Gin Brined Chicken (or Turkey) 4

Chicken that tastes of gin? Yes, Christmas wishes really do come true! This amazing gin brine makes chicken unbelievably juicy, tender and flavoursome. Once you’ve tasted Gin Brined Chicken, you will never want to eat normal chicken again!     A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip to the River Cottage, organised by the fab team at Foodies100. Well, I didn’t need to be asked twice and I had the most amazing foodie, bloggy and all round lovely time. You can read all about my adventures at the River Cottage here.     […]

Gin Brined Chicken

Easy Peasy Christmas Cake

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This Easy Peasy Christmas Cake is a well tried and tested family recipe that has stood the test of time (several decades in my family). It doesn’t need feeding and so is suitable to give to kids – if they’ll eat it!!     My parents tell me have been cooking since I could hold a spoon. And one of the first things my parents got me making, believe it or not, was a Christmas Cake. There is a wonderful photograph of me aged about 2 in the kitchen with my Dad, barely able to see over the bowl, with […]

Lamb Keema Biryani 10

A simple, quick and totally tasty lamb recipe, this Lamb Keema Biryani is a perfect midweek meal for when time is tight, but delicious enough for the weekend too.     So last week I was contacted by the folks at ‘LAMB. Tasty Easy Fun’ to collaborate on a couple of delicious, midweek lamb recipes.     ‘LAMB. Tasty Easy Fun’, is an EU funded campaign to encourage the use of lamb in everyday cooking.  Lamb is often considered difficult to cook, expensive, or something to be saved for Sunday roasts. The aim of the campaign is to demonstrate just […]

Lamb Keema Biryani

Lamb Stew with Spices, Butternut Squash and Chestnuts

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A delicious, easy and seasonal recipe from the ‘LAMB. Tasty Easy Fun’ Campaign, this Lamb Stew with Spices, Butternut Squash and Chestnuts is perfect for a busy weeknight.     As you probably know by now, my passion is for food that tastes delicious, but is also easy to make, stress-free and family friendly. I strongly believe that great tasting food does not have to be complicated, but nor does easy food have to be boring! I love experimenting and having fun with food.     So when I was contacted recently by the people behind the ‘LAMB. Tasty Easy […]

4 Awesome Savoury Party Nibbles and #CookBlogShare Linky Week 48 26

Eeek!!! It’s almost December and that means party season! Have no fear, whip up a few of these awesome savoury party nibbles and everything will be alright. Plus find the linkup for Week 48 of #CookBlogShare below.     Oh my goodness I can’t quite believe how close to Christmas we are already! How are you doing? Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? Or are you one of those super duper organised people who has already finished??? I’m afraid this year I am the most disorganised I have ever been around Christmas time. I haven’t even written my to […]

4 Awesome Savoury Party Nibbles and #CookBlogShare Linky Week 48

Cranberry, Feta and Quinoa Stuffed Butternut Squash

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In need of a gorgeous vegetarian Christmas main that’s easy to make and can be prepared in advance? This Cranberry, Feta and Quinoa stuffed Butternut Squash could be exactly what you are looking for! It’s also gluten free, can easily be adapted to make it vegan and dairy free, and is chock full of goodness!!     There is something just totally wonderful about the combination of mint, cinnamon and cumin, use it to flavour quinoa, add some feta and cranberries and stuff it into a butternut squash and you have something totally awesome on your hands.     I […]

Easy Mulled Wine Christmas Ham 6

Need an easy peasy glazed ham recipe for Christmas that’s full of flavour and looks pretty, but is simple and stress free to make? Why not try my Easy Mulled Wine Christmas Ham – only 5 ingredients and only 10 minutes hands on time!!     Well, Christmas is now in full swing at my house. I have been cooking like mad lately – recipe testing, photographing and generally getting all my Christmas content ready. I have made so many exciting things lately, I just can’t wait to share with you!! In fact I couldn’t quite contain myself and have […]

Easy Mulled Wine Christmas Ham

Wild Mushroom, Squash and Spinach Pilaf

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Continuing my obsession with one pot rice dishes, this Wild Mushroom, Squash and Spinach Pilaf is one of my new favourite meals. It’s easy, totally delicious and just a touch unusual. A great way to jazz up your midweek meal routine!     I have two foodie obsessions at the moment. One is one pot rice dishes, the other is autumn flavours and this dish neatly combines the two to create a delicious, comforting dish that is quick, easy and involves very little washing up!     A couple of weeks ago I shared one of my new favourite one […]

Chinese Style Duck and Plum Traybake 12

Flavoured with soy sauce, honey, Chinese five spice and chilli, this Chinese Style Duck and Plum Traybake tastes really decadent, but is actually a complete doddle to make.     I have been wanting to create a duck traybake for ages – but what to put with it? Then the idea struck me…duck works so well with plum sauce and Asian flavours – why not use these as a basis for a traybake. It took a bit of experimenting to get this right, but I am really pleased with the result. It feels really festive too, but is in fact […]

Chinese Style Duck and Plum Traybake

Venison Butternut Squash and Parsnip Tagine

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Did you know it is British Game Week? Why not celebrate by cooking this delicious Venison, Butternut Squash and Parsnip Tagine? It’s perfect for easy festive entertaining too.     Venison is lovely, but I must confess, though I’ve eaten it a few times, I’ve not cooked it before. When I found out that this week was British Game Week, I decided that now was the time to give it a go. And do you know what? Cooking venison is easy peasy!! If you’ve never cooked with venison before, there is nothing to be scared about it. It is as […]

