Chard, Courgette & Butter Beans with Oregano

I have some very talented and generous friends who grow their own vegetables and herbs, and recently I was gifted a beautiful bunch of rainbow chard, a courgette and some deliciously fresh herbs.  This meal was entirely crafted around the vegetable bundle. If – like me – you don’t regularly use fresh oregano, I recommend that…

Chorizo with Butterbeans & Sweet Potato

Recently, I went to a brilliant place for lunch with my grandparents, and ate the most delicious, simple meal of fish, with an accompanying chorizo, sweet potato and tomato combination that just worked so well. And it’s this smoky sweet taste that has been the inspiration for this meal. For this, I recommend a good…

Smoked Mackerel, Puy Lentils & Beetroot.

My favourite evenings are the ones where there are no time constraints; where cooking can happen without clock watching. And in those rare but glorious moments, I love to experiment with new flavours. This recipe will take a little while, and does involve a few different components – roasting beetroot and patiently cooking lentils –…

Black Bean Autumn Tacos

Grey days call for colourful food, and Mexican food is one of my favourite things to make and create. As a 10 year old, tacos with guacamole were almost always top of my most-wanted food list – and they’re pretty high on my list as an adult, too.  The best thing about these black bean…

Spiced Carrot & Lentil Soup

Autumn is very often cold, grey and miserable. However, it has two main redeeming factors.  The first is being able to drink red wine freely with any meal. The second is being able to make autumn soup.  This is my go-to soup recipe for cold autumn days. It’s a glorious shade of orange, it’s incredibly…

Easy Mexican Flatbreads

Recently, I discovered that when I’m faced with a supermarket and endless food options, my go-to meal is always some sort of Mexican food; quick, easy, supremely delicious. There are a few components to this recipe but all of them are super easy to create: spicy veg, black beans, quick guacamole, grated cheese, all stuffed…

Chickpea & Spinach Pilaf

I had to google the name of the dish I made for dinner, and it turns out that there are seventeen different words that all mean the same thing – rice cooked in a seasoned broth. I chose pilaf for no particular reason except that it’s easier to spell than pelau and probably more appropriate than…

Veggie Chilli with Baked Sweet Potatoes

By May, I’m normally craving summery foods like baked fish, BBQ veg and couscous salads. But, alas, the British weather is being typically indecisive which means I’m still craving winter favourites and suffering from a horrible cold. It doesn’t really matter what the weather is though;  I love cooking a big batch of veggie chilli….

Mexican Style Vegetables & Black Beans

My love affair with Mexican food started at a young age, when I discovered the utter joy of beef tacos and guacamole. I remember stating to my mum that I had to have them for my birthday lunch one year – so I took over the kitchen and cooked it all myself. These days, I’m…

Chickpea & Spinach Curry with Spiced Potatoes

Despite being (Northern) Irish, I don’t often cook with potatoes. I much prefer a bowlful of pasta or some sticky white rice. However, there are a bunch lying at the bottom of the fridge which should be eaten soon… I’m dreaming of spiced potatoes – fluffy and light, but adorned with turmeric, cumin and fragrant…