Blue cheese dauphinoise

Now I never claim to be an expert. And I never claim to triple test things unless I have. Today I didn’t.

This blog is all about what we had for dinner and what you see is what you get.

I have waxed lyrical about canned dauphinoise potatoes from French supermarkets.

Today [Read on…]

Creamy mushroom and pepper soup #NoCroutonsRequired

It’s definitely that time of year again, after a summer of salads, soup is firmly back on the menu. My six year old even asked for some for his supper.

Normally I consider soup a weekend lunch type of thing, I quite often make soups on Saturdays.

We are coming to the [Read on…]

Pasta bake saved my life last Thursday

It’s been a while since I bought jars of sauce.

I used to use them quite a bit when I worked full time but since becoming a more confident cook I’ve been less reliant on them.

Possibly no longer having the incentive to save glass jars stopped me buying them. The cellar shelves were [Read on…]

Old school style cheese and potato pie and why the world just went a bit rubbish after 1990

How I loved school dinners. Before they were privatised that is.

Old style school dinners, before they started serving food on prison style plastic moulded trays.

I believe kids are more likely to eat proper meals when they’re served on proper plates.

It disgusted me when in around 1990, Walsall’s local education authority contracted [Read on…]

When Ted went cooking with Raymond Blanc

It’s probably just as well Ted didn’t give a FULL rundown of what he did in the holidays.

It’s bad enough his first homework was to write a food diary in which the first entry was “sushi from M&S simply food on the motorway”.

Goodness knows what the new teacher would have thought if [Read on…]

Farro di cocco and mozzarella salad

Show me something in the supermarket I’ve not seen or heard of before and I’m a sucker to try it.

Farro di cocco would appear to be an Italian spelt grain that I spotted in Waitrose’s dried nuts/seeds/grains/fruit section.

To be honest this dish turned out somewhat different to anticipated; I wasn’t sure how [Read on…]

Back to school garlic mashed potatoes

“We’ve got the dark nights again” as my Grandma used to say.

Despite 30c temperatures late last week probably most of us have had a taste of autumn over the weekend; coats are being donned for school once more.

A nip in the air is as good as excuse as any for some [Read on…]

Boursin beef baguette

Bashing the hell out of a lump of meat is always a fun task. Ted came running downstairs to see what all the noise was about.

You can make a couple of flash fry steaks go a long way if you cut them into strips for sandwiches. I stretched two of these steaks into [Read on…]

Left over beef bolognaise #nowastefoodchallenge #creditcrunchmunch

Using minced beef in pasta sauce is a staple dish for many of us – but there’s no need to limit yourself making minced beef dishes with packs of ready minced beef.

I had two cooked flash fry steaks left over plus one cold lonely beef burger off the barbecue.  

Come supper time I [Read on…]

Speedy supper: tenderest chicken in pesto and Boursin

Dead easy, tenderest juiciest way to cook chicken in under 30 minutes.

Did you ever bake a chicken breast in nothing more than curry paste and yogurt?

The results out of the casserole dish aren’t visually pleasing but I promise you tender tender chicken guaranteed with very little effort indeed.

So I wondered how [Read on…]