Baked Spinach Polenta (with a spicy lentil sauce)

When my daughters were really little and learning to eat I used to make a version of this which they loved.  Baked polenta was firm enough and easy to grab in their chubby little fists, yet soft enough to bite with a gummy mouth and smear about the table.  After the need for such perfect…

Paprika Stew with Dumplings

This is a failsafe basic dinner.  I wasn’t going to blog it because I thought it’d be too simple and dare I say ‘boring’ to be of any interest to anyone, but just because we eat this virtually every week during the winter, doesn’t mean to say that everyone does; and it would be rude…

Miracle Cough Syrup

It’s that time of year again, extra jumpers and hot water bottle, vests and wooly tights.  The colder weather often comes with its fair share of coughs and colds. My daughters know that it is the good food on their plates that will keep them strong and help them stave off any nasty bugs they…

Mushroom & Chestnut Stew with Dumplings

I was inspired by a HFW recipe but I’ve changed it considerably to be a more hearty one pot meal, to take better advantage of a delicious protein source with a beautifully complimentary earthy flavour and to convert this into an easy peasy slow cooker recipe.  I think I’ve improved things, sorry Hugh. This is real…

Butternut Squash Barlotto

This is an old classic, nothing too new-fangled and inventive here – but this recipe can be easily veganized if you don’t want to eat dairy, and at no cost to the flavour either. I like to use barley, instead of or alongside the arborio rice. Partly because it’s a UK crop, I think that…

Easy Vegan ‘Korma’.

Korma is in inverted commas because this was my invention, based on a lot of previous recipes, but simplified, and made animal free (I think originally out of panic when I realised I didn’t have certain ingredients in stock half way through cooking, but it’s much better that way)  I have no real idea what…

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup.

Now to get seasonal. Jerusalem artichokes are strange things, knobbly tubers from the root of a species of sunflower plant, they have neither got any connection to Jerusalem, originating from North America, nor are they artichokes… But hey, they make great soup.  And they are abundant right now, in fact, once you plant them, it’s…