Most days, I try and be good and cook my meals from scratch. I don’t always succeed and, the further through the week I get, the harder it is to stay motivated. It’s the same when I have lots on, fresh food goes by the wayside.
In the warm weather, it’s not too bad – salads are always a quick and easy option – but on cold, dark, nights, it’s harder to not resort to soup or heat ‘n’ eats. This chilli is quick, simple, and veggie so stops me feeling too guilty about not slaving over a hot stove. It takes about 10 minutes to get everything in the pan and another 15 to cook and will easily serve 4 people. The photo took doesn’t do it justice but I was in a bit of a rush…. Continue reading “Cheats veggie chilli recipe”
Meringues are one of those things that scared me for years. Every time they came up in conversation, there seemed to be a horror story attached. So I stayed clear…until last year, when I finally bit the bullet and had a go. Turns out, I had not reason to be afraid – they were pretty easy. Continue reading “Basic Meringue Recipe (even I can't get it wrong!)”
I may be the least romantic person on the planet. My husband isn’t much better and we decided a fair few years ago to not worry about exchanging valentine cards. We do, however, try and sit down to a nice meal to mark the occasion and open a bottle of fizz (though to be fair, any day is an excuse for fizz as far as I’m concerned).
Last year, I went all out and made a rather romantic desert, if I do say so myself. To be fair, it’s mainly romantic because I put it in a heart-shaped dish. Otherwise, it’s just a great pudding for anytime of the year, well it is if you like raspberries…. Continue reading “Raspberry Cheesecake Mousse Recipe”
I don’t know if I’m the only one out there who does this but, after every Sunday lunch, I end up with too much mashed potato. I just can’t ever seem to get the quantities right. Now, there are lots of things you can do with left over mash, but my favourite at the moment – given the state of the weather – is make Mashed Potato Soup, a variation on potato soup but preferred in my family because it’s rich and creamy.
Technically, this could class as a perfect Meatless Monday recipe. Unfortunately, I took a photo of my husband’s soup and – as he’s a meat eater – there was bacon on there, so I might be disqualified. It is the only meat included in the recipe though, so it’s actually perfect for the veggies among us. To make it, here’s what you’ll need…Continue reading “Mashed Potato Soup Recipe”
Sometimes (actually, a lot of the times), I really don’t want to slave away over the stove. I want something quick and easy. Other times, I really crave comfort food, something that makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. This week, the two came together in a dish that I call a bake, even though it’s mainly made on the stove top, because I’m not sure what else to call it (ideas on a postcard or in the comments section please as it would be nice to have a more appropriate name).
I’m not sure when I started making this – it’s been at least ten years – or where the idea came from – most likely a cooking show, one of those where people give the chef random ingredients and ask them to make a gourmet meal because you can’t get ingredients more random than this. Regardless, though, it tastes great and is quick and easy to make. Plus, my family love it as much as I do, which makes it an win-win on lazy cooking nights. Continue reading “Made it myself: Leek, pepper, and egg "bake"”