Going old school with cauliflower cheese

Something that this recipe challenge has been great for is ideas for exciting side dishes. The boy always has some meat in the house but it’s usually up to me to do the accompaniments. When something substantial was in order, I went for a hearty cauliflower cheese and a pop of goodness from roasted squash. […]

Is it still summer?

  Last time I checked it was still August, so I’m still on the salads. I opted for a more substantial ‘salad’ for my dinner a few nights ago, or as the boy liked to call it, a “side”. Broccoli, chorizo and soft boiled eggs – winner. I don’t often boil broccoli these days, I much […]

Fish frenzy

I must admit that I’m not a huge fish eater. I rarely order it in a restaurant (meat is always first choice) and I don’t cook it often enough. Tinned mackerel is probably the most common fishy offering, but I can’t claim mackerel on toast as a recipe go to. Seafood is my absolute favourite, […]

Onion bhajis on a Saturday afternoon

This recipe challenge has certainly taken me out of my cooking comfort zone and also allowed me to use up those random ingredients that have been sitting in the back of the cupboard. A half-empty bag of gram flour? Let’s make bhajis! It must come as a bit of a shock when I go the shop to […]

A recipe catch-up

Sorry I’ve been a little quiet, I’m really not sure where the time has gone! Some weeks I did lots of recipes, some…not so much. But here’s a little catch up for you.. I tried out a new way with French beans and really liked it as a side – they were slowly cooked in garlic […]

Back to some Sunday baking

I didn’t do much food shopping this week. It was time to clear out some things in the freezer as it was getting a bit busy in there and I never like to leave things sitting in there for too long. I realised this week that the frittata nicoise doesn’t freezer very well; it was […]

A winning dish so far

Last week I made 2 recipes from the River Cottage Everyday book. One turned into a quick, mid-week dinner and the other was a slow and lazy weekend treat. I had a lot of parsley kicking around so I opted for a parsley pesto to jazz up my pasta. Brown bread crumbs, cheese, garlic and […]

Some fancy eggs and soldiers

Eggs are a bit of a go-to for a quick dinner for me, as I’m sure they are for many people. I’ve had a few failed attempts at a hollandaise recently (after getting it spot on first time), so when the River Cottage book suggested eggs and soldiers with a twist I had to try […]

Goodbye April

I’m finding that working my way through the River Cottage Everyday book is helping me be a bit more seasonal with my cooking. I’m looking for spring recipes and therefore picking up what’s in season from the shops. That meant lots of rhubarb! Working backwards, the last of my rhubarb bounty went into a clafoutis […]

The final frittata

Just a mini one today while I catch up after a lovely trip to Italy last week. Yes, the food was glorious. The third of the frittata recipes in the River Cottage Everyday was frittata nicoise. Now, I’m not a big potato fan, especially in places where I feel they don’t belong (curries). However, I […]