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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, ...

Jerk fish traybake

I'm so keen to get more fish into our diets- it's such a healthy option, and with so many proven health benefits- fish really is a superfood, way more than all of the fads that come and go. Unfortunately I haven't been as super-organised as I planned to in getting to a fishmonger, and therefore our diets definitely don't include the recommended 2 fish-based meals a week. I've found the perfect way to address this, and I can't really believe I didn't clock on sooner! Frozen fish! The ...

Butterbean and za’atar dip

One of my favourite cookbooks of 2016/17 has been Sabrina Ghaynour's Sirocco, I've loved every recipe that I've tried, and this one I have made over and over again- pretty much any time we have had anyone over for dinner/snacks and often as a Saturday night nibble! I made the recipe by the book for my Christmas Persian feast, it uses lots of garlic oil, and is super-tasty. However I wanted to make a healthier version so that I could enjoy it guilt-free, so I've made a few little changes ...

South-African Bunny Chow

  Anyone who is a regular visitor to my Facebook page will know that I am a huge Nando's fan! It's my perfect comfort food, and we'll often have this Homemade Nando's as a weekend treat! When Nando's got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to have a go at making their Bunny Chow, I was excited to try it out (after googling to see what it was!), I've just made a couple of little adjustments to keep it Slimming World friendly. Why Bunny Chow? In exploring its Southern-African ...

Pomegranate and orange glazed ham

  Right on my doorstep is The Old English Pig company- they breed beautiful free-range, traditional Old English pigs, and their sausages are honestly the best I have ever tasted (and they are working on a low fat one!). I've had a lovely piece of gammon from them sitting in my freezer since Christmas, and I really wanted to do it justice by finding an unusual and delicious glaze for it! I think for an effective glaze you need to have a really good amount of sweetness, and so I ...

Hummus

  The UK hummus shortage prompted me to get this recipe up on the website! It's one of those things that is so super-easy to make, and tastes so good freshly made that I think it's such a shame to buy the plastic pots of it in the supermarket! Most hummus recipes use a fair old bit of olive oil, which is delicious, but not great if you are trying to slim down. I use fat-free yoghurt instead of oil to give it a smooth and 'dippy' consistency, and personally I think it's just as ...

Wild garlic and pumpkin seed pesto

Ever since I moved back to Devon I have made an annual event of going up to the woods near where my parents live and picking some wild garlic to make pesto. At this time of year it carpets woodland, and isn't one of those foraged things that is impossible to find! If you haven't picked it before, then make sure you google it to ensure you are definitely picking the right leaves (I have popped some pictures below for reference!) , although it's pretty easy to identify with it's strong ...

Chinese char siu pork (bbq pork)

I wanted to have a go at making my own char siu pork as I love the look of it! We never get takeaway as there isn't anywhere to get it where I live, but I still love the takaway experience (lots of dishes to help yourself to!) so will often do a Chinese, Indian or Mexican at the weekend. Because there are so many amazing flavours in these cuisines anyway, you really don't need all the fat and oil that you would get in a takeaway dish in order to have something that still tastes amazing. ...

Persian cranberry rice pilaf

We had this gorgeous rice as a side dish to our alternative Christmas feast Friendsmas- read all about it here! I have always been hopeless at cooking rice for big groups of people- it nearly always gets all glutinous and stuck together! This is rinsed through very thoroughly and also soaked, and it was perfect! The cranberries were a little nod to Christmas and worked really well in this rice and alongside the other dishes Pulled Persian chicken  and Crushed carrots with harissa and ...

Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios

  I can't claim this recipe unfortunately, it is from the amazing Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my all time favourite chefs- he can really work magic with vegetables! This recipe is from his book Plenty More (click here to see). We had this as part of an alternative Christmas dinner for Friendsmas (click here to see the full menu) and my husband and I both agreed that this was one of the star dishes. There is a hint of orange (perfect for the alternative Christmas dinner), and it ...