I quite like doing this kind of timed recipe – 15 minute black bean soup, 15 minute pasta primavera, 30 minute saag paneer… Usually when I cook, I do a lot of faffing. I stop to write out the recipe on my laptop, get distracted on Facebook, realise I need to tidy a random corner of the kitchen… things usually take at least twice as long as they need to. But if I’m going to make a 15 minute creamy chickpea curry, I want to know for sure that it can actually be made in 15 minutes (no false advertising here!), so I force myself to focus. And this chickpea curry took me 15 minutes on the dot!
We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but if we did, I imagine this cheesy sweetcorn pudding is the kind of thing I'd serve. It was definitely inspired by some of the Thanksgiving-style dishes I've seen online (you Americans are so good / weird with the sweet-and-savoury thing). Plenty of sweetcorn, plenty of cheese, all encased in a soft, puddingy mixture - delish. … Read more
What do you get when you take one of the greatest ingredients known to man (squidgy, squeaky halloumi cheese), and combine it with heaps of veggies, a rich tomato sauce, and crispy garlic breadcrumbs? Halloumi casserole! I usually opt for beans for protein when I make a casserole, but halloumi is a great option for something a bit different. I'd never put it in a casserole … Read more
I made rice pudding the other day, and bought a new box of arborio rice for it. But obviously, because I'm an idiot and I forgot to check my cupboards beforehand, I already had a full box in the kitchen. Risotto was definitely on the cards! You can make risotto in just about any flavour you can think of - this time I made ratatouille risotto, chock-full of veggies. … Read more
A week or two ago I asked on my Facebook page what sorts of recipes people fancied seeing this autumn. Most of you were thinking along the same lines - warming stews, curries, casseroles, that kind of thing. Anything to make the impending cold weather bearable, basically. A few people wanted soup, and someone wanted some kind of noodle recipe - so I thought I'd make noodle soup … Read more
So I guess it's officially autumn now, whatever definition you use. Gone are the long days where the sun stays up until 10pm. Gone are the hot days where we keep the back door wide open all day long so the dog can run in and out. Gone are the lazy afternoons spent sitting in a pub garden sipping cider. Luckily, we have cosy evenings, cuddly jumpers and comforting dinners to … Read more