Sausage, Squash, Apple and Sage Traybake 24

Autumn in a traybake! This simple Sausage, Squash, Apple and Sage Traybake is full of the flavours of the season, yet only takes a few minutes to throw together and into the oven. Perfect for busy midweek evenings!     Isn’t Autumn food just fab? I am so enjoying getting back into stews and roasts and curries and chillies – though to tell you the truth I never quite stopped over the summer. I like salads and light pasta dishes, but they never quite hit the spot for me like a good hearty stew!     And the flavours and […]

Sausage, Squash, Apple and Sage Traybake

Review of River Cottage Events

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Did you know the River Cottage offer a range of events, dining experiences and cookery classes? Last week I was invited to the River Cottage to sample some of these wonderful events – naturally I jumped at the chance!     I have always been a huge fan of the River Cottage TV programmes and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s passionate, yet ethical approach to cooking, so when I was invited by the River Cottage and Foodies100 to come and visit the River Cottage for myself…I jumped at the chance. In fact ‘jumped’ really doesn’t do my reaction justice…bounced, danced and screamed […]

One Pot Harissa Chicken and Butternut Squash Pilaf 12

This easy peasy Harissa Chicken and Butternut Squash Pilaf takes less than 30 minutes to make and only uses one pan, yet tastes incredible. Perfect for busy days!     Life has been super hectic lately, what with winning turkey awards, gadding about on photography and writing courses and then on Tuesday I spent the most amazing day at the River Cottage in Dorset (spoiler alert, no I didn’t get to meet HFW). Not to mention all the usual preparations for Christmas, the endless school related admin and also trying to sort things out for my daughter’s 8th birthday at […]

One Pot Harissa Chicken and Butternut Squash Pilaf

4 Deliciously Warming Meals for Chilly Days and #CookBlogShare Week 45

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As the nights are drawing in and the weather is getting chillier, wrap up all snuggly and make one of these delicious warming meals. A soup, a stew or a curry? You choose! Plus find the linkup for Week 45 of #CookBlogShare below.     I have been a busy, busy girl lately…first there was the amazing Food Writing course I went on a few weeks ago which had me reading out my work to ‘delicious’ magazine editor Karen Barnes…eek!! Then last week I attended another course, this time all about Food Photography, hosted by the amazing Emily Quinton of […]

Review: Makelight Food Photography Workshop 32

A wonderful, creative day learning all about how to improve my food photography and styling with Emily Quinton and Catherine Frawley at a Makelight Food Photography Workshop.     Blogging is such a journey. I started my blog a little over 18 months ago and in that time I have learnt and grown so much in every aspect of blogging: writing, social media, design, the technical side…but especially my photography.     Photography has been a huge learning curve for me. When I started blogging I thought all I had to do was take a few quick snaps of my […]

Review of Makelight Food Photography Workshop

Butternut Squash Macaroni Cheese

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This Butternut Squash Macaroni Cheese recipe is so super easy – it takes well under 30 minutes and doesn’t involve making a roux, plus it’s a deliciously sneaky way of getting 1 of your 5 a day – perfect for fussy eaters!     I love the idea of adding butternut squash to macaroni cheese – not only is it a really easy and delicious way of getting 1 of your 5 a day, but also the sweetness of the butternut squash contrasts beautifully with the sharp saltiness of a good mature cheddar.     There are lots of recipes […]

Mini Toad in the Holes 14

Tiny versions of a British classic, these Mini Toad in the Holes are great as a side dish to a roast dinner or as a main course in their own right, with a few veggies on the side.     So, did you watch The Great British Bake Off last night? What do you think? Did they choose the right winner? And more to the point, how sad are you feeling about the fact that that was the last Bake Off in its present format? I am gutted!!     One of my favourite weeks on Bake Off this year was […]

Mini Toad in the Holes

Tuscan Bean Stew

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A delicious mixture of beans, pasta and root vegetables, this Tuscan Bean Stew is inspired by my student travels and perfect for an easy midweek supper. A great way to celebrate World Pasta Day!     I have always had a huge passion for languages, travel and culture. These days I mostly enjoy travel via the medium of food (two small children makes actual travel to far flung places a little trickier these days, or even near flung ones for that matter), but once upon a time the real kind of travel was possible and I had some lovely adventures […]

Review: Food Writing Course at All Hallows Farmhouse with Delicious Editor Karen Barnes 18

A fabulous food writing weekend in the Dorset countryside with delicious magazine editor Karen Barnes.     What is your idea of the perfect weekend? I’m not sure I could ever really answer that question properly – there are so many possibilities, but a weekend in a beautiful Georgian farmhouse, eating delicious food and learning about food writing from the editor of delicious magazine with 7 other enthusiastic foodies has to come close. So when I read that All Hallows Farmhouse, a luxury B&B nestled deep in the Dorset countryside, was hosting a food writing weekend with Karen Barnes, I […]

Review: Food Writing Course at All Hallows Farmhouse with Delicious Editor Karen Barnes

4 Comforting Autumn Meals and #CookBlogShare Week 42

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4 deliciously comforting meals, perfect for autumn, plus the linkup for week 42 of #CookBlogShare.     So this weekend has been a rather exciting one for me. Instead of the usual routine of ferrying the kids to their various clubs and activities, supervising homework and the odd game of Monopoly, I spent the weekend in the company of 8 keen food writers and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious magazine, on a food writing weekend at All Hallows – a gorgeous Georgian farmhouse set deep in the Dorset countryside, run by the lovely Lisa Osman, which specialises in foodie courses, luxury B&B accommodation and the most fantastic […]