Guacamole

Shop bought Guacamole makes me very sad, its fresh counterpart is so very easy to make and tastes 100 times better. Once you try this I am sure you will not go back to the slushy mixture you can buy pre-made over freshly made. Health books are awash with the health benefits of avocados, which…

My Grandmother’s Ham and Olive Savoury Loaf

My grandmother is a great cook and has many lovely French dishes in her repertoire including this delicious and versatile loaf. Each time I have cooked this for a british audience I have had to encourage people to eat it (savoury cake!!?), but once people start, I never have any left over! My grandmother serves…

David’s Pozole: Hominy and Chicken Mexican Soup

Another culinary discovery on our recent trip to Mexico for the wedding of our friends Chris and Amnesty and cooked by David. This is a spicy yet refreshing soup with big juicy bits of chicken and hominy. Hominy is white maize which is bigger and starchier than yellow sweetcorn. In this recipe David used tinned…

Rosie’s Banana Pancakes

Cooks in: 10 minutes Feeds: 8 Adults and Children Effort: Easy Price: Cheap At my friends Amnesty and Chris’ wedding in Mexico, following a very long series of flights, morning after we arrived at this amazing beachfront secluded villa (thank you Amnesty and Chris!!), Rosie made these fantastic beachfront pancakes, washed down with copious coffee…

Rosie’s Mexican Buñuelos

Cooks in: 30 minutes Feeds: 8 Adults and Children Effort: Easy Price: Cheap Following some time of inactivity due to lots of travel over Christmas and the beginning of the new year (poor me! unfortunately it seems most of my annual leave has already been used up) I have been rather naughty and not shared…

Mackerel Pate

Cooks in: 10 minutes Feeds: 2 Adults Effort: Easy Price: Cheap If you dislike Mackerel, this is the perfect dish to change your mind. It is creamy salty and sharp from the lemon with just enough of the substance from the mackerel. Perfect on warm bread. I routinely make this when I have guests coming…

Bacon and Leek Carbonara Pasta

Cooks in: 25 minutes Feeds: 4-6 Adults Effort: Medium Price: Cheap This is a simple and quick mid-week dinner. It is filling and a lighter (just) carbonara recipe and is very simple. Ingredients: 180 grams pancetta or lardons 1 leek 50 grams of parmesan cheese or other hard cheese 2 egg yolk 200 grams spaghetti…

Salted Toffee Popcorn

Cooks in: 10 minutes Feeds: 4 Adults or 2 greedy adults Effort: Easy Price: Cheap This is a quintessential dinner and movie staple for those cold winter nights when the fridge is bare and effort is unwarranted. Served in a huge mixing bowl for maximum chic.  Best accompanied by a snuggly blanket. Ingredients: 70 gr…

Very Authentic-ish Paella

Cooks in: 40-45 minutes Feeds: 4-5 Adults Effort: Medium Price: Cheap This is my very authentic Paella recipe born from love of Spanish food on the cheap in my student days. I apologise in advance to my Spanish readers who will likely not recognize the dish, but it is tasty and feeds a lot of…