Store cupboard chicken marinade

This is another one of those non-recipe recipes. Too easy. Just a mix, save and cool job. I’ve used ingredients that I tend to always have to hand, in the cupboard or the fridge. 6 – 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs 1 tsp Dijon mustard 1 tsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tsp…

Melenzane alla parmigiana (Aubergine parmigiana) 

This is one of those dishes I’ve enjoyed many times in Italy when we visit the family. Every household in Italy has their own variation on the recipe, I’ve seen it done so many different ways, all slightly different to each other. If I can remember I’ll share some of the tips as I go…

Lamb ragu

This is a firm favourite of mine, I’ve shared this recipe with friends so many times. It’s a goodie, it gets rave reviews every time I make it. I tend to do it two ways, if I have plenty of time I slow cook in a casserole pot and if I am pressed for time…

Lamb and green bean bredie (stew)

This is a family recipe. Very South African. As a child it wasn’t my favourite but now I LOVE it! My Gran used to make it, my Mom makes it and I’m proud to say that it’s still a family favourite. I vary the original recipe only slightly by adding a couple of tomatoes, these…

Slow cooked pork & fennel with apple & cider

This is a great slow cooked pork recipe, the pork, fennel, sage and apple combo is a match made in heaven. I used pork fillet (tenderloin), cut into bite sized pieces but you can use pork shoulder if you let the pot simmer for a bit longer, about 20 minutes longer than if you’re using…

Creamy baked ravioli and smoked haddock 

This is a variation on a recipe I’ve made before (Baked ravioli with cauliflower white sauce) but instead of a tomato based sauce I’ve used my creamy cauliflower white sauce. To mix it up a bit I’ve added some frozen peas and smoked haddock.  Serves 2 Ingredients: See cauliflower white sauce recipe 1 bag of…

Mediterranean beef stew

This is something that I’ve been making for at least 15 years now, I saw the recipe in a magazine and have made my own adaptions over the years. It’s a really tasty, warming dish that can be served with pasta, rice, mashed potato, gnocchi or even just a crusty bread roll to scrape up…

Cabbage, mince and tomato one pot wonder

This is another one pot wonder. A really lean, tasty and healthy dish. Enjoy with rice, topped on a baked potato, with crusty bread or just on it’s own as a low carb meal.  Serves 4 500g shredded cabbage 750g lean beef mince 1 or 2 cans of chopped tomatoes (depending on how juicy you…

Left over pasta frittata 

This is a great brunch idea, or a “cook once, eat twice” type idea too. Ideal for a mid week dinner served with a salad or just on its own. Serves 2/3 – add more eggs to serve 4 people Left over pasta, any type really, I’ve used spaghetti but you can even use penne…

Baked ravioli with cauliflower white sauce

This has got to be one of the easiest pasta al forno dishes out there. Once you’ve made the white sauce this is really just an assembly job. So easy, so delicious AND the sauce is a healthy alternative to a white sauce, just as creamy but loaded with veg. If you haven’t made the…

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…