home made mayonnaise

Mayonnaise Nice and Easy

I recently had the predicament that I needed mayonnaise but had none in the fridge (or cupboard). Because of a craving for a BLT, I had just arrived home for lunch having stopped off at our local Co-Op Food Store for the bacon and a teacake. Once I was cooking the bacon and slicing the […]

gnocchi in a chorizo sauce

Gnocchi in a Chorizo Sauce

Gnocchi is an often overlooked staple of Italian food. Pasta and pizza take all the limelight from this fantastic ingredient to delicious meals. If you’ve never tried it, gnocchi is delicious and really easy to make. Of course, it’s even easier to buy it and that is what I do. Here’s a simple gnocchi recipe I whipped up […]

jars of homemade blackberry jam

Making Blackberry Jam

We have dabbled with jam making in our household before. One drawback when on a budget is that the cost of purchasing the fruit as well as the preserving sugar works out to be far more expensive that jams you can buy in the supermarket. Even more expensive than your more artisan jams on the […]

chorizo and pancetta pesto pasta

Chorizo & Pancetta Pesto Pasta

Simple pasta dishes seem to be my thing at the moment. Here is another that I created recently. Helen came home, Ready Steady Cook style, with some chorizo and pancetta for me to create something for dinner for the six of us. I love chorizo and it makes a great base to start cooking with […]

spinach and yoghurt filled pittas bread

Spinach and Yoghurt Pitta Breads

My new quest in the kitchen is to find tasty vegetarian lunches that are quick and simple to prepare. Often I find recipes by browsing blogs and cooking sites like I did with this one, which was originally for spinach and yoghurt flatbreads. Working so close to home means that I usually prepare my lunch on arrival. But, I need […]