Mushroom Risotto Recipe

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When the weather starts to get even colder and I need something comforting to eat, I look no further than a mushroom risotto. I tried out different variations on the recipe over the years, and this recipe is the best yet. My girlfriend loves it too! The ingredients are simple, but it is the execution of them that really matters here. Patience is a virtue, and the golden rule of risotto is to never use a metal spoon as this will break up the grains of rice; use a wooden spoon! Just don’t expect to get it perfect on the first try… Continue reading

Thai-style Beef & Baby Corn In Peanut Sauce Recipe

With a few simple ingredients, you can prepare this flavoursome dish in under 20 minutes. It is absolutely packed with flavour and is a real go-to dish to liven up a mid-week mealtime. If you love satay sauce, you’ll love this! Give it a go…

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5-Ingredient Halloumi Burger Recipe

I bet you’ve never had halloumi this way before! This is possibly the most Greek-style burger there is, and has only five ingredients! If you’ve read my review of Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients cook book, you’ll know how much I love the clever use of ingredients. It’s inspired me to create a few of my own!

What’s not to love!? The key thing is to get the ingredients fully prepared before you even think about cooking the halloumi: have the buns toasted and the houmous prepared. Perfect served with some oregano-topped French fries and Kalamata olives!

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The Old Papparrr’s Mince Beef & Onion Pie Recipe

Homemade mince beef and onion pie is the first thing I ever learnt to cook as a kid. My dad, or ‘The Old Papparrr’ as many people called him, would let me help him make the pastry and I was only too pleased to. It’s a pretty simple and child-friendly recipe; a perfect start that sparked my love of cooking. Every time I make it, I get very nostalgic, and the end result is absolutely delicious! Served with some mashed or roasted potatoes, fresh veg and gravy, this is a great weekend treat! Continue reading

The Ultimate Chicken & Chorizo Paella Recipe

If there’s one recipe to bring some Spanish sunshine onto the dinner table at any time of the year, it’s this one! Ok, so chicken and chorizo isn’t an authentic flavour for paella, but it’s a widely-known combination and I think it’s delicious. When I visited Barcelona a few years ago, I did manage to track down a chicken & chorizo paella in a tourist restaurant in the seaside neighbourhood of Barceloneta, so it’s not unheard of in Spain. There are a lot of ingredients here, but key to it is to prepare and chop all of the ingredients before you fire up the stove. If you follow this recipe to the letter then you’re guaranteed to be onto a winner! Make sure you use a wooden spoon because a metal one would break the rice apart and you’ll end up with a plate of sludge. Buen provecho! Continue reading

The Ultimate Toad-in-the-Hole Recipe

This recipe is an absolute winner in our house! It’s a recipe that I’ve been tweaking for a while and now I think I’ve got it spot on. There are a few things about this recipe that take it to another level, one of which is to use the best quality sausages you can get. I’d recommend the G. White & Co ‘Porky Whites’ sausages which are available from Sainsbury’s. Perfect served for a family Sunday lunch served with mashed potato, fresh vegetables and gravy. Give it a try this Sunday! Continue reading