Creamy Tarragon Chicken Stew

Tarragon is such an amazing herb that in my opinion is grossly under used. It’s something I don’t often cook with myself as I tend to forget about it, but every time I do I think why don’t I use tarragon more often?! Tarragon with chicken is such a classic pairing and when I decided…

Grilled Peach & Duck Breast Salad

I have to confess I’ve always been sceptical of putting fruit into savoury dishes, in very few cases does it actually work, apricots in a Moroccan tagine for example, but if you want to start chucking strawberries in a salad I really can’t get on board with that. I will, however, admit that I can…

Apricot & Coconut Monster Cookies

I’m not going to lie, this recipe was dreamt up on a fairly average Wednesday evening when I got really bored and started rummaging through the cupboards to see what I could make. I had a load of desiccated coconut and half a packet of dried apricots lurking in the cupboard to be used up….

Pesto Chicken Crumble

I am always looking for new ways to cook basic ingredients, incorporating my favourite flavours whilst keeping the whole thing healthy and both family and budget friendly. When I was thinking about what I could do with a chicken and pesto dish that would be a little more original, I thought why not make a…

Moroccan Spiced Lamb Shanks with Chickpeas

When I do a weekend shop and I haven’t quite decided what I want to cook sometimes I’ll go along to the supermarket, see what’s on sale or special offer and base my Sunday lunch around what I find. A great place to look for bargains is in the reduced section. A lot of meat…

Baked Chicken Legs with Tomato & Borlotti Bean Stew

Sometimes a great dinner is more than the sum of it’s parts, a great dish can be put together from simple cheap ingredients and turned into something special. All of the ingredients in this dish are pretty basic and inexpensive and you can always swap out the veg for whatever you have floating around in…

Chocolate & Orange Torta Della Nonna

I love an excuse to bake something a little bit special so when I invited some friends over for dinner last weekend I had a good rummage through the recipe books and hundreds of magazine cuttings I’ve saved to look for some inspiration. I fancied a chocolate tart and settled upon this one as making…

Mediterranean Platter with Halloumi & Lamb Koftas

In my family, all things Mediterranean are the ultimate when it comes to food. When I lived at home lamb koftas were a regular in my Mum’s kitchen and they’re a recipe I’ve taken with me to mine. Whilst they are one of my favourites, I realised a few weeks ago that I actually hadn’t…

Chestnut, Mushroom & Goats’ Cheese Filo Parcels

One of my all time favourite recipes, both to eat and to cook, is spanakopita. It’s a family favourite and I’m convinced my Dad invites me over sometimes just to make him a batch. As ever though, I’m always looking to develop recipes, expand my repertoire and make something new. Therefore I set about trying…

Mushroom & Lentil Lasagne

Throughout my years as a blogger, my most constant and best source of inspiration has been other bloggers. As much as I love my cookbooks, my food magazines and my Saturday morning cooking shows, I love to see what other people are making in their own homes as part of their own busy, real lives….