Warm Spinach Salad with Roasted Onions, Tomatoes and Chorizo

We’ve recently fallen into the habit of having a steak dinner on Sunday nights and of course along with that comes the inevitable question of what to serve alongside. I’ve previously posted these steakhouse side dishes and they’re both great but unfortunately I suffer from “I-can’t-make- the-same-thing-twice-in-one-year” syndrome which can make menu planning very onerous. … Continue reading

Simon Hopkinson’s Baked Red Peppers

This recipe by Simon Hopkinson, sometimes referred to as Piedmontese Peppers, has been around for a very long time. Delia Smith even featured it in her hugely successful Summer Collection cook book published back in 1993. Somehow though the recipe never really grabbed me until I saw Simon Hopkinson make it on his recent TV … Continue reading

Thai Grilled Beef Salad – Yam Neua

This is one of my favourite Thai salads.  It has so many different levels of flavour and texture – tender grilled meat, large handfuls of fragrant mixed herbs, crunchy shallots and cucumbers all topped with a spicy dressing that’s sour, sweet, tangy and really delicious. If you use lean steaks it’s virtually fat free so … Continue reading

Deli Style Chicken Salad

 My husband is a big fan of chicken salad and considers himself a bit of a connoisseur on the subject, given that whenever he’s in the States and chicken salad is on the menu he orders it and proceeds to give a rating out of ten. Deli style chicken salads aren’t as much an institution … Continue reading

Herb & Cucumber Quinoa Tabbouleh with Minted Labne

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is one of the new super foods, except it’s not that new. The Inca’s cultivated it for domestic use more than 3000 years ago and referred to it as the “mother of all grains”. But it isn’t really a grain, it’s a seed and as such contains no wheat or gluten and … Continue reading

Warm Steak Salad with Creamy Mustard Dressing

This is a dish my family has been making for a long time, so long that I’ve actually forgotten where the original recipe came from. Basically it has all the components of a steak dinner but on one plate which not only makes it easy to prepare but easy to serve as well, especially if … Continue reading

White Coleslaw

A good coleslaw is a great side dish to have in your repertoire.  Coleslaws go so well with barbecued food, anything from hotdogs and burgers to ribs.  I’ve tried a lot of different recipes but my favourite is this coleslaw from Annabel Langbein.  It has a lovely refreshing tang and whilst it does have some … Continue reading