Sunblush tomato & shallot tarte tatin

  Things like tarte tatin generally require an oven proof skillet but don’t panic if you don’t have one, all is not lost, you can still make a very decent tarte tatin by using a well lined cake tin. This is a gorgeous recipe which makes a very impressive starter for 6 or a jolly…


Plum Frangipane Tart

  This is a gorgeous seasonal recipe which can be adapted for all year round by using whatever firm fruit is seasonal, or even tinned fruit such as apricots or pears. The original recipe was by Mary Berry which I have adapted slightly. Ingredients: For the pastry: 175g plain flour 75g cold butter, cubed 25g…


Gnocchi with Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables & Mushrooms

  This was a bit of a Waste Not Want Not recipe for me – a Tuesday evening and a fridge full of leftovers from the weekend. What to do with a cold baked potato, some roasted veg and half a punnet of mushrooms? Gnocchi is the answer. Gorgeous little Italian dumplings flavoured with thyme…


Bara Brith

  I can’t keep this to myself any longer, it’s just too good and you all need to have it in your recipe books. Bara brith, tea loaf, barm brack- whatever your chosen dialect, this moist cake is beyond simple to make and tastes gorgeous. Just make sure you soak the fruit overnight and you’re…


Fabulous Frittata

  These mini frittata are very easy to make and superb for picnics or lunch boxes. Best served at room temperature to enjoy the full flavour, these are a fabulously healthy bite too. They’re also a great waste not want not recipe as they use up a wealth of bits and bobs from the draw…


Home Sweet Home

    Home is where the heart is. It’s also where all the furniture, packing boxes, bubblewrap mountain and two geriatric cats are. The last three and a half weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Hell, the last three months have been a bit of a roller coaster ride too. One…


Tandoori Aubergine with Tomato & Coriander Rice

    I originally found this recipe on the Hello Fresh website but as it isn’t there any more I’m going to share it with a you as it was just too darned tasty to keep to myself. It was ridiculously filling – in fact we couldn’t eat the whole lot and ended up keeping…


Roasted Vegetable & Cannellini Bean Burgers

    These tasty burgers are one of my Waste Not Want Not meals, designed to use up all the odds and ends of vegetables kicking around in the fridge. They were quick and easy to make and held together well when cooked, although they’re not substantial enough to sit on a BBQ grill, so…


Strawberry Cinnamon Torte

This  is quite possibly the simplest dessert I have ever baked, and it always behaves really well which is a bonus. It’s a great baking cupboard standby, and works just as well with frozen fruit in the winter months. It makes a lovely light, crumbly cake with a fruity jammy layer in the middle. Serve…


Spicy Salmon, Courgette & Bulgar Wheat with Coriander Salsa

  This is a bit of a OnePanWonder, providing you cook the bulgar wheat and the salmon ahead of time. Even if you don’t, it’s still a quick and easy supper dish that makes a few ingredients go a very long way and is super filling and nutritious. The original recipe was a Gousto recipe…


Three Bean Chilli

  A superb vegetarian supper that works well served with rice, in wraps or tortillas or on top of a baked potato. Ingredients: 1 carrot, diced 2 stalks of celery, chopped 1 red onion, diced 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 large garlic clove, crushed 1 each of green and yellow peppers, diced 1…


Working your Wardrobe

    I’m a great believer in a bargain, but I also like my bargain buys to work with my existing wardrobe. Remember the Three Word Theory – those three little words that sum up your style and ensure that everything you buy fits in with what you already have? I’m still living by that…