Love your leftovers – creamy chicken and leek

I’ve been a fan of this dish for goodness knows how long. My mum always used to make it with leftover roast chicken and I’ve seen Mary Berry do something similar too. Creamy chicken with fluffy basmati rice (with no cream). The best kind of meal for a cold February Monday night. Serves 2. Ingredients: […]

My year of River Cottage Everyday recipes

I bet anyone who works their way through a recipe book in a year will say that they can’t believe that a year has passed already. I think my first couple of recipes came after a jaunt through Marchmont, Edinburgh in a hunt for some fruit and vegetable shops, which kick-started my enjoyment in buying […]

The final recipes

I’m a little late in sharing the last couple of recipes from the River Cottage Everyday book, but I cooked them over the festive period and they were both great. The first was another roast pork recipe, Christmas’d up with a chestnut stuffing. I think I’d always thought that stuffing was meat based, as we […]

Christmas baked apples

I pottered around the kitchen yesterday afternoon fitting in a couple more recipes – it’s almost the end of my year of cooking! The mixed mushroom tart cheered up a solo Sunday lunch time, especially with all the parsley I put in it. I think I’ve got the knack of frying mushrooms now – pop […]

Trying something new – Jerusalem artichokes

The Jerusalem artichoke salad was one of the recipes from River Cottage Everyday that I was excited about, as it meant a first try. I hadn’t a clue where to buy the artichokes from, as had never seen one before, but the trusty Grainer Market in Newcastle came through for me. It’s clearly not something […]

The perfect roast pork belly and potatoes

Let’s get the bad one out of the way first. The spiced fig compote didn’t taste as nice as it sounded. The recipe said to soak the dried figs for a couple of hours beforehand, but this seemed to leech all of the taste out of the figs. And even though I used the soaking liquid in […]

Happy 1st of December!

Advent calendar time is here so I thought it was about time I added some more recipes on here. Just two today, and easy ones. With just my iPhone, my pictures do tend to get worse at this time of you, as the natural light just isn’t there to bring my pictures to life. Apologies! […]

Veggie and not-so-veggie

My pastry attempt would have got a big fat no on the Bake Off. I thought it was all going so well in the blind baking and it seemed like a good dough, but it all went wrong with a soggy bottom. Never mind, will just get practicing. The pastry was for a leek and […]

Another recipe catch up

We are getting there! The colder weather has given me the opportunity to do some of the winter warmers in the River Cottage Everyday book. I love nothing more than pottering around the kitchen for a few hours with recipes that take that little bit longer to cook. I started off with a slightly quicker […]

Autumn apples

If you look a little further than the supermarket shelves, you can find British apples pretty much all the way through from August to May. I wasn’t planning on dookin’ or making toffee apples this Halloween, instead choosing a couple of recipes from my River Cottage Everyday book to warm us up. The first was […]