Fruit Crumble

Fruit crumble is a real winter favourite pudding. The soft, warm and often spiced fruit covered with a crunchy, sweet, perhaps nutty crumble topped with cream is a perfect way to top off a Sunday roast. This is a basic apple recipe but I’ve given you some variations below. Apple Crumble Serves 6 – 8…

Nasi Goreng 

I’ve been eating this for as long as I can remember. Fried rice is a family favourite and there are a number of versions of the recipe. You can substitute the chicken for pork, beef or prawns, even a meaty fish like monkfish would work really well. Nasi is better the next day, so whilst you…

Baked Salmon with Lentils

This recipe is really delicious, the lentils are so tasty! This serves two, but you can multiple the recipe up as necessary. Ingredients: 2 medium sized salmon fillets 150g green lentils 1 pint of chicken stock 1 pint of water 1 medium red onion – finely chopped 50g (handful) of pancetta – cut into lardons…

Cooking Pasta and Rice

Using a large saucepan with 2 handles makes cooking with large volumes of water easier to handle. The trick with boiling pasta and rice is using a lot of water. When steaming rice you need to be specific with the volumes so here are a few tips: All measures serve 4 – 6  1) 500g…

Salad Dressing

If you have the following ingredients in your pantry at home you can quickly rustle up a dressing to transform the most basic of fresh greens into a delicious meal or side dish. The quality of dressing will depend on the quality of your two main dressing ingredients: oil & vinegar. Right now I’m loving balsamic…

Chicken & Broccolini Gnocchi 

Silken gnocchi with the crunch of broccolini and sugar snaps peas in a rich alfredo sauce – heaven. You can easily leave the chicken out of this recipe and it isn’t a real alfredo sauce – more of a cheats version but it makes for a really quick supper.  Ingredients: 1 bag of gnocchi (400g)…

Stuffed Potato Skins 

This is a really good crowd pleaser and you can choose the filling to suit your taste. You’ll need large roasting potatos, one per person, washed, dried and pricked with a knife all over. Place them straight on to the wire rack and cook for 1 hour at 200°c. While they are cooking you can…

Rhubarb with Greek Yoghurt & Granola

Here’s a happy way to start your day, you could make these the night before in small sterilised jam jars, but they look really good in a cocktail glass as part of a leisurely breakfast.  First make a sugar syrup, by putting equal quantities of sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to the…

Tomato Chicken Curry 

This is a mild curry that will serve 6 when accompanied with rice & naan. Ingredients: Chicken – around 600g of cubed skinless chicken breast / skinless chicken thighs (boneless)  1 tablespoon sunflower oil  1 large onion sliced  2 large garlic cloves crushed  1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger  1/2 a cauliflower head, cut into…

Aislings Afghan Beans (Vegetarian Taco Filling)

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip where I was able to watch men from Afghanistan prepare a variety of dishes for Iftar, the breaking of the fast during the month long Ramadan. Vegetarian dishes are a big part of middle eastern cuisine and with a recent vege convert in our house I wanted…