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Turkey rogan josh

Somehow curry is the perfect antidote to the excesses of Christmas day- especially if it's one full of veggies and goodness! I made a slightly different one last year (see it here), and this year I really fancied having a go at a turkey rogan josh. It's nice and easy, all the spices, onion and garlic are blended into a paste and then it's just a case of adding everything together and simmering it for about half an hour. Out traditional Boxing Day dinner is actually turkey, chips and ...

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!

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 ...

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 ...

Easy roasted ratatouille

I really like the type of cooking that you can just get prepped and then leave cooking without having to worry about it! when we moved into our house 5 years ago, it came with an Aga- I was soooo excited about it- it's so cosy in the kitchen and I thought I'd love cooking on it. I do love the fact that it's on all the time and you don't have to thik about pre-heating the oven, and I love the fact that it's so cosy on winter mornings and I can heat the girls clothes up, but actually I really ...

Jambalaya

A friend recently suggested I tried frozen pre-chopped onions, she said it had been a game-changer for her- I had always felt a bit funny about it- maybe thinking it was a bit lazy not to just chop your own onion if you needed it?! But my mind has been completely changed! Why did I not do this sooner? It just makes general meal prep so much quicker, and who isn't pressed for time these days, plus, I actually really flipping hate chopping onions! The other thing that this revelation has done ...

Asparagus and bacon quiche with sweet potato & oat crust

  My method of cooking is generally like one long episode of Ready Steady Cook- I tend to shop randomly around special offers, and then every day I make up our meals based on what I have in the cupboards/fridge. Today I had a picnic lunch planned with some friends and the kids- I wanted to make a quiche to bring, but when I checked up on my supplies I realised I only had 1 sweet potato left (this is my usual quiche crust, click here to see), and I had completely run out of cheese, ...

Popeye quiche

I go back time and time again to the sweet-potato crust quiche, as it is just such a brilliant alternative to pastry. Sometimes I slice the sweet potatoes, and sometimes I grate them and it is lovely both ways. I have explained before that this doesn't give a crisoy crust the edges do get a crunch but the bottom and sides stay fairly soft- it is still however and effective crust for the quiche and adds a difference texture and taste which is lovely! I stuck with a very simple ...

No fuss traybake tomato and basil soup

I really love soup, and it's such a brilliant way to get in lots of portions of vegetables, but I just don't always find the time to prepare it as it usually involves lots of chopping! I discovered a new way of making soup in a baking tray just before Christmas (see my Best Soup recipe here) and I thought I'd try it again with more of a basic soup. So with this one, I just peeled and roughly chopped and onion, threw in some whole cloves of garlic and then just chopped tomatoes, carrot and ...

Easy chilli garlic meatballs

There's nothing more satisfying than a big plate of meatballs! I've always loved them ever since watching Lady and the Tramp share a romantic plateful. Equally it can be a bit of a faff to make and I'm all for the easy life, so I've come up with this version which is so so quick to prepare, but tastes so good every time! The key to this is that the sauce doesn't involve any chopping or standing over the cooker, it's just blended and then left to simmer. It's also a real lesson in how ...