Spaghetti Bolognese on a budget

Cooking on a budget is possible when feeding the family. Everything in this dish was already in my cupboard. If you buy dried herbs they last longer, same as a pack of onions over the bigger 3-pack you get in supermarkets. You can use frozen onions and peppers if preferred and all the sauces and…

Pork Ragu

This slow cooked minced Pork Ragu packs a punch with flavour and it’s just yummy. I’ve always made my ragu with beef & pork mince but as I didn’t have any beef mince this little winner was made instead. To be honest cooking a pork Ragu isn’t unheard off, the Italians have done it many…

Soft play on rainy days – what fresh hell is this?

Soft play. It’s two words dreaded by parents but loved by children of all ages. It’s a bizarre place where adults take their children in a desperate bid to exhaust themselves. This is what I did on Sunday. It chucked it down Saturday night and continued to do so throughout the morning. With mum down…

Greek Potatoes

These were delicious. I loved them so much, I’ve made them a few times since and still can’t get enough of them. Preparation: 20 minutes Roasting: 35-45 minutes  Ingredients:  • 1KG Potatoes, peeled, diced • 4 garlic cloves, minced • Salt and pepper to season • 3 tbsp dried oregano • 1/4 cup chicken broth…

Irish Sausage with Mushroom and Onion Gravy with Colcannon

 I hate waste, it’s something that’s been instilled in me since I was a kid. There is no need to waste, so why do it? So with my white cabbage, red cabbage, potatoes and spring onions I needed something to cook that will use up all three and what better way than to make the…

Sea Bass with a Greek twist

For years fish never really did it for me. Even though my mum insisted it was healthy, I always said I hated fish. Weirdly a bad experience was for life and all I’d accept fish wise was fish fingers. Strange, seeing as some fish fingers aren’t exactly all fish. But, when I became pregnant, I…

Soy Roasted Carrots & Potatoes

One of my all-time favourite potato side dish recipes, is one that involves soy sauce. They just make the potato is absolutely divine. This is something I can play my mother. Being big lovers of potatoes anyway, adding soy sauce may seem mad, but it’s seriously not. I written before that soy potatoes are a…

Mix-Up Lasagne

A yummy lasagne using a mixture of ingredients with only one layer of pasta. Taking inspiration from Tom Kerridge’s “One Layer Lasagne” dish, I’ve created this yummy lasagne with a home made cheese sauce and delicious courgette as the second layer of ‘pasta.’ Yum, light and easy to make.  Preparation: 10 minutes Cooking: 45 minutes …

Finger-Lickin’ BBQ Ribs

Sam went a little ribs crazy in Tesco the other day. I love ribs even though they can rarely have much meat in them. But the small amount of meat that is on them are so succulent and delicious, it really needs to be celebrated in every bite. Bank holiday Monday was spoke to be…

Kicky Chicken

Chicken is delicious you can do so much and whip up something so flavoursome with so many different ingredients. I had some chicken breasts I needed to use and the regional plan was to make a few chicken breasts, have one myself with some fries and salad and that would be it. Sam could have…

Creamy Cider Chicken

Mum has been cooking this for as long as I can remember. It’s one of those dishes that proves to be a hit and always surprises people when you say when the secret key ingredient is and it’s not the Cider or the cream – it’s a tin of Campbells Cream of Celery Soup and…

Roasted Italian Potatoes

Super quick and easy to make, these can be your showpiece side dish with very little effort. Most of your ingredients will be in your cupboard, and a perfect side to any midweek meal. Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking: 30 minutes Ingredients:  1.5KG white potatoes, peeled and chopped Salt and pepper 3 tbsp Italian seasoning Olive…

Biscoff Spread & Rolo Brownies

Rolo’s were always the chocolate that you debated who’s have the last one. They were one of my favourite chocolates and sharing the last Rolo, I think not! These brownies were created after the success of the last batch of Biscoff Biscuit Spread brownies that were a huge hit at my dinner party a few…

Greek Meze

I love doing dinner parties but haven’t done them in such a long time and it’s great to be doing something I love so much. We’re all quite a social bunch but a social bunch regularly meeting is usually difficult to come by. Our friends Maz and Steve, both have busy working lives, one a…