Dinner Parties and Cooking for Friends: Tips for Students

I absolutely love cooking for my friends and family, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a tasty meal with plenty to drink and some  of your favourite people around you. Cooking for others is such a satisfying and enjoyable thing to do, one that your friends too will appreciate (I hope) and may evenContinue reading “Dinner Parties and Cooking for Friends: Tips for Students”

Cheddar and Leek Risotto

Risotto is a lovely, comforting dish to cook in colder months. This one is a little bit ‘Nigel Slater’ inspired, using mostly traditionally British ingredients such as onions, leeks, cheddar and chives for a lovely creamy risotto. You can use the basic recipe of butter, oil, rice, celery, onion and cheese as a base forContinue reading “Cheddar and Leek Risotto”

Creamy Vegetable Curry

It’s January, usually a time for stringent dieting and new routines involving resolutions, green juice and a silly amount of kale.  Hopefully this recipe will be less miserably healthy and more delicious! There’s still loads of veg involved, but it’s nice and hearty and warming, not too spicy with a silky yoghurt and coconut sauce.Continue reading “Creamy Vegetable Curry”

Pumpkin, Coconut and Ginger Soup

Pumpkin always makes the silkiest soups and is a great autumnal ingredient, however if you can’t find pumpkin then any other kind of squash also works well here. I really enjoyed making this soup as it’s really easy as well as making ordinary winter veg a little more interesting by incorporating Thai flavours. Ingredients (ServesContinue reading “Pumpkin, Coconut and Ginger Soup”

Chickpea, Coconut and Almond Curry

It’s been quite some time again since I’ve posted any recipes, but I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things with the new academic year, despite it being very busy so far.  I recently ate at the Trading Post Railway Carriage in Lopen (complete with new double decker bus seating area!)  whilstContinue reading “Chickpea, Coconut and Almond Curry”

Smokey Beans

Beans are a really important part of my diet, I really enjoy cooking with them and eating them and I think they are a great way to make meals more interesting.  I make these smokey beans all the time, so I thought I’d share my recipe because it’s so versatile.  You could eat them onContinue reading “Smokey Beans”

Quinoa Stir Fry with Honey Sesame Cashews

I don’t often cook from Asian inspirations but I’ve been reading about quinoa stir fries in foodie magazines this month and thought I’d give one a go myself.  It’s actually turned out to be really tasty (as taste tested by my scrounging housemates) and I’ll definitely be making this dish again.  I love the thinlyContinue reading “Quinoa Stir Fry with Honey Sesame Cashews”

Simple Mediterranean Spaghetti

I’ve been loving this spaghetti recently, with looming essay deadlines and a tonne of reading to do this simple dish has been amazing at keeping me full.  It’s so delicious and I honestly can’t stop eating it.  You can use whatever pasta you like, I’ve even had this as a kind of tomato risotto usingContinue reading “Simple Mediterranean Spaghetti”

Curried Winter Veg with Feta

It’s the perfect season at the moment for winter veg like squash, swede and parsnip.  One of my favourite ways to have these tasty veg is curried in a salad or, once roasted, whizzed up into a chunky soup with yoghurt and bread. The robust curry flavours work so well against mild flavoured root veg,Continue reading “Curried Winter Veg with Feta”

Tomato, Thyme and Mozzerella Rotolo

This recipe is inspired by one of the first Jamie Oliver recipes I cooked, and it’s a really great crowd pleaser. I love the taste of sweet tomato and woody thyme, I’ve also used balsamic vinegar to cut through the flavoursome filling. Mozzerella is the perfect melting cheese, and this dish only being in theContinue reading “Tomato, Thyme and Mozzerella Rotolo”