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…

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…

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…

Gorgonzola & pancetta risotto (#61)

It’s a new year, and it’s time for some new inspiration. My dearest Mother has clearly decided that imitating home chefs just isn’t good enough. She bought me recipe books from some of the best kitchens in London (I haven’t eaten at any of them, sad to say), including Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor, which this…

Meatballs and orzo (#57)

I’d had my eyeballs focused on these meatballs for months. Nigella’s At My Table really is a wonderful book that I love exploring. The picture in the book just grabbed me. To some extent, it’s a classic tomato, pasta and mince dish which is why it feels so incredibly familiar. The colour is so inviting. But…

Tagliata (#55)

Back I go to Italian Nigella. Why wouldn’t I? I’ve been so busy for the past few weeks I’ve barely cooked at all, and before that almost everything I cooked seemed to be pasta based merely for convenience. It might seem odd that I turned to Nigellissima for something wheat free, but the book has some…

Sweet potato macaroni cheese (#53)

Macaroni cheese is boring. There, I said it. I love cheese, I love pasta. But, both of them are sublime carriers of, or additions to, so many other wonderful flavours. Just having a big bowl of it, even for the cheese-obsessed pasta-crazed human that I am, seems a tad dull for dinner. Then enters this…

Cappuccino pavlova (#52)

What a journey it has been! I’ve finally got round to posting the magical fifty-second recipe. I can’t quite believe it. Admittedly it took just over 18 months rather than one year, but I’ve got so many other meals and bakes that I’ve made but not written up that I’m afraid the blog is just…

Quick chicken cacciatore (#40)

This one is going to be one of my new staples. If you skim read through the pages of this blog you’ll see the words ‘quick’ and ‘easy’ paid as the highest compliment to many of the recipes. Is it considered unsuitable in someone who enjoys cooking that they prefer to have it done and…

Spicy sesame mushrooms with spaghetti (#36)

I’m into sesame at the moment. Partially because I had to buy sesame oil for a recipe and now I think it’ll go to waste if I don’t find more excuses to use it. However, also because it’s genuinely an enjoyable flavour that I’d argue you don’t see that much in home cooking. This little…

Garlic butter conchiglie (#34)

Every so often I am looking for something pretty basic, but ideally always something out of the ordinary. At the very least, it should be something that not everyone turns to. In comes in this little recipe from Simply Nigella. My favourite chef used ‘pasta snails’, or lumache rigate, but I used conchiglie. The main reason is because…

Cinnamon Almond cake (#25)

So this one went down a treat. The office deemed this potentially my best cake yet, which I consider not just a compliment to me but my absolute favourite TV chef Nigella. Nigellissima gave me this one. The Italian origin of it is lost on me – who doesn’t love nuts and cinnamon? (Well, my…