Unexpected conversation of the day.

 Me: Beans on toast, please. Girl serving in cafe: Eat in or takeaway?

Spanish-style baked prawns

I have fond memories of getting oily-fingered eating gambas a la plancha in Spanish beach bars. This is a variation on that theme, a tasty light lunch or starter, best eaten with a hunk of crusty bread. It only takes about 20 minutes to cook. Serves 2 300g raw king prawns 2 cloves garlic Large […]

Curried salmon cakes

A slightly different take on traditional fishcakes, this is comfort food with a bit more oomph. Easy to make, they’re ready in about half an hour. Serves 2 1 large sweet potato (about 300g), peeled and cut into small chunks 180g tin of skinless, boneless red salmon 4 tbsp natural yoghurt 1-2 tsp curry paste […]

Peppers stuffed with rice, pine nuts and dill

Very tasty, and easy to make, this vegetarian dish is perfect for lunch or dinner. Serves 2 2 peppers, orange, red or yellow, halved 1 onion, finely chopped 125g basmati rice, cooked 75 – 100g feta cheese, cubed 4 tbsp pine nuts 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp ground cinnamon 4 tbsp dill, chopped Olive […]

Lamb shanks in ale

Cooked until the meat’s practically falling off the bone, served with a sticky, dark gravy infused with the taste of dark ale, and topped off with a fresh mint dressing, most people love lamb shanks done this way. Based on a recipe from Jamie Oliver. Serves 6 3 red onions, peeled ves 6 Olive oil […]