Category Archives: Mains

Smokey tomato and basil stuffed pork fillets

I’m never sure what to do with pork chops – apart from grill them, which isn’t all that interesting. So I decided to stuff these, and we had some leftover salsa* that I reckoned would make a tasty stuffing. I added … Continue reading

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Meatballs and potato in chorizo, olive and tomato stew

Chop chorizo and fry in a pan until beginning to brown. Add cooked potatoes and cook until the potatoes begin to brown. Soften a chopped onion and a couple of crushed cloves of garlic. Add a can of chopped tomatoes … Continue reading

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Ragu, meatballs and moussaka: cooking ahead

It’s going to be a busy week this week, so I decided to cook a bunch of meals in advance and refrigerate and freeze them. I started with a slow cooked vegetable ragu: onion, garlic, carrots, courgettes with canned tomatoes and … Continue reading

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A birthday dinner, including scallops and black pudding

My family excelled themselves with my birthday dinner: Beetroot gazpacho I love beetroot, and beetroot soup, and it makes a good gazpacho too. the recipe Mum made this from is in a South Carolina cook book, and has led my … Continue reading

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Ways with basil: garlicky bruschetta and lime, prawn and basil pasta

The smell of fresh basil has been tempting me for days! There is nothing quite like it. I’d bought the pack of basil to have some to go on top of a pizza, and have been looking forward to thinking … Continue reading

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Pizza topped with smoked salmon, basil and mascarpone

I can’t take credit for coming up with this pizza topping: Tina did! And it was pretty awesome. I treated myself to something (a) tasty and (b) with fish because Hubby is out for dinner with his new boss (and he … Continue reading

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The tale of the napkin holder, the moussaka and the cream cheese cream frosting

OK, first up we have to talk about the napkin holder. Sadly it is not mine – it belongs to my colleague who had us for dinner the other night. But she’s amazing. We reckoned 1970s. And she’s been repainted too, … Continue reading

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