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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.


Apologies for the wordy title – I was just describing everything on the plate! This is such and easy and tasty dinner, it requires very little effort!

1) peel and slice 2 sweet potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 180 degrees c.

2) after 5 mins, put the fish in. I use frozen because it’s cheaper to buy and lasts a long time. To prepare, place the fish on tin foil and spread pesto on the top. Wrap up the parcel and place on a baking tray.

3) bake the fish and sweet potato for 25 mins.

4) remove the fish from the oven and open up the parcels – sprinkle breadcrumbs on the top and put back in the oven, leaving the parcel open.

5) after 5 mins take everything out. Sprinkle feta over the sweet potatoes and olives on the fish. Add some boiled brocolli to your plate for extra green.

Don’t lose the juice in the foil! You should have a light pesto drizzle for the fish. 


I made this easy Sunday evening dinner in the hope it would help clear my nasty cold. It didn’t. But it was super tasty and comforting, and made lunch for the next 2 days.

1) in a pan boil up 2 cups of pasta.

2) melt 1 big tbsp of butter in a pan, stir in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour, pour over 1 cup of milk and whisk on the heat for 3-4 mins.

3) grate over parmesan and cheddar and whisk til thickened, set aside.

4) add chopped broccoli to the boiling pasta for the final 3-4 mins.

5) once pasta is cooked, drain and put back in the pan, stir in 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach til wilted.

6) pour over the white sauce and stir. Pour the pasta and veg mixture into a lasagne dish and grate over Parmesan and cheddar.

7) bake at 180 degrees C for 15/20 mins.

Serve up with comforting garlic bread. Avoid sneezing in the pasta bake. Get better soon! 

I’m using the word ‘pesto’ but it’s technically not actually pesto as there’s no basil in it. Anyway this was a yummy and quick lunch in the office today.

1) pop pasta in a pan of boiling water.

2) in a food processor whizz up 1/2 minced garlic clove, 1 small avocado, some dried basil and a glug of olive oil.

3) add some broccoli to the cooking pasta til done.

4) drain the pasta and broccoli, stir through the avocado mix and season with salt and pepper as you like it.

Once cool I added crumbled feta and took to work in a tuppaware pot.

I received a Cauldron voucher with my Tesco clubcard vouchers and decided to try out some tofu. I had some cracking crispy tofu at a dim sum place over in Shoreditch and thought I’d have a go at replicating it.

0.5) boil up a pan of brown rice. (1/2 cup rice to 1 cup water, boil then simmer with a lid on for 20 mins)

1) prepare the tofu how it says to in this very useful video on the Couldron website – wrap in kitchen roll and press with a board for 20 mins.

2) chop up the tofu and roll in beaten egg.

3) place some flour on a plate and mix with Chinese 5 spice and chilli flakes. Roll the eggy tofu in the mix and shallow fry.

4) chop up 1/2 red onion, 1 small carrot and a few broccoli florets.

5) remove tofu from frying pan and mop up excess oil with some kitchen roll. Add onion and carrot to the pan and fry. Add brocolli to boiling water.

6) in a bowl mix up 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 tsp mince ginger, 1 small garlic glove and a shake of chill flakes.

7) put cooked rice in the pan with the onion and carrot in; add the soy sauce mix, finally add the boiled broccoli.

Pop all in a bowl and gobble it up! Yum.