Home Made Pot Noodle

These have been around for some time, but people have asked me how to make these delightful lunchtime treats, so here goes. These only require a kettle, rather than a microwave, and if like me, you’re often out and about, needing only hot water is a massive bonus! I’ve done this as a basic breakdown…

Oeufs en Cocotte with Parmesan & Parsley

Eggs are one of the most versatile ingredients ever used in a kitchen. If you want a really elegant, lazy weekend breakfast, this is for you. Cocottes are little heatproof dishes with handles, not many people have them, so ramekins work perfectly. A cocotte is also another term for a fashionable prostitute. Please don’t confuse…

Cajun Style Chicken Salad

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, don’t snub the kebab, they are a wonderful way of cooking. I recently moved house and wanted to try out by new griddle plate on my super amazing double range. The origin of Cajun food is worth reading up on, and has is origins in Louisiana,…

Ginger Beer Jellies

Jelly is brilliant fun, pretty easy, and slide down your throat to clean your palate. Theo loves these, and the best part is that they are sugar free. The flavour isn’t great if I’m honest, but for small persons that isn’t always a bad thing, ginger can be a very strong flavour. These are really refreshing after…

Jerk Thai Curry

So we’re doing some re-configuring of the kitchen in the run up to a big party in the house we’re house-sitting. I had some chicken I needed to do something with, and I had some ingredients in the fridge to use up, so I put this marinade together, and it worked pretty darn well. I’ve…

Roasted Duck in Gem Lettuce with Hoisin

Loads of people have come up with this healthier idea to crispy duck pancakes, and quite simply it is delicious, and more importantly, easy. I roasted some duck legs for an hour in the oven will beautifully crispy. Stripped them, and served them up on gem lettuce leaves with hoisin and spring onions. There are…

Cobbled Together

Many people have tried to tackle quick meals in the past, and a fair number are professional chefs who have professional training. I doubt the majority of people can chop up onions in the blink of an eye. So I’m setting a bit more of a realistic tone. Try it in 30 minutes. I cobbled…

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

This is a Hairy Bikers dieting dish, and it fricking rocks. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been an enormous risotto fan, but this is pretty darn awesome. Perhaps the best thing about this recipe is nothing to do with the rice at all, but with the chicken. The chicken is poached in stock, which adds…

Experiments With XO

Lots of Chinese cuisine uses sauces that go back centuries, but this XO is relatively new. It gained popularity in the 80s, and has translated into Western-Chinese food more recently. It’s an amazing sauce, you can get it in a thick paste, and it’s now one of my go-to sauces for mid-week cooking when I’m…

Koftas with Hummus

I did Kofta kebabs recently with some turkey mince, and I passed these flatbreads while doing food shopping on Saturday and thought, ‘yeah, they’d go well with koftas and some home made hummus’. So that’s what I did, and while this is not a low calorie dish, I used some sneaky tips to slim it…

Peanut & Sesame Turkey Kofta Kebabs

I adore kebabs, they are massively diverse, and cooked in so many ways across the world. Don’t be a kebab snob, you’re not too good for them. Humans have been cooking this way for thousands of years. Kofta is something you’ll find quite commonly in supermarkets when you buy pre-made kebabs, it comes from the classical…

Balsamic Egg Salad

Egg salads appear to have been forgotten over the years, and they can prove unpopular with colleagues in the office, but there’s nothing better for filling you up on a weekend lunchtime. Eggs are relatively dieter friendly, fill you up, and contain very little fat. Serve with a slice or two of sourdough or rye…