Homemade Tomato Salsa

I didn’t realise how making my own salsa would taste so much better than the shop bought varieties and of course there isn’t any nasty preservatives or funky named substitutes in a homemade salsa. It is also so versatile you can add anything you want regarding the herbs and spices. This is perfect as a…

Baked Paprika Chicken with Cumin, Orange and Olives

Yum! This dish has everything, spices, herbs, fruit and a delicious gravy. This is perfect for this time of year and the best part is you can just pop it in the oven and leave it to do it’s thing (maybe a glass of wine while you wait) I forgot how much I love orange…

Crispy Calamari with A Salt and Pepper Polenta Batter

I always order calamari when I’m out as long as it’s fresh. My favourite bits are the tentacles. It has to be a really crispy batter and have a good amount of seasoning. They key is for the oil to be smoking and to literally cook it for a max of 2 minutes. These were…

Homemade Tacos with Leftover Beef, Avocado and an Asparagus Slaw

I love tacos and P treated me to some taco holders, which I must say are brilliant. I’ve never made my own tortilla before but they turned out really good and were easier than I thought. At the moment asparagus is bang in season so I’m using them in lots of different ways, this slaw…

Easy All in One Scallop and Asparagus Risotto

I love risotto but I hate the whole process of adding a ladel of stock at a time, this way is just as good as I tested both ways. I actually think this method tastes much better as the risotto has a better texture and it means it can now be a quick mid week…

Pancetta, Asparagus and Olive Tapenade Crispy Pizza Slice

So a certain international supermarket has Greek week and during this week they sell a large jar of olives which are nice and firm I’m not so keen on the jarred olives that have gone soft they also sell a really good quality thin crust ready pizza base that makes 2 decent sized pizzas, though…

Wild Garlic and Rocket Pesto with Cashew Nuts

Happy food dance it’s spring what does that mean WILD GARLIC at last. I always feel that winter is behind us when those gorgeous green shoots appear, the aroma is so delicious and I always make a pesto and butter. It is so easy to make you just put everything in a food processor blitz…

Leftover Lamb Tagine with Harrisa, Olives and Chickpeas

So for Easter we cooked a shoulder of lamb and as there is only two of us two fur babies we had a lot leftovers. In the past I’ve made leftover lamb hotpot and Ragu so fancied a change and I’m in love with sweet paprika at the moment and I also had some bags…

Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Salad (BLT)

I do like a BLT sandwich so I decided to make it as a salad destructed. I also used the method where you toss the croutons in the juices of the tomatoes. This salad tastes so great and it’s full of yummy flavours Ingredients 1 slice of sourdough, roughly torn 1 tbsp olive oil 2…

Smokey Roasted Aubergine Dip Recipe

If you saw my previous post I had made the middle eastern bread. All it needed now was some dips to go with it. I love the flavour of roasted aubergine, I have tried baba ganoush before, this dip is a bit more simple in flavour but it goes so well with freshly baked light…

Halloumi on Roasted Leek Couscous with a Harissa Dressing Recipe

I love experimenting with new flavours and ingredients from around the world. We had some leeks left over in the fridge so I thought they would be nice roasted and added to a salad. We didn’t have any salad leaves so I raided the cupboard and found cous cous, dried cranberries and flaked almond’s so…