Penne with salmon, tomatoes and basil

A really easy and healthy mid-week treat for all the family.

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Chicken Biryiani

Happy food – A brilliant mid-week meal.  (Once upon a time we cooked this from a Nigel Slater book and have modified it a few times since.  We think it’s perfect now.)

For 2 adults and a little one you will need:

  • 200 g basmati rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 inch ginger chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves sliced finely
  • 2 breasts chicken sliced
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp raisins
  • 4 tbsp greek or natural yoghurt
  • 1 handful toasted flaked almonds
  • Salt
  • Pepper


Boil the rice until just before it’s done and drain it.  In parallel, fry the onion, garlic and ginger gently until golden brown.  Add the chicken and brown on the outside for 2-3 minutes before adding the spices.  Cook for 1 minute, then add the raisins and yoghurt.  Season and mix thoroughly before spreading  the chicken out evenly across the bottom of the pan.  Put the cooked rice on top of the mixture, cover it all with a sheet of greaseproof paper and put the lid on the pan.  Cook on the lowest heat for 2 minutes, then turn the heat off and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.  Serve topped with flaked almonds.

Tom Biggane’s Salad

Our neighbour in Limerick makes the most fantastic goats cheese called Clonmore.  When we go home we always bring back a big chunk.  This time we tried something different with it and grilled it for a salad with paraguayo peaches, rocket and parma ham. Vegetarians will enjoy this just as much without the ham.  The result was super and we had it with a lovely bottle of Rose (Rosado de Silos, 2010 £9 in Oddbins).

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