Gingered beef with bay slow cook casserole

This is an all time favourite. Takes moments to prepare but then needs about 7hrs on high in the slow cooker. One chopped red onion A thumb sized piece of fresh ginger peeled and chopped very small One large garlic clove, finely chopped 2 tbsp tomato puree 2 tsp brown sugar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar…

Smoked mackerel pate

Very simple but use the best ingredients for the best results. This is gorgeous with raw carrot batons and green stringless beans dipped into it. 3 deskinned and deboned smoked mackerel filets. I used Severn and Wye Smokery fish, as it is local and delicious. 200g of the best creme fraiche you can buy. Full…

Fast mushroom soup

250g mushrooms, I used half and half forestier to chesnut mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 very large red onion, chopped A tbsp dried thyme A blob of butter for frying onion and mushrooms in 3 tbsp thick cream 500ml veg stock I used my soup maker, which is an excellent purchase. It is morphy richards and…

Moroccan chickpea and cauliflower burgers

This is inspired by this month’s Tesco magazine! I’ve adapted it to use rice flour and reduce the carb content as well as a few other healthy tweaks. The result is excellent. Really firm, substantial burgers. We had one in bread (crusts removed to reduce overall carb content) and a second on its own, with…

Spinach and ricotta aubergine lasagne

Delicious and carb free. Dead easy to make as there’s no faffy cheese sauce to do as an extra. 2 aubergine, thinly sliced lengthways. About 1cm thick. These are your lasagne pasta sheets. 300g, or thereabouts of passata (be sparing otherwise your dish will be too wet) One large onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves, diced…

Garlic prawns with peas and beans

Pan fry frozen prawns in a bit of hot oil and garlic (or alternatively buy frozen garlic prawns). Fry them until the prawns are pink all over. About 4-5 mins. In the microwave put a bowl of peas, edame beans, black beans (half a tin drained and washed) and sweet corn (if you like) with…

Cottage pie with cauliflower and leek topping

This is more of an idea than a recipe. Make bolognase with minced beef, a tin of chopped tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, chopped veg and a tsp of sugar. Cook it then ladel it into a dish. Top it with half and half cauliflower to leeks (about 500g of each for a small dish). Chop and…

Mini pork and beef burgers in a pita bun

Use one third pork mince to two thirds beef mince and mix it together. The amounts will depend on how many burgers you want to make. Then season with salt and pepper, quite a lot of both – there’s nothing worse than an underseasoned burger. I snipped in oregano and rosemary (only the tender new…

Greek yoghurt with chia, lemon and local honey

If you like thick, creamy yoghurt then you must try Aldi natural greek yoghurt at about £1.25 a tub. It’s out of this world. This morning I squeezed in a good quantity of lemon juice, maybe a table spoon into 1/3 tub yoghurt, then stirred in 1tsp of local welsh honey made down the road…