Ever so cheesy baked risotto with tomato and mozzarella

baked risotto

I’ve got a new cook book that i’m every so slightly in love with… it’s a vegetarian book by Aldo Zilli called Fresh & Green. I got my mitts on it last month at an event with the Italian chef himself, and after comparing notes about cooking for our vegetarian spouses he gave me a […]

Rapid roasted vegetable pasta sauce

Roasted Vegetables

I’ve been asked to try out some of the recipes in the Tesco Real Food Family Cook Off, currently showing on Channel Five which sees home cooks battle it out to make the most mouth watering meals. I opted for the roasted pepper pasta with bread tapas in the family favourite category. The original recipe includes fresh […]

Green mac and cheese

Green mac and cheese from Innocent's Hungry book

Macaroni cheese is such a classic family meal, the only trouble with it is it’s a bit lacking in the veg department. So I was eager to try out a version I spotted in Innocent’s new cookbook Hungry? I shall be reviewing the book later in the week, but I really wanted to share this […]

Book review and chance to win: Grow it, cook it with kids by Amanda Grant


I was warned about the glut of courgettes we’d get at our allotment – but seeing really is believing. The plants are firing out green torpedos at a rate of knots it’s very hard to keep up with. And if you leave them for longer than a day they take on giant marrow proportions… crazy! […]

Another vegetarian in the house and delish Coconut Quorn Curry


My quest for creating delicious veggie evening meals has taken on a new urgency since Sam converted to the cause last week. Yes my five-year-old son is learning about animals this term at school, and after a lively class discussion came home saying he no longer wanted to eat animals, because he likes them. Right […]

Allotment update: June


There’s been a lot of progress since I last updated you in May. This is largely down to the in-laws visiting and lending a huge hand with proceedings. The skip-shed Matthew’s wanted a shed on the plot for ages and after much umming and ahing about which one to get, he and his dad built […]

Broccoli and tomato tart


Regular readers will know I’m a bit partial to a puff pastry tart, especially when all it requires is reaching for some ready-made ready-rolled pastry. Lazy? Me? Too right! It’s a real quickie of a meal, it takes about 30 mins to make, but still manages to feel special and luxurious so is ideal to […]

Chickpea and coriander burgers


Cooking for the newly turned vegetarian husband is still in its early days in terms of developing great family meals. Matthew’s first proper effort was to make this, what I’d very loosely call ‘soup’… He made enough to feed himself for the rest of his life – and what a sentence that would be! It […]

May allotment update and awards news


My, haven’t you grown my little patch of vegetables…. I cannot tell you how much my heart swells with pride every single time I trek up to the lotters to see how my crops are getting on. I’ve had to do a fair amount of watering as it’s been so dry lately, but the warmth […]

Steam cooker review: The vegetarian cooking starts in earnest


This is my first post as part of the Morphy Richards House Proud Innovators’ scheme. I’ll be sent a product from the Morphy Richards range to test out, review and share with you. There will also be the chance for you guys to win some cool gadgets too – watch this space. As a kitchen […]