Thai Dipping Sauce (Nam Jim)

This sauce is a Chef John recipe and it is wonderful.  So quick and easy to make and it keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks.  Served with Prawn Cakes or Spring Rolls, it is sensational.  I will never buy dipping sauce again as this was so good… I stored mine in a…

Spicy Prawn Cakes

These delicious prawn cakes are a breeze to make.  I had bought a bag of frozen prawn cutlets which were a bit small so I used them up by transforming them into these delightful snacks. Tips:  Leaving the mixture in the fridge for an hour makes them a lot easier to handle.  As there is…

Best Ever Meatloaf

This marvellous meatloaf is an adaption of one I found by You Tubes Chef John.  The flavours are delicious and I make this one as I always have bits of fresh bread left over and often make fresh breadcrumbs.  The ratio of breadcrumbs to meat in this recipe are almost half and half and because…

Filipino Style Chicken Noodle Soup

The delicious Filipino style soup came about when I was searching for ideas to use up left over Wombok or Chinese Cabbage.  This wonderful vegetable is so versatile and is a very quick way of producing a soup or side dish when you don’t have much time… I added in additional thighs as the stock…

Zucchini, Bacon & Fetta Pasta

There’s nothing as fresh and delicious as spaghetti with Zucchini, bacon & fetta.  We often get sick of tomato based sauces and creamy concoctions and yearn for something bright and zesty.  The added attraction of adding some veggies into anything is always a bonus. This dish can be made in just the time it takes…

Baba Ganoush

I went to a vegetarian cooking class many years ago and one of the lessons incorporated Middle Eastern dips which everybody loves and are so easy to make… This beautiful eggplant dip is our favourite and is foolproof – I have been making it for years and it always tastes the same.  Light and airy…

Egg and Bacon Pie

Who doesn’t crave old-fashioned comfort food at times!  With winter on its way Egg & Bacon Pie is one of those old recipes that have been around forever and this version is delicious.  I use red onion as they are sweeter that the brown ones but any onions can be used including leeks.  It just…

French Style Potato & Green Bean Salad

This sensational salad is an ideal light lunch or supper on its own or can be served as a side dish with a steak or salmon.  The flavours just burst out and it’s a lovely way to use up veggies at the end of the week…  Feel free to change ingredients – sweet potato can…

Lamb Steaks with Couscous & Chickpeas

We were looking for a change from the usual lamb dishes and decided to make a Moroccan style lamb dish.  This is a marvellous dish with many textures which can be made in just one pan in minutes from start to finish. You can add any dried fruits or nuts you have at hand –…

Sriracha Spiced Bacon

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest  (acknowledgement to The Kitchen Whisperer) and was determined to try it.  Being a bacon lover, this ticks all the boxes – crispy, sweet, spicy – it is divine.  We fell upon it and devoured it in  minutes, fighting over the last little crumbs… One tip – the drippings in…

Savoury Impossible Pie

Who remembers “Impossible Pie” from their youth?  My mother would make a sweet one with coconut or a savoury one like a simple quiche.  Whichever one you chose it was always a success and very tasty.  The alchemy of the flour sinking to the bottom and magically creating a crust is beyond my comprehension but believe me…

Chermoula

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is usually used to flavour fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.  I made this simple version as I had some preserved lemons in a jar I wanted to use up,  I also had some coriander…