Marinated beef steaks

This is another one of those really easy recipes; it’s actually not really a recipe at all ;-). Steak is great on its own with salt and pepper but if you leave these pieces of steak for long enough in the marinade (at least 2 hours) it just adds so much to the flavour. These are…

Tomato salad…. so simple… yet so effective

You might question why it’s even necessary to write this up as a recipe because it really is so simple. It’s another one I’ve taken from my mom in law and adapted ever so slightly and I think it’s worth sharing. Firstly, because it is just so good and secondly, because whenever I make this, everyone…

Turkey and apple polpette (meatballs)

These are so savoury yet sweet and tasty, much healthier than other types of meatballs as turkey is so low in fat. The apple combination is perfect, you wouldn’t know it was there but it works so well. I recently made these as part of a “finger food” selection at a party, hence the large…

Lemon, garlic and herb chicken thighs

This is a really low effort recipe, great for a barbeque but you do need time for the meat to marinate well.  Serves 4 4 – 6 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 2 tablespoons olive oil Handful of chopped fresh herbs, I tend to use coriander and/or oregano Juice of 1 lemon 2 or 3 tablespoons…

Salsa di pomodoro (home made tomato pasta sauce)

My mother in law makes her own tomato sauce from the tomatoes that are grown on the family farm and each year she harvests tomatoes to make sauces, passatas and sun dried tomatoes. The family will eat these sauces throughout the year until the next summer.  This is my version of my mother in law’s…

White fish and bean gratin (with a lemon and parmesan herb crust)

This is a really wholesome, healthy and filling meal. I just love basa fillets, also known as river cobbler but you can use any white fish fillets or loins or even smoked haddock if you prefer. I also use frozen spinach here, it’s a life changer, packaged in small portions it cooks just as well…

Butternut soup

This is definitely a winter warmer favourite of mine. Really easy to make and so full of flavour. I use parmesan in this recipe, it makes all the difference in terms of seasoning. I add a pot of plain yoghurt or you could use soft cheese or creme fraiche; this adds a bit of acidity…

Smoked salmon pâté

Another one of my favourites. Great on a blini or a cracker and just as good on a slice of toast or a sandwich. This makes quite a lot, I’ve just recently made a batch to use at a new years eve party so you can easily halve the quantities or just make a big…

Green olive tapenade

This is one of my signature “dishes”,  I’ve been making it for years. It’s so salty and rich and great served on a crostini with a cold glass of white wine or prosecco. You could also use black pitted olives but the green are so vibrant. 250g green, pitted olives 6 spring onions, finely chopped…