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Nothing quite beats a warm flaky pastry after a chilled day to myself. I bagged a cheap last minute ticket to the theatre to see Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, which was awesome. I got home about 6pm and wanted a quick and tasty dinner. I’d defrosted a sheet of puff pastry that had been in the freezer for about 2 months and was reduced to 75p. 

1) lightly grease a baking tray and lay out the pastry.

2) melt a knob of butter and brush all over the pastry.

3) slice 3 leeks and sprinkle on the pastry, chop 3-4 broccoli florets and sprinkle over. Blob on some pesto. Grate over cheddar.

4) oven on 180 for half an hour or til golden brown. 

I served it with sweet potato wedges, which I put in the oven when I started prepping the tart so they were nice and crispy.

Mmmm pastry.

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Another challenging dinner to photograph but delicious nonetheless.

[10 min prep / 40 mins cooking time / serves 4]

1) chop: 2 small carrots, 1/2 white onion, 5 cup mushrooms, 3 medium potatoes

2) place the potatoes in a pan of water and leave to boil for 10-15 mins til soft. 

3) in a pan fry the onion, carrot and mushroom. After 5 mins, add a up of frozen quorn mince and 1 tin of rinsed lentils. Add 1 veg stock cube and half a pint of water. Season. Simmer for 20 mins.

4) mash the potatoes with a knob of butter and a good grate of cheddar.

5) place lentil mix into an oven proof dish and spoon the mash on top. Finish with grated cheese and bake for 20 mins on 200 degrees C. 

Serve with more cheese and veggies. 

It’s tricky to make a dal look great in a photo. I promise that this tastes better than it looks. I used this recipe from BBC Good Food. 

The yellow split peas took double the amount of time to cook, so it’s lucky I started early. It was worth it though. I also found setting all the ingredients out at the start helped get through the recipe without forgetting anything.

[10 min prep / 70 mins cooking time / serves 4] 

1) rinse 250g yellow split peas and place in a pan with 900ml water. Boil, remove scum with a spoon and then simmer. It took 70 mins for me. I’ve read that the peas soaking overnight reduces the cooking time by 30 mins so I’ll try that next time.

2) chop/ set aside in separate bowls: 1 onion, 3 green chillies, 2 tsp minced ginger, 100ml water.

3) set aside in a ramekin: 3/4 tsp turmeric, 3/4 tsp garam masala, 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander.

4) in a blender whizz 3 cloves of garlic and 3 salad tomatoes.

5) put 3 tbsp veg oil in a large pan and fry 1 tbsp cumin seeds. Once becoming fragrant, add the onion, chilli and ginger. After 5 mins add the tomato and garlic purée, 100ml of water and the ramekin of spices. Simmer for 20 mins.

6) whisk the yellow split peas to loosen them, then add to the onion/tomato mix/spice mix and bring to the boil. Season to taste.

Serve with rice and lashings of mango chutney.


Gotta love a homemade soup – tasty and super cheap. This recipe made about 3 medium bowls.

[5 mins prep / 20 mins cooking time / serves 3 : 2 potatoes, 2 leeks, 1 pint of veg stock]

1) wash and chop 2 leeks, peel and chop 2 medium potatoes.

2) melt a knob of butter in a large pan and add the leeks. After 2-3 mins, add the potato.

3) after 2 more mins, add 1 pint of veg stock, pop the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes.

4) remove from the hob and add a splash of milk. Transfer ladlefuls to a blender and whizz til smooth.

5) reheat in a pan and season, serve up with buttered crusty bread. Lots of butter. Lots. 


Saw a recipe for Cajun bean burgers ages ago but couldn’t remember where, so I just threw these together and they were so good! This recipe makes 3 medium burgers or 2 huge ones!

[10 mins prep / 20-25 mins baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 ]

1) in a bowl mash 1 tin of rinsed cannellini beans, 1/3 cup of sweetcorn (I have a bag in the freezer!), then mix in 1 egg, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and a big shake of Cajun seasoning.

2) place foil on a baking tray, wet your hands and form the mix into patties – it’s quite wet so you may have to just scoop it out and form it on the foil.

3) bake on 180 for 20-25 minutes.

4) serve up with sweet potato fries, potato wedges and a splodge of garlic mayo.


Oh dear it’s a been almost 2 months since I’ve posted on here, it’s amazing how fast time flies. A month ago I ran the London Marathon and since then I’ve completely lost any interest in being fit and healthy. Until yesterday. I ran the Vitality 10k and someone took the most hideous photo of me looking about 100 stone. So today, the health kick starts!

[prep 2 mins / 15 minute cooking time / serves 3 : 1 tin tomatoes, 1 tin chickpeas, ras-el-hanout, couscous]

1) in a pan on the hob fry 1 chopped onion and sprinkle in some ras-el-hanout spice mix.

2) once softened, pour in a tin of tomatoes and a rinsed tin of chickpeas.

3) add more of the spice mix, pour in 1/2 cup of veg stock, stir and pop a lid on for 10 mins.

4) cook couscous as per packet instructions and stir in a shake of cinnamon beige serving.

I’ve got leftovers for lunch tomorrow, very much looking forward to it!

  
I made this in about 8 minutes this morning. I’ve got meetings over lunch and I’m out of the office all afternoon and wanted something I could just snack on throughout the day with pitta. It’s basically hummus, just with a different bean (are chickpeas beans? Who knows). A jar of sun dried tomatoes is the best here because their oil helps it become nice and smooth.

In a blender, place 1 rinsed tin of cannellini beans, 5 sun dried tomatoes and 2 dessert spoons of their oil, a good grind of black pepper. Whizz til at your desired consistency. I prefer it a little lumpy but scoopable with my pitta! 

  
When I was little my dad used to make the best ever pancakes. They’re big and thin and tasty. The recipe is also barely a recipe!

In a bowl whisk 1 cup milk, 1 egg and just under 1 cup of plain flour. The mixture should be quite liquidy. Butter a frying pan and put on a medium heat. Transfer the mixture a ladle at a time and flip once til golden.

Serve with Nutella, banana and syrup. Sod healthy pancakes today. Be naughty and enjoy it.

  
I’ve had a banana turning blacker by the minute in my fruit bowl all week. I made it into a fruit flapjack which fuelled me through my hockey match today (we won 4-0, and secured promotion!). It’s so easy and relatively low on the sugar front too.

1) in a pan on the hob melt 1 dessert spoon of butter, 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil, 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a bowl, mush 1 ripe banana and a handful of blueberries.

3) add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats to the banana, with a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp ground ginger.

4) pour over the melted butter, honey and coconut oil, mix together and pour into a lined baking sheet.

5) press down with the back of a spoon and bake on 170 degrees C for 20-25 mins til golden brown.

Leave in the pan to cool, then chop up and munch. 

  
I’ve been poorly lately with no energy whatsoever for cooking. This one pot was a warming dinner and lunch the next day, and happily took little effort.

1) heat oil in a heavy set pan on the hob and fry 1/2 red onion and a garlic glove.

2) add chopped pepper, 3-4 tomatoes (whatever ends of veg you have!) and fry for 2-3 mins.

3) pour in a tin of rinsed chickpeas and add spices: turmeric, cumin seeds, chilli powder.

4) pour in 1/2 cup of basmati rice, and 1 cup water. 

5) add 2 dessert spoons of garam masala.

6) bring to the boil, reduce the heat and pop the lid on for 10 mins.

7) once done, most of the water should be gone and the rice cooked. Stir through fresh coriander and enjoy.