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 […]

Chicken, Sweetcorn and Broccoli Pot Pies

Chicken, Sweetcorn and Broccoli Pot Pies for on Feeding Boys

A great way to use up leftover roast chicken, these ultra tasty pot pies have a creamy filling and crisp criss cross pastry crust. I know it’s not got cold yet, but i’m still in the mood for autumnal comfort eating. So with this in mind i’ve been experimenting in my kitchen, coming up with […]

Crispy filo Greek cheese pies

Greek cheese pie

We’re just back from a dreamy week on the Greek island of Zakinthos aka Zante, vivid blue seas, shingle beaches, and delicious delicious food… the culinary highlights as always were the juicy tomatoes and feta cheese, tzatziki, kebabs, greek yogurt drizzled with honey on top of freshly cooked waffles, baklava and of course, Greek cheese […]

Spring turkey pot pies

Spring turkey pot pie

Another day, another recipe challenge! This time it was who asked me to come up with a meal that cost £10 or under to make for a family of four. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t cook with turkey at all. I guess it just doesn’t occur to me. It’s a bit silly […]

Sausage, cider and potato pie

Hello lovely pie...

Matthew was away and his parents were in town, the meat eaters out numbered the lone veggie… so I decided to knock out some flesh dishes… we had roast beef and yorkshires one night, and the next I made this FABULOUS pie! I nabbed the recipe from the Pieminister cook book which is on my […]

Leek, sweetcorn and goats cheese tarts

Leek Sweetcorn and Goats Cheese Tarts

Smart enough for a dinner party starter but equally at home on a chipped plate for a quick weekend lunch – however you want to set the scene for this tart, it’s super speedy to prepare. The in-laws were mega impressed with this meal which is always a bonus, especially when I want to repay […]

Creamy roast chicken pie

Chicken pie filling

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 […]

The joy of mince


Mince – the staple of family cooks across the land – from cottage pie to lasagne it’s the ingredient most likely to be in my shopping basket week in week out. It’s versatility coupled with the fact that it’s easy for kids to eat more than earns its status as a food hero. This week […]

Meat and potato pie – the ultimate bloke food


My father-in-law was fending for himself a few weeks back when my mother-in-law was away visiting family. He rang me up proudly to tell me he’d made a pie from scratch – pastry and all! I insisted he emailed me some photos, so check out this little beauty… I was well impressed and felt truly […]

Farm shop supper


The boys and I enjoyed an idyllic day at my friend Ele’s parents’ house in Sussex on Wednesday. Rambling gardens, sunshine, play buddies, ice cream, water pistols – Sam and Arlo were in seventh heaven. It was lush seeing them have so much fun. Sam ate everything put in front of him which was a […]