Category: Delicious Dinners

Chicken Katsu Curry

Chicken Katsu Curry

After a long week at work, Friday night tea this week was inspired by the one and only ‘Jimmy’ Oliver. His recipe for Chicken Katsu Curry never disappoints, and with a little effort you end up with a delicious dinner for the whole family.

The good thing with this recipe is that it really satisfies in terms of the crunchy marinated chicken breast, liberally covered in panko breadcrumbs and then deep fried, along with a rich and spicy curry sauce. However, not particularly hot, which means the kids love it!

Herby Paprika & Chilli Chicken

Herby Paprika & Chilli Chicken

This recipe for Herby Paprika Chicken is a really delicious way to use up any spare bits of chicken you may have in your fridge or freezer. It is another very versatile recipe and is great with either thighs or breasts.

It is influenced by many of the flavours of the Middle East and is lightly spiced to create a really flavoursome, comforting dish.

Corned Beef Pie

Corned Beef Pie

Corned Beef Pie really evokes strong food memories in me from my childhood. It was one of those staple recipes that would be served up on a weekly basis through the Autumn and Winter months in our household, and I absolutely loved it!

The really great thing about this corned beef pie is that it is so affordable to make! You can literally feed a family of four for well under £5 and still have leftovers for the next day!

Lamb Tagine with Spiced Chickpeas

Lamb Tagine with Spiced Chickpeas

Lamb Tagine is an absolutely brilliant recipe/method of cooking to really get all the flavour out of a cheaper cut of lamb. It is really easy and as long as you have a clay tagine and a heat diffuser to go on your hob you can’t go wrong!

Using Lamb instead of chicken, adds a lot of extra depth of flavour to the finished dish, and it really benefits from the addition of a sweet and sticky element. Many recipes will use dried apricots (which work really well), however, on this occasion I went for prunes instead. Over the hour or so that the tagine is cooking, they break down creating a really rich and flavoursome sauce.

Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemon

Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemon

This recipe of Chicken with Sumac & Preserved Lemons is in my opinion a perfect introductory dish into the wonderful world of Middle Eastern cuisine. It is really simple and easy to make, and will reward you with some absolutely amazing flavours and aromas, both whilst preparing and cooking it, and most importantly whilst eating it!

Lamb Koftas

Lamb Koftas

Yesterday’s lunch was a last minute affair, me and the kids had headed over to Tynemouth to see a pal, and before long conversation turned to what was for lunch. After a quick brainstorm and a trip to the local supermarket we were back in the kitchen rustling up some really tasty lamb Koftas.

With 2 keen cooks working away, lunch was ready within about 25 minutes, and the result was a really tasty, low-carb (January diet) and really very healthy lunch.

Nasi Goreng

Nasi Goreng

The Indonesian dish of Nasi Goreng is one of my favourite go-to dishes. It is perfect when you are looking for something extremely fresh and tasty for dinner, but don’t have the time or inclanation to spend hours prepping and cooking.

I love the flavours in Nasi Goreng and the success of the dish will come through balancing the sweet, spicy, sour and salty elements of the dish.

I love the flavours in Nasi Goreng and the success of the dish will come through balancing the sweet, spicy, sour and salty elements of the dish.

Fish Pie

Fish Pie

The dinner of choice tonight was fish pie. A simple dish that is perfect for cooking when you are away from the usual comforts of your home kitchen.

This is yet another of my dishes where there really is a lot of opportunity to mix and match ingredients, there really is no right or wrong. I would always recommend adding some type of smoked fish, I normally use Smoked Haddock (i prefer non-dyed but was unable to get this for todays pie).

Sausage & Bean Casserole

Sausage & Bean Casserole

This is one of those recipes that never disappoints, what my old man used to call ‘stick to your ribs food’ – This is a dish that is so simple, but so rewarding in terms of big, robust flavours and is loosely based around the French classic, Cassoulet. What’s more it is cheap as chips to make and all I would recommend is getting the best quality sausages you can find.