Butternut squash, bacon and parmesan tarts

butternut squash, bacon and parmesan tart

It’s Bacon Connoisseurs’ Week and I was challenged along with some fellow food bloggers by the folks at Red Tractor to come up with a recipe using bacon. I came up with a delicious set of four puff pastry tarts topped with roasted butternut squash, crispy bacon and nutty parmesan – a really great flavour […]

Simple supper: Cheese, leek and bacon pasta


I don’t know about you but I’ve been chilly this week, it’s like summer has been and gone. The rain has lashed down and I’ve found myself reaching for the blankets and a warming mug of hot chocolate. So in a nod to this crappy climate I slung together the ultimate warming comfort food over […]

Simple side dish: Peas with shallots and bacon


I’m not hugely into making fancy side-dishes, it’s generally lightly blanched greens in this house. But I felt like breaking out a bit at the weekend and livening up the roast with this cracking little number. It’s super simple and would be ideal if you’re having guests over for lunch this Easter as it takes […]

Leek, bacon, pea and double gloucester quiche


To celebrate the spring sunshine I made a glorious quiche at the weekend. I wanted to have a barbecue but with Matthew on crutches it seemed a little ambitious, so a quiche seemed like the next best option. So while Sam and Matthew played shops in the garden, and Arlo dressed up as Igglepiggle and […]

Lorraine Pascale inspired pizza


Boys love pizza – fact! But making it has always been Matthew’s territory, however after watching Lorraine Pascale throw one together on her show Baking Made Easy I couldn’t resist getting stuck in myself. I do love Lorraine’s fuss-free approach and often feel inspired to give her recipes a bash because she makes things look […]

Creamy bacon and sweetcorn tagliatelle


We all need a tasty meal up our sleeves that can be rustled up rapido to satisfy the stampede of hungry troops at the end of a busy day. Pasta and bacon were my starting blocks for this meal, and after a snoop in my cupboards and fridge I found a tin of sweetcorn, an […]