There are three reasons I love it when Alex heads out for the evening: Me time I get an early night and the bed to myself…to start with I cook veggie Alex is a huge meat eater, which many of you will know from previous posts. This means whenever we’re both in and cook for each other, it’s going to be a meat based dish and will also always feature carbs (rice, potatoes or cous cous if I’m lucky). But there are SO many veggie and vegan ideas I have, that I love getting creative when he’s out. I even usually make enough to have for lunch the following couple of days too, being super productive. The last time I got veggie inventive in the…

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Fajitas are always a winner. Ready in 20 minutes.┬áMid-week, quick & easy dinner. We used to buy those sachets of seasoning. You know the ones. The individual packets which say there’s enough to shake over meat for four, but you pretty much use it all up for two. they always worked well, but aren’t always the most economical way to enjoy a fajita dinner. I recently decided that we had enough spices on our condiment shelf to whip up a seasoning ourselves, and started trying out different combos. Each tasty in its own way, this one had a smoky touch which reminded me of other seasonings we’d previously had. It didn’t quite have the kick we always look for, so the extra bird eye chilies…

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The all inclusive buffet on holiday always reminds me how much more I need to cook fish or seafood, and this year was no different. In Costa de la Luz for the week earlier this month we had it all, red fish, catfish, swordfish, octopus, squid rings, mussels, salmon, and all manor of other white fish fillet which I can’t remember the names of. The one thing I didn’t have however was prawns. Keen to try something new, rather than one of my trusty risotto dishes, I decided I’d whip up a red curry. Aromatic and creamy, with a good kick of spice, this went down a treat. The baby corn I opted to include in the curry added a different texture to the dish…

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Chicken is such a versatile meat. From simply roasting with spices, or slow cooking with lemon rosemary, to using in a homemade curry, butterflying and grilling with peri peri, or making enchiladas. There’s so much you can do with it. Alex being a big meat eater, and requesting meat for every dinner we have together, chicken has become somewhat of regular every week. A big pack of breasts, or legs, can last a few meals, and as long as you shake up the dish, you never get bored! Following a night of simple fajitas (yes, sometimes I do buy those sets as they’re super quick and easy for after work), I got creative in the kitchen for our second day of chicken. Cooking off sliced…

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Using up leftovers has to be one of the most satisfying things. There’s nothing worse than going into the kitchen mid-week, after a long day in the office, and realising that you haven’t used the rest of the pack of meat, some of your favourite fresh veggies and that your bread has gone mouldy. I’m sure we’ve all experienced it at least once before. I’ve got really good at freezing everything which is due to go off, and then using it from frozen in my cooking – frozen beansprouts, sausages, crumpets, etc. But I do love to take a look at what needs eating and try to concoct some sort of recipe from the mashup of ingredients – it’s almost like a challenge. Recently I…

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