Black Bean and Sweetcorn Tortillas

I’m so glad I discovered black beans. I make this Bacon and Black Bean Chilli regularly and it’s sooooo good. The black beans are much squishier and fudgier than kidney beans, and mush up really nicely into a dip or a spread. This meal looks complicated from the image, but is really super easy –…

Prawn, Courgette and Leek Linguine

I’m normally here a-posting a Wonderful Wednesday round up at this time in the week, but I’ve been a busy lady and haven’t had much time to think – or take snaps in the last few days! But I did whizz up some home made pasta. Yes whizz up. In both action and time this…

Sumac Spiced Roast Veg and Couscous Stuffed Peppers

We love eating roast peppers. They go all goey and sweet in the oven, and make the filling soft and juicy too. A bit of spinach stirred through could be lovely here, or some more sweet notes could be added with a sweet potato. I’m really liking sumac at the moment, which I liberally sprinkled…

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,…

Green Lentil and Vegetable Cottage Pie

This is a comforting plate of fodder if ever there was one. It’s what we’ve needed up here lately – as I type there’s a gale blowing round the house and it’s bitterly cold outside. It feels so good to be snugly sipping wine on the sofa while the wind whips through the chimneys. This…

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…

Mediterranean Chicken Stew

I haven’t posted about chicken for a while. I usually forget how good it is each time I make it, and the other night was no exception. I think you really have to buy ‘proper’ chicken though. By that I mean one that tastes of bird, rather than just sweetish protein. This 2kg corn fed…

Lemony Leftover Turkey Pitas

It’s a cliche but we all need a recipe like this at this time of the year. Something easy, something healthy, something to bring new life and a new sensation to the tastebuds before we pack up the rest of the turkey and stick it in the freezer. And goddammit…something healthy. Sorry but you’re welcome…

Rich Cod and Lentil Stew

A pan full of lentils, simmered slowly in stock with sweet vegetables, is such a versatile dish. You can chuck some cooked chicken in, layer the top with more veggies, or do as I’ve done here, and flake some juicy fish over the top for a super-healthy, filling and indulgently rich dish. Hope you enjoy!…

Mushroom, Chestnut and Spinach Stroganoff

This is comfort food To The Max. Rich, creamy, easy to eat with a spoon from a bowl, it has everything you want on a chilly night, wrapped up in a blanket with some blog reading and a great spotify playlist for company. It’s also SUPER quick to make, which is always good. Fry off…

Garlic Baked Aubergine with Feta, Yoghurt and Parsley Dip

Well this is a bit of a treat dish. The oil and garlic juices melts into the scored aubergine, making it silky and soft. Eat it hot with the cold dip and you’ve got a wonderful contrast of sensations. Mouth-feel, I think people call it, although the phrase is rather unpleasant. The salty feta is…

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…