c) 1 – 2 hrs

Spiced Butternut, Chickpea, Red Onion & Raisin Couscous

Add the oats, coconut and vanilla

The first time I tried couscous was in Algers, Algeria. (No, you really, I mean really, don’t want to go there, trust me.) At that stage I was a bit nonplussed by this funny looking grainy starch. Little did I know that a few years down the line I will eat it on a very […]

Curried Parsnip & Honeyed Shallot Couscous

Curried Parsnip & Honeyed Shallot Couscous

When you are in an online relationship with someone, can you call it dating? Do telephone conversations count? Or is it only correct when you meet in person for the first time? Anyway, details aside, the first time I ate my first parsnip was on the fateful day Neil and I met face to face. […]

Creamy Potato, Bacon & Brie Tartiflette

Creamy Potato, Bacon & Brie Tartiflette

You can tell it is winter now. Some mornings the harvested corn fields are as white as snow then the ice melts slowly as the sun lazily makes an appearance on the horizon. Sometimes it’s dry, sometimes it rains, wonderfully turning all grassy areas in a muddy sludge, ideal for taking the dogs out for […]

Baked Jacket Potatoes topped with Savoury Beef Mince & Cheese

Baked Jacket Potatoes topped with Flavoured Beef Mince & Cheese

Banks being bailed out, stock markets crashing (sort of) and world recession looming, what are we to do? Dear readers, stop stealing glances at that fabulous looking fillet steak at the meat counter. Look for other alternatives. No no, rib-eye steak is out! Try again. You’re getting warmer. Closer. Bingo! Mince is the way to […]

Mongolian Lamb & Onion Stir Fry

Mongolian Lamb & Onion Stir Fry

Are you a chǎo or bào type of person? Only after reading on Wikipedia did I realise there are 2 ways to stir fry food. The bào technique is simply tossing your finely chopped ingredients in a red hot wok, stirring it for a few seconds and then it’s out again. The chǎo technique is […]

Chicken Chasseur

Chicken Chasseur

Something I haven’t written about yet was our trip to Paris two years ago. After having seen tonnes of American movies it was my understanding that it is the most magnificent and romantic city in the world. Since the French is famous for their food, I thought it won’t be necessary to do any research […]

Roasted Pumpkin, Red Peppers & Onions with a Sweet Balsamic and Mustard Dressing on a bed of Couscous

Roasted Pumpkin, Red Peppers & Onions with a Sweet Balsamic and Mustard Dressing on a bed of Couscous

Phew, now that was a mouthful to type. The title looks as if it was an item borrowed from a fancy schmancy restaurant menu, but let me reassure you this is a dead easy recipe to prepare, ultra healthy and to top it all it tastes divine! Sod any decadent dessert and serve me this […]

Leek-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a Creamy White Wine Sauce

Leek-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with a Creamy White Wine Sauce

As much as these chicken rolls were a joy to eat, it is a bit tedious to make, so reserve this recipe for when you want to impress your guess (not without practising first though!). One thing I love about the internet is that it is so easy to obtain information. A quick search on […]

Baked Kabocha Squash & Butter Bean Soup

Baked Kabocha Squash & Butter Bean Soup

My love affair with the Kabocha Squash hasn’t ended. Our love is as strong as ever and I’m sure it will last a loooong time. Every week when Neil is out of sight at the supermarket I dawdle through the fresh produce section, I hear a “Psssst”. When I turn my head, there he is, […]

Chinese BBQ Pork Stir-Fry

Chinese BBQ Pork Stir-Fry

Happy Easter, everyone! The weather in UK is especially bad this weekend. At one stage Neil and I were standing at a window, hearing the wind howling from the cold North and analysed what exactly was falling. Was it snow, sleet or hail pattering hard on the windows? We still don’t know, but it melted […]