Tomato ragu with chicken milanese

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We’ve shared our chicken milanese recipe on the blog before.  Here is an alternative sauce to serve with the pasta accompanying the chicken.  This would work equally well as a starter pasta course.

For 2 adults you will need: Continue reading

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Lentil and Chorizo Soup

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A deceptively easy and delicious soup. This freezes well so pop some in the freezer and take it out for a treat when you don’t feel like cooking!

For 4 servings you will need: Continue reading

Frozen grapes – a simple weekend treat

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This is our big cheat recipe which we saw on a Jamie Oliver show once, stole and have served liberally since! It’s one of the easiest, cheekiest deserts going….  Get a big bunch of black (they need to be black, not red) grapes.  Put them in the freezer for a few hours before dinner.  Serve them straight from the freezer – it turns out just like a sorbet but with none of the effort. Great served with chocolate and red wine!

Beef casserole

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When you’ve got a big crowd around, it’s great to be able to prepare your meal in advance.  Using a cheaper cut of meat means that a great quality casserole doesn’t have to cost the earth either. This braised beef casserole  is a simple but tasty option which takes less than half an hour to prepare before popping it in the oven.

For 4 adults and a 2 children you will need: Continue reading

Another potato cake recipe

If you’re stuck for something for dinner, you might find a tin of tuna in the cupboard and some leftover potatoes.  You don’t need the spinach – it’s just a great way of sneaking in vegetables to the little ones!  This is another simple ‘cake’ recipe for little ones and adults alike.

for 8 ‘cakes’ you will need:

  • 400 g cooked mashed potato
  • 1 tin tuna
  • 1 handful spinach finely shredded
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Polenta to coat (optional)

Method

While the potatoes are still hot, add a large knob of butter and the spinach.  Stir thoroughly.  Then add the tuna and mash it up into the potato and spinach mixture.  Allow it to cool completely before seasoning with black pepper.

Make small patties / cakes (about the size of the palm of your hand) out of the mixture, dunk in the beaten egg and coat with polenta or breadcrumbs.   The cakes can be frozen at this stage.

From room temperature, bake the cakes which have been lightly brushed with oil and placed on a baking tray at 200 C for 20 minutes turning once during cooking.  Alternatively shallow fry in a little olive oil for a 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

Enjoy!

Salmon and Spinach cakes

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Little potato cakes are a great way of using up leftovers. They are also a brilliant way to wean little ones as they can eat it from their hands and it’s already mashed up inside. We will post a few recipes here on the blog over the coming weeks.

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Mushroom and Barley Soup

IMG_0762 mushroom and barley soup

The last time I was home, I cut this recipe out of a weekend supplement in the paper.  It’s a deceptively simple soup that is wholesome and nourishing.  The carrots add a surprising sweetness that little ones will love.  The barley transforms it into a filling vegetarian treat.

For 4 bowls of soup: Continue reading