Oven Baked Tacos

This is the best way we have found to prepare tacos without them falling to bits and crumbling all over the place when you try to eat them.  Served straight out of the baking dish, they also stay hot for ages.  I was pressed for time so just used a boxed Taco Kit which had…

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good. This…

Creamy Garlic & Chilli Prawns with Pasta

Who doesn’t love creamy garlic prawns?  Who doesn’t love pasta?  Well here’s the best of both worlds.  This delicious pasta sauce takes only minutes to make and looks wonderful.  The pasta I used this time was a mixture of linguine and curly fettuccine – a lovely combination of textures… We always have a big bag…

Spaghetti Con Vongole

I recently joined Costco and to my delight discovered they sell packages of snap frozen fresh clams in the shell.  I adore these delicious little bivalves and always love the way the dish of pasta looks with the little shells peeking out.  After some investigating on the Internet, I realised my idea of how to…

Spicy Chilli Lamb Shanks

This is a slight variation on a Jamie Oliver recipe that Simon made last week.  The sauce was unbelievably tasty and the meat could be eaten with a spoon – so very tender.  The combination of sweet raisins and apple juice, the smokiness of the paprika and the heat of the chilli resulted in the most…

Mushroom Papardelle

Mushrooms are a wonder food!  We love them and I add them to a lot of my recipes for flavour and texture. This is my version of a Jamie Oliver recipe for Mushroom Tagliatelle using Swiss Brown and Porcini mushrooms and wider flat pasta – Papardelle.  It is a delicious dish and the lemon zest gives it…

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…

Macaroni with Ham and Cheese

This crunchy pasta dish is so easy to make and tastes really good!  It’s a different take on the old favourite Macaroni Cheese – not so rich because there is no cheese sauce – just cheese!  You can really add anything you fancy to this dish – I often add a punnet of chopped button…

Red Onion Chilli Jam

This is a terrific way to use up onions and chillies if you find yourself with too many in the fridge…   It’s delicious cold with roast meats or hot as a side dish… Tip of the day:  You can freeze chillies whole in freezer bags.  They are easier to chop or for quickness –…