Paprika chicken (#54)

I had the most tremendous goulash on my trip to Hungary at Easter this year. I cannot recommend Aszú Étterem enough (the city has so many fantastic restaurants it’s hard to beat, but this restaurant just nabbed the ‘best main course’). A few weeks after I got back I tried out a Hairy Bikers’ goulash…

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…

Spiced beef, potato and apricot tagine (#43)

It took me a while to get round to making this one. For numerous reasons: There’s a two hour stint in the oven, there are apricots involved, and the ingredients list looks intimidating (although it really shouldn’t to me considering my burgeoning spice draw). For a weekend dinner party this one would be such an impressive…

Blue cheese guacamole (#28)

I made normal guac for the first time this year, so it should legitimately be on this blog. But I’ve now gone one better. Yes, even better than guacamole! This cheesey guacamole recipe is from Nigella, of course it is, but more than anything it is from Nigella Express. I’ve rediscovered the book recently. I must…

Turkish eggs (#23)

  A bank holiday Monday on my own meant only one thing. It’s time to cook. One of my new acquisitions is the rather wonderful Chicken & Egg book from the Hairy Bikers. I was a tad worried at the outset that the book would prove to be a disappointment, but it’s only my fault for…