Raclette bake

Ingredients: 1kg floury potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks Large knob of butter 1 onion, chopped 200g smoked bacon, cut into small pieces 125ml dry white wine 142ml pot double cream 350g raclette cheese, grated (can also use Gruyer, Reblochon, Gouda, Emmental, Monterey Jack) 1 tsp smoked paprika Method: Heat oven to 200C/gas 6. In a…

Spinach, chorizo and halloumi salad

Ingredients: 4 large handfuls spinach leaves 250 g halloumi cheese, cut into 4 pieces 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 24 spears asparagus, trimmed 150 g chorizo, thinly sliced 4 tbsp balsamic syrup Method: To make the balsamic syrup, put 250ml of good quality balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan…

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I can’t go very many weeks without spicy food so there are not 1 but 2 spicy meals on this week’s menu… what can I say, it’s in my genes! Wednesday features halloumi that I have a difficult relationship with as I don’t like squeaky cheese! You can substitute for paneer which is less squeaky if you also struggle with…

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At first glance you might think we are back in winter with fried chicken and braised ox cheek BUT we all need a bit of comfort food whatever the weather, so I just went with my cravings this week! The ox cheek takes time, but it’s definitely worth the wait, meltingly delicious.  Another one to highlight…

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All British classics this week, some with a twist (of course).  For Friday’s classic CTM you will need to marinade the chicken overnight, it’s takes 10 mins to throw the marinade together then into the fridge and it will work it’s magic.  Hope you enjoy! Saturday: Toad in the hole and onion gravy Sunday: Cumberland…

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This week I’m using seasonal food and as March has just begun we are talking about sardines and meaty venison. Ingredients just on their way out like mussels, sea bass and kale are also still great and easy to get your paws on.  The mussels dish is low cal coming in at around 338 calories per…

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Apologies in advance for being light on veggie dinners this week, I am clearly feeling very Meatasaurus at the moment!  The slow cooked lamb recipe will feed 2 hungry people only – quite rare for me to cook for such a small number as I am sure you  have noticed.  Enjoy! Saturday: Spicy meatballs in tomato sauce Sunday: Slow cooked lamb…

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I’ve gone for things which take a bit more effort this week, hope you like some of it! Saturday – Homemade “Juicy Lucy” burgers Sunday – Roast duck w/ roast potatoes and gravy  Monday – Greek salad w/ pan fried halloumi Tuesday – Asian style steamed fish w/ brown rice Wednesday – Thai chicken green curry with…

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This week I have given in to the comfort pie for Sunday lunch, let’s face it who doesn’t love a good pie? This one, although it’s cooking away for a long time is easy as you are not making your own pastry.  If  however, you are feeling the call of making your own then either…