Chicken fettuccine with mascarpone and Marsala sauce | Hello! Hooray!
Chicken fettuccine with mascarpone and Marsala sauce

One night last week, we had a few ingredients that needed using up – so I googled ‘chicken and mascarpone recipe’ and found this one for chicken fettuccine with mascarpone and marsala sauce. We adapted it from the original recipe (click here to see that) so that it was just enough for two. We didn’t quite have all the original ingredients either, but our adapted version was really delicious! And it hardly took any time at all, so I’m sure we’ll be making this on a weeknight again soon.  Read More

Strawberry and banana smoothie

So Easter has been and gone, and it’s back to work tomorrow. I’ve been doing my best to avoid the Sunday blues by keeping super busy all day – I’ve actually done quite well for once, which is really unusual for me! I’m trying not to focus on the negative things about going back, as we’ve had such a lovely holiday. So instead, I’ve been trying to think about how I’m going to do a bit more exercise (now it has been okayed by the physio) and how we can eat more healthily. I found this in my recipe book the other week and decided I’d make it this weekend. I don’t like to eat bananas, but I had forgotten how yummy they are in this! ‘Recipe’ is probably putting it a bit strongly as it’s SO easy to make, but it’s really good and is sure to kick-start a bit of healthy eating.  Read More

Boeuf Bourguignon pie

Our dear friends bought us a copy of The Great British Bake Off: Big Book of Baking for Christmas, and as soon as we looked through the yummy treats in the book, we knew that we had to make this Boeuf Bourguignon pie. That and the Grasmere ginger shortbread (which at the time of writing this, we haven’t got round to yet). Valentine’s Day seemed like a good occasion to give it a whirl, especially as we hadn’t done that much cooking in our new kitchen! Thankfully, I’m starting to get a bit better and I was desperate to make something – it turned out to be a team effort 🙂 And we made it in our lovely heart-shaped dish, which was very fitting!  Read More

Creamy chicken, squash and sage pasta bake

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This recipe started out as squash, ricotta and sage pasta bake – a recipe I found on the BBC Good Food website. I thought this sounded really tasty, but the comments at the bottom of the page were pretty mixed and many people had added their own ingredients! So I’ve done that, but a bit more radically I suppose! You could leave out the chicken for a veggie dish. This serves 4 people. Continue reading…

Dark chocolate and ginger cookies

I absolutely love The Great British Bake Off, and am already hooked on the new series! I’ve just got the books of two previous winners, and this recipe come from John Whaite Bakes (John won the third series). It’s one of those books where you want to make everything in it! I love the photography in the book, and it’s a really good read. I decided to make these cookies first because we had most of the ingredients in our cupboard, but also because dark chocolate and ginger are two of Tom’s favourite things! Be warned though – they are super tasty cookies and won’t last for long… Continue reading…

Pear, almond and amaretto tart with stem ginger mascarpone cream

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Almond has to be one of my favourite flavours, and as I’ve got a super sweet tooth I’m always tempted by almond puddings! This one is so easy to make and is really tasty, and is taken from Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’. We had this for pudding after our Butternut and sweet potato lasagne – much later in the evening though, because we were stuffed!

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Butternut and sweet potato lasagne with sage, toasted pine nuts and nutmeg

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I love getting new cookery books, and the latest addition to my collection is Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Fast, Fresh and Easy Food’. I saw her TV show when we got back from honeymoon and really liked the recipes, and when I flicked through the book in the shop this recipe caught my eye. I couldn’t wait to start cooking (and blogging) again, and this seemed like a great recipe to start with! You could easily make this on a week night for a super tasty treat. I used half a squash and a sweet potato for this but it wasn’t quite enough, so next time I’ll use a whole squash and 2 sweet potatoes. Continue reading…

Tuna and courgette quiche | Hello! Hooray!
Tuna and Courgette Quiche

My Mum used to make this tuna and courgette quiche when I was younger, and now we both make it! It’s really tasty and easy to make. You can either make the pastry yourself, or use cheat pastry from the shop if you want to make it quickly! It makes a great summer meal or lunch served with salad. You could also substitute the tuna for salmon, which is also rather yummy! Use a loose bottomed tin for this so that it is easy to remove after baking.

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