Cassoulet

We eat the Hairy Bikers’ Great Sausage Casserole a LOT. But now I look back at the recipe, I realise mine has morphed away from their original version. This time, I made my version of the sausage casserole, but added a layer of breadcrumbs, after eating the most DELICIOUS cassoulet at my mum’s. I’m not…

Carrot and Courgette Salad

I bought these courgettes on a little wander through my local allotment, where the gardeners often leave their produce next to an honesty box for anyone who wants fresh, truly local vegetables. I was looking for an accompaniment to a delicious Beef Stifado (sorry we ate it too quickly to blog!) but here‘s a good…

Carrot and Peanut Butter Dip

Another day, another dip. And it’s a goodie (but aren’t they all?) This is a yummy combo of sweet carrots and garlic, whizzed up with a flash of lime juice and some unctuous peanut butter. Enjoy! Carrot and Peanut Butter Dip (serves 2 greedily, 4 moderately) 6 medium carrots, peeled and chopped into chunks 2…

Corned Beef Hash

I make this fairly often, as I like to have a stash of storecupboard suppers I can whip out in emergencies. Or sometimes, not emergencies, but when one wishes to be both frugal and filled up with yummy deliciousness. And this IS delicious. Ok it’s corned beef, not going to win any awards for being…

Red Lentil Dhal

Sometimes you just need a curry – right? I didn’t have many fresh ingredients in the house when I got the urge – so I thought a plain dhal would do the trick – but only a very very good one. Sometimes the problem with dhal is that it’s a little lacking in pizazz. Fine,…

Super Quick Thai Green Stirfry Curry

This is one of those 5 minute meals that once you’ve cooked once – you’ll return to it again and again because it’s so EASY! Plus, healthy and delicious – what’s not to love? I tend to cook in themes. I’ll have good olde english pub-grub style food for days on end – think sausages…

Thai Green Curry with Scallops and Purple Sweet Potato

Apologies once again for another blurry and steamy photo but I just had to get stuck into this hot bowl of deliciousness. It’s a blow-yer-head-off kinda dish, not for the faint hearted, but that’s sometimes just what you need no? A cold glass of rose was perfect with this, a tinge of sweetness standing out…

Prawn and Cashew Courgetti

I’d never tried courgetti until I made this. I can now quite confidently declare it to be cheap and delicious. Really pleased. Some of these faddy foods are not so great – but this one’s a keeper. I try to stay away from fatty creamy rich sauces on pasta to try and keep the calorie…

Aubergine, Bacon and Chickpea Stew

I’ve had to stop myself from calling this ABC stew. I’ve done that gag with pasta. Here, if you’re interested. And it’s really good (both the joke, and the pasta). Anyway – this Aubergine, Bacon and Chickpea Stew was a complete accident. I was going to make Butterbeans and Bacon in Tomato Sauce for dinner,…

Falafel

Gosh I just love falafel. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make me own. I’ve been so used to my trusty bean burgers that I’ve not strayed before – but I’m so glad I did. Falafel are very different to bean burgers – which I should have remembered really. Bean burgers…

Lentil, Celeriac and Swede Bake

I’m rather proud of this recipe. It’s everything a home-cooked meal should be, in my not-so-humble opinion. It ticks all the boxes of being a) healthy b) full of vegetables c) filling and d) scrumptious. It’s also something that will work with whatever vegetables you’ve got lying around. You will need the celery/onion/garlic/carrot ensemble for…