Howlets with Paulie and a Flask of Soup

Last year we had loads of Tesco supermarket vouchers and we weren’t sure what to do with them. I love animals and hadn’t been to Howlet’s Zoo before so we ordered some tickets. We have had the tickets for month’s as we knew we didn’t want to go in the summer or when the kid’s…

Carrot, Cumin and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Me and Paulie had a day out planned at Howlets zoo and I always think the food in the canteens isn’t particulary nice. So what could be more comforting than a mug of soup! As we wandered around the lions, monkeys and elephants we had a pit stop at a picnic bench and warmed ourselves…

Lightly Spiced Veal Cottage Pie

Growing up I had 2 favourite dinners, roast and cottage pie. My sister and I had to take it in turns with mince as she liked lasagne and I like cottage pie. I must say as you get older your palate changes and I tend to like stronger flavour’s so Paulie has mastered the spicing…

Stunning Roast Turbot, Lemon and Fennel with a Tarragon Sauce

What a terrific treat the king of the flatfish, the almighty turbot. This is like lobster a special treat as you pay for the whole fish but a lot of bone is discarded. That’s why I found simple dish Paulie could make so we could really enjoy the true flavour of the meat. Aniseed is…

Addictive Coconut, Jam and Biscuit Slices

In my office if there was a lunch meeting we used to get an outside caterer to provide it. There would be sandwiches and cakes and if there were some left over, the whole office got access. The coconut and jam slice got me off my chair, but our’s are a million times better than…

Scallop Queenie’s, Black Pudding, Pea’s and Mint

  Last night we had some left over black pudding and had bought a frozen bag of Queen Scallops from Waitrose which were much more reasonably priced than hand dived king scallops from the fishmonger. As we have used Queenie’s in our fish pie previously we thought we would try them in the classic dish…

Warming Roasted Carrot, Ginger and Thyme Soup

When we buy a bag carrots for a stew or casserole, we always end up with a few leftover. Paulie also wanted to test a food tip which is freezing ginger (I took a thumb sized piece off and put it back in the freezer), and I had recently bought the most amazing Thyme plant….

Lunch at the Middle House Mayfield Review

Me and Paulie are now creating a shortlist of the best pubs in our area. This week was The Middle House in Mayfield. I had been here on a work Christmas lunch and Paulie has been with his friends, so we decided to try it together. It is funny when we look at a menu,…

Store Cupboard American Style Pastrami Salad

So Paulie is in London today so I have to fend for myself this lunchtime, luckily I have picked up tips from the lunches he makes. This took me 5 minutes to prepare. We had some left over pastrami and salad leaves and the rest is store cupboard ingredients. I would recommend everyone keeps jars…

Rich Beef Stew with Horseradish Dumplings

As we are having such a cold March there is nothing more comforting than a stew. We prefer to use beef as it really adds a meaty, rich depth of flavour and is also lean, so you don’t have to worry about skimming off a layer of fat. I was particularly excited about this stew…

Spauly’s Spiced Potted Crab Recipe

So as you would know from our previous post of Paulie and I’s date day by the seaside we bought a crab. I usually find the recipes but Paulie was inspired by a recipe he found which had chilli and fennel seeds included, a combination we love. So we loosly based our version on this…