Moroccan Meatballs

Moroccan Meatballs So why would I call this meatball dish Moroccan then?  When I cook with lamb and spices like cumin and cinnamon I think of Middle Eastern or North African cooking so there you have it, the simple explanation is that it just makes me think of Morocco or Moroccan cooking.  Though I’ve never…

Chilli Con Carne

With three of my kids studying away from home this year I’m cooking with them in mind lately at home too.  This means that what I’m sharing on my Instagram feed may give them some ideas that are simple, tasty and easy should they take the figary to chop an onion.  Chilli Con Carne is…

Chicken Casserole

Chicken Casserole, but this is no ordinary chicken casserole.  You might call it ‘Chicken Thighs Braised in Cider with Sweet Potatoes’ because that’s what it’s actually named by the chef Neven Maguire! I ran with my friend Deirdre this morning and we were blown to bits by the wind and came home absolutely saturated from…

Quinoa with beetroot & feta

Quinoa with Beetroot & Feta. Triple Quinoa is a mixture of white, red and black seeds that fluff up when cooked.  This salad can be served hot or cold and would be perfect with some chicken or lamb for a substantial meal. I cook the quinoa with some halved garlic cloves for flavour and never…

Red Onion Relish – Recipe 10 of 12 from Enjoy!

Simple to make.  Just add time!  As below in the picture you can see how a dollop of red onion relish can lift a simple crostini.  Great in any sandwich or even as a pizza topping and perfect on a cheese board, a jar of this would make a very welcome gift for the foodie…

Sea Bass Parcels – Recipe 8 of 12 from Enjoy!

Sea Bass Parcels We’re getting there!  Week by week inching closer to the revelry and indeed you may be contemplating some in-house entertainment in advance of the festivities yourself. In need of a no hassle but grown-up dinner party recipe?  This is it.  No-one wants to be entertained by a flappy flustered chef who is…

Dips & Chips

I love crisps and sometimes instead of buying them I try to make a healthier option at home when I can.  These chips are simply wholemeal pita breads cut into triangles, drizzled with oil and dusted with something spicy like chilli powder or paprika or whatever you fancy and then baked on a high heat for five…

Christmas Crab Salsa Starter

Christmas Crab Starter. This is my tasty, easy version of a crab tian.  Instead of layering things up individually I create a nice fresh and vibrant salsa married with crab meat, lemon juice and creme fraiche served in one large layer to slice into portions at the table. To serve make some homemade melba toast…

Chunky Cumin and Chilli Polenta Chips

Polenta Chips. Polenta.  The notion strikes me every now and again to try something new and with polenta I had decided that it looked crumbly and could crisp up to a nice coating on some falafel bites that I was making.  I was wrong.  Rolling the falafel in the polenta and then pan frying didn’t…

Party Food – Galia & Parma Bites

Putting together canapés, bites, appetisers, finger-food, call them what you will, can be an incredibly finicky and time-consuming affair.  For something that will disappear in one mouthful is it really worth putting a lot of hard labour into this effort? I don’t think so. Paring it back and keeping it simple means using first class…

Easy Party Food – Mary Berry’s Canapés

In the build-up to Christmas I really enjoy watching the cookery programmes specially produced for the event in the hope that I’ll pick up some tips.  One of these for 2013 – Food & Drink Christmas Special BBC Two – was hosted by Michel Roux and featured Mary Berry demonstrating a number of her festive…

How to cook Beetroot

The beetroot have been bulging through the soil lately with their leafy tops waving frantically ‘pick me’, ‘pick me’ and as there’s only so long that those red veined leaves will wave so frivolously for, their time has come. As I began assembly for this year’s Beetroot Relish I deduced that I must have cheated…