BREADED HALLOUMI AND PEPPER STRIPS

One of the sweetest memories my taste buds have had is the first time I enjoyed grilled Halloumi with peppers. It’s just a match that’s meant to be, as if they were soul mates. So really and truly, this could not go wrong. Its a brilliant idea for a vegetarian snack at a party but…

STICKY CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SLOW ROASTED VEGETABLES

After a long weekend off for Easter, I think we’re all feeling a little bit glum and a tiny bit heavier from indulging in drink, food and a lot of chocolate. Some of you may even of have had too much of all three. Not us of course… So now is the perfect time for a meal…

SALMON GOUJONS WITH SWEET SOY DIP AND SWEET POTATO FRIES

Good Friday is just around the corner and as it’s traditional to have fish why not try something a little different and extremely tasty? I made these salmon goujons and sweet potato fries on the weekend and they were amazing. Sitting in the sun with a cold beer, I was enjoying each bite as I…

PEAR AND MUSHROOM BARLEY RISOTTO

There’s not too much pear in this dish but just enough to add a mild sweetness that brings the mushrooms to life. I love using barley for risottos as it has an extra bite to it that you just don’t get with risotto rice. Although it takes a little longer to cook, you don’t have…

STUFFED CHICKEN WRAPPED IN PROSCIUTTO HAM WITH SPAGHETTI

This weekend it was all about simplicity for me. I had some left over cream cheese and caramelized red onion chutney in the fridge, so I decided to stuff a chicken breast with the two and wrap it in some lovely salty prosciutto ham. I crisped that up in the oven and served it with…

GINGER & CINNAMON SPICED MINI BAKED DOUGHNUTS

Taste-wise, these mini baked treats are not just your average doughnuts and they go perfectly with a cup of tea or coffee. The combination of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon in this recipe is so comforting and enough to turn anyone into a tea and doughnut addict! These were really fun to make and all you’ll need…

SWEET AND SOUR CRANBERRY AND TURKEY STIR FRY

This was something completely experimental that turned out to be a quick, easy and tasty stir fry. Cranberry and turkey is a classic combo which usually resonates around the Christmas period, but this oriental twist makes it an any day meal to enjoy. Sweet and sour go so well together, it’s the ‘ying and yang’ – a…

BANANA AND HONEY CREAM CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

This flavour combination takes me back to being in primary school when we used to make hot chocolate laced with banana and honey. It was always really good and I have remembered the taste of it since growing up. That’s why I decided to make something out of this delicious combination, so I thought who…

ROASTED PEPPER AND TOMATO SOUP

It was a lazy Sunday and I decided my family needed something comforting to eat whilst the weather was grey and windy outside. I didn’t want to do much standing up, so I decided that a soup made in the oven would be the perfect way to get some great flavour without having to keep an eye on…

PULLED BRISKET TAGLIATELLE

Beef that melts in the mouth, a rich pasta sauce, yummy tagliatelle – this dish is to die for! It is also very easy to prepare. All I had to do was pot roast a brisket with some vegetables and boiling water, leaving me with beef ready to shred and a beautiful stock for the sauce. Then…

GOATS CHEESE WHOLEWHEAT DOUGH BALLS

There’s something quite satisfying about having dough balls as an alternative to garlic bread. For me, it’s the way you get to dip it in that lovely garlic butter yourself, lapping up as little or as much as you like. Like walkers salt and shake crisps, we get the pleasure of adding the salt ourselves then shaking it…

SWEET AND SPICY SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN WITH RICE

Last Saturday I was at the supermarket and fancied chicken with rice (as you do) so I decided to buy a whole free range and good quality chicken. I don’t care what anyone says, the free range variety does taste a lot better! I decided to spatchcock it and baste it in a marinade using…