We are officially one month away from Christmas (gulp!) and me and Mel are starting to think about presents for friends and family. One thing we love to do is make our own gifts to give to people, it just means more that way. These cookies are great as presents, especially if you need a present in a rush.. just whip up a batch, pop ’em in an airtight jar and you have nice home made gift!
Roasted Squash and Tomato Pasta
Pasta, it’s amazing, right? I mean you really can mix any old thing together, stir it through some pasta and BAM you’ve got yourself a cheap and easy meal. This is exactly how this recipe got started, I was rummaging through the cupboards, not really sure what to make (unfortunately my recipe inspiration has been waning just lately) and I figured it’s going to have to be pasta as we seem to have an abundance of the stuff! So I start to gather together the usual bits and bobs for a simple tomato sauce and then it strikes me.. quite literally.. on the foot (ouch!).. squashes! Continue reading
Would you like parmesan with that? – 5 Things to look out for that aren’t suitable for vegetarians.
Becoming a vegetarian or vegan can be a tricky process and at times really confusing. One thing I found particularly awkward was realising just how many day-to-day items contain animal in one way or another. Hopefully whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian or just a plain old omnivore you’ll at least be a little bit more clued up on just how many things contain animal after this post. Continue reading
Garden Vegetable Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a distant relative of the paella, born out of a fusion between Spanish and Caribbean cooking from the Spanish settlers who brought their culture and food to the Caribbean. Jambalaya is a fantastic way to use up any odds and sods of veg you have laying around the house and you really can add to it what you like!
Zoe’s Apple Pie
Apples have to be my favourite fruit, I just love them so much. Don’t get me wrong, apples on their own are amazing, but let’s face it, who can turn down a good pie! Zoe, Mel’s mum, makes a truly irresistible pie that I hope you will all love as much as we do. Continue reading
Courgette and Tomato Wraps
These Courgette and Tomato Wraps are so simple and so quick that there’s no excuse not to try them! Packed full of goodness they make for a scrummy lunch or for when you just want something a little on the lighter side. Perfect for using up the last of the courgettes and tomatoes that knocking around before the weather well and truly turns chilly! Continue reading
Roasted Pumpkin and Chestnut Soup
Pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin, it’s all you see this time of year. But for a jolly good reason: it’s amaaaazing! So many things get a pumpkin twist from lattes to cupcakes, from pancakes to crackers, even air fresheners get pumpkinified! Sometimes I think pumpkin is just an excuse to add plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon to something, which isn’t all that bad. However my personal favourite way to enjoy pumpkin is this hearty soup, packed full with flavour and nutrition! Continue reading
Creamy Mushroom Pâté
Traditionally pâté is made with meats, or even offel such as liver, which is cooked and ground with fat to make a spreadable paste. This vegetarian, mushroom alternative is made in the same vein, combining super tasty mushrooms with butter and crème fraîche to make a rich, creamy and full of flavour pâté! Continue reading
Seasonal Gallery: Autumn
It has to be said I LOVE autumn, I think it’s the photographer in me as everything just looks so amazingly colourful! With the turn of Autumn we also see a shift in seasonal vegetables, but much like spring Autumn is a transitional season so some of the summer vegetables are still available for a short while allowing for some really creative cooking options. Autumn is also a great opportunity for some classic cooking; with hedgerows laden with berries, begging to be put in a pie, or the humble carrot practically begging to be roasted with some sage. Dig out out those classic cook books and go to town.. or a farmers market.
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Kale and Mushroom Pasta
Some nights thinking of something to cook for dinner is a real chore, even if you are like me and love to cook. You forage through cupboards and peer into the fridge a few dozen times, the half-a-bag of oven chips and frozen peas are calling out to you from the icy depths of the freezer, but then BANG, inspiration hits you smack bang in the face – or in this case, your girlfriends mum hands you a bunch of fresh Kale. Continue reading