Turkish eggs

A breakfast for champs… Serves 2 1/2 red chilli, deseeded and sliced 1 tbsp butter 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 150g Greek yogurt 1/2 lemon, juiced 1 tbsp cider vinegar 2 eggs Sumac and dried coriander Melt the butter in a pan with the chilli on a very low heat. Meanwhile, mix the garlic, yogurt and…

Mexican veggie brekkie

For a healthy start to the day, try this Mexican-inspired bean and veggie dish. Serves 2 2 spring onion, sliced 1 large tomato, diced Small pack of coriander, chopped 1 lime, juiced 400g can kidney beans in chilli sauce 50g frozen spinach 2 eggs 1 avocado To make the salsa, put the spring onion, tomato,…

Cheats’ paella recipe using Creative Cook Paella Paste

I had some left over chorizo and half a pot of Creative Cook Mediterranean Paella Paste so I thought I’d try out a cheat recipe inspired from Good Food’s April issue. It’s missing a few typical paella ingredients but it’s super simple and super tasty. The paste has a smoky flavour with paprika, garlic & saffron….

Chilli, tomato and bacon soup

It feels so good to chill out with a nice bowl of soup when everything else feels manic right now. Serves 4 2tbsp rapeseed oil 1 red onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp dried coriander 1tbsp tomato puree 4 slices of bacon, chopped…

Teriyaki meatballs noodle bowl

March can’t decide what season it’s in right now. One minute it’s freezing, the next it’s BBQ weather. Meanwhile, I’m indoors with a bit of a sore throat as I finally seem to have caught the winter bug. This easy lunch was great comfort food and filled me up right until dinner time. Serves 2…

Spicy mackerel pate

If you’re planning a dinner party and wantt something ‘classy’ and light to begin with, this is a quick and easy starter to share.  Serves 4 130g smoked mackerel 2tbsp horseradish 180g cream cheese 1 lemon, zested and juiced Half a packet of dill, roughly chopped Remove any skin from the mackerel. Break the rest of…

Scotch bonnet spiced rice with aubergine

Serves 2 200g rice 200g chopped tomatoes 1/2 red pepper, roughly chopped 1/2 white onion 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 Scotch bonnet, cut in half and deseeded 1tbsp vegetable oil 1 bay leaf Pinch of thyme 1/2tsp of cayenne pepper, paprika and cumin 1tbsp tomato puree 1tbsp coconut oil 1 large aubergine or 4…

Creamy curried leek and potato soup

Feel like the  cold weather is getting to you? Soup is the answer! Serves 4 1tbsp vegatable oil 1 large leek. sliced 4 shallots, sliced 1 baking potato, peeled and cubed 1tbsp medium/hot curry power 1/2tsp cayenne pepper 1.2L veg stock 150ml creme fraiche Seasoning Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the…

Easy lunch: Medallion chilli noodles

It’s lunchtime on a weekend and you’re looking to use up those last few remaining slices of bacon. Instead of a bacon buttie or some pasta and sauce, here’s an easy alternative which will help you use up some of your cupboard or kitchen left overs. Serves two 350g bacon medallions, diced 1 red chilli, deseeded…

Creamy red pepper and chilli pasta sauce 

Serves 1 1 red pepper, cut in half and remove seeds 50g-75g spaghetti 1dsp chilli oil 1tsp chopped garlic 1 small red onion, finely chopped Half a red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 150ml milk 1tbsp flour Seasoning Cook the red pepper halves under the grill until skin slightly charred. Meanwhile, cook the pasta to the packet…

Spicy pumpkin wedges

Happy Halloween weekend! I’m just getting ready to put my costume on for tonight’s party, but fancied a quick snack beforehand. Luckily there’s always some leftover pumpkin in the fridge around this time of year so I’ve cooked up some quick and easy spicy wedges. 1/2 small pumpkin 2tbsp chilli oil 1/2tsp dried coriander 1/2tsp oregano 1/2tsp…

Spicy cauliflower and quinoa bowl

Here’s another easy and healthy spicy lunch recipe.  Serves 1 1/4 cauliflower, cut into florets 1 tbsp chilli oil 40g raw quinoa (to save time you can use ready to eat quinoa as well) 1 small red onion, finely chopped Large handful of spinach 1 tbsp vegetable oil For dressing: 1 tbsp tahini paste Juice of 1/4…