Spicy Kale Pesto is the perfect way to use up a bountiful kale crop. It is delicious stirred through pasta for a quick meal, served on crackers for a healthy snack or simply eaten straight from the spoon. Total Time Investment: 10 Minutes Kale was the most successful crop in our vegetable garden last year. So successful that this year we planted three times the amount (or to quote Mr Grumpy, we went ‘long on kale’). As the plants begin to reach maturity, I can attest that it is entirely possible to have far too much of a good thing. [Continue Reading]
This baked ratatouille recipe is super easy to make, and is an extremely versatile dish. Fantastic served hot or cold, it makes an ideal vegetarian main or a great side dish. It also freezes well, so why not keep a batch on hand in the freezer for an emergency meal. Total Time Investment: 1 Hour 30 Minutes If I could cook everything in the oven, I think I probably would. I use my oven all the time to whip up easy side dishes, create pasta sauces, cook entire main meals, preserve the tomato harvest, cook lunchbox treats for The Princess, [Continue Reading]
A really simple lentil and brown rice soup recipe that is very easy to whip up, and makes a deliciously hearty meal for a cold winter’s night. Gluten free and dairy free, it can easily be turned into a vegetarian meal to suit every one in the family. Last Updated: 13th February 2019 Total Time Investment: 1 hour Winter is soup weather in my book, and it is finally cold enough here to enjoy a big bowl of steaming hot soup for dinner. I’ve mentioned before that The Princess is not fond of soups, but will tolerate soup with bits, [Continue Reading]
Mix up your own granola with my simple homemade crunchy granola recipe. Easily customised to add in your favourite ingredients, and very easy to make, you need never buy another box of sub-standard granola again. Total Time Investment: 40 Minutes I am very much a creature of habit when it comes to breakfast choices. For the majority of the year, I will happily tuck into a large bowl of porridge (oatmeal to some) as my preferred breakfast fare. However, when the morning temperatures start to climb in the middle of summer, not even I can face a hot bowl of [Continue Reading]
With a sheet of puff pastry, and a jar of applesauce, this ridiculously quick & easy apple turnovers recipe makes a simple yet delicious dessert. Total Time Investment: 25 Minutes Dessert was not an everyday occurrence when I was a child. I have fond memories of golden syrup dumplings smothered in custard, and large serves of bread and butter pudding (from which I would meticulously pick the gag-inducing plump sultanas). One of my fondest memories, though, is of the apple turnovers that came in a box from the frozen food section of the supermarket.
Take a trip to North Africa with a delicious slow cooker Moroccan chicken tagine. The tagine comes together in minutes, and freezes brilliantly, so make extra and stash the leftovers in the freezer for another meal. Total Time Investment: 8 hours 10 minutes I used to make this Moroccan chicken tagine in the oven. That was before I worked out how to get the most out of my slow cooker. As this tagine comes together quite quickly, it has now become the ideal dinner for me to throw in the slow cooker at the start of a busy day.
This extremely useful basil pesto sauce can get you out of almost any dinnertime conundrum. With a packet of pasta and a jar of homemade pesto, a quick dinner is never far away. And when basil is in season, freeze your extra basil pesto for the winter months. Total Time Investment: 10 Minutes Everybody should have a good recipe for homemade basil pesto sauce up their sleeve. Pesto is infinitely useful in the kitchen, and is a handy shortcut for quick meals. I like to stock up the freezer with pesto when basil is in season, and use it throughout [Continue Reading]
This super easy tomato & white bean salad takes only 10 minutes to make, and is a great way to use up a summer tomato glut. It is delicious as a main meal salad with a loaf of crusty bread, or tucked into lunchboxes for an easy lunch. Total Time Investment: 10 Minutes The Princess has been peering into other lunchboxes at school, and has decided everybody’s lunch is far better than hers. To address this, she has abandoned her standard sandwich in favour of salad for lunch. However, those of you familiar with The Princess know that a simple [Continue Reading]
This dairy-free, gluten-free slow cooker lamb korma curry is so quick and easy to put together, and readily feeds a large, hungry family. The curry freezes well, so any leftovers can be stashed in the freezer for an emergency meal. Total Time Investment: 15 Minutes + 8 Hours Cooking Time I feel I have finally mastered my slow cooker. When I first started using the slow cooker, I found many of the meals I produced were often watery and lacking in flavour. I’ve persevered though, mostly for convenience, and recently surprised even myself with this slow cooker lamb korma curry.