It’s the Sweet, Spicy, Splendid Smell of Christmas Eve, The Christmas Ham!

Cooking it all day long is Sooooo Christmas!  It’s a ritual and a tradition on Christmas Eve… It fills the house with sweet smells and warmth.  The whir of the oven warming while the pan bubbles on the hob.  It melts in the mouth once it’s cooked and it’s as good cold as it isContinue reading “It’s the Sweet, Spicy, Splendid Smell of Christmas Eve, The Christmas Ham!”

Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Compote

It’s beginning to look (and smell) a lot like Christmas!  Tim’s at the supermarket now, doing the ‘big shop’ and I’ve been busy in the kitchen… There’s Sauerkraut fermenting, fresh bread baked and I’m enjoying a cup of chamomile and honey tea as I write this.  It’s blowing a gale outside but it’s warm inContinue reading “Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Compote”

Rich Chocolate, Cardamom Tarts

“Three, more sleeps”… said my children on the way to bed tonight.  They’re so excited, I’m so excited, we’re all so excited!  We’re officially on holiday!  Fairy lights are blinking everywhere we look, food and drink is stacking up in every conceivable corner along with paper napkins, socks and sneaky chocolate wrappers…  The dog hasContinue reading “Rich Chocolate, Cardamom Tarts”

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs…

Kids love Meatballs!  It’s another food that could contain literally anything as far as they are concerned (and depending where they come from its possible they do)… but home-made it’s possible that they’re full of good nourishment, love and a few hidden extras if you like?  This recipe is very simple, it makes 18 meatballsContinue reading “Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs…”

Superfood makes Superheroes, Quick Fix Pasta & Home made Pesto

Pesto pasta is a regular 5pm meal fix in our house.  Especially when we get home at 4.30, after football, ballet or an afternoon at the park.  I usually grate a bowlful of cheese on the side and add a bowl of pitted green olives.   This week I found a bumper stock of reducedContinue reading “Superfood makes Superheroes, Quick Fix Pasta & Home made Pesto”

Thai Green Salad & Prawns

I love prawns, and I think prawns love chillies, garlic and ginger… This is a bit of a salad inspired by a Thai green curry (with prawns).  Really it’s me wanting another curry but thinking I ought to have a salad instead… You see I’d eat a curry in one form or another every dayContinue reading “Thai Green Salad & Prawns”

Goats Cheese, Honey & Onion Tart

This is a great recipe for using up onions, or just to enjoy if you like onions!  And if you like onions, you’ll know when they’re cooked slowly they’re beautifully sweet, so with the addition of honey it’s more sweet and goats cheesy in flavour and delicious with a green salad.  The honey came fromContinue reading “Goats Cheese, Honey & Onion Tart”

Fish, Chips & Peas for the 5pm Dinner Crew… Plus the ‘Dirty Dozen’

I’ve said it before, but anything in breadcrumbs seems to please my 5pm dinner guests!  So with my newly regular sourdough making well under way, we’ve also got newly regular sourdough breadcrumbs and I’m newly able to liberally coat whatever the 5pm supper club requests!  So this evening was for Fish, Chips & Peas… SomeContinue reading “Fish, Chips & Peas for the 5pm Dinner Crew… Plus the ‘Dirty Dozen’”

Lasagne & Roast Potatoes Anyone? Or Herby Red Lentil Lasagne…

It wasn’t until I was a grown up that anyone questioned our standard family supper of lasagne and roast potatoes… It gives me quite a giggle to think about it now!  What a carb fest, extreme comfort food!  Although I’ve dropped the addition of roast potatoes from this dish, I do often make a lasagne,Continue reading “Lasagne & Roast Potatoes Anyone? Or Herby Red Lentil Lasagne…”

Spicy Red Lentil & Cannellini Bean Soup & Soda Bread

Rustic, warming, hearty and nourishing… this is a true peasant’s supper!  I had a hankering for soda bread earlier but don’t usually have buttermilk at home so this one was made with yoghurt instead.  In fact it could be made with sour milk too (so don’t ever throw it out if you have it, bringContinue reading “Spicy Red Lentil & Cannellini Bean Soup & Soda Bread”