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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.


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. 

I live in a house of one, so dishes like this feed me for a week. It helps me saves my pennies and eat better (and tastier).

1) boil 1/2 bag of wholewheat pasta. Add some brocolli for the last couple of minutes.

2) mix up a cheesy white sauce: melt 1 big dessert spoon of butter in a pan, mix in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour, whisk in a cup of milk on the heat til thickened. Add grated cheddar and Parmesan.

3) drain pasta and brocolli and lay in a lasagne dish. Pour over the cheese sauce and mix together.

4) lay sliced tomato on the top and sprinkle with cheese and breadcrumbs.

5) bake at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes or til golden brown.

Serve with garlic bread and soak up the carbs! 

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. 

 I am totally converted to the quesadilla. I’ve always gone for cheese on toast as my go-to quick snack, but now I’ve got a cupboard of wraps to use up I’m enjoying experimenting with quesadillas.

1) place tortilla in a frying pan on the hob, 1 minute on either side.

2) place the spinach on 1/2 of the wrap, followed by chorizo, then a pile of cheddar cheese and black olives.

3) fold over the tortilla and push down with a fish slice.

4) after minute, carefully flip the quesadilla over and cook for another minute.

Cook it to your liking – for me that’s gooey cheese and crunchy tortilla. Divine!

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 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’ve spent a glorious weekend back home in the New Forest. I stuffed myself with mummy’s roast dinner for lunch so wanted to rustle up something I could have a spoonful of for dinner and to last me lunch for a couple of days. I saw this recipe on Pinterest for a bbq chicken quinoa bake and decided to make it veggie and Italiany.

1) boil a pint of water in a pan with half a packet of Tesco quinoa and bulgar wheat mix and simmer with a lid on for 20 mins.

2) chop a green pepper, 3 big mushrooms, slice a fresh tomato and a big handful of black olives, and set aside.

3) in a pan on the hob, bring a tin of tomatoes to the boil, add dried basil and oregano, and salt and black pepper. Cook for 5-8 minutes.

4) in a lasagne dish, mix the quinoa, tomato, then mix in the mushroom and green pepper and olives. Place the sliced tomato on top and grate over cheddar and parmesan.

5) bake on 190 degrees C for 25-30 minutes.

Can’t wait to have this for lunch tomorrow. I might use mozzarella or feta next time to make it more Italian.

This was attempt 2 at pizza dough – attempt 1 was wholemeal (here). It was much easier to work but I prefer the taste of wholemeal. Anyway I’ve got 2 huge slices for lunch today so I’m happy.

Cheers Nigella for the basic dough recipe.

1) empty sachet of yeast into 125ml warm water, leave to one side.

2) in a bowl mix 2 cups of plain flour, 1/2 tsp salt.

3) add wet to dry and form a dough with your hands.

4) knead for 10 min and leave to prove (I managed 20 min cause I was too hungry!).

5) roll out and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Add toppings and bake on 160 for 25 mins.

For my topping I chopped and roasted three big tomatoes for half hour. I made a tomato sauce mixing tomato ketchup and tomato purée to spread on the base, then put the chopped roasted tomatoes on next. It’s also got prosciutto, green pepper, onion and cheddar all over.

Thanks to fellow food bloggers for their tips on making pizza dough!

Claire Thomas @GoodEggFoodie – sprinkle semolina on the base for extra crunch.

Jay and Dee @Jay_and_Dee – go easy on the tomato and cheese, the base is just as important… if the dough is too sticky to knead, put oil on your hands rather than flour.

All About Eats @allabouteatsblg –  roll the dough out using olive oil & not flour.

Hannah Friendly @hannah_friendly – start your dough early and leave to prove as long as possible.

Lindsey Dickson @theeatingtree – use a bake stone, it makes the dough bubble up authentically. Use the top and bottom heat setting if you have them.

Thanks everyone for your contributions!

So this is my first ever attempt at pizza dough. Thought I’d make life easier for myself by doing a wholemeal one too. It came out looking a bit straggeldy but it tasted glorious! And the recipe made 2 pizzas so I have one for lunch tomorrow. I followed this recipe as best I could. 

Pre heat oven to 250 degrees C.

1) prepare toppings: chop a green pepper, chop a mushroom.

2) prepare tomato base: put a tin of tomatoes in a pan on the hob with a minced garlic glove and dried basil and oregano. Cook for 5-10 mins until reduced down. Set aside.

3) place 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 sachet of yeast and 1 cup of 5 min old boiled water and whisk. Leave for 5 mins and it’ll bubble.

4) in a separate bowl mix 2 3/4 cups of wholemeal flour, 1 tsp salt and a good grate of Parmesan.

5) flour a work surface near you.

6) add wet to dry ingredients and bring together with your hands. It’s quite sticky. When it forms a ball pop on the work surface and knead.

7) cut dough in 2 and roll as thin as you want them. Place on lined baking trays and assemble toppings on top.

8) oven for 10-15 mins on 250 degrees C. I turned mine down a bit as the ham started burning! 

Definitely going to practise this more.