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That meatball on the left was perfectly balanced a second ago but toppled just as I took this photo. Ah well, it still looks tasty, which it was.

I bagged a bargain batch of reduced meatballs in Morrisons the other day – 15 beef brisket meatballs for £1.75. They went straight in the freezer for another time. Thrifty.
I have to say, the flavour of these meatballs was absolutely amazing. Sometimes meatballs can be a bit bland but these were rich and beefy.

[5 min prep / 30 min cooking/ serves 4 : 15 beef brisket meatballs, half a white onion, 5-6 mushrooms, 1 tin tomatoes, dessert spoon tomato puree, Italian seasoning, spaghetti, broccoli and cheddar to serve]

1) in a pan, fry half a chopped white onion and 5-6 chopped mushrooms. Once browned, remove from the pan.

2) fry the meatballs til browned all over and add the onions and mushrooms, fry together for 5 more minutes.

3) pour over a tin of tomatoes, fill the empty tin half full with water and add to the pan.

4) add a squirt of tomato purée, season with salt and pepper, and shake over a dessert spoon of Italian seasoning. Stir altogether.

5) put a lid on and simmer for half an hour.

6) in the meantime, boil up some spaghetti and brocolli.

Serve up with lots of grated cheddar.


I had 8 mouths to feed at my New Year’s Eve get together so I decided to do something special. I visited my local butcher, Carnivore, which was an awesome experience. All their meat is local and the butchers really know their stuff.

I loosely followed this Jamie Oliver recipe but used 3kg of beef brisket on the bone and cooked it for 5 hours.

I removed the beef from the pans once cooked so I could pull it, and then sieved the sauce because it became rather fatty. I added some chilli and paprika, and simmered for 10 mins to make a spicy tomato sauce.

I served the pulled beef with rice and kidney beans, nachos, homemade guacamole, sour cream and grated cheddar.

I surprised myself as it was incredibly delicious and a total bargain at £2.50 per person.

I didn’t follow a recipe for this and I completely surprised myself. It’s also the first time I’ve ever cooked with an aubergine. I’ve always wondered what to do with one and I saw aubergine ‘canneloni’ on Pinterest and thought – I can do that with a lasagne. This dish is pasta free and you don’t miss it! 

1) Slice an aubergine and cook for 4-5 mins on either side using a griddle pan. Set aside.

2) in a large pan fry off an onion, add some minced beef and brown. Add one chopped yellow pepper and fry for another 5 mins.

3) pour over a tin of tomatoes, add a shake of dried basil, a big grind of black pepper and leave to simmer.

4) make the white sauce: melt 2 dessert spoons of butter in a pan. Stir in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour and create a ‘roux’. Pour over a cup of milk and put on the heat. Whisk until thickened and grate in some Parmesan.

5) assemble by placing the mince in a lasagne dish, then add the sliced aubergine on top. Pour over the white sauce and grate over some cheddar and Parmesan.

6) bake on 190 degrees C for 15-20 mins.

Serve up with garlic bread. Perfect autumn dinner. 

Saturday was my birthday dinner party. I had 17 round the table, which is the most I’ve ever catered for. Here was the menu:

Tortilla, roasted veg with pine nuts, spicy rice with peppers and mushrooms, bean salad, breaded paprika cauliflower, marinated steak, baked Spanish chicken, fried chorizo, patatas bravas, garlic and chive mayo, and salad.

I chopped all my veg and chorizo, and marinated the steak and chicken the night before. I woke up early on Satueday to get things started.

Bean salad: 2 tins Cannelini beans, 1 red onion, 5-8 halved cherry tomatoes, dessert spoon of dried basil, dash of red wine vinegar.

Tortilla: slice 1kg of potatoes and 1 white onion. Fry in a pan on a low heat and cook with a lid on for 30-40 mins til soft. Pour over 12 whisked eggs and leave on a low heat to cook slowly. Finish in the oven. The tortilla takes a while to cook but be patient!

Salad: boil 4 eggs for 7 minutes, put in cold water and peel. Chop into quarters. Mix up a chopped lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and place the eggs on top. 

