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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…

Stir-Fried Turnip, Cabbage & Mushrooms

Stir-Fried Turnip, Cabbage & Mushrooms

The star of this dish is the stir-fried vegetables. The protein and carbohydrate sources can be switched around to suit your likes and requirements. Bare in mind though that the vegetables are quite dry, so you may need to add some moisture or flavouring to…

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…

Roast Bacon, Mushroom & Spinach Gnocchi

Roast Bacon, Mushroom & Spinach Gnocchi

Cooking gnocchi is notoriously difficult for someone who can’t see, as all cooking instructions state that gnocchi is ready when it floats to the surface of boiling water in a pan. This is not a practical instruction for someone who can’t see, as it is…

Beetroot, Spinach & Goats Cheese Risotto

Beetroot, Spinach & Goats Cheese Risotto

This is the first time I have cooked with raw beetroot. I usually buy the pre-cooked versions for ease, but I saw this recipe on the Vitamix website and just had to try it. The problem with raw beetroot is that if you break the…

Kedgeree

Kedgeree

Surprisingly, as it usually consists of rice, smoked fish, boiled eggs and curry spices, kedgeree is traditionally served at breakfast time. It has origins in both British and Indian cuisine. I must admit it doesn’t really appeal to me for breakfast, but I do love…

Moroccan Fish with Rainbow Chard & Quinoa

Moroccan Fish with Rainbow Chard & Quinoa

This recipe evolved around rainbow chard being the star. I’ve not cooked with this vegetable much, so I’m still discovering new and exciting recipe suggestions, and having to search for inspiration when I have it. I came across this recipe on Tesco Real Food for…

Quinoa with Chard, Chickpeas & Tomatoes

Quinoa with Chard, Chickpeas & Tomatoes

Yet again I met up with my parents the other day to be presented with a massive bag of home grown rainbow chard, along with several very squishy tomatoes, that I was told needed eating very soon. So I turned to google for recipe inspiration…

Bacon, Mushroom & Chard Pasta

Bacon, Mushroom & Chard Pasta

This is the first time i’ve ever cooked and eaten chard. The leaves are very much like spinach and the stems remind me of celery. They are very different and so require different lengths of cooking time. It is very nutritious and suits a simple…

Roast Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

Roast Chicken & Vegetable Pasta

I do enjoy a big bowl of roasted vegetables, especially when the edges have started to caramelise and go crispy. It just intensifies the flavour and the varying textures keep it interesting. This recipe works with most vegetables and most protein sources. It is incredibly…

Caponata With Steak

Caponata With Steak

A caponata is a mixed Mediterranean vegetable stew, traditionally starring aubergine. However I came across this one on BBC Good Food using pepper, tomatoes and celery, which were all the ingredients I had at the time and so I decided to give it a go.…

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…