Northumbrian Steak and Ale Pies

Northumbrian Steak and Ale Pies by for Waitrose #AutumnWarmers

Meltingly tender chunks of Northumbrian beef slowly cooked in Alnwick Ale and topped with a golden puff pastry crust – what could be better to come home to as the nights start to draw in ready for the cold season?! I’ve created this traditional dish using local ingredients as part of the Waitrose #AutumnWarmers campaign […]

Mum’s slow cooker review

Morphy Richards Flavour Savour

As a Home of the Houesproud Innovator for Morphy Richards, I normally review products myself. However, this time I thought my mum would be the perfect person to give one of their Age UK products a thorough road test to see how it would go down. I tested the Flavour Savour slow cooker last year, […]

Steak and ale stew with mustard and thyme dumplings

beef and ale stew with dumplings

I was thrown down the challenge by Morrison’s of coming up with my perfect British beef dish, using fresh seasonal ingredients. It’s to promote their new range of fresh beef from traditional British breeds including Shorthorn, Hereford and Aberdeen Angus. The range is available from the in-store butcher (where all beef is 100% British). I’ve not […]

Pork, chickpea and chorizo stew

tasty protein packed stew

When you have a baby and are stuck in a timewarp of sleepless nights, feeding and changing nappies, cooking meals really are the last thing on your mind. So the nicest present I think you can give a new mum is a home-cooked nutritious meal that they can just reheat and scoff. My friend Sharron […]

Adventures with a slow cooker

Flavour Savour Digital Slow Cooker

Bunging a load of ingredients in a casserole and then leaving it to transform itself into a one-pot wonder, is my kind of cooking. It’s not glamorous but it’s highly practical. There are so many plus points: You can do the preparation hours in advance avoiding that stressful witching hour just before serving up a […]

Book Review: Meals in Heels


I was given Jennifer Joyce’s super-girly cookery book Meals in Heels by my friend Ris as a birthday present. It’s a very glamorous looking publication full of illustrations of impossibly groomed women decked out in vertiginous heels and cocktail dresses as they nonchalantly stir something bubbling on their designer hob. Do these women really exist? […]

Cowboy Stew


I bought new pans at the weekend, a VERY exciting moment for a kitchen geek such as myself. Matthew was in a rare ‘let’s spend some money’ mood, so I capitalised on it and made a dash for the kitchen department in John Lewis. I somehow managed to lose Matthew and the kids as I […]

Warming goulash – defy the chill!


Cold snap or is this the way winter manifests itself these days? Whatever it is, the UK loves to grind to a standstill the minute a flake of snow appears. Well really I mean London, coz hardened Northerners are quite used to getting a foot or two of snow without whinging about it on Radio […]

Beef and dark ale casserole


After a glorious two weeks in Southern Brittany we’ve returned to a very autumnal London – conkers, auburn leaves, rain, windfall apples littering the patio. So there’s only one thing for it – a nice old fashioned casserole. Both my mum and my gran used to knock out a cracking beef stew with a bit […]