Slow Cooker Bolognese

The slow cooker is out again and, honestly, I can’t think of a better recipe for it.  Growing up, Spag Bol was always a quick 20 minute dinner, and that was fine.  As I grew older, however, I learned that the secret ingredient to any stew dish – and particularly Bolognese – is time.  Slow, gentle cooking…

Slow-cooked Bean and Sausage Stew

It’s slow cooker season, oh boy!  The air is colder, the days are shorter…we need a bit of light and warmth in our lives.  Nothing quite compares to that feeling of coming home to an abode that smells as delicious as a meal that has had 8 hours to develop flavour.  Not only that, but…

Mediterranean Mashed Potato

I do love taking a classic, simple dish and putting a slight spin on it.  I often feel that mashed potatoes are a missed opportunity when it comes to flavour experimentation.  We’ve all seen a cheesy mash or two, maybe a mustard mash.  More often than not, this delightfully fluffy side is given flavour from…

Spicy Bean Burrito

Living in London, you’d think every cuisine in the world would be available at a heartbeat and, to be fair, that is for the most part true.  Still, I’ve always felt that the wonders of Mexican food are somewhat under-represented in the British Isles.  Fortunately, these stupendous dishes are not as complex as you might…

Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto

  Earlier last year I fell in love with sundried tomatoes.  The concentrated, rich, oily flavour packs a punch unlike any other tomato product.  Perfect with pasta, on toasted bread, or on some strong cheese – perhaps my favourite use of sundried tomatoes is in this dish.  While the tomatoes provide the flavour, the pine…

Pistachio and Tomato Grilled Chicken

As much as I adore a heavy, hearty complex meal the sun was out today and I fancied something a bit lighter and faster.  This recipe epitomises both of those qualities – it takes around 15 minutes to make and  is filling, but not stodgy.  I went for a fairly basic tomato sauce for this but…

Cod Poached in Tomato Sauce with Feta and Parsley Topping

I’ve never had a huge amount of seafood in my diet – the occasional prawn, a drunken filet-of-fish from time to time, but these are few and far between.  Feeling like it’s about time I shake things up I decided to give this a go.  I’ve seen a few recipes out there in which the…

Beef and Barley Casserole

Pearl Barley is one of the most grossly underused carbs in the culinary world.  Its texture is comparable to a slightly more al-dente risotto rice but with a fluffier exterior.  It both provides a wonderful filler and helps thicken the sauce to a luxurious consistency.

Couscous – Beef & Tomato, Lemon and Pesto

Introduction I’ve long felt that Couscous was one of the most underused carb accompaniments for meals.  It cooks in under 10 minutes, will take on almost any flavour and really is very cheap.  As a very strange child I always claimed my favourite food was “lemon and coriander couscous.”  Evidently too good for fish fingers….