prawn & ginger noodle stir fry (#66)

I’ve brought Mary back in my life and oh, how glad I am for it. Wonderful woman. I will admit that I sometimes look at the one book I have of hers and think ‘one day this’ll be a big yes, but maybe not today’. I watched her ‘Classic’ programme the other day and they…

Quick lamb ragu with linguine (#65)

It was only a matter of time before I returned to something incredibly familiar. And what could be more familiar than a ragu? As much as I love experimenting with food every so often you just want something you know you’ll like. The original recipe is for two, so below is a write up of…

Vegetable coconut curry (#64)

I am not one of those people who will willingly submit oneself to a meal without meat if I did not have good cause to do so. This one is a bit of a winner. Yes, the ingredients list looks pretty chunky, but what it does is partially build up a range of flavours but…

African drumsticks (#63)

This one is a little bit left field. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve cooked any food unambiguously from the African continent, and definitely not any sub-Saharan cuisine.  But what else is this blog for? What really won me over is the ability to make far ahead of time. A week ahead even! Simply combine…

Rajasthani saffron chicken curry (#62)

Forgive the terrible photo. My dieting at the start of 2019 depends on me be over the top on packaging, freezing and then reheating a mass batch of Sunday cooking. With that aside, I want to just say that this is a wonderful little curry to have in your repertoire. Definitely one I’ll make again,…