Video: How to make a quick puff pastry tart

Puff pastry tart

I want to build up a selection of videos showing you first-hand how to make some of my favourite family recipes. I started with home-made pizza, and this week it’s time for the trusty puff pastry tart to make an appearance. It really could not be any easier to put together… and here is the […]

Winter one pot recipes

Mediterranean vegetable bake - photo by Sharron Gibson

If there’s ever a time for one pot recipes that you can sling in the oven with minimal fuss, then it has to be now. First week back after half term and we’re all trying to adjust back into functioning on a schedule, rather than schlepping around in PJs for the best part of the […]

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 […]

Easy kids lunch: savoury croissants

Cheese and ham croissants - easy kids lunch

After having house guests for the best part of three weeks on and off, our fridge freezer is groaning with leftovers. I can assure you that croissants aren’t something we usually host a surplus of. The last one in the packet will be fiercely fought over, the kids win, but then do that annoying thing […]

Simple home made pizza

Christmas Tree Pizzas

I put pizza on the table every week for the boys. It’s one of THOSE foods, you know, the cherished ones that they’ll eat no matter what and takes 10 minutes to cook. For too long though, have I been putting up with the crappy supermarket versions because I’m too befuddled to think about faffing […]

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 […]

Sticky maple and soy glazed salmon

sticky glazed salmon

I made something so simple but so tasty I had to share it with you. I think fish is best cooked without fuss, and this glaze sticks to that rule with just two ingredients – maple syrup and soy sauce. Classic salty and sweet. Teaming it up with oven chips and peas and sweetcorn may […]

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 […]

Leek, chickpea and lemon soup

leek chickpea and lemon soup

My home-made soup campaign continues, this one is particularly fragrant with leeks and lemon zest filling the kitchen with fresh aromas. I made it for my marvellous in-laws who are staying for a few weeks to help me with the boys while Matthew is away for work. They deserve a medal, but soup will have […]

Fluffy omelette and beans

fluffy omelette and beans

This meal is no looker, but egg and beans are a great combo, especially when you’re in a rush to get some kind of nutritious meal on the table. For us it’s Thursday nights when we’ve got back from football club at 5pm and the boys are cold and hungry and want their tea NOW! […]