Ingredient: chicken stock

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Its December and so the chestnuts are becoming more readily available in the shops. They are an ingredient that I’m still learning about, so I tend to only buy them pre-cooked for ease. This barley risotto was inspired by a recipe on BBC Good Food…

Slow-Cooked Chicken, Sausage, Root Vegetable & Barley Stew

Slow-Cooked Chicken, Sausage, Root Vegetable & Barley Stew

I’m starting to use my slow-cooker a lot more these days. Its great for when i’m out all day and back late from training, as usually at this point I have very little energy or enthusiasm to cook, and I’m usually already starving. If I…

Chicken & Chorizo Gumbo

Chicken & Chorizo Gumbo

The dish gumbo originates from Louisiana, USA. It is similar to jambalaya in that it has two typical versions, the creole and the Cajun varieties. Cajun is traditionally meat based, whereas creole is seafood. Jambalaya is a rice based dish, while gumbo is more of…

Cabbage & Bean Minestrone Soup

Cabbage & Bean Minestrone Soup

This recipe was inspired by one for minestrone soup. Ministrone is a traditional Italian soup, consisting of a mix of seasonal vegetables, cooked in a light stock, with some sort of carbohydrate based food, preferably pasta. Potato or rice could be used instead, to bulk it…

Bacon, Vegetable & Barley Pot

Bacon, Vegetable & Barley Pot

This is a great recipe for using up any leftover vegetables. This time I used broad beans, courgette and mushrooms, but your choice is flexible. Peas, spinach, carrot, anything really would work. It is also freezable, which means its great for planning ahead or for…

Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

About 7 years ago now, when I was still very new to cooking from scratch, I found and followed a recipe for lemon chicken. It was something Neil used to make when he lived on his own, but from using a sauce from a jar,…

Jamaican Chicken & Mango Curry

Jamaican Chicken & Mango Curry

I’m becoming obsessed with cooking chicken and mango together. The enzymes found in mango help to break down proteins and so result in the chicken being wonderfully tender and moist. Its surprising how many different meals I can sneak it in to. When making this,…

Turkey & Cauliflower Biryani

Turkey & Cauliflower Biryani

A biryani is a traditional Indian rice dish containing spices, meat and vegetables, cooked in a thick stock or gravy, over a low flame, for a long time. This recipe is definitely not a traditional recipe, but my speeded up and easy interpretation of the…

Turkey Jambalaya

Turkey Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a Creole/Cajun one pan rice dish, very similar to the Spanish paella, that is designed as a cheap, but wholesome dish to use up any leftovers. This time I made it with turkey, but it can be made with chicken, chorizo, prawns or…

Lemon & Coriander Cod with Carrot & Cauliflower Pilaf

Lemon & Coriander Cod with Carrot & Cauliflower Pilaf

I don’t generally bother to grate my vegetables in recipes, as it adds an extra step in preparation, which means it takes longer. Also the grater I have is not very good, so I find it time consuming and too much hard work. But for…

Thai Chicken Curry & Rice One Pan

Thai Chicken Curry & Rice One Pan

Sometimes even the best of us have very little enthusiasm to cook. You might be tired, you might be stressed, your mind might just be on other things. Either way, when you are experiencing this you need a recipe for a meal that doesn’t take…

Chicken Creole

Chicken Creole

This is the first recipe I attempted from scratch. Back in 2011 I was inspired to start being more creative in the kitchen by my then tandem partner or ‘pilot’ Fiona Duncan. I didn’t really know where to start so I ordered a couple of…