Pip’s favourite spaghetti bolognese recipe
I have posted a lot of bolognese recipes since I started this blog- but I love experimenting to find that magical formula for a really good brew! This is the recipe that I think gives the best all round results every time- it's certainly not a traditional Italian recipe, but I think that the little twists really work to create a rich and tasty bolognese. I always love a dark looking sauce and this one gives you that too.
For a more traditional and simple recipe have a look at ...
Oxo roast potatoes
This simple method makes very tasty roast potatoes, moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.
A beef stock cube is perfect alongside roast beef, or you can do it with a chicken stock cube!
BBQ apple pulled pork
I was given a lovely gift last week- a huge bag of windfall apples! My youngest daughter is not a fruit eater, but she loves stewed apple, and the whole family (apart from me!) love spiced apple cake, so we already have lots of uses for them, but I also remembered that last year I had a go at making a bbq pulled pork that incorporated apple into the sauce to make a really delicious pork dish- the girls both loved it, and it was a fantastic dish that provides meals for days afterwards!
Lentil and bacon soup
Lentils and bacon are just one of those combinations that work so well. I always make a big batch as it freezes really well and is perfect for a quick, filling lunch if you are stuck. I've also found that this is really popular with my children which makes it even more of a winner!
I use puy lentils if I can find them, although it's not always that easy to find the boxes of dry ones (Merchant Gourmet do them in Sainsburys, but they are pretty steep at £3.50). The ones I have used here ...
Delicious sausage & lentil casserole
I think one of the nicest things about Autumn is getting back into casseroles! I absolutely adore one-pot comfort food, partly because anything that you can cook all in one pot is a total winner in terms of washing up, but partly because of the magic of popping it into the oven or slow-cooker and then having a big reveal hours later where it's transformed into something that fills the house with delicious smells and that you can't wait to eat!
Sausages and lentils just go ...
Triple-layer chocolate french toast
French toast makes a fantastic breakfast, as it's as much as a treat as pancakes but it's so quick and easy to make. Last week I had a sudden brainwave after being reminded about the Kingsmill wholemeal crustless toast in Tesco- how about a triple layered French toast, sandwiched together with chocolate spread and peanut butter?!
So this was the first incarnation of this meal- a layer of bread, a layer of peanut butter, a layer of bread, a ...
Roasted butternut squash soup
There's just something so cosy about eating butternut squash soup! It feels like the perfect Autumn/Winter lunch. I love soup but sometimes find it a bit of a faff to make, which is why I have recently started making tray bake soups (such as this traybake tomato and basil soup)- throw everything together and roast it and you get a lovely rich flavour, but no pre-frying or standing over the hob!
The potato added to this one gives it a creaminess without adding cream, and it's lovely ...
Beef and Guinness stew
There's little that can get me more excited than a proper plate of beef and Guinness stew! There's just something about it- it's the perfect comfort food as far as I am concerned. Now for me, following Slimming World, it really is worth using those few syns up to cook this in the Guinness, as it makes such a gorgeous meal, but if you wanted to keep it syn free you could cook it just with beef stock, or with the fabulous red-wine stock pots that you can get from Tesco.
Soy, orange & ginger chicken and squash traybake
I love a dish that you can cook all in one, and I really fancied finding a new way to use butternut squash- entering into Autumn there are lots of lovely squash and pumpkins around, and i had an inkling that soy sauce would go really well with baked squash, giving it a bit of caramelisation. I mixed in some orange and zest to help it along with some sticky, sweet flavour, and then some ginger and garlic to finish it off.
This all baked together beautifully with the chicken, ...
Harissa & herb Moroccan meatballs
Years ago, when I was working in London I would sometimes pick up my lunch in Leon, and one of my absolute favourites was the Moroccan meatballs. They would serve these with brown rice with toasted seeds, and an amazing homemade coleslaw (and I HATE normal coleslaw, but this was lovely and crunchy and not covered in sloppy mayonnaise!). Unfortunately we don't have Leon restaurants down in Devon, but I do have 2 of their cookbooks, which I have used SO much! This one is the absolute classic ...