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Eating Out in my Living Room

Eating Out in my Living Room

During lockdown I have kept my love and passion for trying new food and eating out alive in a few ways. I have already described my cooking at home adventures with both Simon Wood and Adam Reid. Last weekend I sampled the cooking of one 

Creamy Smoked Mackerel & Potato Salad

Creamy Smoked Mackerel & Potato Salad

I’m not the biggest fan of potato, especially new potatoes, but lately I’ve discovered if you roast them they become really tender and sweet. I can’t get enough of them. This summery salad makes the most of their flavour by pairing them with smoked mackerel, 

6 Places to Eat Post-Lockdown

6 Places to Eat Post-Lockdown

We have been in lockdown now for over 3 months and the end is in sight. Strict restrictions are being lifted and we can start venturing out again, so long as we stick to social distancing rules. Restaurants, cafes and shops are starting to reopen 

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 

Cooking Adam Reid’s Great British Menu At Home

Cooking Adam Reid’s Great British Menu At Home

It’s been a while now since i’ve updated you on how I’ve been coping during lockdown. There has not been much to report to be honest. I’ve been keeping my head down, putting countless hours in on my static bike, clocking up miles and miles 

Egg Curry

Egg Curry

I’ve never thought to put egg in a curry before, but last week when looking for recipe inspiration, I came across one on BBC Good Food that caught my eye. I swapped the spinach for kale, as that is what I had in my fridge 

Cookbooks I Would Love to Access

Cookbooks I Would Love to Access

Since lockdown started, I’ve had a lot more time to spend in my kitchen. More time to cook means lots of new recipes to try. The majority of my recipe inspiration comes from the internet, mainly the BBC Good Food website or Tesco, as both 

Curried Chicken & Mango Rice

Curried Chicken & Mango Rice

This recipe is a cross between a curry, a biryani and coronation chicken. The combination of ingredients, curry powder, chicken, peas, rice and mango quite often feature in a typical coronation chicken salad and also are included here. However I lose the creamy calorie laden 

Berbere Spiced Chicken & Quinoa Salad

Berbere Spiced Chicken & Quinoa Salad

During lockdown I’ve been discovering things in my cupboards that I forgot I had. One of which is a packet of berbere spice mix. I had never heard of it but thanks to google I discovered that it is a traditional Ethiopian spice mix. The 

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 

At Home with Wood

At Home with Wood

WOOD is a restaurant in Manchester run by Simon Wood, winner of Masterchef 2016. During lockdown Simon has been very busy sharing lots of recipes on his social media and now he has set up a delivery service where restaurant standard meals are part prepared