A Romantic Dinner for Two – Valentine’s Day Menu

How about a special Valentine’s Day Menu that’s completely Grain-Free, Gluten-Free and Refined Sugar-Free but still incredibly tasty?  Think such a thing doesn’t exist?  Read on to find out how you can create a meal that’s delicious and healthy and super impressive… We’re spending Valentine’s Evening at home this year as we didn’t want to…

Best Slow Cooked Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce (or Bolognaise as the English call it) is that classic Italian dish that everyone seems to have a different recipe for.  Below is mine which I’ve perfected over many years and many attempts.  This is the way I prefer to cook and eat it.  I like to make Slow Cooked Bolognese Sauce as it…

Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie

Happy Veganuary everyone!!  In the spirit of all things Vegan, my friends and I decided to do an entirely Vegan Feast this January.  If you know my friends you’ll know that this was no mean feat!  Dedicated carnivores all of them (I was vegetarian for 16 years and I was the freak of the group!) …

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Chilli & Cumin

As the weather is getting colder I thought it was time to get out and dust off my Slow Cooker which hadn’t been used since last winter!! I love soup, it’s such an easy way to get a lot of vegetables into your diet and I often make a huge batch and take it to…

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh

Curry is a great choice on a grain free diet.  In fact, I already have a recipe on the blog for my Spicy Chicken Curry.  Most authentic curry houses don’t use any thickeners in their sauces.  If they make it fresh, the vegetables and the act of reducing the sauces means there’s no need for…

Sticky Chinese Chicken Thighs

Having guests over tonight – and with 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…

Baked Camembert with Garlic & Rosemary

This has to be one of the easiest yet most crowd pleasing appetisers around!  5 minutes prep, 20 minutes in the oven and you have a huge gooey, melted cheese that is perfect for dipping.  I like to make my Baked Camembert with garlic and rosemary, but you could add any flavours you want.  Honey…

Roasted Peach, Feta & Pistachio Salad with a Honey & Mustard Dressing

This weekend we had escaped out of London to a beautiful country house about an hour’s drive away.  We were staying with another 4 couples (all friends of Dan’s from University) and a couple of kiddies and had planned to chill out and spend a bit of time together.  Catching up, playing board games, eating…

Burrata Caprese Salad

I love Burrata (in fact I love all cheese!)  It’s one of those things that I always order from any menu when I see it offered.  In fact I ordered it just last week at our Date Night dinner at Roast Restaurant. There’s something about the firm outer shell, giving way to the gooey, creamy…

Grilled Jumbo Shrimp with Lime Butter Sauce

Jumbo Shrimp are a staple on most menus in Portugal.  Grilled and served with garlic butter or oil and lemon they’re absolutely delicious.  In fact 2Passos Restaurant does the most amazing ones I’ve ever tasted.  The only drawback is the price, they’re extortionate in restaurants.  Think €40 for two, or maybe even pricier! So when…

Algarvian Style Sea-Bass Baked in the Oven

If you follow my Instagram you’ll have seen the delicious picture I posted of an amazing fish lunch that I had recently at 2Passos Restaurant in the Algarve, Portugal.  A beautiful whole Dorade (Sea Bream) baked in the oven on a bed of onions, tomatoes and garlic.  The combination had all the flavours of the…

(Zucchini) Courgette Pea & Feta Summer Salad

Wandering around the farm shop the other day I was completely inspired by the amazing range of produce.  Everything looked and smelled so fresh and inviting, but what really caught my eye were the courgettes (zucchini).  They had both yellow and green ones and I knew then that I wanted to make them the star…