Sticky lime, soy and honey chicken

Sticky chicken

This was a quick meal, thrown on the table in a matter of minutes. The only preparation was done earlier in the day – chopping up the chicken thighs and then lavishing upon them a marinade of dark soy sauce, runny honey and the zest and juice of a lime. Salty and sweet with a […]

Crunchy chicken bites

crunchy chicken bites

As a general rule, the more time and effort I spend on cooking child-friendly food, the less likely my boys are to eat it. It’s pretty depressing at times, but I know a lot of my friends feel the same way. But the exception to this rule is home-made chicken goujons. They’re messy to make, […]

Chicken parmigiana

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I haven’t posted a recipe for a proper meal in what seems like ages, so I’m going to pull my socks up this week and hit with you some family friendly fodder. I’ve been inspired by May’s copy of BBC Good Food Magazine which has some real winners in it. I love their Make it […]

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

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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? […]

An Ottolenghi-inspired New Year’s Eve feast

Buttered prawns with tomato, olives and arak

Family cooking is the basis of this blog, but it’s such a pleasure to break out of the mold every now and again to venture into the world of grown up cuisine. One of my resolutions for 2011 is to throw dinner parties as it’s not something I’ve done a lot of since having the […]

Review: Sweet Spiced Chicken in the Miele Steam Oven

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I’ve had the Miele DG 1450 Steam Oven on trial at home in my kitchen for the past month in a test to see how useful it’d be to a family cook. I’ve used a plug-in Tefal steamer before, plus a basket on top of a pan of boiling water, so I was looking forward […]

Creamy roast chicken pie

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We’re on even more of a budget than usual this month so I’m trying to be thrifty and make our supermarket shop last as long as possible. This isn’t always easy with a house full of huge appetites, but I think I’m up to the challenge. Roasting a good quality chicken is a great place […]

Honey mustard chicken

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Honey and Mustard Chicken evokes hazy memories of very basic student cooking. A beige-coloured jar of Chicken Tonight would be enthusiastically mixed with some chopped up chicken breast and maybe a mushroom or too – we were SO gourmet! We ate a lot of beige coloured food at Uni – just ask my friend Ele… […]

Tasty BBQ chicken with corn rice

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This week’s suppers are all sourced from October’s Good Food Magazine. I like to go through it for new things to try out on the troops. They don’t always go down brilliantly so it’s a bit of a risk, but I like to test their taste buds with stuff they’ve not necessarily tried before on […]