Cous Cous with Mozzarella & Mediterranean Veg Lunchbox

So if, like me, you’ve been getting a bit sick of my lunch boxes being salad after salad, here’s a delightfully refreshing change. Sometimes (particularly in this cold, wet, vile British weather) you just want something a bit more substantial for your lunch. I’ve found that cous cous can be a little bit of a…

Spaghetti with Pancetta, Mushrooms & Green Vegetables

This dinner is probably one of the most frequently cooked midweek meals in my kitchen. Pasta takes just a few minutes to cook, fresh vegetables are tasty and nutritious and mascarpone makes a really quick and tasty sauce. This is a great staple recipe to use over and over again and adapt to the ingredients…

Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Mushrooms absolutely have to be up there near the top of my list of favourite foods. I love a mushroom risotto and mushrooms with pasta especially, but a nice big stuffed portobello mushroom makes a really nice side dish for a great variety of meals. Blue cheese goes perfectly with mushrooms and I’ve used a…

Ping Pong, Southbank

This week a festive night out with two of my oldest friends began with a not so festive dinner at Ping Pong. We were already doing Christmas markets and going to a screening of Love Actually (complete with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies!) so we figured for dinner something not so traditionally Christmassy would…

Taste of Christmas

On a cold and windy Friday evening, just before December, the Christmas season was approaching and I could be found rushing down to Tobacco Dock for an evening of festive foodie delights. I’ve not been to Taste of Christmas before, although I have been to Tobacco Dock for Feast before, so I was excited to…

Chorizo & Red Pepper Pasta Bake

This is a great recipe for satisfying a family full of hungry bellies, who doesn’t love cheesy, tomatoey pasta goodness with smokey meaty chunks thrown in. This is a great one for feeding the family as it’s made from a lot of ingredients you would probably usually have in the cupboards/refrigerator anyway. I’ve used chorizo…

Mushroom Risotto with Chicken & Parma Ham

If you’ve ever paid any attention to anyone who’s ever told you risotto is really hard to make… ignore them. When I first tried to make it I was completely baffled as to why it’s got this reputation. Unless you’re really lazy and can’t be bothered to watch it and stir it a bit, risotto…

Steak Stir Fry with Egg Fried Rice

This recipe sort of came about by accident one evening when I didn’t really know what to cook, I’d had a long day at work so I really wanted a nice satisfying dinner but at the same time didn’t really want to spend ages cooking. I had a couple of steaks in the fridge so…

Fish Stew with Salmon and Smoked Mackerel

This recipe came about entirely by accident when I wanted to make fish pie one evening. I had 2 salmon fillets in the fridge that needed using up and a couple of smoked mackerel fillets.. but then I realised I didn’t have any large potatoes for mashing and the shops were closed so I had…