Sausage, broccoli and courgette risotto

D and I are both pretty busy working full time, writing and doing amdram (he’s just landed a part doing the History Boys!). In fact you could technically say we were a busy family if you count the rabbits demolishing cardboard boxes and hiding behind the sofa. Anyway I’ve started trying to think of some relatively quick and healthy recipes that’ll keep us going all … Continue reading Sausage, broccoli and courgette risotto

Chicken, gnocchi and sage soup

I seem to be riding a total comfort food wave this January. I can’t help it when it’s cold outside I want a warm tummy filled with soup, or stew etc. With this soup there are 2 ways of making this – either you end up with a lot of leftover chicken, or you can use up a lot of leftover chicken. Its completely up … Continue reading Chicken, gnocchi and sage soup

Chocolate chunk shortbread

I believe enjoying food is about balance and sometimes maintaining balance is actually about enjoying a nice cup of tea and a biscuit. I made these shortbread hearts yesterday when I just fancied something baked at home. Including chilling time these took about an hour and half to make; not bad for a Tuesday night. If you really are trying to maintain a healthy balance … Continue reading Chocolate chunk shortbread

Very easy slow cooked beef curry

This curry is hardly a recipe. It can be knocked together in less that 4 minutes on a busy morning. While it isn’t quite as delicious as the curry my father has made me and its not a patch on the ones made by my friends from work (who have their own favourite blends of spices); it does provide a healthy comforting meal after a … Continue reading Very easy slow cooked beef curry

Easy ramen for tired stomachs

Around Christmas time you really do just need to enjoy a bit of a treat and the odd overindulgence. Its practically mandatory, what with chocolate, cheese, wine and roast dinners aplenty. However after 2 Christmas dinners at D and my respective parents houses and our usual boxing day mini buffet my stomach was feeling pretty tired of rich food. I needed a break from overindulgent … Continue reading Easy ramen for tired stomachs

Baked eggs with spinach and chorizo

I’m all for winter warmer type recipes but I dont believe they always have to be overly stodgy. There’s something wonderful and cosy about baked eggs and they’re certainly very popular in this household! We tend to have these for our tea (dinner if you’re fancy) but they also work as a breakfast or a brunch (if you’re instagram fabulous). Anyway, there’s not much more … Continue reading Baked eggs with spinach and chorizo

Mars Bar Crispy cakes

Just a quick recipe before I head out to a cake sale later. Today I’m helping raise money for my theatre group doing what they refer to as a refreshment day in Harrogate to give us a boost in income before our production of Fiddler on the roof. As d and I are both members of this group I was something of an overachiever last … Continue reading Mars Bar Crispy cakes

One for all you students – 5 ways to feel like you’re winning the toastie game

No word of a lie, toasties are still one of my favourite fast foods. During my university career I ate countless toasties due to my sheer love of cheese in all forms. My poison of choice: cheddar cheese, mushrooms and mayonnaise on brown bread. Anyway, here are a few suggestions of what you may have in your cupboards to liven up your mealtimes (a true … Continue reading One for all you students – 5 ways to feel like you’re winning the toastie game

Mini Frittatas

It is often said that necessity is the mother of invention and lately this has been true of my weeknight cooking. Being busy at work means I’m constantly on my feet in the lab which means I’m coming home more tired than usual. Its easy under these circumstances to shove something in the oven (or even give into the temptations of the excellent chip shop … Continue reading Mini Frittatas

Easy sausage meatballs with tomato and rosemary sauce

So while it seems like the rest of social media is denouncing pasta in favour of kale, sweet potato and lots and lots of protein shakes. While I’m all for healthy eating and living well; I do think there is definitely a place for pasta as part of a healthy diet. Pasta is lovely, in moderation if makes your stomach happy and keeps you full … Continue reading Easy sausage meatballs with tomato and rosemary sauce