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Spicy Meatballs with Orzo Pasta

As I may have mentioned in the not-so-distant past we're getting a new kitchen installed soon. As someone who likes to ready for anything well in advance of actually needing to be ready this means…

Sweet and Sour Chicken

As I've said before most of the food I cook is the result of advance planning, prior experience and random moments of inspiration. Michael loves to lovingly tease me about my food planner - mainly…

Egg Fried Rice

Who doesn't love a bowl of Egg Fried Rice as part their favourite Chinese takeaway? It's not difficult to make at home and the ingredients list is pretty much contained within its name - eggs and rice,…

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Who knew that you can make a delicious dessert from something you'd normally pour straight down the sink? This entirely Vegan Chocolate Mousse is made using the liquid from a tin of chick peas - something…

Vegan Rocky Road

I love a bit of Rocky Road - indeed I've posted a recipe for a more traditional version of it on the blog before - but this a variation on the theme that came into being…

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Homemade Honeycomb

There are some recipes that feel like they're part science experiment and part magic - for me Honeycomb is definitely one of them. It seems a little crazy that you get so much golden, crunchy honeycomb from…

Thai-style Steak and Warm Noodle Salad

Although I've not cooked it for a while, one of my favourite steak recipes has to be Nigella Lawson's "Steak Slice with Lemon and Thyme" from Nigella Express. (You can see her original recipe online…

Honey Balsamic Salmon

Simple doesn't always mean boring, does it? After all, when you have good tasty ingredients the last thing you want to be doing is burying them under an overwhelming sauce and almost pretending they're not…

Chicken Cacciatore

There's nothing like revisiting an old receipe and seeing if you can make it better the second time around, is there? I first made this Chicken Cacciatore about a year ago and posted the recipe…

Chicken, Bacon and Pepper Risotto

I know that there are a lot of similar Risotto recipes on the site, but every time I tweak something and enjoy the outcome I can't help but share it with you... This Chicken, Bacon…

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake

When Michael invited his colleagues around for dinner I knew that I wanted to make a dessert that used Dulce de Leche (or similar caramel sauce) in some way. The only issue I really faced…

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Mojo Verde & Mojo Rojo

If you've been to the Canary Islands there's a strong chance that you're familiar with these two sauces - the wonderfully vibrant green Mojo Verde and its equally bright and spicier red cousin, Mojo Rojo. They both pack…

Boeuf Bourguignon

If you asked a friend to list off some well-known French dishes I don't think it would take long for them to mention Boeuf Bourguignon, and if they're anything like Michael and I they'll also take…

Nasi Goreng with Chicken and Prawns

Nasi Goreng is widely regarded to be Indonesia's national dish. Though as the name translates simply as "fried rice" you can imagine just how many different versions of it there are. As is often the…

Homemade Fish Fingers

Like many people my age I probably came close to eating my own weight in Fish Fingers, Oven Chips and Baked Beans as a child. Whilst they certainly aren't to everyone's taste I think that…

Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Normally when I see the words "Oven Baked" in front of Sweet Potato Fries I'm prepared for disappointment. They're rarely crispy and usually a little overcooked or seriously undercooked. Trouble is that I don't like…

Risotto Primavera

Spring is upon us!  Although there's still a bit of snow on the ground here in Dorset we're at the Vernal Equinox and what better way to celebrate the change of season that with food?…