My first foray into Empanadas

This was an accidental experiment in that when I entered the kitchen in search of some inspiration I had no idea what I may end up cooking that day. All I knew was that I fancied pastry, and when my book fell open at Empanadas a small spark was ignited. I tasted Empanadas for the … Continue reading

Asian inspired beef noodle soup

I love Asian inspired soups and noodles for their burst of colour and vibrancy of flavours. They are also a healthy alternative for light summer suppers as often involve little fat, as is the case with this noodle soup. This recipe is a hybrid of various things I’ve seen over the years on Master Chef, … Continue reading

Braised Octopus and potato salad

The mediterranean diet has long been a fan of octopus but whilst squid and calamari have become a popular in the uk we are still reluctant to embrace the larger octopus for some reason. Maybe its the tentacles?! Since living in Italy I have become a huge fan of octopus as it is generally meatier … Continue reading

Chilli minestrone with wholemeal bread and Parmesan

Soup, soup, soup….I love a good soup! With winter finally kicking in (it’s snowing!) after some unseasonably balmy weather what better excuse for a good soup. I never follow recipes as I like my soups to be a bit of a pick and mix so they tend to reflect the contents of my fridge on … Continue reading

Turkey curry…not just for Christmas!

Or should that read “not just for the Christmas leftovers”! Turkey is one of those funny meats that aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t get much airtime. It can often be dry if not cooked to perfection and some claim it has a stronger “gamier” flavour versus chicken. That said, it’s a surprisingly lean meat, … Continue reading

Aromatic Pork & Pumpkin Casserole

It’s raining, it’s pouring, my casserole pot is bubbling… I’ve said it many a time but I love winter and I love wintery food. Casseroles, Hotpots and Pies all appeal to my anarchic style of free-styling in the kitchen. No real recipe or exact quantities required just a sense of what flavours work well together. … Continue reading

Spicy Prawn and lentil curry

So this year on hols I finally got my husband, the self proclaimed fish hater, eating seafood. To be fair, we were in Cape Town and the prawns, crayfish, lobster, squid, local fish were all amazing, aided too by the beautiful surroundings, but I couldn’t help but try my luck now that we’re back home. … Continue reading

Chilly no more with Vegetarian Chilli con carne

We’re currently basking in warmth having just replaced all of our windows and doors and after surviving last winter with masking tape around many of our windows we are now officially draft free. Last year my cooking reflected the temperature of the house and we lived on a diet of soup and spice to keep … Continue reading

Recipe: Veggie patch pride feeding into a Chicken, lime, mint & coriander tandoori

So my back aches and I have blisters between my thumb and forefinger from incessant digging but our inaugural veggie patch is now a reality, hooray! To say that we were both bloody knackered after our day’s endeavours is an under statement but if further proof be needed I even slept through last night’s penalty … Continue reading

Recipe: Pasta e Fagioli…a simple soup fit for a sleepwalker!

When I first arrived in Italy and saw Pasta e Fagioli on the menu I remember thinking to myself what a weird combination; pasta and beans together. It was some while before I actually tried Pasta e Fagioli and discovered the magic of this wonderfully simple soup with yes, pasta and beans together as well … Continue reading

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