Roasted veg: butternut squash, red and orange pepper, courgette – chop and roll in olive oil. Season and bake at 180 for 35 mins. Sprinkle over pine nuts and bake for another 5 min.

Spicy rice: cook rice. Put chopped peppers, onion and mushrooms in a frying pan. Once cooked, add the rice to the frying pan – shake over paprika, smoked paprika, chilli powder and chilli flakes. 

Chicken: marinate in olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake at 180 degrees C for 35-40 mins.

Steak: marinate in olive oil, basil, and lots of black pepper. Fry for a minute on either side or to your liking!

Chorizo: chop chorizo and fry – no need to add oil as it cooks in it’s own fat! 

Patatas Bravas: chop 1kg potatoes in cubes and par boil. Drain and place on a baking tray, drizzle with olive oil and season. For the tomato sauce, add a finely chopped onion to a pan on the hob, add a minced garlic clove, sprinkle in a pinch of sugar. Pour in 2 tins of tomatoes, season, add smoked paprika, chilli powder and cook on a low heat for 10 mins. I served the tomato sauce in a jug as not to make the potatoes too soggy! 

Cauliflower: par boil cauliflower, wait to cool. In a bowl mix breadcrumbs and smoked paprika. Roll individual pieces of cauliflower in in whisked egg and then egg crumbs. Shallow fry til golden brown. 

Mayo: I did cheat with the mayo – and just added chopped chives and minced garlic to the mayo!

I also served a ciabatta which was Tesco’s bake your own. I did make a lemon cake (see previous blog post) but no one ate it because my friend made amazing penguin cakes! 

I had a really lovely evening, thanks to all my chums for coming and sorry to the neighbours for making so much racket! 



This dish is an ode to my colleague to whom I said “I’m making a sloppy joes recipe but putting it on fries instead of in a bun” and she disgustedly replied with ‘it’s not a sloppy joes if it’s not in a bun, you’ve made chilli cheese fries. Also they’re wedges not fries’. Thank you Jess. So here we are with some US comfort food but slimmed down (or made British, I’m saying).

1) slice 1 potato into wedges (skin on) and par boil for 5 min.

2) peel a small sweet potato and chop into fries shapes.

3) roll the potato and sweet potato in olive oil, season, and place on a baking tray in the oven at 180 degrees c for 30 mins.

4) brown mince in a heavy own on the hob.

5) add 1 chopped red onion, minced garlic, chill flakes and smoked paprika.

6) add 2 chopped salad tomatoes, 1 orange pepper and cook for 5 min.

7) stir in 1 small tin of baked beans, place a lid on and simmer for 10 mins.

8) remove potatoes from the oven and let cool slightly, then put on a plate, pile on the mince and grate over some cheddar.

Totally deelicious y’all! (sorry)

I got a huge packet of mince beef from Tesco for £3 and wanted to make something a bit different with is. I followed this recipe from the Food Network and it turned out pretty yummy. I also had leftovers for lunch today.

1) in a heavy pan on the hob fry 1 chopped red onion in oil.

2) add minced ginger, 2 minced cloves of garlic and the spices – ground coriander, garam masala, paprika, cayenne pepper, cumin, black pepper. Cook for 2 mins.

3) add the minced beef and brown.

4) add 2 chopped salad tomatoes and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer with a lid on for 10 mins.

5) add frozen peas and cook for 3-4 mins more. Stir in coriander at the end.

Serve up with basmati rice or flatbreads.

Not a great pic but it was a tasty dinner. I had quite a few leftover bits and pieces to use up including sun-dried tomatoes, 4 beef sausages and 1/3 bag of spinach. Basically I find whatever is left in the fridge always goes great in a pasta dish. This made 2 portions so I saved one for lunch the next day too.

1) boil a pan of pasta.

2) in a frying pan, cook your sausages, remove and chop up.

3) chop and fry the sun-dried tomatoes, after 3-4 mins add the spinach and stir til wilted.

4) put the chopped sausages back in the pan and fry for another minute – stir in the drained pasta and cover with a good grate of parmesan.

