A great curry and a first attempt at sourdough

Middle of March already, goodness. It must have been a good few weeks ago that I attempted my first sourdough starter. I used wholemeal bread flour, added a little water, and let it do its thing. The starter began fermenting very quickly, helped along by the wholemeal I’m told. I fed the starter for about […]

A lovely Sunday fish pie and a bit of baking

I’ve made a good few fish pies in my time, but always the classic recipe with mashed potato on top and sometimes some quartered boiled eggs tucked inside. It was time for a new recipe, with puff pastry no less. The base of the pie was almost the same as the classic, with just a […]

Pizzas, rhubarb and a Monday treat

I’m a little behind at the moment, not because I haven’t been cooking (honest!), but because I haven’t been able to make my website work properly! Looking back to the past few weeks, I’ve made quite a few recipes from the River Cottage book, so I’ll do a little catch up from the start of […]

Recipe challenge week 3

Week 3 started with a big leftover roast chicken to play with. The roast was great but I always love making meals out of the leftover meat. Lunch on Monday (and Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday) was a chicken and couscous salad with toasted almonds and lots of parsley. Mid-week saw the surprising addition of pheasant […]

A new challenge for 2017

I think I said when I first got the book that I would work my way through it and make all of the recipes from it. It’s one of those things that I’ve always wanted to do and just never got round to. ‘River Cottage Everyday’ is just the type of book that I go […]

Beetroot and chocolate cake

It would be a wrong of me not to have a chocolate and beetroot recipe on here wouldn’t it. This was originally planned as brownies, but I think it makes a better cake or loaf. The original recipe is one from River Cottage, but I’ve made a few changes along the way. The chocolate is […]

Buckwheat and banana muffins

It’s not often that I’ll look for a baking recipe and not need to buy more than 2 extra ingredients. The mixture for this recipe also happened to be the quickest and easiest. Ever. The recipe is adapted from “Top with Cinnamon” by Izy Hossack, a blogger turned author, and was the perfect way to […]

Truffles, but not as you know them

These came about from an experiment in the kitchen with one of my friends, who happens to be a dietician and fellow foodie! We clubbed together store cupboard ingredients and came up with a healthier alternative to those addictive little truffles we all know and love. The following ingredients make around 10 truffles: 50g quinoa, […]

Meat-free Mondays – caponata

This is my favourite vegetarian recipe at the moment. Deliciously hearty sans meat and perfect for cold November evenings. Caponata is a traditional Sicilian dish and there are many, many recipes out there. The mainstay is aubergine and it is classically a sweet and sour dish. Some recipes call for celery, red peppers or courgettes […]

Mediterranean soda bread

You’ll be needing something to go with all the pumpkin soup recipes flying around at the moment. I found my fridge full of sundried tomatoes, olives and feta after a nice couscous-stuffed pepper and cod dinner, so a soda bread seemed like the perfect solution. I love making a regular loaf of bread but I […]