Quick Risotto-Stuffed Vegetables

Risotto Stuffed Veg

My mother (who is an amazing cook) can always make ‘something out of nothing’ and I’m hoping that this recipe will always remind me of that. Last week, when my mum came to stay, I was completely on the back foot. I hadn’t managed a big shop and the fridge was uncharacteristically empty. We found… 

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Easy Stove Top Chicken Casserole

Classic Chicken Cassrrole

As we ease ourselves into autumn, there is plenty to encourage us into the kitchen. Perhaps we might be inspired to preserve some of those late summer gluts, or try a recipe from an ‘up and coming’ cuisine, or to simply dig out those slow-cookers and cast-iron pans to get a nice, warming stew or… 

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Utterly Scrummy’s Fruit Bowl Cake

Fruit Bowl Cake

The summer holidays with a newborn and two primary-aged children were always going to be busy. In fact, I completely underestimated just how busy we would all be and suddenly, somehow, we are now in September. We enjoyed some time away; a short trip to Cheshire, a couple of weeks in North Wales and a… 

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Five soups, stews and roasts to warm you up

Chicken & Chrorizo Soup

Next weekend in the UK, the clocks go back, which officially means the end of British Summer Time. It also means that it will be darker and duller and we’ll have to eat bucketfuls of comfort foods to keep warm. I have a couple of favourite books to turn to when the weather gets colder,… 

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Recipe: Slow Cooked Beef Brisket with Celeriac Mash and Wild Mushrooms

Beef Brisket

Slow cooking is a great way to experiment with different cuts of meat and you can always ask your butcher to recommend a cheaper or less well-known piece. This weekend I slow cooked beef brisket for the first time in a lovely rich beef stock with carrots, baby onions, celery, garlic, tomato puree, port and fresh herbs. The… 

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Lemony Spring Cupcakes

LemonCupcakes

Although there are still (officially) a couple of weeks until spring, the first appearance of daffodils in my garden have already cheered me up! It’s been a busy couple of weeks (see below) and I realise I have been slack in posting, but I promise lots of lovely posts in the coming weeks.  Today I have been… 

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