Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Hollandaise Sauce

I absolutely adore Hollandaise Sauce. Just thinking about it makes me salivate.  I love it on poached eggs, I love it on salmon... I love it spooned directly out of a sauce boat, dripping down my chin.  Oh my! I'm getting a bit hot under the collar now. Making Hollandaise can be an incredible faff. … Continue reading Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Hollandaise Sauce

Baked Spanish style rice with chicken & chorizo

This recipe has the perfect combination of Spanish flavours - chorizo, paprika, peppers and rice, topped with succulent chicken.  A delicious, gutsy one pot wonder that will impress your diners. Serves 3 -4 Ingredients 4 tbsp oil 6 -8 skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs, trimmed of any excess skin and fat 1 large onion, chopped 1 large red, … Continue reading Baked Spanish style rice with chicken & chorizo

Homemade mayonnaise – made in minutes & completely foolproof

Once you realise how easy it is to make mayonnaise, I promise you will never buy it again.  The best thing about making your own mayo is that you can add whatever you like to it: mustard, garlic, herbs - the options are endless. This recipe is simple, foolproof and amazingly quick.  No separating of eggs or … Continue reading Homemade mayonnaise – made in minutes & completely foolproof

Goat’s cheese, grape and walnut salad with salt & pepper croutons

A really tasty and simple salad that makes a lovely barbecue side salad and goes perfectly with grilled or griddled chicken. The homemade croutons add a beautiful texture.  You can make your own very simply, using any stale bread you might have lurking in the bottom of your bread bin. I used the end of a … Continue reading Goat’s cheese, grape and walnut salad with salt & pepper croutons

Ottolenghi’s amazing mushroom and herb polenta

Serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main meal.  Best served with a simple green salad (I like rocket) with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Ingredients 4 tbsp olive oil 350g mixed mushrooms, very large ones halved 2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon 1 tbsp … Continue reading Ottolenghi’s amazing mushroom and herb polenta

Steak, mushroom and ale pie with rarebit potato topping

The beautiful cheesy, mustardy rarebit topping adds a special twist to this classic steak and ale pie.  Husband and Teen thought it was 'proper pub grub' - their words, not mine! It's meat and potatoes taken to a whole new level.  I made this as one huge pie but I think it would be really … Continue reading Steak, mushroom and ale pie with rarebit potato topping