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sizzling prawns

Sizzling Prawns with Garlic

Simple authentic Spanish sizzling prawns with garlic. This has to be one of the most popular tapas dishes ever.

meatballs in onion gravy

Meatballs in Onion Gravy

Swedish style meatballs in onion gravy, all cooked in just one pan. Perfect for a mid-week evening meal.
If you are craving meatballs in gravy but don’t need to buy anything from a certain Swedish retailer found in large blue and yellow buildings? Save yourself the journey, get some beef mince, and try this straightforward recipe.

irish bacon mash andcabbage

Irish Bacon Mash and Cabbage

Bacon mash and cabbage has always been the meal of choice for “a taste of home” for people of Irish descent. This is the most popular meal on St Patrick’s day in Ireland.
Both of my wife’s parents are Irish so I have a lot of experience with bacon and cabbage.

seafood pasta

Seafood pasta (Portuguese style)

This traditional Portuguese dish of seafood pasta is an excellent choice for lunch or dinner.
In my seafood pasta, I particularly like the clams, very typical of Portuguese cooking

duck breast in orange sauce

Duck Breast with Orange Sauce

Duck breast with orange sauce is quick, easy and delicious. Meat from game birds like duck or goose has a reputation for being fatty. Its a myth, properly cooked the fat keeps the meat moist during cooking and melts away by the time its ready. You can choose from hot […]

home baked white loaf

Easy Home Baked Bread

There is nothing like the smell of fresh home-baked bread straight out of the oven. I have been (trying to) bake bread for most of my adult life and with our recent home confinement under Covid, I have found the time to experiment once more with bread recipes. I know […]

bread pudding

Nanny’s Bread Pudding

A firm favourite in my family, served warm or cold, my wife’s aka Nanny’s bread pudding is the best.

beef stracetti

Straccetti con Arugula

The secret to great straccetti (literally, “little rags”) is using good olive oil, very thin slices of beef and just the right amount of salt and pepper.

spanish chicken tray bake

Spanish Chicken Bake

It’s been a long day and you want to make something that’s easy and needs very little washing up afterwards. What you need is a Spanish-style one-pan chicken bake made with juicy chorizo, chicken and vegetables.

Chilli con carne with rice

Chilli con Carne

An all-time tex-mex classic chilli con carne recipe, low in fat and using mainly store cupboard ingredients.