Manky banana pancakes

When bananas have gone past their best for eating, I bung them straight in the freezer. This makes them turn black on the outside and a little sludgy on the inside, but all the better for cooking with. Mushed up with eggs and flour, they make a perfect pancake batter base. And once you have … Read More

Flatbreads

Quick and easy to make, you’ll wonder why you ever bought them! We love them with curry or tagine in our house, and you can whip up a batch to make a quick wrap or burrito if you fancy something fusion. [mpprecipe-recipe:122]

Porridge Fingers

Tiny little baby hands need a solid lump to pick up, so drying out porridge to make little bars of wholesome goodness is the genius way to overcome the problem! I am on a mission to waste as little as possible and cut down the airmiles of our food, so I always freeze any bananas … Read More

Eggy Bread

A real crowd-pleaser with all ages, eggy bread is great one to keep up your sleeve for a fun breakfast, or a quick lunch. I have found the perfect dish to soak my bread. Until now, I was always trying to figure out how not to man-handle the bread so that it broke when I … Read More

Slow Cooker Beef Goulash and Pasta

When muddy wellies, red wine and warm fires are giving you the winter feelings, this is a gorgeous slow cook to lean into. I love the combination of paprika and soured cream, it reminds me of a simple pork goulash I learned to do as a student. Posh student, I was. Use a cheaper cut … Read More

No-fuss Soda Bread Rolls

It was during lockdown when I started to make my own burger buns. We were having a bbq almost every night, and one evening we were scratching around for something to have with homemade burgers. I decided to experiment with making some basic buns. Et voila! I discovered that a novice can crack out a … Read More

Quick Bean Wrap

No matter how bare the cupboards are, I always seem to be able to whip up something from the South American style of cooking. This quick bean wrap is made with my favourite beans, the black bean, but you could substitute any kind of bean. In fact, you can mix any of these ingredients up … Read More

TEST – Monday Night Lentil Pie

So-called because you top it with leftover roast potatoes from the weekend. I made this alongside a beef cottage pie and it was already so tasty. I’m hoping you testers can suggest a few changes to get the lentils banging. Then I’ll think of something witty to say in the forenote. [mpprecipe-recipe:113]    

TEST – Monday Night Cottage Pie

“Shall I peel the whole bag of spuds?” is a question that never needs answering in our house anymore. Yes, of course, because I LOVE leftover roasties! Last weekend the children weren’t feeling the roasties for some reason and we ended up with a gargantuan box of roasties and parsnips to attempt to hide in … Read More

Beef Rendang

I must admit, I was planning to make a beef Massaman when I went to the shop to grab the usual Bart’s paste I use, but it was out of stock. So, scratching around for a curry paste that would work well with the beef I’d already bought, I found The Spice Tailor’s Beef Rendang … Read More

Carnitas and flatbreads – Pork Fajitas

Slow cooking inexpensive cuts of meats is the budget way to eat like a king. Here the method of slow cooking the meat in a rub rather than submerged in liquid creates a far tougher end result in comparison to most other slow-cooked meats, but it carries a whole lot of flavour that will make … Read More

Vegan Quinoa Chilli

Inspired by something I saw online, I’ve been meaning to create a vegan chilli for a while now. It seems that quinoa not only behaves well when slow-cooked, but is the perfect texture to bulk out a spicy bean dish such as a chilli. We often have friends and family over for birthday parties that … Read More

Creamy bacon pasta

I N S T A N T M E A L // This one cooks in the same amount of time it takes to cook the pasta! It was a club night tonight. No, not the kind when you stumble through the door stinking of stale lager and the onset of poverty brought on by … Read More

Ragu

Everyone has their way of doing a spag bol recipe, don’t they? And it all depends on the time you have available to you. If you’ve planned something low and slow, you can include some braising steak or chuck and make a chunky ragu. But if you’ve only got time for something speedy, you stick … Read More

Aubergine and Chickpea Curry

Cor blimey I love a curry and this did not disappoint. It was super mild, so if you’re looking for heat, inject some chilli to your own taste for you spice lovers. I added homemade naan, cheeky little poppadoms to help the kids get enthusiastic, paneer for my cheese-loving husband and roasted chicken thighs for … Read More

Slow-cooked pulled pork

Pulled pork is cheap, easy and so tasty. Last year, my sister-in-law turned 50, and although we wanted to throw her a big shindig, we didn’t really have any budget. But serving up pulled pork in my slow cooker with briche buns, coleslaw and tasty crackling on the side was such an easy win, we … Read More

Overnight Oats Extraordinaire

Totally addicted to overnight oats at the moment. 🍓I know it’s trendy right now and perhaps that’s a bit urgh, but something this easy to make, delicious to eat and insanely healthy for you has got to be a win win!   [mpprecipe-recipe:96]

Gnocchi Bake

I couldn’t believe it yesterday dinner time. It was the first time all the children were ok with gnocchi. And it just goes to show that repeated offerings help children to gain familiarity and increase their likelihood of eating something. I made up the bake with chorizo and a cheesy sauce – two ingredients that … Read More

Easy Biryani

Always on the lookout for veggie recipes that don’t compromise on flavour? Biryani is a no brainier. Being a fan of lots of washing up, I added roasted curried salmon and curried smoked tofu so that there was something on the table for everyone. I try to include salmon in our menu once a week … Read More