Sides and Snacks

Homemade Salsa with Roasted Red Peppers

Homemade Salsa with Roasted Red Peppers

This fresh, zingy homemade salsa is easy to make, and has plenty of sweetness with no added sugar. The perfect way to create low fat, dairy free tacos. Do you like roasting vegetables? It’s so easy and adds so much sweetness. It’s one reason why […]

Orange Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Orange Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Roasted carrots and parsnips are a staple of roast dinners here – but I feel the orange is underrated in the festive period. We have mackerel pate and clementines for Christmas lunch (the roast is in the evening), and Santa often leaves a clementine in […]

Homemade Apple Sauce with Braised Onions

Homemade Apple Sauce with Braised Onions

A homemade apple sauce with braised onions – perfect with a baked ham joint, or nut roast. Try it with my Slow Cooker Marmalade Glazed Ham or Pork Leg in Apple Juice. This dish isn’t over sweetened so is half way between condiment and side dish. Do […]

Smoked Haddock Salad with Sour Cream and Chives

Smoked Haddock Salad with Sour Cream and Chives

I love summer salads – not simply a mixture of raw vegetables, whether home made or bought in a packet, but a proper stick-to-your ribs, full flavoured meal of a salad. I never fully appreciated salads until I visited the mediterranean, where a salad is […]

Smoky Braised Better than Baked Beans

Smoky Braised Better than Baked Beans

I previously wrote about baked beans- but whether you love them or hate them, sometimes you want something quick and easy, but a bit more special. Last night, for example, we had venison burgers. Here’s a quick side dish based on Boston baked beans I […]

15 Minute Spiced Tomato Poached Eggs

15 Minute Spiced Tomato Poached Eggs

This spiced tomato poached eggs recipe would be great for breakfast, lunch or tea (or any time in between). Poached eggs for dinner! It is said that variety is the spice of life, and in this house we like to vary our proteins. We have […]

Quick Vegetable Couscous

Quick Vegetable Couscous

Vegetable couscous abounds in the supermarket in lots of flavours – try making your own nutritious version, using up veggies from the fridge. Those packets of instant vegetable couscous are tempting, aren’t they? Here’s my take – a flavourful bowl of couscous full of flavour […]

Chorizo and Roast Pepper Hummus

Chorizo and Roast Pepper Hummus

A yummy twist on roast pepper hummus – so easy to make! I first began experimenting with hummus ingredients as a student when I couldn’t afford tahini. Whilst the traditional middle eastern dip of chickpeas, lemon, garlic and sesame that is hummus has been eaten […]

Vegetable Masala made with Frozen Vegetables

Vegetable Masala made with Frozen Vegetables

A super easy Indian masala style vegetable side dish made with frozen vegetables. I often have a small handicap when I’m trying to cook dinner – the sort that is small, blonde and usually sticky. My son is delightful, but at the moment when I’m […]

Creamy Carrot, Parsnip and Swede- an easy root veg side dish

Creamy Carrot, Parsnip and Swede- an easy root veg side dish

You can make this easy root veg side dish in no time! Burns night is this week,  so we had a vegetarian haggis, along with the neeps (swede/rutabaga) and tatties, and a wee dram. The only problem with this is that we never eat a whole swede […]



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