Paelo Guacamole

Sunday was so productive! I made paleo chilli con carne, chicken stock, and Martha and I made guacamole and hummus too. I now need a lie down! Guacamole can be tailored to suit you own individual palette. This is how we made it, but you can use more chilli or use lemon instead of lime….

Smoky Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato Wedges

This dish is a firm family favourite. In fact we love it SO much, that we’d be happy to substitute the turkey dinner for this on Christmas Day. Let’s just say that it’s SO good, that you’ll want to make it every weekend! I should mention that this recipe is adapted from a book called…

Mixed Bean Bourguignon

An excellent vegetarian version of Boeuf Bourguignon, adapted from a recipe from ‘The Everyday Wheat-free & Gluten-free Cookbook’. Use whatever tinned beans you have in your cupboard. I use organic products if they’re available. In this recipe I used organic flageolet beans by Biona (£1.75) and organic potato flour by Sussex Wholefoods (£1.99 for 1kg…

Spicy Aromatic Chicken

I think this is my new favourite! As the title suggests, the ingredients create the most wonderful aroma whilst the chicken is cooking. This is very easy to make and it’s all cooked in one pot. In fact I adapted this dish from my ‘One Pot’ cook book by Marks & Spencer. Good old M&S!…

Quinoa and Cashew Nut Pilaf

This is a light, healthy dish, perfect for summer, and it’s super-easy too. It can be served warm or cold so it’s great for making in advance and serving up at a picnic or BBQ. Quinoa is a South American, gluten-free grain not dissimilar to rice, but lighter in texture. It has a nutty taste…

Gluten-Free Mediterranean Chicken

This is a wonderful dish that I adapted from a recipe by Stephanie Kirkos, a gluten-free cookery expert. In her recipe she uses corn starch, which is the American name for corn flour, whereas I used polenta. Please refer to the end of this post for information on cornstarch, corn flour and cornmeal/polenta. This is…

Leek, Cucumber and Emmenthal Flan

The ingredients in this flan are so unusual. There’s the crispness of the water chestnuts, the softness of the leeks, and the sweetness of the pineapple. Mix them all together and they work quite brilliantly. This dish is perfect for the weekend, served at lunch or supper time with a large salad. I hadn’t used…

Sunflower and Coriander Pesto

This makes an interesting change from the standard basil and pine nut, or pumpkin seed pesto, and it’s very easy to make. You can buy 1kg of sunflower seeds for around £3.99 as opposed to pine nuts which for the same weight, will burn £38.00 – £48.00 into your pocket. Ouch! Sunflower pesto offers an…

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick stew is a traditional dish, popular in the American South, and usually associated with squirrel meat. However, squirrel meat is not so easy to come by in Manchester, so I used chicken instead! It’s believed this dish was invented in the early 19th century by a plantation cook named Danny Mears. I’ve adapted this…

Home Baked Beans and Sweet Potato Wedges

Once you’ve devoured the sweet flavours of these home baked beans, you’ll forget all about the ready-made tinned variety. They are complete polar opposites; the Belgravia and Brixton of baked beans no less! 🙂 This dish is perfect for serving up at the weekend, either at lunch or supper time. Make a big batch and…

Ricotta and Olive Pie

“Restaurant quality” is how my husband defined this dish. High praise indeed! This recipe is perfect for impressing dinner party guests, and with very little cost and effort involved – but don’t tell your guests that! My dear cousin first brought this recipe to my attention so I was keen to have a go. She…

Spiced Tofu, Noodles and Pak Choi

This dish takes only a few minutes to make and tastes divine! In fact it cooked so quickly, I had to get my hubby to drain the noodles whilst I finished the stir-fry! I hadn’t cooked with tofu before so was interested to find out what it tasted like. As you’ll see, I used Chinese…