Ingredient: olive oil

Smoked Salmon & Strawberry Salad

Smoked Salmon & Strawberry Salad

This is a lovely, summery and light salad. Really simple to make, it contains a great variety of textures and flavours. The soft, sweet strawberries perfectly compliment the crisp, peppery celery. I’m not a fan of celery on it’s own but it really works in 

Smokey Chorizo & Bean Quinoa

Smokey Chorizo & Bean Quinoa

I took inspiration from a jambalaya recipe for this dish, only I swapped the rice for quinoa for variety. It just goes to show how flexible a dish like this is. If you only have one pan and not a lot of time, you can 

Moroccan Bean & Chicken Caserole

Moroccan Bean & Chicken Caserole

This is a great recipe for using up any left over tinned beans. It can also be doubled, making it great for batch cooking as you can freeze it. If I know I have got a busy day the following day, I like to make 

Smoked Haddock Chowder

Smoked Haddock Chowder

This is a great meal for when you just want something simple, tasty, nutritious and comforting. Its nothing fancy but it sure does hit the right spot. Feel free to play around with the vegetables you use and swap the sweet potato for standard if 

Cheese & Sweetcorn Pancakes with Bacon & Avocado

Cheese & Sweetcorn Pancakes with Bacon & Avocado

These savoury pancakes are great for celebrating Shrove Tuesday without the guilt of eating unhealthily. Don’t get me wrong, sweet pancakes don’t have to be unhealthy either. Myself and Neil regularly enjoy banana and peanut butter pancakes for breakfast on a rest day. However, it’s 

Homemade Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans make a tasty topping to many things including toast, jacket potatoes, crumpets and baked sweet potatoes. Straight from a tin they are quick and simple but can often contain more sugar and salt than is necessary. Making them yourself helps to control this 

Harissa & Maple Glazed Root Veg & Chicken Traybake

Harissa & Maple Glazed Root Veg & Chicken Traybake

I was inspired to make this dish when I came across a recipe for a maple and harissa spiced glaze on the Vitamix website. It suggested you pour it over carrots, but I wanted something more substantial so I came up with this instead. The 

Smokey Hake & Sweet Potato Stew

Smokey Hake & Sweet Potato Stew

This simple stew is packed full of smokey flavour, which is enhanced by the use of smoked hake. You could easily use any smoked white fish, such as coley or haddock if you prefer. Its a very warming bowl of nourishment that will also fill 

Maple Glazed Chicken & Sprouts

Maple Glazed Chicken & Sprouts

I made this recipe with slight trepidation as I really wasn’t sure how the sprouts would taste when cooked in the slow-cooker. I’ve learnt that I like sprouts, so long as they aren’t mushy inside from being over cooked. I was also nervous that the 

Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

This was a quick throw together meal that I made as I didn’t have the time to make what I planned at the beginning of the week. So I made it up as I went along and was very pleasantly surprised by the end result. 

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

This makes a festive, nutritious and filling lunch or small dinner. If you want to make it more substantial, then add some roasted sweet potato to the mix or serve it with some toast. Roasting the bacon allows it to crisp up nicely and the 

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

This is a homemade pesto with a difference. Great for that festive time of the year if you have any chestnuts that need using. If you don’t have chestnuts then the classic pine nuts would work just as well. I served mine with some venison