Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese

I love Jamie Oliver recipes and always find them very easy to make.  He also offers a different twist on basic foods which I enjoy very much.  His Mac Cheese is one of these.  I made it exactly as he instructs except I used Panko crumbs instead of fresh breadcrumbs and longer pasta shapes. Don’t…

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty. I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow…

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

We have a Hobbit like passion for mushrooms and eat loads of them.  One of my favourite ways is to stuff them full of lovely things and bake them in the oven. Served with a salad and some garlic bread, this makes a lovely lunch or light dinner.  The flavours can be tweaked but this…

Easy Vindaloo Prawn Curry

I stumbled across an old recipe hand written on a piece of A4 paper for Indian Curry Fish which I suspect comes from a dear friend at work.  I have adapted it and used prawns instead. The result was fantastic.  It is so quick and easy to make – if you prefer less spicy sauce…

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…

Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca

This Southern Italian Spaghetti is divine.  Salty and zingy from the anchovies, capers, olives and chilli and fragrant from the garlic, it makes the taste buds burst into life and is one of my favourite sauces.   Don’t be afraid to use anchovies.  They cook down into the sauce and are just a wonderful flavour in the background… The quantities…