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Chicken and meatball pesto casserole

The veg chaps at the market have been selling big bunches of basil all summer with leaves as big as spinach. So I’ve been making a lot of pesto (very simply parmesan, pine nuts, garlic, basil, olive oil whizzed together) and looking for different ways to use it. This one’s a lovely, light casserole. The meatballs […]

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Healthy cottage pie

Cottage, Shepherd’s and Rustler’s (Cheat’s) Pie

In a short series of pie posts (two, to be honest), I thought I’d share my very easy approach to Shepherds/Cottage pie. And a real quick cheat’s version. Again, start with a pan of spuds. Gently fry a finely diced onion and carrot for about five minutes, then add mince (lamb or beef depending on […]

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Easy summer risotto – inspired by the good cook

I’ve been enjoying BBC’s The Good Cook over the last couple of weeks. I first came across Simon Hopkinson a couple of years ago when I’d noticed his book ‘Roast Chicken and other Stories’ kept appearing at the top of  lists of  chefs’ favourite books or best cookbooks. At the time I’d never heard of […]

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Top Five Easy Teas of 2010

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D I had a new year’s email from the nice chaps at WordPress this week with lots of useful facts and figures about my blog. I sort of keep an eye on the stats I see in terms of how many people are reading, but I don’t really have much of an […]

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Waste not, want not – Great British Waste Menu

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D Just finished watching the Great British Waste Menu. It was a BBC challenge in which four top chefs had to produce a banquet for 60 from food that had been (or would have been) thrown away. The scale of waste is shocking – from farmers ploughing crops which don’t meet supermarket […]

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My favourite recipe ever – coq au vin

Time to share my favourite ever recipe. I’ve made this for family, a dozen friends at a time or just for tea midweek and it was the first meal I ever cooked for my better half. It takes a little while in the cooking, but it’s so easy to prepare and the end result – […]

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Speedy beef stroganoff

This rich, creamy dish is a great way to make steak go a bit further.It’s tasty, quick and if you use low fat creme fraiche in place of sour cream it’s pretty healthy too. The meat is not cooked for long so is best with fillet (although sirloin and rump are both fine too). See […]

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A big pot of chilli con carne

[tweetmeme source=”easyteas” only_single=false http://www.URL.com%5D I think the key to a good chilli is time. It’s very quick to put together but does need about an hour on the hob. It’s something I’ll often cook for tomorrow’s tea at the same time as something quick for tonight’s. I think red kidney beans are the work of […]

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Sausage pasta in tomato ragu

This is pretty much my all-purpose pasta sauce recipe (the tomato version, anyway – see below for the cheese version). Tonight I’m making it with sausages cos they were on offer in Marksies – got up too late for the market this Saturday. We eat it with turkey quite often too for a good low […]

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German meatballs

Marvelous meatballs in tomato sauce

These quick and delicious meatballs are simple and cheap to make. This takes about an hour to cook but the prep time’s about 15 mins. So you can get it sorted as you walk through the door and go and do something else for an hour while it does its thing in the oven. So […]

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