Jack Monroe’s Best Ever Bolognese (or a rather good pasta sauce)

Ok, so I’m moving house, which means that I’m trying to save some pennies. And, whenever I’m trying to save pennies, the first thing to suffer is the food budget. Crazy, some might think, given how much I love food, but I personally like the challenge of making tasty and (relatively) healthy meals on a budget. The fact that I can also save us some money is a tremendous benefit.I don’t think I’m too bad at it either – I like a good bean casserole, curry or simple pasta dish. But it doesn’t hurt to look around to see what … Continue reading Jack Monroe’s Best Ever Bolognese (or a rather good pasta sauce)

God Bless the Italians – Pasta with Anchovies and Butter

My all time favourite quick and easy meal is freshly cooked pasta with a drizzle of olive oil, chopped garlic, chopped chilli and rocket leaves stirred into it over a gentle heat. As soon as I can smell the garlic cooking and the rocket has wilted, I take it off the heat and stir in a load of grated cheddar (or Parmesan if I’m feeling flush) and tuck in. It’s gorgeous – garlic, chilli and cheese are an amazing combination anyway – so this just can’t fail. However, I’m guessing it’s not very authentic… I don’t think the Italians eat cheddar.Having … Continue reading God Bless the Italians – Pasta with Anchovies and Butter

Leftover roast chicken, pea and lemon risotto

I had quite a bit of chicken leftover from our dinner on Sunday and rather than just throw it into a curry I decided to split it, bag it up and stick it in the freezer until I knew what I wanted to do. And today I decided that some of it was destined for a risotto… Yes, yes, another risotto… but this time I wasn’t cooking. Gav’s much better at risottos than I am so I left him in charge of the kitchen. He followed this recipe which was easy enough and the end result was really tasty. The … Continue reading Leftover roast chicken, pea and lemon risotto

Pea and Ham Risotto

So… the ham hock lives on!  After my pea and ham soup yesterday I was pleased to find that I had enough ham left over for a decent sized risotto. Some fear risotto, but I’m not too sure why. Although I don’t think David Lamb’s sharp intake of breath on learning that one of the Come Dine With Me contestants is making a risotto helps matters. Yes there’s a bit of stirring involved, yes it takes time, but no, you don’t have to stand over it as it cooks, just check on it every 2-3 minutes or so (which in … Continue reading Pea and Ham Risotto