Bolognese Sauce

This is an excellent mid week dinner which I make in the pressure cooker in around 20 minutes. One of my best kitchen gadget purchases to date is a pressure cooker/slow cooker combo does it all and makes really tasty food in very little time. A regular lunch staple when I was little, this is…

Baristas Coffee Collective – Bristol

Week 11 of baby Ivy being in our lives and it’s time to take my new mum bod and the weekend bags under my eyes on a hen weekend. Let’s all go she said. It will be fun she said. Fast forward to one night of all 4 of us in the Novotel prior to…

The Beacon – Tunbridge Wells

On a lovely warm autumn day the food and scenery were spectacular . The Beacon was gently busy on a midweek with punters having leisurely lunches in the cosy interior. The very grand 1895 fireplace was gently crackling providing warmth and the lovely smell of long Sunday lunches in the winter. The service team were…

Côte de Bœuf Sunday lunch

I love a Sunday lunch but don’t like spending hours cooking as we tend to have swimming in the morning and plans in the afternoon. This is a great lunch for the family but is done and dusted inside 30 minutes and extremely tasty to boot. Ingredients: 1 Côte de Bœuf, allow 160-200 gr per…

Beetroot, pear and goats cheese autumn salade

Ingredients 300g beetroots (you can mix red, candy and golden) 1 pear 60g Firm goats cheese such as crottin Handful green beans or rocket leaves For the dressing: 2tbs olive oil 1tbs balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper Method Trim and roast the beetroots in their skins in a 180C fan oven until tender inside (for…

Chicken Leek and Mushroom Pie

An absolute crowd pleaser, this is indulgent and creamy with a  nice crunchy top. it is also  a good way of using leftover chicken. You can make the mixture ahead of time for a tasty mid-week dinner of crunchy pastry and creamy meaty filling. In this recipe I used chicken thighs and drumsticks to make the chicken…

Rich Bacon and Gorgonzola Gnocchi

  This dish is super creamy tasty and very rich. My mum used to make this for dinner and I have great memories of it as a family meal. In revisiting this, we found that this is really too rich as a standalone dish however, I think it is a great small starter for a dinner…