Courgette Soup

It’s the last weekend in November and let’s be honest, December is going to be one busy month. There’s always so much going on this time of the year, I can’t lie, I’m struggling to find the time to do anything at the moment there’s just so much going on. A lot of rich and tasty food is going to be enjoyed next month so this is a lighter option to balance out all the heavier or more decadent meals that we are about to consume. A delicious winter warmer that contains a mild but flavourful kick of a little summin summin that’s not quite a curry but brings those packets of warm hearty flavours.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 courgette, cut into chunks
  • 2 small chilli’s, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium potato, cut into small chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp medium curry powder
  • 1 can (400g) coconut milk
  • 1 inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp lime juice

Method:

  1. In a pan, start by frying the garlic and ginger together in the oil for 1-2 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the courgette and potato and cook for 5-7 minutes, stirring ocassionally.
  3. Season with the curry powder, salt and add the chilli and continue frying for a couple more minutes.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk, stir, cover and leave to cook for 10 minutes (or until the potatoes are cooked through.)
  5. Remove from the heat and blitz using a food processor or hand blender. Drizzle over the lime juice, mix and serve.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Baked Pork Belly, Asparagus & Butter Beans

Those winter warmer meals are definitely the way forward now. Those colder wintery nights just invite juicy, hearty meals with simple and delicious flavours. The added butter beans brings a deeper and more enhanced flavour as it absorbs all the meaty flavours making it more delectable. A real treat for dinner packed with simple flavours providing maximum satisfaction.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 pork belly slices
  • 1 leek, finely sliced
  • 125 asparagus tip, cut into chunks
  • 215g butter beans, drained
  • 7 garlic cloves, peeled and kept whole.
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180Β°.
  2. On the stove, start by frying the leeks and garlic together with the olive oil in the baking tray until lightly browned.
  3. Add the beans and fry for a minute. Sprinkle over the the oregano and evenly distribute the the asparagus chunks.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and place the pork belly on top. Season generously with black pepper. (The meat should not be submerged in the stock. Around half should be covered in the stock so the meat remains juicy and the other half exposed allowing the pork to become browned and crispy).
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until the pork is crispy.

Best served hot.

Mixed Mushroom Medley

Serves 2-3

I absolutely love mushrooms in all its shapes and forms, its delicious umami flavours that are meaty bring a delightful contrast to the sweetness that is the sauce. Just as tasty on its own or as a side dish to some roasted lamb or vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • 300g closed cup mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 1/2 inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 1/2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • Crushed black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 1/4 tsp lime juice

Method:

  1. On medium heat fry the mushrooms in the sesame oil for 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, golden syrup and a generous amount of crushed black pepper. Cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour in the coconut milk and mix well.
  4. Leave to simmer for 10-15 minutes, the sauce will have reduced and thickened.
  5. Drizzle over the lime juice, mix again and serve.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

Serves 1-2

As if we are at the end of October! I feel like the time is just flying away at the moment and there are so many things to do. It’s so important that at busy times we remember to take some time to have some good, simple and honest food. I love this gem of a recipe, it’s so easy and so tasty. This is a deliciously sweet and warm plate of heaven to bring you some joy for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 dsp seed mix
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190Β°
  2. Place the butternut squash on a baking tray and sprinkle over some smoked paprika. Drizzle over a tablespoon of olive oil and place in the oven. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly charred and cooked through. (Mix the squash half way through cooking)
  3. Make the dressing by mixing all other remaining ingredients together in a separate bowl.
  4. Once the squash is cooked, place in the dish of choice and drizzle over the dressing. Sprinkle over the seed mix evenly and serve.

Potato, Green Bean & Tomato Stew

It’s stew time!

We are already over half way through the month and let’s be honest… if you haven’t already put on your heating it’s only a matter of time before you do. The days are getting shorter and it’s getting darker a lot earlier which just screams that the winter and the cold are on the way. I’ve found that with those chillier evenings a warmer and more heartier meal is the way to go. An easy one for a weekday if you’re back from work late or if you’re feeling minimal time in the kitchen. Hope you all enjoy πŸ™‚

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 160g fine green beans, halved
  • 1 large potato, peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 400g can of chopped tomatoes in tomato juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 1/2 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt & Pepper

Method:

  1. In a pan, put the potato and oil and gradually fry for 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add all the seasonings and mix well.
  3. Add the tomatoes and cook for a couple of minutes.
  4. Put the beans in the pan, mix and cover. Leave to cook for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through.

