Our Dinner Party – three courses, four wines!

So we were having two of our best friends over for a Saturday night meal, its classic dinner party territory, so I got thinking about a manageable but fancy three course menu. I felt it was a great excuse to do something that we wouldn’t usually have but I had to balance that with not…

My Unicorn Cake!

I really enjoyed making and decorating this little beauty. I find it very creative and fun doing this kind of icing, you can be really free with it. The hardest part of this cake was the base buttercream layer, it has to be straight, smooth and neat, neat neat! It’s not perfect but it was…

Celebrating National Sausage week

Last week was national week and I thought about lots of different sausage dishes from a rich oniony sausage casserole to spicy bbq sausage and fries but in the end I decided to go classic french with this sausage and lental dish.  It was warming and comforting with the earthy lentals and deep meaty sausage….

Autumn is here, let’s roast a squash!

The little beautiful orange creature was named a ‘culinary squash’ in the supermarket. I wondered about the different things I could make with it. As it’s cold and wet outside I thought I would make something comforting and warming, and this defiantly ticks those boxes. I decided to combine the wonderfully soft and sweet roasted flesh…

5 Ingredient Ridiculously Tasty Mushroom Pasta

If you want a really tasty meat free pasta dish then this is the recipe for you. The mushroom sauce is so meaty and flavour packed that you defiantly won’t miss the meat! With just 5 ingredients it’s simple, easy and fast! I really liked the deep, dark and satisfyingly savoury tone of this dish….

Rich and smokey Baked Beans

This is a recipe anyone, even my husband, can do…it’s a ‘throw it all in one pan’ recipe. These beans are rich, smokey and comforting, but they are also really easy to make as all the elements are kitchen staples, so this is a real store cupboard quick fix. They are quite different to those…

Buttered Corn in the Husk

                             A seasonal treat of sweet and buttery kerrnals, roasted to add a little of that tasty charred flavour These are easy to prep and cook. Simply pull back the husks to the base without removing completely, this will reveal the silk;…

Fresh and Super Easy Pea Soup

I’m not a vegetarian but I try not to eat too much meat. This week we are having a meat free week and a friend asked me to seek out a pea soup recipe that was not ladened with cream yet substantial enough for a midweek tea. The result is definitely an everyday recipe; it’s…

Luxurious Double Mushroom Pasta with Pan Fried Duck Breast

Now this is not an everyday dish, this is a dish to call on for treat days. It’s big, creamy and rich with comforting warm flavours of mushrooms and parmesan wrapped around silky pasta. This dish delivers big on flavours without being overly complicated so it’s definitely one to try. You could easily have this…

Stuffed Baked PotatoesΒ 

Stuffed potatoes with feta, onion and olives. Served with homemade smokey baked beans and fresh rocket. This is a real midweek go to dish, it’s simple and easy to do, even the kids can get involved. It’s definite comfort food; we all love chips and cheesy beans, well this is the adults version.Β  2 baking…

Turkey Kebab

I first started making these a few years ago when I was part of a slimming club, I had these with salad which meant, no carbs, so good on red days. I chose turkey over chicken for three reasons: one, I really like the taste, two, it’s cheaper and three, I find that the open…