Plucker’s Pie

This is another recipe for my daughters. It’s easy to make and tasty and uses left over chicken. I always buy a large chicken to roast, even for two of us. It makes sandwiches and at least one other meal so it’s very economical. The carcass can be thrown into the slow cooker with leeks, […]

First novel

I’m an author. Would you like my autograph? In all this time I have tried not to bore my reader with articles about the writing process, such as:  ‘What not to do’ or ‘How to…’, and so on. Now, however, I have the task of publicising the book, getting people to buy it, read it and review […]

Christmas Recipes

I’ve been asked to give recipes for the food I’m cooking this Christmas. There’s a lot of cream and butter here, but it is Christmas so here goes: Caramel Panettone Pudding (Thanks to Waitrose Good Food Magazine). Serves 8 For the caramel 300g icing sugar 200ml hot water For the pudding 175g pannetone 50g unsalted […]

Tuna and Pasta Bake

Serves 6, allegedly This was so good that I made the recipe for 6 and three of us ate three quarters of it i.e. 50% more than we should have done. I cooked it in a large, straight-sided frying pan of about 14? diameter that could also be put in the oven. If you don’t […]

Recipe. Spicy, creamy prawns with rice

Hopefully you’ve read my previous post about rice. This recipe served one person. I was all alone with a bottle of this. A remarkably good bottle of rose from Aldi. It cost £5.99. It needed something fishy and luxurious and this is what I cooked. Ingredients A knob of butter or a tbsp of oil […]

Rice – a working woman’s staple

Apparently rice can be dangerous if cooked and frozen, then re-heated. There’s a bacterium that can be found in rice. I’ve never met it but here’s a quote from Uncooked rice can contain spores of Bacillus cereus, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning. When the rice is cooked, the spores can survive. If […]

Huff ‘n’ Puff Pork (serves 4 – 6)

This is not my recipe but I wanted to share it because it works. What you get is brilliant crackling, moist soft meat and amazing gravy. It’s my new Sunday lunch with friends recipe. It’s from Fairytale Food by Lucie Cash, published by Random House at £15. It has a couple of extra details in […]

Satay Sauce

You can tell Christmas is coming; recipes arriving thick and fast. This one is an old favourite. I usually serve it with home made satay sticks (cocktail sized), at parties but this time I have bought some ready made. Ingredients 5 0z salted peanuts 1 – 2 cloves garlic half an onion, chopped 1.5 tsp […]

Roasted Pecans

One of the benefits of eating low carb is that I can eat nuts, other than peanuts, with a clear conscience. The price of nuts seems to have gone through the roof though, and the 100g (3.5 0z) packs of roasted pecans I used to buy from Waitrose for, I think £1,99 went up to […]