Broccoli cashew stir-fry

Broccoli and cashew stir-fr

With an abundance of broccoli languishing in the bottom of the fridge as I’d forgotten what I’d actually bought it for, and knowing that I had a bag of cashew nuts in the cupboard, I decided to combine them to make a cashew and broccoli stir-fry.

If I’m honest, I’m not a huge fan of stir fries, but the husband is quite partial and if he ever orders one from the local takeaway it usually involves some kind of veg and cashew nuts. So, I was on to a winner. Continue reading


Vegetable paella

Anna Jones paella

It’s happened, I’ve found an Anna Jones recipe that I’m not all that keen on – her Artichoke and Fennel Seed Paella. I’ve got a feeling it was something to do with not having a couple of essential ingredients to hand and being too lazy to pop to the shop, but I have to admit, even if I had cooked the recipe as it was supposed to be cooked, I still don’t I’d like Anna’s veggie paella as much as Yotam Ottelnghi’s one. But, you should make your own mind up. Continue reading

Crispy salmon

Crispy salmon Summer’s on its way, so it feels only fitting to turn to one of my favourite warm-weather suppers to finish the day off, Jamie Oliver’s Crispy Salmon from his 30 minute meals book. Why do I love this recipe? For a start it’s super quick to make and has been a crowd pleaser every time I’ve cooked it. Then there’s the wonderful smell of the fresh herbs and citrus tones that fill the air as you’re knocking together the jazzed-up rice, courgette salad and guacamole. And finally, it’s packed full of chilli, which I’m a bit partial too. What’s not to like, unless you’re not a fan of fish, of course. Continue reading

Pan-fried curried cod

Pan-fried curried cod

Having taken a couple of pieces of cod out of the freezer to make a fish pie, the toddler declared that he no longer liked fish and thought the idea of fish pie was ‘yuck’. So, to avoid wasting yet another plateful of food I gave in and cooked him a bowl of pasta and meatballs.

While the toddler lapped up his meal, it did leave a couple of portions of cod begging to be loved. Searching through the cook books, a recipe for pan-fried curried cod from Jamie’s Ministry of Food caught my attention.

Quick and easy to prepare and cook it was the ideal dish to throw together after a busy day. Simple roll your cod fillets in mild curry powder – I used Madras – and then pan-fry the fish in a knob of butter until cooked. Job done!

Jamie suggests serving with fluffy rice and a spoonful of yoghurt, but after discovering a bunch of coriander in the fridge I decide to jazz up the rice. I chopped the coriander and mixed it, and the zest of a lime through the cooked basmati rice. While green rice is traditionally served with Mexican food, I think it rather suited the curried cod too.

Verdict from the husband: ‘Mmmm, that was much nicer than yucky fish pie!’ Hilarious…

Prawn biryani

prawn biryani

Some recipes don’t photograph as good as they taste, and this delicious prawn biryani proves the point. It’s taken from the market kitchen cookbook  – a programme that I’ve never watched but the book was given to me by the mother-in-law and it’s got some pretty tasty recipes in it.

This particular curry is a non-conventional biryani from the very beautiful Anjum Anand. She states in the book ‘traditionally biryani is a baked dish, but this recipe is all prepared on the hob.’ So, having fired up the oven to the obligatory gas mark 5, it’s quickly turned off again in favour of the hob. Continue reading