Chicken and watercress pithiver

Ingredients: 1 corn-fed chicken, about 1.5-1.8kg 1 bay leaf 2 celery sticks 1 onion, chopped 1 large bunch of watercress, chopped 250g ricotta cheese 100g breadcrumbs ¼ tsp grated nutmeg ½ tsp ground white pepper ½ tsp salt 1 egg 500g puff pastry 1 egg, mixed with a pinch of salt and 1 tsp water,…

River Cottage Shepherd’s pie

Ingredients: 1kg leftover roast lamb, coarsely chopped or you can use cubed lamb, roasted, cooled and coarsely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped Any juices or gravy left over, or concentrated lamb stock 1 small glass of red wine 1-2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Up to 1kg creamy mashed potato…

Meat and potato pie

Ingredients: For the pastry 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 75g butter 75g lard, or vegetable fat 5-6 tbsp water 1 tbsp milk, to glaze *Cheat with ready made shortcrust pastry For the filling 1 onion, finely diced 2 carrots, diced 250g minced beef 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp Marmite…

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Went for the obvious turkey curry to kick this week off, couldn’t resist! But also two of the easiest dinners ever with posh ham, egg and chips and a gorgeous creamy, comforting mussel dish. I do hope you like and try something! Enjoy 🙂 Saturday: Sri Lankan turkey curry Sunday: Rabbit casserole Monday: Potato tart with…

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My goodness it’s been cold this week! And when it gets cold all I want to do is eat meat and lots of it so I have struggled to get veggie and fishy things on the menu this week. However, I think there is something that everyone will like on here somewhere so do give…

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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…

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I’m fairly sure as I look out of my window in the office that the scene of darkness and rain before me is winter, proper winter, can someone please tell me where in the heck Autumn has gone?? In addition to the dreadful weather I also have a cold so this weeks menu is heavily…

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I start this week off with a fantastic pulled pork recipe, which is pretty easy to do it just takes a looooong time to cook. There are a million versions of pulled pork so if you try this easy starter one and like it, then go forth and hunt for other versions that tickle your…

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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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I’ve had a funny week this week, been distracted and my food focus shifted on to less interesting things, hence the delay in this post appearing.  But here it is, and I hope you enjoy it.  I’ve gone a bit Nigel Slater heavy this week, been watching his programmes on the telly and reading more…

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Another menu – wonder if you’re bored yet? I hope some of the previous weeks have given you some inspiration and perhaps tried something new which you didn’t think you had time to cook on a school night.   I can honestly say I am enjoying sharing what we eat on a weekly basis, it somehow…

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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…