Sweet Chilli Chicken

Today’s recipe is sort of inspired by a traditional Filipino dish, but done as a stir-fry, and it is dished up with egg-fried rice. I seem to be doing an awful lot of Oriental cooking at the moment, not that I am complaining; Oriental cuisine is one of my favourites. When I was growing up,…

Simple Tex-Mex Chilli

Ideal for all these rainy days we seem to be having this summer. Where has the summer gone? It’s July for fuck’s sake. Not bloody April! Anyway,  with Tuesday being a mix of sun and rain, and having to use a package of minced beef from the fridge, I decided to cook a pot of…

Jacko’s Simple Roast Chicken

And now, we come to one of the most important recipes any home chef should have in his or her repertoire, roast chicken. (Insert Homer Simpson style drool here) I suppose the roast chook has been a major part of my life since I was a little boy. I used to sit in the kitchen…

Orchard Roast Lamb

An absofuckinglutely brilliant way of roasting lamb. This way of cooking lamb has long been in my Mum’s repertoire, and it is gradually becoming part of mine. Mum saw this being cooked on a television show years agop, I see from her notes that it was from a show that has a vicar. Very cryptic…

Easy Chicken and Ham Slab Pie

An old family favourite, straight from my mother’s notebook. Apologies for the long absence. I’ve been unwell, and life has been a bit hectic. But that’s all alright now. Anyway, the other night it was my turn to cook the dinner and I decided to cook one of my favourite quick supper ideas, a chicken…

Risotto for the Lazy

A very tasty supper dish for one. And proof that I do do savoury dishes as well as baking/desserts. I love risotto. I like how comforting it is. But what I don’t like is the tiresome ladling in of stock, and stirring it in. I thought there has to be an easier way, when I…

Baked Tikka Yogurt Chicken

I admit this may not win any prizes for being the most beautiful dish when you pull this out of the oven. I promise it tastes good though. This is a simple version of that Great British favourite, Chicken Tikka, based on a Slimming World recipe. If you prefer your tikka to be in a…

Easy Midweek Paella

A great storecupboard supper that’s ideal for the winter months. Although, having said that, I have made this in the summer and I enjoyed it then too. This is one of those recipes that is easily adaptable to whatever you got in the fridge. I once made this using skinned Cumberland pork sausages, sliced chorizo…

Chilli Chicken Stir-fry

A great tasting stir-fry for two, which I came up with just today. And only two syns a portion on Slimming World. I could quite happily eat stir-fries every day. They are quick and easy, and everyone likes them. As a student I used to make a stir-fry once or twice a week. This one…

Pesto Tuna Pasta Salad

Well, this is it, my first Slimming World recipe. A filling pasta salad, based on an idea told to me by my cousin. The point of Slimming World is that it’s a lifestyle choice, not a diet. You can eat things on this, like pasta,and feel full afterwards. Which is great. And you can have…

My Mother’s Butternut Squash, Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Soup

A lovely soup ideal for a wintry lunch or supper on the sofa while watching something easy on the television. This soup is absolutely wonderful. The colour is just so cheerful at this time of year, and it tastes good too. It is also easily adaptable, I like it with a bit of chilli, added…

My Mother’s Minestrone

A wonderful soup for lunch beside the fire. After so many baking recipes lately, which isn’t good for Slimming World, I’ve decided to focus on a more balanced selection of recipes, starting with this soup. If you were expecting this to be a true Minestrone recipe, I’m afraid it isn’t. It’s my mother’s version, which…