Lentil, bean and pea cassoulet with a perfectly fried egg and harissa creme fraiche

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Comforting, meaty (yet meatless!) hodge-podgey casseroles are my jam at the moment. For dinner with sausages (have now sampled Linda’s veggie version and can report that they’re pretty good) or like this at breakfast/brunch with a fried egg and some hash browns, ooh and buttered white bread to mop up the sauce… it’s delicious. Basically, […]

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Creamy basil pasta with nduja and broccoli

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So simple, so satisfying; this is a regular solo-night-in recipe for me. When Alex is away and I just want something quick and easy – and creamy, ’cause his tastebuds err away from that – I either go for carbonara or this. It ticks a lot of boxes. There’s garlic, cream, a little bit of […]

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Carrot gnocchi {Potato-free gnocchi recipe)

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Please don’t take this post as an indication that I don’t love potatoes, because me and spuds are most definitely friends. We go way back. Oh, the times we’ve had together, at breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner and in between – who doesn’t love a snacking hash brown? I just had a lot of carrots hanging […]

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Nashville-style hothothot fried chicken {just like Howlin’ Ray’s)

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Some things you eat and enjoy and then you move on. Some things you eat and enjoy and then want to eat again every day for the rest of your life and daydream about how you could justify a trip over 5000 miles away, plus a two-hour queue in a weird shopping centre just to […]

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Cheddar and green chilli pancakes {Savoury ideas for Pancake Day!}

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We take Pancake Day seriously in this house. Usually, we set up savoury and sweet stations and keep flipping till we pop, but this year, due to a scheduling issue – we’re off to see Bill Burr for the 300th time tonight – the batter was mixed a day early and we stuck with just […]

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Paneer itame (like Wagamama’s, but better and vegetarian)

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My most popular post on here is Chicken Itame (despite the god-awful photo that accompanies it), but in recent months I’ve been on a bit of an eat-less-meat kick, so haven’t felt particularly excited about making it. This weekend, I had a craving and swapped out the chicken for cheese – Indian-style Paneer cheese, to […]

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Rare rump steak with pesto and asparagus gnocchi

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This dish is perfect for a Friday night in or if you’ve got someone coming over for dinner and want to impress without having to spend hours in the kitchen. Rare rump steak with pesto, asparagus and tomato gnocchi – served with a really punchy red, perhaps – might sound fancy, but it’s super easy […]

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Roast rump of lamb with Epoisses-cheese risotto and gravy

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It’s been a while since I’ve written up a recipe. This is in part due to the heat – I’m eating exclusively oven-less meals and cannot bear to be at my whirring warmth-machine of a laptop when I don’t have to – and partly because I have felt quite uninspired. But I’m back! Today, I […]

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Chorizo and coriander scotch egg

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Picnic food is my absolute fave. I am genuinely just as happy at a schmancy restaurant as I am with snacking sausages. Mini quiches, pork pies, and of course, scotch eggs, are my weakness all year round. I’m either setting them out on a blanket in a park in the summer or popping them on […]

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Butternut squash, pancetta and blue cheese risotto

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I’m writing this the night before we go to Paris (eeeee!) and that’s not just a humble brag, it’s relevant in that it explains why I even considered using a half-used tub of Waitrose butternut squash soup to make this risotto: it was part of my ceremonial fridge-clear-out-before-a-holiday. I can’t bear to throw stuff away. […]

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How to make cauliflower cheese {TRIPLE-cheese cauliflower cheese that is!}

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Of course, my recipe for cauliflower cheese includes three cheeses. Of course, it does! Up until last Sunday, my dad made the best cauliflower cheese in all the land, but I’m pretty confident the crown is now mine. Soz Daddy Press. I did steal a tip or two from the master – grate the stalk […]

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Turkey meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce with harissa yoghurt and jalapenos

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This is the only turkey meatball recipe you’ll ever need. The result is supremely succulent – almost melt-in-the-mouth-y – comforting but not so much so that you’ll need a nap post-feed, and suitably spicy. And if you faltered at the ‘turkey’ bit, let me assure you – as a self-confessed turkey naysayer – that these are […]

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The Dream Terrine {Recipe}

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Put a menu with terrine on in it in front of me, and rest assured I’ll take you up on a slice of meaty loaf. I’ve wanted to make my own homemade terrine recipe for ages but I always convinced myself it was too much agro, too expensive and too icky – I’m not a […]

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Slow-cooked ox cheek goulash

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In celebration of my ox cheek goulash recipe being published in Voucherbox’s new e-book, I’m re-sharing it with you lovely lot. The team at Voucherbox wanted to create a collection of 22 recipes that didn’t break the bank, and I was more than happy to let my low-cost goulash recipe out into the world. Did […]

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The most decadent bacon sandwich you’ve ever eaten

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We do weekend breakfasts in a big way around here. All calorie counting goes out the window, and butter is considered a main ingredient. Grease is not dabbed away with a fresh piece of kitchen towel, and small plates are disregarded – only great platters the size of your face will do. Understandably, the bacon […]

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Red wine-braised lamb shanks with cheesy polenta

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Oooooooh it just sounds hearty and winter-appropriate, doesn’t it!? I hadn’t cooked lamb shanks before this recipe, but I’ve eaten my fair share and I think they’re utterly underrated. When they’re cooked low and slow like here, they’re just as good as slow-cooked beef and have heaps of flavour. And you don’t have to treat them […]

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Tartiflette with chicken

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I saw a poster for apres-ski staple, tartiflette a couple of months back on the tube. The advert was actually about travelling to the French Alps with some low-budget airline, but the picture depicting a cheesy one-pot wonder was what lured me in (unsurprisingly) and after a little research (see: Googling ‘what the hell is […]

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Easy chicken jalfrezi recipe

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This isn’t actually my chicken jalfrezi recipe. I pinched it from the Hairy Bikers – favourites of mine in particular for their fail-safe and relatively healthy curry recipes – and changed it a tiny bit. Mostly, I changed it because I can’t leave anything alone, but also because the recipe was written in a quite […]

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5 mid-week meals you can prepare in advance

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I’m getting into the habit of spending my Sunday afternoon batch cooking our meals for the rest of the week and I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty life changing. Last weekend, I made butternut squash soup and a meaty ragu and we were good to go four nights of the week (plus I had lunch […]

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Brisket and chilli ramen

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Saturday afternoons of Christmas shopping are best followed by a steaming bowl of ramen. And Sundays are, of course, perfect for succulent slow-cooked meats or buttery pies, generously filled. And my brisket and chilli ramen sorts you out for both, thanks to the masses of leftovers this recipe produces (more ideas for leftovers at the […]

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