Spaghetti w/ cherry tomatoes and black olives

Ingredients: 250g spaghetti 200g cherry tomatoes, halved 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil Small bunch basil, leaves torn and stems removed 10 black olives (not in brine), roughly chopped 1 tbsp caper, drained and rinsed Zest and juice 1 lemon Shaved parmesan, to serve Method: Cook the pasta following pack instructions in salted water until al…

Orecchiette w/ a walnut sauce

Ingredients: 175g Orecchiette pasta 75g shelled walnuts 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 heaped tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve 4 level tbsp mascarpone Method: Chop half the walnuts finely together with the garlic in a mini-chopper or small processor. Then combine this mixture in a bowl with the Parmesan cheese and…

Spaghetti w/ rich veg sauce

Ingredients: 2 red peppers, quartered and deseeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1 fennel bulb, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 large carrot, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes 2 tbsp tomato purée 400g can chopped tomatoes 600ml vegetable stock 1 tsp caster sugar small handful basil, leaves shredded 500g fresh…

Spaghetti carbonara

Ingredients: 400 g spaghetti drizzle olive oil 1 banana shallot, chopped 100 g pancetta, diced 8 egg yolks 50 g parmesan, finely grated generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg 1 tsp coarsely ground black peppercorns 2 tbsp chopped parsley Method: Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil. Cook the pasta in the…

Lasagne

Ingredients: Lasagna sheets Parmesan, grated Meat Ragu: 50g butter 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 100g pancetta cubes, unsmoked 500g pork mince 500g veal mince (can also use beef but not the lean variety or venison) 100g chicken livers, chopped 1 large carrot, finely diced 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 stalks of celery, finely…

Aubergine, pine nut and raisin pasta

Ingredients: 4-5 tbsp olive oil 1 medium red onion, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely sliced 1 tsp dried red chilli flakes Handful oregano or marjoram, roughly chopped 2 medium aubergines, diced into 1 inch cubes 50g raisins 4 large tomatoes , chopped 2 tsp tomato purée 2 tbsp baby capers, rinsed, drained and roughly…

Gnocchi with chicken sausage & cherry tomatoes

Fancy something a bit different? Then try this cracking and super speedy dinner using chicken sausages! You can of course use any sausages you like including gluten and meat free! Ingredients: 450 grm gnocchi (fresh shop bought or make your own GF) salt and freshly ground black pepper 4 cooked chicken sausage, sliced into 1/4-inch…

Weekly menu 52

I can’t believe this is my final menu of the year… 52 weeks done! I feels like I only started doing this yesterday. Over the weeks and months I hope you have found some fun and interesting dinners on here. Perhaps you have tried new things and experimented a little with different cuisines, or styles…

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Wow, only 4 more weekly menus to go to the end of the year! Warming, rich flavours, comfort by the bowl full. The pasta with chicken livers is delicious and liver is really healthy and cheap too, so do try it! A perfect cheats pasta soup using ready made tortellini is also worth a try,…

Weekly menu 46

Kicking off this week is Nigel Slater’s lasagne recipe which uses a very indulgent cream sauce instead of the usual béchamel. This is such a fantastic recipe because not only do you get a very indulgent dinner but also a whole batch of ready meals for the freezer – genius! Those of you who have…

Weekly menu 44

Definitely feeling the cold now so some really hearty, warming recipes this week. Some of the meals this week take a little time, so you might want to prep the night before or pre-cook so all you have to do is pop in the oven when you get home from work to finish off. However…

Weekly menu 43

I’m back! I know I disappeared for a couple of weeks but that just means I owe you a week so put it on my tab! This week is British sausage week – hoorah, so kicking off with a lovely sausage casserole. Thursday tapas feast is courtesy of Jamie’s 30 minute meals so although it…