If you Can’t Stand the Heat…

Wow, what a scorcher it was last week! Temperatures hit the 30s, official health warnings were issued due to the heatwave and the UK was declared hotter than the Mediterranean. It was fabulous at the weekends and even the brief shower we had on my birthday barbecue didn’t spoil things: we just made a dash for the house carrying plates of food and cutlery while a few of the boys picked up the garden parasol and brought it over the barbecue to shelter under while they finished cooking the sausages. Us Brits have become experts at dealing with rainy barbecues; you have to in this climate.

Sausage, Red Pepper and Potato Bake

Me: ‘What shall we have for dinner tonight?”. Rob “I don’t know, what do you fancy?”. Me: “I don’t really know, how about you?”. I’m sure you recognise this conversation. Tonight was one of those nights where you either opt…

Chicken, Chorizo and Watercress Risotto

I was really very pleased with how this turned out when I put it together for dinner last night, using leftover roast chicken and stock from the carcass. Chicken and chorizo is a great combination anyway, and the base rosemary flavour was a very complimentary backdrop. Whilst there wasn’t a great deal of flavour from the watercress it gave a really good texture and colour to the dish.

Chicken and Chorizo Pasta

This pasta dish was just what we needed tonight to fill us up and warm us through.

In Praise of the Sausage

A really good sausage, full of quality meat and nothing much else apart from some herbs and seasoning, will shame the socks off of those unappetising and depressing specimens found far too often in the supermarkets. Do buy from a…

Chorizo and Canellini Bean Soup

Chorizo is a spicy Spanish sausage made with paprika and garlic and packed full of flavour. It’s great in casseroles and soups like this one. Chorizo and Canellini Bean soup Serves 2-4 Ingredients1 chorizo sausage1 tin of canallini beans1 leek1…

Let’s Celebrate English Food

3 cheers for Sam at Becks & Posh, who is championing English food in her ‘Fish and Quips’ event in celebration of St George’s Day, England’s national day. English food has had a hard time over the years and even…

Hearty Irish Fare

Today is St. Patrick’s Day; the national holiday of Ireland. I have a little Irish in me from my Mother’s side but sadly am not very familiar with Irish cooking, so I did a little research and asked an Irish…

Creamy Sausage Linguini

Half an onion, then slice each half, and fry slowly until softened and taking on some colour. Remove the onion from the pan, then fry off a handful of pancetta (or a couple of chopped slices of bacon) and again…

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