Creamy chicken and mushroom pappardelle

The inspiration for this recipe was the ingredients I just happened to have in my fridge. It’s a bit like the TV show ‘Ready, Steady Cook’ where contestants have to create a dish from four or five random ingredients. I used to love watching ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ when I was in between work contracts (a…

Mushroom Wellington

This is a recipe from Miguel Barclay’s book ‘Vegan one pound meals’ and like all of his recipes it’s beautifully simple and easy to make. I love the way he creates tasty food with a small list of ingredients and all his recipes are for one, so you just multiply quantities for more people. I…

Smoked mackerel pasta

This is my version of a Nigella recipe (from her Nigellissma book) which in turn is based on a traditional Sicilian recipe – pasta con le sarde (pasta with sardines). I’ve eaten pasta con le sarde in Sicily, in a small village, in a traditional family run restaurant where it was the house speciality. The…

Soy and sesame salmon tray bake

I normally love cooking but I currently have a kind of lockdown lethargy where I want to eat delicious fresh food without spending any time in the kitchen. Tray bakes are the answer and I’m kind of obsessed with them at the moment. What could be easier than spending five minutes washing and chopping some…

Lentil cottage pie

This used to be one of my staple meals but I haven’t cooked it for a while. But then my son requested it for dinner a couple of Saturdays ago (he’s in my lockdown bubble so he comes over most weekends at the moment). Lentil cottage pie is such a comforting recipe and I think…

Roast squash

I was trying to think of a Halloween themed recipe but in all honesty I almost never cook pumpkins. When my children were small we loved growing our own pumpkins to carve for Halloween, or getting them from the local pick your own farm. But unlike other people who made soup or desserts out of…

Paprika chicken

Recently I’ve been looking for recipes which are really quick, as well as cheap, fresh and easy. This paprika chicken recipe only takes about 15 minutes but doesn’t compromise on flavour. Using chicken thighs also adds to the depth of flavour – I nearly always prefer chicken thighs to breasts (they’re cheaper too). I absolutely…

Chargrilled baby gem lettuce

I’m always trying to avoid food waste but so often I don’t succeed and I get very annoyed with myself. Just this evening I threw out half a big bag of spinach I’d completely forgotten about  – the spinach was way too yellow to salvage. And I’m always finding bags of soggy and yellowing bags…

Vegan paella

I’d really like to be in Spain now, sitting at a beachside restaurant and eating paella filled with chorizo, langoustine, chicken and clams. Who knows when we’ll be able to go off on our foreign holidays again? In the meantime here’s a dead easy vegan version of paella from Miguel Barclay’s Vegan One pound Meals cookery…

Thai yellow curry

This is based on a Miguel Barclay recipe from his Vegan One Pound Meals book, except my version isn’t anywhere near as photogenic (and definitely not as yellow). Miguel Barclay keeps to a basic list of ingredients using aubergines and baby sweetcorn as the main vegetables but I’ve piled in some other veg which needed…

Roast cauliflower with anchovies and garlic

This is a recipe I made a couple of weeks ago when I fancied a roast which I had been craving all day, but I didn’t have any meat. I had a couple of cauliflowers in the fridge which needed using up so I made this recipe with one of them. I broke the other cauliflower…

Turkey meatballs

Lockdown is a great time to do batch cooking. Over the long Easter weekend I had planned to make a whole load of different meals for the freezer using the food from a home delivery from about 10 days before (not sure when I’ll get another delivery slot). In the end I just made a…