Satisfying and penny saving dinner in 15 mins.

I love lasagne. Some days only a beefy, cheesy, satisfying plate of food will do. I made this last night and today I ran the BUPA London 10k, so I needed a substantial dinner to get me round the course. This lasagne definitely did the job. It’s easy to make and I got 4 portions out of it which have gone in the freezer.

1) in a large pan on the hob fry 250g of mince beef til browned. Crumble over an Oxo cube and stir in.

2) add onions to the mince and cook til softened. Then add a handful of chopped mushrooms and a chopped pepper.

3) after 5 mins, add a tin of tomatoes, a squeeze of tomato puree, a grind of black pepper and a shake of dried mixed herbs. Leave on a low heat to simmer whilst you make the white sauce.

4) in a pan, melt 2 dessert spoons of butter. Once melted, remove from the heat and mix in 1 heaped dessert spoon of plain flour (creating a ‘roux’).

5) stir in 1/2 cup of milk and put back on the heat. Whisk and whisk! Add another 1/2 cup of milk and keep whisking. Depending on how much sauce you want, add a bit more milk. If it’s not thickening after a few mins sprinkle in some more flour. Grate in some cheddar cheese and continue to whisk. Once thickened, leave to one side.

6) pre heat the oven to 180 degrees C.

7) in a lasagne dish, pour in half the mince beef mixture. Place lasagne sheets on top. Then add a layer of white sauce. On top of that, add the rest of the mince mix. Add lasagne sheets. Pour over the rest of the white sauce and smooth over with the back of a spoon.

8) sprinkle over grated cheddar cheese and bake for 30 mins.

When you take it out, leave it to stand for a few minutes – this will make it easier to cut and serve! I had mine with some pitta as I wanted extra carbs, but you could have salad or veg as you fancy.

I completed the race in 1 hour 1 min and 53 seconds. Here’s my jazzy medal!


I’m unbelievably happy today because my boyfriend was discharged from hospital after a 5 week stay. I’d promised him a steak dinner when he was first admitted, so to finally have it was absolute bliss. Especially the creamed spinach, which tasted sooo good!

I got my rump steaks from Morrisons and seasoned them with salt, pepper and olive oil. The trick is to leave them out of the fridge half an hour before cooking so they cook evenly,

The roasted veg consisted of 1 quartered tomato, a red pepper, half a red onion, 3 large mushrooms, potato wedges (par boiled for 5 min) and a chopped garlic clove. Toss all in olive oil and season, then bake in the oven at 180 for 30 mins.

For the steak, wait til the pan is smoking then fry for 2 minutes each side. This normally makes it medium rare.

For the creamed spinach:

1) fry the other half of the red onion in a pan with some butter. Add a minced garlic clove.

2) Add the spinach to the pan and pop a lid on – turn the heat down and stir regularly.

3) Add a splash of milk to the spinach, 1/4 cup of cream, 1 tsp of plain flour, stir and cook on a medium heat for a few mins

4) Grate in Parmesan and stir.

Leave the steak to rest a minute before serving and dig in. What a treat! 

I always seem to make chilli or spag bol with a pack of mince, but today I decided to go for homemade burgers instead. Based sort of on this Hairy Bikers recipe with a few additions and missing ingredients. Tasted delish. Once again, feta reigns supreme!

1) Put mince in a mixing bowl with: grind of black pepper, dried basil, dried thyme, dried sage, 2 minced garlic gloves, a good sploodge of tomato puree.

2) Bring mince together into 4 equal sized separate patties. Place on on tin foil on a baking tray and oven for 30 mins at 180 degrees C. Or fry them if you prefer.

3) Serve up with potato wedges and sweet potato wedges (par boil chopped potato wedges, add to a bowl with chopped sweet potato non par boiled, drizzle with olive oil, black pepper and salt, oven cook for 40 mins on 180 degrees C or til your desired level or crispiness).

4) I loaded up my burger with spinach, sliced tomato, feta and avocado.

Got one leftover for lunch tomorrow. Very happy indeed!