Best served hot.

Baked Plums with Feta

An ideal autumn starter for two or a light lunch for one. Bringing a mouth watering balance of both sweet and savoury to your taste buds. The crisp and bitter lettuce and the soft plums provide a really tasty contrast; a treat if you have some friends over for dinner.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 4 plums, halved and deseeded
  • 80g feta, crumbled with a fork
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 6-8 little gem lettuce leaves
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°
  2. Place the plums on a baking tray and bake for 10-12 minutes or until blistered and juicy.
  3. In the meantime, take the dish of your choices and distribute the lettuce evenly on the plate.
  4. Now make the dressing by getting a small bowl. Mix the thyme, olive oil and golden syrup thoroughly and keep to one side.
  5. Remove the plums and place on the plate, scatter over the feta, drizzle over the dressing and generously crush black pepper on top.

Best served immediately.

Roasted Sweet Potato & Carrot Soup

Can you guys believe that we are in October, seriously?!? Where has the time gone this year? It’s flying by! It’s definitely cooling down around here and let’s be honest, soup season is back up and running. It’s getting back into the cosier and warmer clothes and those heartier meals. Apt for this time of year, sweet potatoes and carrots make a flavourful soup packed with delicious flavours and nutrients.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 sweet potatoes (I medium sized and 1 small) peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium sized carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, outer skin peeled off
  • 1 garlic bulb, peel off the flaky outer bits but keep bulb whole
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 600ml vegetable stock
  • Salt
  • Crushed black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200Β°C
  2. On a baking tray place the sweet potato, carrots, shallot and garlic. Pour over the olive oil, season with salt and generously with the crushed black pepper. Place in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes (mix about half way through) or until soft and browned.
  3. Place the vegetables (excluding the garlic) in a pan. Using your hands gently squeeze out the contents of the garlic bulb (once cooled a little) into the pan. Pour over hot vegetable stock and mix all ingredients together.
  4. Using a hand blender blitz the soup until smooth. If you would prefer the consistency to be slightly runnier add a splash of water to loosen it up. Taste and season if necessary.

Best served hot.

Wholesome Greens

The versatility of broccoli allows creativity in the kitchen to flow. A truly easy way to get some good veg and it doesn’t even take much time to prepare. The colour contrast in this dish makes it look so vibrant and delicious; a perfect accompaniment to a meat or fish dish or just as tasty on its own.

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole broccoli head, grated
  • 100g edamame beans
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 dsp golden syrup
  • Chilli flakes (optional)

Method:

  1. Start by sautΓ©ing the garlic in the sesame oil for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
  2. Add the chilli and cook for a minute.
  3. Add the beans and broccoli and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Upon serving, drizzle over a little more sesame oil and sprinkle some chilli flakes on top.

Enjoy πŸ™‚

Spiced Jackfruit and Chickpea

Fancy some fruit for dinner? Believe me guys, do not knock it until you’ve tried it. A perfect substitute if you’re craving meaty flavours and textures then this is definitely the recipe to go to!

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 can jackfruit (in water), remove the fruit from the jar and roughly chop. Keep the water in the can.
  • 400g chickpeas, drained
  • 1 dsp tomato puree
  • 3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion granules
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 50ml water
  • Salt

Method:

  1. In a pan, start by frying the ginger, garlic and oil together on medium heat for 2 minutes.
  2. Add the jackfruit, chickpeas and all the seasonings, except for the salt. Mix thoroughly and cook together for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Pour in the water from the jackfruit can and 50ml of water, stir, cover and leave to cook for 30 minutes. Stir every 5 minutes or so and around half way through cooking season with salt. (If becomes too dry add a splash of water, though consistency shouldn’t be too saucy.)

Best served hot.

Sticky Pork Ribs


Having a good selection of spices in your pantry is always the way to go I feel. Sometimes having to chop, grate or slice fresh ingredients comes under the ’I really cant be asked’ bracket and spice jars are the way forward. They are a real blessing to this delicious and seriously juicy dish which is so simple to prepare and the end product is pure bliss! Hope you all enjoy 😌

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 8 pork ribs
  • 3tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • 1/2 tsp onion granules
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 160.
  2. Make the marinade by mixing all of the above ingredients (excluding the ribs) together in a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, place the ribs and pour over 3/4 of the marinade and mix thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Place in the baking tray of your choice and drizzle over the remaining marinade. Cover tightly with either a lid or foil and place in the oven. Leave to bake for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Best served hot!