Slow-cooker beef brisket with rich onion gravy
I love beef, and particularly when it is slow-cooked- that tender, fall apart texture can't be beaten! Beef brisket is one of the cheaper cuts to buy because it does require a long, slow cook, but you really can't beat it, and it makes a fantastic Sunday roast centrepiece that actually requires very little effort!
I picked up a piece of beef brisket in Tesco's a little while ago as it was on special offer, and I really wanted to try something different to anything I had cooked before ...
Apple pie porridge with maple syrup
Porridge really comes into its own in Autumn, it's warming, filling, cheap and doesn't have to be boring!
I created this recipe when I was working with a maple syrup brand, and it's become a real favourite- it's a great way to sneak a little bit of fruit into the kids breakfast, the flavours are great for children and adults alike, and it's also a great breakfast to make for house-guests that isn't too labour intensive but looks and tastes delicious!
I have specified jumbo porridge oats ...
Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork
I bought a pork shoulder in Morrisons a couple of weeks ago, intending to make a classic pulled pork recipe- I didn't get around to it, and then a friend threw her husband a 40th birthday party that had an AMAZING hog roast, and then gave me a whole leg that was left over! We were just about to head off on holiday, so I took off the meat and managed to squeeze most of it into my jam-packed freezer (I desperately need a chest freezer- just not sure where to put one!). By that point I had ...
Carrot and coriander soup
Carrot and coriander soup has always been one of my favourites- it's a fuss-free and easy soup to make, it's suitable for the whole family (my fussy children will eat it!), and it's also a great cheap soup to make in bulk. Carrots are one of the cheapest vegetables to buy from the supermarket and with just a few little additions make a delicious, rich and creamy soup that is also healthy and low in fat.
I don't worry about peeling the carrots for this, as it's going to be blended anyway, ...
Roasted ratatouille soup
If you've tried my Easy roasted ratatouille recipe then this may seem familiar. I love making a big batch of ratatouille because it's such a versatile dish- I serve it as a side to lots of different meals, on its own with freshly baked bread and pureed as a pasta sauce! It also makes a fabulous soup- the rich flavours from the roasted vegetables work so well as a soup.
If you make up a nice big batch and freeze into portions it makes a lovely easy lunch, and if you want to add some ...
One-pot chilli mac’n’cheese
I live for a one-pot wonder! I love cooking, but I also love finding ways top simplify meals and make them easy and hassle-free to make without compromising on taste. Comfort food is my thing, and I always love it when Autumn kicks in and I feel really justified in cooking up big pots of comfort food! Some of my favourites are beef & Guinness casserole, smoky chilli con carne, pork and apple stew and Brazilian pork stew
The brilliant thing about these types of meals is that it's ...
Beef stroganoff used to be a real staple in my kitchen years ago, but I had forgotten all about it. I had some sour cream left over from another recipe recently, so decided to have a go at a lean version of it (I used to use a whole tub of sour cream!). I used to mainly flavour it with paprika, but in this version I tried a couple of slightly different additions, and I think it's the nicest one I've ever made!
Just a little tip for adding in the sour cream at the end, if you gently warm ...
Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Spring leeks and peas
It's lovely to discover new favourite dishes, and this leek side, which I created as part of my Easter meal, is really easy to do, delicious, and makes a nice addition to any family meal, especially a roast dinner.
The great thing about leeks is that they are grown in the UK, they are cheap to buy and they have loads of flavour!
Scalloped potato gratin with rosemary and garlic
I recently attended a lovely Easter event with Iceland Foods, and was inspired to come home and cook my own Easter Feast! I love potatoes Dauphinoise, but they are usually full of fat, so I wanted to create something that looked as lovely on the table, but that was a healthy alternative with no added fat. Particularly as this was for an Easter Feast I wanted to keep the main as lean as possible to allow for chocolate consumption throughout the rest of the day!
I hand sliced the ...