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Pastry is the best. And I actually made it from scratch for this pie – with help from my trusty Kenwood!

[15 mins prep / 4o mins baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 4 : 3 chicken breasts, 2 leeks, half an onion, half a tub of Philadelphia, 200ml chicken stock, 125g plain flour, 55g butter, pinch of salt, water]

1) chop the leek, onion and chicken. Fry chicken in a pan, and after 5 mins add the leek and onion.

2) add the chicken stock and leave to simmer.

3) put the flour, butter and salt in a food processor and pulse. Gradually add the water to combine. Once a dough is formed, place aside.

4) remove the chicken pan from the hob and stir in the Philadelphia.

5) pour into a pie dish (mine is le Crueset naturally).


6) roll out the pastry and place on top of the pie dish. Cut of excess pastry.

At this point I made a couple of leaves with the leftover pastry, but you can make whatever design you like. In hindsight I’d go for a chicken.

7) egg wash or milk wash the pastry and bake for 30 mins until golden brown.

Serve with greens and chicken gravy.

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The moment the temperature tips over 16 degrees I start eating salad again. I’m also on a bit of a health kick. This salad is massive and would easily do you for dinner.

[5 mins prep / 40 min baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 : 1 salmon fillet, 1 sweet potato, 2 eggs, rocket]

1) peel and chop 1 sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, place in the oven at 180 degrees.

2) in a ramekin, mix 1 dessert spoon of olive oil with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika to create a paste. Then smother on a salmon fillet. Pop in the oven 15 mins after the sweet potato.

3) after 15 more mins, boil two eggs for 8-10 minutes. Peel and halve.

4) flake the salmon and place on top of mixed leaves with the sweet potato.

Pop on your eggs with symmetry!


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. 

  
Every Saturday each team at my hockey club takes turns to cook an evening meal for whoever wants it. Last night was the ladies 2s turn. My captain text me at lunchtime on Friday in a mad panic about what to cook. I took the reigns and went for a big Spanish stew with herby potatoes and brocolli. It went down very well! It’s hard to find bulk recipes online, so I thought I’d put one here, just in case you have 30 hungry hockey players to feed and less that 2 hours to do it in!

8 tins of chopped tomatoes

6 tins of butter beans

2 stock cubes + 2 cups of boiling water

3 chorizo rings

Bag of mixed peppers (9 small ones)

Bag of onions (5-8 depending on size)

4 cloves of garlic

4kg potatoes

Dried sage, dried thyme, smoked paprika, paprika, black pepper, salt.

1) heat 2 tbsp oil in a very large pan and fry the onions. Once softened, add the chopped chorizo.

2) after 4-5 mins, add the chopped peppers and cook for 3-4 mins.

3) pour in the tomatoes.

4) drain and wash the beans, then add to the pan.

5) mix the stock cubes with two cups of boiling water and add to the pan. 

5.5) add cubed potato to a pan of boiling water on the hob.

6) add herb, spices and seasoning to taste.

7) cook on a medium heat for 30-40 minutes.

8) once cubed potatoes are par boiled, drain and place in an oven tray. Pour over olive oil, sage, thyme, salt and pepper. Oven on 180 degrees C for 20 mins to crisp up.

We served this with boiled brocolli and garlic mayonnaise. It was very well received! 

  
Another successful granola experiment at a cost of about 50p. Why anyone buys bags of granola is beyond me – this took about half hour with minimal effort. I also use Tesco basic oats that cost 75p for a kilogram. They taste great as porridge, flapjacks or granola. Happy days!

1) in a pan melt 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil and 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a separate mixing bowl, stir together 1 1/2 cups of oats, 2 dessert spoons of chia seeds, handful of chopped nuts and whole seeds, and a good shake of desiccated coconut.

3) Add a couple of drops of vanilla essence or the seeds from a vanilla pod.

4) pour the liquid over the oat mixture and stir – it should just coat the oats.

5) lay the oats out on a baking sheet lined with baking parchment. Oven for 20 mins on 150 degrees C.

