Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

I love a roast dinner – there’s something about it that feels so homely, and with friends of ours coming over for dinner (who have recently emigrated to Hong Kong) I decided to do a traditional British supper to welcome them back to the country.  This time of year is all about Spring Lamb and…

Gambas Al Ajillo (à la Dan) – Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp)

Last night’s dinner was a follow-on from Madrid.  When telling Dan all about my trip, I realised that I hadn’t eaten Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp) once on the whole trip, so to rectify it we decided to make it at home, and Dan offered to cook it .  Other than his burgers…

The Best Food Markets in Madrid

One of my favourite things to do when I travel is to check out the local food markets.  I love just wandering around, seeing what the locals eat and buy, trying a few things, maybe buying some lunch for a picnic and just generally enjoying the atmosphere.  I’m in heaven in Madrid as there’s so…

Chicken & Chorizo Stew with Rioja, Spanish Style

Firstly I’d just like to wish everyone a HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I hope 2017 brings you all health, happiness and prosperity and that you and your loved ones have had fun celebrating the festive season.  We spent our New Years in Madrid (more about that in another blog post), but with memories of Spain fresh in…

Chorizo & Butternut Squash Frittata

Tonight I was in the mood for eggs and we settled on a kind of ‘breakfast for dinner’ type dish.  I love frittatas, they’re so easy to make and very quick to cook and you can add almost anything to them depending on what you have in the fridge that needs using up.  We settled…

Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin

A classic, warming, slow-cooked French Dish today – Coq Au Vin (or at least my version of it, as apparently traditional Coq Au Vin adds chicken blood to the sauce – but I didn’t find that idea very appetising! Start by melting the butter (or you could use oil to make the recipe dairy-free) and…

Chicken in a Lemon, Rosemary & White Wine Sauce

After a heavy red-meat type of weekend with Slow Roast Beef Brisket and my Paleo Lasagne we’d decided on chicken tonight as a lighter option for dinner and I wanted something fairly healthy without too much fat.  I find that if you use herbs right then they add all the flavour you need to food and you…

Chilli, Garlic & Lime Salmon Traybake

Tonight I had my mum staying over with me and after a very meat-heavy week with Slow Cooked Brisket, Beef Bourguignon and Lamb Shoulder on the menu I decided to cook a nice healthy fish dish – I also wanted something easy and quick so that I wouldn’t have to spend too much time preparing…

Slow Roasted Beef Brisket

It never happens that we have a Saturday night to ourselves but we had one free this weekend and I was very excited to spend it indoors.  A night in front of the fire was in order so, to amplify the cosy feeling, I decided to cook a roast dinner.  We found a lovely piece…

Boeuf Bourguignon

Is there anything better than a warm, hearty stew, when the weather is cold outside – and this is the most famous of them all, the classic French dish of Boeuf Bourguignon (beef casserole with added red wine and a fancy french name!) with a bit of a twist to make it grain and gluten-free….

Sticky Chinese Chicken Thighs

Having guests over tonight – and a whole day to cook (what with it being Saturday and not having to go to work) I decided to cook something that takes a bit more time, but which also could be left alone in the oven to do its thing.  Out came the Le Creuset pan and…