Category: Dinner

Chicken & Mushroom Pie

Chicken & Mushroom Pie

This Chicken & Mushroom pie never disappoints, and is really quick and easy to make. The simple flavour combinations work well here, the sweetness of the chicken along with the slightly acidic reduced white wine and fresh thyme, and salty pancetta really get the taste buds tingling. And there is only one thing that can make this combination better?….flaky, buttery pastry!

This is another family favourite in our household, it normally forms part of one of our Autumn or Winter dinners, however, with a cold snap here in the North East this week, we felt we needed some comfort food!

Roast Ham with Honey Mustard & Chipotle

Roast Ham with Honey Mustard & Chipotle

The ham and pease pudding stottie is Traditional to the North East and Northumberland. It is the perfect solution to a rumbling stomach after a day of fresh air and a bit of graft!

Sometimes it is the most basic of foods that can be the most satisfying, a simply boiled joint of gammon finished off in the oven with a tasty glaze, carved thickly and served in a freshly baked stottie and pease pudding….delicious!

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.

Awesome Taco’s

Awesome Taco’s

I absolutely love Taco’s! Not only do they look amazing, layers of vibrantly coloured morsels piled on top of each other….but they also taste divine! The great thing with Taco’s is that there is a countless combination of potential toppings. There will always be a tasty option for the meat eater and vegetarian alike.

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

This simple recipe for Corn Tortillas will totally transform any Mexican inspired meal. This recipe is really pretty simple and with a bit of practice you should be able to bang out a dozen or so of these tortillas without too much effort.

Braised Ox Cheeks

Braised Ox Cheeks

Ox Cheeks when cooked slowly over a period of 3 – 4 hours are absolutely amazing! The fat renders down, and results in an absolutely crazy rich gravy. Strong, deep flavours within the meat and a very comforting unctuous quality to each and every forkful. You must try this recipe!

Chicken Tagine

Chicken Tagine

This Chicken Tagine recipe is a brilliantly quick and easy way to cook a hearty, healthy, winter warmer of a dish.

Tagine is Moroccan and is both the name of the dish, and the vessel that it is traditionally cooked in. There are numerous different recipes that you can follow, but they generally all include meat (normally Chicken, Lamb or Beef), vegetables and fruit or olives.