Sprinkle over some more desiccated coconut once cooled. I eat mine with natural yoghurt or sprinkled on porridge or cereal and milk. Tasty.

  
I love pie. Who doesn’t love pie?? So it’s not that healthy but it makes everyone happy. This one is super simple, even the pastry is simple (and I’m a lazy cook!).

Shortcrust pastry lid:

1) measure out 100g butter and place in the fridge (there’s a magic trick coming)

2) soft 220g plain flour into a bowl

3) cover the (now very cold) block of butter with flour and GRATE into the flour. That’s right, grate it like cheese – it makes life so much easier.

4) use your fingers to combine the flour and butter til it looks like bread crumbs.

5) add 5 dessert spoons of water and bring the dough together. Place in cling film and pop in the fridge.

Pie filling:

1) chop 2 chicken breasts and fry lightly with olive oil.

2) add 2 chopped leeks and 3-5 chopped mushrooms.

3) leave to cook on a low heat whilst you make a white sauce.

4) melt a tbsp of butter in a pan, mix in 1 dessert spoon of plain flour, then add a cup of milk and whisk on the heat til thickened. Pour the white sauce onto the now cooked chicken, leek and mushrooms.

5) place the saucy chicken mix into a pie dish (or lasagne dish if you’re me), roll out the pastry and place on top. Wash the pastry with milk or beaten egg.

6) bake pie at 170 for 20 mins or til golden brown.

I served mine with gravy, Yorkshire puds (had some taking up room in the freezer and also gravy doesn’t taste right without YPs on the plate), honeyed parsnips and broccoli. Not the healthiest, but definitely the happiest 👍

  

  
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 for a delightful picnic watching the cricket yesterday. Of course it was typical English weather and despite sitting around in big coats and gloves, this cake tasted like summer! I followed this recipe and changed a few things.

1) preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

2) in a bowl, use an electric whisk to beat 3 eggs and 120g of golden caster sugar.

3) mix in 120g melted butter and a drop of vanilla extract.

4) stir in 150g self raising flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

5) stir in a handful of white chocolate chips and 4 large chopped strawberries.

6) transfer to a greased and lined loaf tin.

  
7) bake for 30 – 35 mins. Test to see if it’s done by sliding a piece of spaghetti in it to see if it comes out clean.

Once cooled this cut into 11 slices and was devoured in about 3 minutes! It was way yummier than the M&S mini cupcakes someone had bought 😉 

  

What else is there to do when all your plans get cancelled? BAKE!

Followed this lush recipe and served it without the frosting. I’m not a big frosting fan, naked is better!

1) Mix wet ingredients in a mixing bowl: 1 egg, 1 cup milk, minced ginger (I used the cheating one out of jar) and whisk together.

2) Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl: 2 cups plain flour, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 baking soda, medium shake of cinnamon, big shake of ground ginger, 4 tbsp softened butter. Mush together.

3) I was a bit lazy and just went straight in with my electric whisk adding wet to dry and whirring. After a few mins the batter was smooth but quite thick. It’s a thick batter by nature it looks like.

3.5) Whoops almost forgot this step duhh. Fold in 1 grated carrot!

4) Fill a lined loaf tin with the mix and oven for 1 hour on 170 degrees C. Mine took 57 mins, so keep an eye on it.

I’d serve this with cream or ice cream, I had neither so went for natural yoghurt. Healthy!

Best breakfast I’ve had in ages. Thanks to a tweet from BBC Food for inspiring me to make a rosti. They were so good!!

1) grate a potato (I kept skin on but peel if you want) and squeeze out all the excess moisture.

2) add a grind of black pepper to the grated potato.

3) melt a blob of butter in a frying pan. Separate the grated potato into two lumps and place individually into the pan.

4) push down on the rosti with a fish slice and push the edges back to form a pattie – it’s easier to do this in the pan as otherwise all the potato just sticks to your fingers.

5) keep patting down the patties and flip over after 3/4 mins.

6) serve with a poached egg – I did mine in the water vortex thing, amazingly it worked!

7) marinara sauce was leftover from my cannelloni on Friday, I just microwaved it for 2 mins.

Tadaa!