Potato and Pea Samosas with Coriander Lime Sauce

We always have frozen pastry in the freezer so we thought this recipe was easy to adapt using a Chef John version of Samosas. I used his filling and a slight variation of his sauce to create these heavenly puff pastry triangles. The filling is sensational and is highly spiced so I made the sauce…

Terrific Tomato Tart

This terrific tomato tart was made by my husband after viewing a Chef John video and he smashed it out of the ball park! So easy to make and utterly delicious – the blend of tastes is amazing for something so simple… Lovely for a lunch with a green salad or can be made into…

Tangle Pie

I recently came across a marvellous recipe from my adored “Hairy Bikers”.  It’s a delicious and easy dish and takes only minutes to put together and turns left over roast chicken and sliced ham into a meal that is not only healthy but looks fantastic… I always laugh when I read Simon and Dave’s recipes…

Jumbo Sausage Rolls

Winter is coming…  This means comfort food – lovely hot pies and everyone’s favourite – sausage rolls!  Don’t use the paste they sell in supermarkets which masquerades as sausage meat.  You need to buy it from a quality butcher as theirs seems to contain a lot less fat.   These are definitely not going to get a heart tick but…

Home Made Pizza

We will never buy pizza again!  This easy and quick recipe took only minutes to put together and we had so much fun choosing what toppings to use.  Simon is the dough master so I leave it up to him as he has the best technique… We found using bread flour ( Lighthouse Plain Bread…

Delicious Chicken and Mushroom Pies

Who doesn’t love a home-made pie? We love them because I can put in all the things we love to eat and know what’s inside them so there are no nasty surprises which always puts me off commercially bought pies… These are easy to make and you can adapt the recipe to include anything you fancy.   The addition of…

Fragrant Thai Red Chicken Curry

This recipe for Thai Red Curry is very easy and it freezes well so I always make a large pot.  The brand of paste is called Five Tastes which isn’t too hot.  I find I can always crank up the heat but some pastes are just a little too strong which spoils the lovely fragrant taste. You can add…

Prawn and Shitake Spring Rolls with Lime, Chilli and Coconut Dipping Sauce

First up – I can’t take the credit for this recipe –  I found it by chance on a website called Everyday Gourmet by Justine Schofield. These crunchy snacks are worth the fiddling around with spring roll pastry sheets and are delicious.  I managed to get 14 good-sized spring rolls from the quantities shown below but if you…

Lizzie’s Sausage Rolls

There is nothing more delicious on this planet than a homemade sausage roll.  The best thing about them is that you know what’s in them and can choose the flavours you like best. Over the years I have amended this recipe – I used to use sausage meat but have become increasingly wary of what…