Category: Dinner

Shakshuka

Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a North African dish made with a rich and spicy tomato sauce, accompanied by runny, oozing eggs.

It is quite often served as a breakfast or lunch dish, however, I have bulked things up a little here with addition of some lamb meatballs.

Shakshuka is a quick and simple midweek dish that can be cooked up in a big pan, put in the middle of the dinner table so everyone can just get stuck in. The spicing is mild enough for the kids to love it too!

Roast Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde

Roast Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde

Leg of Lamb with Salsa Verde is an absolutely delicious way of serving up this fantastic cut of meat. This is a perfect recipe for those Sundays where you have a whole tribe to cook for. With a bit of preparation all the work can be done in advance and it just needs slamming in the oven for a few hours, the result is an absolutely amazing and tasty Sunday Lunch!

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.

Turkey Curry

Turkey Curry

I know that there have probably been a thousand different Turkey curry recipes made over the past couple of weeks, as keen cooks desperately try to use up the mountain of Turkey meat that is invariably leftover from a Christmas meal.

However, January for me, is used as an opportunity to try and get rid of some unwanted weight that has been piled on over the festive period. My usual approach to this is to sign myself up to Dry January and abstain from my biggest guilty pleasure for a month, whilst also reducing my carb intake which generally does the trick!

This delicious Turkey Curry is a great recipe for this of you in the same boat, who are looking for a healthy, nutricious, low carb midweek meal.

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.

Leftovers – Shepherds Pie

Leftovers – Shepherds Pie

In terms of cooking, one of my favourite things is looking in the fridge and cupboards midweek, and putting together a wholesome family meal, using up leftovers and those half packets of weird and wonderful food items. This is my most recent efforts which I thought was worth sharing. Homemade Leftovers Shepherds Pie.