Bubble & Squeak with Runny Baked Eggs

One-pot cooking at its finest… I’ve always enjoyed cooking and when it comes to doing it at home I find little more satisfying than preparing irresistible meals using the least amount of time, energy and equipment possible. In my view cooking should be a pleasure not a chore, and I often find that the more time and effort a dish…

Pennoni Rigate Bolognaise

Comfort food at its absolute best… I think it’s safe to say that most people will find themselves eating for comfort at some stage in life, and one of the most popular comfort foods out there has to be pasta Bolognaise. I’ve been enjoying this Italian delicacy since I was little girl and it’s still one of the only dishes that…

Anniversary Eggs

One of my all time favourite snacks… On our wedding day, just over four years ago now, The Grumpy Chef and I had a minor disagreement, most likely about something trivial  (neither of us can remember what unfortunately), and placed a bet, as we often do, on who would turn out to be right when we looked up the…

Strawberries with Natural Yoghurt and Raw Honey

A refreshing summer snack… When it comes to summer, there’s nothing we Brits love more than being outside with our friends enjoying the weather (if it’s not raining!) and indulging in some delicious food and drink. Whether at the beach, the park or in our own back gardens, we all love a bit of outdoors action. And let’s…

Mixed Vegetable Noodles with Homemade Pesto

Overindulged in sweet treats this winter? This vegetable-packed recipe by guest blogger Martha Skinner will help you on your way to feeling healthier… Many noodles on the market are made from refined carbohydrates and have a relatively low nutritional value. Vegetable noodles, however, provide a delicious, nutrient-rich alternative, perfect for use in any noodle-based dish….

Drop Scones with Honey, Cinnamon and Icing Sugar

Celebrating Pancake Day in Style… As I’m sure you’re already aware (if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably been looking forward to this day since Christmas!), today is Pancake Day, also known as Shrove Tuesday, the one day of the year when eating sweet fried batter for breakfast, lunch and dinner is considered OK, if not completely expected. When I was…

Garlic and Tarragon Mushrooms on Toasted Sourdough

One of my all time favourite snacks… Mushrooms are marvellous  for many reasons, the first of which is that that they’re absolutely delicious. They’re also packed full of protein, making them a popular choice for vegetarian diets, and provide lots of important vitamins and minerals, including copper, vitamins B2 and B5, niacin, selenium and potassium. I absolutely love mushrooms and…

Iron-boosting Spinach Soup

Give yourself a boost of iron this winter with this comforting bowl of spinach soup by guest blogger Martha Skinner… Iron is important in the body for numerous functions including healthy cell functioning, and the transport of oxygen around the blood. Iron intake can be especially problematic for women as they lose iron through the menstrual…

Ready Steady Sloe!

A boozy Christmas gift in the making… In September, The Grumpy Chef and I spent a lovely day in Churchill, Somerset, rambling through the lush green foothills of the Mendips, fighting off spiders (and there were many!) and foraging for sloe berries, with which we planned to brew our very own batch of sloe gin. At this point, I’d never…

Bake it, Don’t Break it!

On Friday 26 September, my office hosted a coffee morning/bake-off to raise money for Macmillan — a charitable organisation dedicated to providing practical, emotional and financial support for cancer victims and their families. The first national Macmillan Coffee Morning was held all the way back in in 1991 and since then over £113,000,000 has been generated as a result of the annual event.

A Rarebit of Indulgence

Cheese on toast but not as you know it… Welsh rarebit, or Welsh rabbit, as it is also known, is one of the finest versions of cheese on toast in the world and one of my all-time personal favourites. While the history of this cheesy treat remains somewhat murky, it is commonly thought to have…

Wholemeal Spaghetti with Carrot, Courgette, Cherry Tomato & Chilli

A hearty yet healthy lunch or dinner… Pasta is one of my favourite things to cook, not only because it’s quick and easy to make, but because it’s one of the most versatile foods in the world. I particularly love the wholemeal variety because, unlike its white counterpart, it’s packed full of nutrients including fiber, magnesium…