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Spicy aubergine chips with couscous

We tried out a delicious new recipe yesterday which I found in the latest international edition of Flow Magazine (issue 9). It is taken from Rachel Khoo’s book, My Little French Kitchen, and there are a few more recipes from the book in the magazine too (all of which look yummy!). The great thing about this recipe is that you can make it to serve 4 as a starter or 2 as a main, so it would be great for all occasions. The recipe says that it takes 30 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook, but it only took us 45 from start to finish so we’ll definitely be having this on a weeknight some time soon! It’s also wonderfully light and fresh, and is a great vegetarian meal. Read More

Mushroom stroganoff

This mushroom stroganoff recipe is brilliant – it’s really tasty, uses cheap ingredients and is so quick to make too! Win-win. We couldn’t get hold of a varied selection of mushrooms, but it tastes great with a mix of field and chestnut mushrooms, so don’t worry if you can’t get hold of anything too exciting.  The recipe says to serve with rice but we chose pasta instead – the pasta we used here is called Fusilli lunghi col buco, which we found in Tesco, but any shape would work.  Read More

Open ravioli

Cooking has become a little trickier since we started our kitchen work. Although we do still have a functioning cooker and sink (for now), we have packed away most of our kitchen items and just have one or two of the most frequently used things still out. It has been strange just eating things out of the freezer and buying as we go along, because we’re usually quite organised when it comes to planning meals! And I don’t think I realised just how much time we spend (and enjoy) cooking until we couldn’t really do it as much! This is a recipe I found when I Googled ‘what can I make with 100g feta?’ to be able to use it up. It’s quick to make and is healthy too, which is just what we need at the moment! I must apologise for the slightly dodgy photo here – my lovely white pasta bowls have been packed up and the light was terrible. I promise yours will look better – and it does taste delicious! Read More

Cholesterol busting chicken curry | Hello! Hooray!
Cholesterol busting chicken curry

If you’re looking for a healthy but really super delicious curry recipe, then look no further! This curry is amazingly good and is taken from The Medicinal Chef: Healthy Every Day by Dale Pinnock. It has become one of our go-to recipes because it’s also pretty quick to make, so we often make it during the week. It serves 4 so we eat a bit on the day we make it and then freeze the rest. [Edit: we’ve found this to be a great meal for Baby Led Weaning and Little One loves it! See more on this below]. Read More

Aubergine and chilli tagliolini

 

I tried out this recipe this evening and it’s really easy, really tasty and low fat – brilliant! I halved the quantities here for the two of us, except for the 400g tin of chopped tomatoes. I think next time I’d put a whole chilli in for 2 people, but that’s just personal preference! I used linguine here, which was slightly on the done side because we were trying to rescue a butterfly…

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Pasta with tomatoes, ricotta, parma ham and sage

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This recipe takes hardly any time at all to make, so it’s a delicious meal for a weeknight. The combination of flavours is really good (although the first time we made it we were missing the sage because I couldn’t find any at the supermarket!). You could easily make a bigger batch for family or friends, or even leave out the Parma ham for a veggie version. I had linguine, but Tom has wholewheat fusilli instead – use whichever pasta you prefer. Continue reading…

Linguine with creamy pesto, caramelised red onion and spinach

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I often decided to make up a recipe when I have a particular ingredient that needs using up, and this recipe came out of one of those occasions. We had a little bit of goats cheese left and, after feeling uninspired following a quick internet search, I decided to get a few simple ingredients and go for it! You don’t need much of the goats cheese at all – if you don’t like really rich food then you could probably just leave it out. We used some salami Napoli here, which is optional too if you would prefer a meat version.

 

This recipe uses the creamy basil pesto recipe that I’ve already posted, so you’ll need to make a batch of that before cooking the rest of the ingredients. Continue reading…

Super Soup

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This ‘Super Soup’ lives up to its name – it’s really healthy and tastes delicious! And it doesn’t take very long to make, which means that you could whip up a batch during the week. You can pretty much put any vegetables you like in a soup, but this seems to work well as a combination! This will make a huge pan of soup, which you can freeze in batches if you wish.

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Potato and leek soup (with optional bacon!)

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There are occasions when I open the fridge and realise that I should have gone shopping…today was one of those days! But the weather has been pretty rubbish and I didn’t fancy going out, so I decided to cobble something together with what we had. What we had turned out to be a couple of leeks, some potatoes, some mushrooms and a bit of bacon, which could only mean one thing: SOUP! You could make this without the bacon for the traditional potato and leek soup and it would be great – either way, it tastes even better with a bit of homemade bread. Continue reading…

Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers

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Another of the new recipes that we have tried out this week is Nigella Lawson’s Chicken with Tomatoes and Peppers. This is a super easy recipe to make and it’s really tasty, and you could cook it on a school night which is always great! I also think that leftovers would make an excellent lunch too, or just pop it in the freezer for another day. We served this with orzo pasta, but it would go well with green veg or some crusty bread. Continue reading…