Chicken, Kale And Lemon Soup

  I make and freeze soups all the time. During these colder months of the year, when I’m cooking a different pot of soup each week, I portion the left overs into small individual serves and have them on hand in the freezer for when I need good food fast. At the moment I have…

Mexican Pulled Chicken With Black Beans And Chipotle

What will endear you to this recipe is its versatility to be served several different ways. I have three different meals that I tend to make from this one chicken recipe. There’s the obvious way – served with rice. My pick is often with black rice (which isn’t black once cooked but rather a deep…

French Ratatouille

Ratatouille, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s a fancy French name for cooked provincial vegetables, consisting of eggplant, peppers, garlic and tomatoes. It’s one of my favourite dishes, yet I can forget to cook it for months at a time. How can this be? What I love about this ratatouille recipe is everything is…

French lentil casserole an alternative to meaty dishes

  French lentils, with their motley coloured blue skins, are an excellent choice for cooking. They require no soaking and hold their firmness well. This peasant style French lentil casserole is one I like to cook because it’s wholesome, hearty, and a great alternative to meaty dishes. I’ve just finished working on a round of…

Fennel and leek sourdough gratin

I cooked this fennel and leek, sourdough gratin for my lunch last week after spotting some fat gorgeous bulbs of fennel at my local fruit store. I had half a loaf of wholemeal sourdough that needed using when it dawned on me it would be the perfect companion for the fennel.  When the gratin came…

Slow cooked osso buco

There’s no tricky technique involved when cooking osso buco. The steps are simple, the cooking is long and slow, and the end result is succulent meat that falls off the bone.   Osso bucco means bone with hole, and refers to the “cut of meat” used for this popular Italian dish. Thick slices are cut…