Easy Teas

My 2012 200 beer challenge – and a top 20

As well as a love of cooking, I’ve always had a keen interest in beer – particularly in seeking out and trying new and different beers to try. With a real explosion in real ales and craft beers over the last couple of years this has become much easier (and more enjoyable). At the start […]

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Smoked mackerel pate

Making the most of festive feasting – buffets, shortcuts and leftovers

There’s no point trying to deny it any longer – ‘It’s Christmas!’ in the words of the Slade hit (which was number one as I arrived in the world). So here’s a round up of some favourite recipes for serving up over the festive period – good things to share or make use of leftovers. […]

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Falsche Forellen

Fake trouts – or crispy pancakes

After I posted my fake rabbit meatballs I had a tweet from Barbara Kaiser introducing me their Austrian cousin fake trout – Falsche Forellen as the locals call it. As with the rabbits, the trout in the name is merely a smokescreen – what we’re really talking about here is the long lost ancestor of the Findus […]

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Welsh Beef festive challenge - sirloin roast

Festive beef challenge

Don’t usually share work things here but couldn’t resist this one. We’ve just launched a competition to find the very best festive Welsh Beef recipe in the run up to Christmas. There are some fab prizes – including some on-the-spot ones for anyone following the competition online. If you’re interested in finding out more pop along to the […]

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German meatballs

German meatballs – fake rabbits in a sour cream sauce

I spent a brilliant year at uni in Germany which left me with a lasting appreciation of German food. And I still get spoken to in German by waiters around Europe – must stop ordering Pils and sausages wherever I go on holiday. And looking a bit German. My German flatmate introduced me to Falscher […]

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Courgette Gratin

I was given a few round courgettes which looked like little yellow cartoon bombs – thanks to expert allotmenteer Nic for sharing with me. Check out her blog too. I dug out an old Olive recipe and made this to go with the Parmesan chicken. Finely slice the courgettes and a couple of tomatoes. Grate […]

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Mexican Chicken Stew with zingy onions

Mexican chicken stew with zingy onions

You can’t beat a one-pot stew for a swift and simple midweek tea. This one is based on a BBC Good Food recipe which I played about with cos I didn’t have half the ingredients (who keeps chipotle paste in the store cupboard?!) It was warming, spicy, smokey and a bit sweet which is why […]

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Crispy parmesan chicken

Crispy Parmesan chicken

I’m a bugger for a chicken Kiev – love the little blighters. Can’t say no an M&S chicken cordon bleu either. So I’m always on the lookout for interesting things to do with a chicken breast or two. This is one of the best I’ve found in a long time – a thin crispy, savoury […]

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Wales Blog Awards – please vote for easyteas

Hi I was very chuffed indeed to find out recently I’d been shortlisted for the Wales Blog Awards in the food and drink category. Last week they also opened up a People’s Choice award, to be chosen by public vote. If you like what I do here please consider popping over to the awards website and casting […]

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Moroccan bbq chicken

Moroccan bbq chicken

This is really just a quick easy marinade for grilled chicken – I’m optimistically banking on a few September barbies. Drumsticks and thighs are good for flavour and they’re good value – but they can take a while to cook through so I always slash them a few times down to the bone. It also […]

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