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Oven-baked chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is a delicious Italian dish with a rich, rustic sauce. I oven-baked this, as I love it when chicken thighs are fall apart tender, and the tomato sauce has broken down to be rich and dark.  Not only is this a very tasty dish, it's a great way to pack veg into the sauce. On top of what I have used in this recipe, you could add mushrooms, olives, courgette, carrot.... the rich flavours in the sauce can carry all sorts of veg! This is certainly family friendly in ...

Easy chicken, pesto and orzo traybake

If you haven't come across orzo before, it's a very small, rice-shaped pasta that is very quick to cook. This makes it ideal for traybakes because you don't need to leave everything in the oven for ages whilst waiting for the pasta to cook.   This is such a simple recipe, doesn't take a lot of ingredients, and is very family friendly. If you are following Slimming World, the only syns come from the pesto, which usually has around 3 syns per tbsp. The great thing about traybakes ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...

Meatball pasta bake

Ask any of my old flatmates the dishes that they most remember me for, and I think they would probably say 'meatballs'! I've always loved cooking them (and eating them!). Meatballs and spaghetti was the first meal I ever made for my now husband (although that was a total disaster, I added a whole scotch bonnet chilli and it was HOTTER THAN THE SUN!) , he was so polite and sat and ate it all, the sweat pouring down his face! My old 'classic' meatball recipe had an incredibly rich sauce, ...

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 ...

Spaghetti all’Amatriciana

I just love Italy- the food, the places, the people- it's a dream destination for me. We travelled to Umbria a couple of years ago at the end of the summer holidays- we didn't have a big budget so we found the cheapest flights that we could (they were to Milan, I wouldn't recommend that drive!), and then rented a cheap but beautiful little villa via Air B&B  in deepest Umbria- it was idyllic, we had fresh herbs in the garden, figs growing in the grounds of the complex- we stocked up on ...

Lemony chilli prawn tagliatelle

I honestly think that one of the best flavour combinations in the world is that of chilli/lemon/garlic, and it goes so beautifully with pasta and prawns that this is one of my favourite things to eat! There's a secret ingredient in this which I think lifts it to the next level- anchovies! Please don't be put off if you aren't an anchovy fan in general, you would never even detect they were there, but they add a depth and a saltiness and zing that really lifts this dish and makes it ...

Vegan lentil bolognese

I've been trying to find ways to get more legumes into our diet, and I have been dying to try out a lentil ragu recipe after seeing the idea on Pinterest! I used puy lentils, although you could also use green lentils- personally I would avoid red lentils as they can go very mushy, but I've seen some versions that do use them. One of the keys to a good bolognese sauce is giving it a nice long simmer, and this therefore works really well with dry lentils, as they have time to cook to ...

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 ...

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 ...