On the menu – chorizo bolognese and spelt bread

Wednesday This is Speedy Chorizo Bolognese from Miguel Barclay’s Fast and Fresh One Pound Meals. I wouldn’t strictly call it a bolognese but it was nice. You can see Miguel do the recipe on his Instagram. This is the Simple Spelt Loaf from Donna Hay’s Basics to Brilliance, I don’t think I’ve ever made a…

On the menu: Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables

Tuesday This is the rather adapted Rice, Courgettes, Pickled Vegetables recipe from Nigel Slater’s Greenfeast: Spring, Summer. I’ve been cooking a lot from recipes by people like Jack Monroe and Miguel Barclay recently, so I’d forgotten quite how much ‘normal’ cookbooks can be a bit OTT on the unusual/expensive ingredients. This required Japanese pickles, pickled…

On the menu – Spiced Squash Galette

Thursday This is Spiced Squash Galette from the One Pound Meals vegan book. It was okay, a bit bland to be honest and I probably won’t make again.

On the menu – Make-Me-Better Mug

Monday I have a stinking cold (perfect timing as I have a job interview soon), so I thought I’d try Jack Monroe’s Make-Me-Better Mug (you can find the recipe here). It’s turmeric, lemon, ginger, honey and a little pinch of cayenne pepper (that last bit is optional). So baring in mind my taste buds are…

On the menu – Cinnamon Spice Cake

Friday This is Cinnamon Spice Cake from Simple Cake by Odette Williams and it’s okay. I haven’t baked in ages, so it is a little disappointing as a first bake back, it’s quite a wholesome cake, ie not the sort of cake you’re probably thinking of when you’re craving cake but it’s okay. It is…

On the menu – Singapore Noodles with Cashews and Cashew Pesto Pasta

Tuesday This was so good, I could eat this every day of the week, Singapore noodles with cashews from the Vegan One Pound Meals book. I did switch the rice noodles for wheat noodles though, because ugh rice noodles. Will definitely be making again and it’s really quick and simple to do, so bonus! Okay,…

On the menu – Charred Pepper Orzo

Wednesday Charred pepper orzo from the One Pound Meals vegan book, is one of those dishes that smells absolutely amazing when cooking but the eating doesn’t quite live up to the promise. I am not a massive fan of orzo, so that doesn’t really help but it was still nice to eat. I didn’t char…

On the menu – Pocket Potatoes and Aubergine Larb

Friday More of an idea than a recipe, this is a pocket potato, as inspired by Ella Risbridger’s Midnight Chicken. The idea being, you pack a foil wrapped baked potato in your pocket as you go out for your picnic. It does require some forethought and it depends what time you’re leaving the house to…

On the menu – Mac and No Cheese

Thursday There’s a new One Pound Meals book out, woo hoo!!! This one is vegan and I was a little unsure about whether to buy it, as I have an intolerance to a lot of typically vegan foods but it’s One Pound Meals, I bought it anyway and I’m glad I did. There are some…

On the menu – Mug Marmite Mac and cheese

Wednesday This really doesn’t look like much but this was so gorgeous. It’s Mug Marmite Mac and Cheese from Jack Monroe’s Cooking on a Bootstrap (you can also find the recipe here) and it is so good. I’ve made microwave mug mac and cheeses before and they’ve never really worked for me, so I was…