Warming Beef Bourguignon

Beef bourguignon with mustard mash

My parents-in-law flew back from their latest childcare mission in California at the weekend and looked utterly worn out and in need of cosseting. What better than a steaming bowl of tender beef cooked in red wine and rich beef stock and herbs with creamy mustard mash to sop up the gravy? (I may have […]

Roasted vegetable tart tatins

Roasted vegetable tart tatin from Feeding Boys

These glistening individual tart tatins were meant to be for a grown up dinner party that fell through due to illness, so I rolled them out for the whole family anyway to see how they’d work out. The recipe is from the fabulous Lucy’s Food by Lucy Cufflin – one of the most useable cookery […]

Spinach, leek and cheese pasta bake

Spinach, leek and cheese pasta bake

I found this recipe in October’s issue of BBC Good Food magazine – it’s the perfect one pot dish for a chilly autumn evening after the kids have got home from a session at the swimming pool. I can’t seem to find the recipe on their website, but as I modified it to suit our […]

Inside out jackets aka Scilly potatoes

inside out jacket potatoes

I first tried jacket potatoes made like this when I was a little girl on holiday in the Isles of Scilly. It was such a memorable trip, I must have only been about four years old but we flew there on a helicopter and spent most of our days on what I called ‘Delia Smith […]

Goats cheese, pea, lemon and basil risotto

Goats cheese, lemon, basil and pea risotto

I wanted to make a risotto bursting with flavour for a late summer evening when my very good friend was visiting from Brussels. A one pot supper that requires lots of stirring, but it’s always worth the effort. I don’t make risottos every week, but when I do I always enjoy the outcome; and as […]

Grilled polenta with roasted tomatoes and garlic mushrooms

Grilled polenta with roasted tomatoes and garlic mushrooms

This is a tasty and filling one pot supper that’s as versatile as a pizza with what you can throw on top. I have to admit i’ve always been slightly dubious about polenta, but that’s only because i’ve never tried cooking with it before. What is polenta? Well if you don’t know it’s ground cornmeal […]

Creme fraiche, lemon and pea linguine with soya meatballs

creme fraiche, lemon and pea linguine with soya meatballs

This is super quick to make, it’s very creamy but using half fat creme fraiche means you don’t have to feel too guilty about it. I used Sainsbury’s fake meatballs from their wonderful frozen meat free range. They’re really moist compared to some i’ve tried and you simply bake them from frozen for 20 minutes […]

Banana, sultana and almond loaf

banana sultana loaf cake

Manky banana alert – why can’t we ever get through the damned things? No matter how green they are when I buy them they ripen in an instant – infuriating. Well only slightly coz it’s always an excuse to bake a cake with them. I’d put a recipe for Banana and Date loaf from Sian over […]

Masterchef Sara’s Pasta alla Norma

pasta alla norma

By far my favourite contestant on last year’s Masterchef was Sara Danesin Medio – the likeable intensive care nurse with a huge passion for Italian cooking. So when I got an invite to travel up to York to her home to have her cook Garafolo pasta for a group of food bloggers, I was properly excited. […]

Sweet potato and spinach lasagne

portion of roasted sweet potato lasagne on a plate

Lasagne is such a family favourite, that when our family became part-vegetarian the search was on for the ultimate non-meat recipe. After much trial and error I found a fabulous version in Lucy’s Food – one of my favourite cookbooks of 2011. Lucy devises menus for Ski World and filled this book with the recipes. The […]