Beef & Port Casserole

I remember growing up that my brother really loved beef casserole, and I didn’t. But tastes are a funny things and it’s amazing how you can encourage tastes to change. I know casseroles are stereo typically quite a wintry food, but it was a cold day when I made this, Theo was poorly, and I…

Gooseberry & Mint Sorbet

I have a confession, I kinda like the bambling, bumbling, buffoon that is Hugh Wittless-Ferningstall. I don’t quite agree that everyone can up-sticks and leave, live in an expensive farmhouse, and have a huge kitchen garden. It isn’t really feasible. That said, he does know his food, and he does have some awesome ideas. We…

Baby food 1

Theo had a tongue-tie at birth, and this prevented him from getting a good breastfeeding latch. Amy stuck with it, through the pain, through the frustration, like the champ she is. We got the tie snipped and it was all so much easier afterwards. However, as far as weight gain was concerned, this put Theo on the…

A summer lunch.

Amy, Theo, and I had some friends round for lunch today, and I’d expected the weather to be warmer than it was. All the same, the food went down very well, and I didn’t have anything left! Most of this is relatively healthy, the garlic bread….less so. The tart is bases on a recipe by the Hairy Bikers….

BBQ Time

The heat is finally here! Which means it’s the perfect weather to get out the BBQ and put something on it. BBQs are often not the most healthy, but there are ways to make sure that it isn’t just a massive meat fest, and to cut down on the fat content. I’ve said it before, and…

Pork and prawn balls in broth

This is a really grand dish, one of the Hairy Bikers’. I couldn’t find a copy online, so unfortunately if you want to cook it, you’ll need to buy the book. Don’t be tempted to cut down on the chilli. This recipe serves 4. I had one serving. Amy had three.

Hong Shao Rou

Hong Shao Rou (red braised pork) is a beautiful example of taking something very simple and making something truly delicious. It originates from mainland China, and gained a certainly level of fame for being favourite of Chairman Mao. There are a couple of different ways to cook this dish, you can add ginger or chilli,…

Thai Coconut Curry

This is a Hairy Biker recipe that I’ve adapted. Incredibly easy, and quite fast paced. I used turkey breast rather than chicken, as it’s a little bit leaner. I also swapped mangetout for pak choi, which I absolutely love, it has a fantastic sweetness to the stem to accompany the slight bitterness of the leaf….

Thai Style Parcels

This is kind of like wontons, but I think a little easier because you can buy filo pastry off the shelf, and you can bake it, rather than deep frying. Filo pastry is notoriously difficult to work with, it dries out incredibly quickly, so you need to be fast. I served this with a mango and…