Fall-apart slow-cooker beef brisket and ale casserole
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a beef casserole, and as it's such a crowd-pleaser it's great to cook for the whole family, or make enough that you can squirrel some portions away in the freezer for another day.
I love a basic beef casserole just made with beef stock, but honestly I think that when it's made with ale, guinness or red wine it just makes it so much more delicious that it's well worth it.
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Black bean, butternut squash & coconut curry
Curry is a fantastic meal to make if you are feeding a big group- you can prepare it in advance (in fact it often tastes even nicer if it's had a bit of time to 'brew' and is reheated), it's easy to scale up to feed the right number of people, and it freezes really well if you have lots of leftovers. It's also a great way to get in portions of healthy vegetables and pulses without even trying!
I came up with this curry for a girls night in with a big group of friends- I needed to feed 16 ...
Roasted tomato and red pepper soup
I love the roasting method for soups as not only can you just chop everything, chuck it in a roasting tin and forget about it, but I think that it really gives soup and incredible depth of flavour.
Even the fairly sad looking salad tomatoes from the supermarket can be transformed into a richly delicious soup! You could use the pre-roasted peppers in brine for this (they work well), but often you can pick up great value multipacks of peppers in the supermarket that are perfect for soup ...
Easy cheesy garlic mushroom tagliatelle
Disclosure: This recipe was sponsored by Primula. All words, images and opinions are my own
During the hectic Christmas period I tend to fall back on easy and quick meals, and batch cooking to try and keep my meals as healthy as I can before and after Christmas day!
Primula is one of those ingredients that I always have in my fridge- it has a long life so it makes a great staple ingredient. As well as a healthy snack spread on crackers, or topping for a jacket potato, it has fantastic ...
Warming cauliflower and lentil dal with HelloFresh
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for HelloFresh
You have probably heard of HelloFresh- they are the UK's top recipe box company, but what you might not know it that they also have a huge selection of their recipes available online for anyone wanting to cook the recipes themselves at home!
I have joined up with HelloFresh to cook one of their many recipes at home, and the one that I chose was this warming cauliflower dal!
One of my favourite ways to enjoy vegetables (and ...
Easy mushroom soup
Mushroom soup is a real winner because it's so quick and easy to do, but the flavour of the mushrooms gives it an incredible deep and savoury flavour that isn't usually easy to achieve in such a quick soup.
I've opted for chestnut mushrooms for this as they have a strong flavour that is perfect for soup.
I added a little sage into this, I didn't want it to be an overpowering flavour, just a hint. I love sage as it's so hardy it grows really well out in the garden without any maintenance and ...
Welsh Lamb Bombay hotpot
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Lamb
A traditional meal made with lamb is a Lancashire hotpot and I wanted to have a go at mixing this up a bit to produce a hotpot with a lamb curry base- this is a hotpot with a difference!
As it is now peak season for Welsh Lamb, I have created this recipe to showcase this fantastic meat. Peak season lasts from August until November, and I was lucky enough to be invited by PGI Welsh Lamb to join them on a trip ...
Lemony turmeric potato and chicken traybake
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes
You know Spring has well and truly arrived when Tesco Jersey New Potatoes arrive in store (find them here!)- these little beauties are seasonal and only available between April and July. To celebrate their arrival in Tesco stores this year, I have created this delicious recipe- it's super easy to throw together and baked all in one go in a baking tray which makes it completely hassle free! The ...
Herby pork and bean stew
Some friends hosted us for a gorgeous lunch on New Years' Day, and cooked this absolutely beautiful pork dish. The recipe was an Ottolenghi one from the Guardian (you can find the original here). It's a fantastic recipe, but for me, it's more work than I would do for anything other than a very special occasion, as it involves roasting a whole shoulder of pork before making the casserole.
I decided that I would like to make something similar, but that is much more of an accessible ...
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 ...