Salmon & asparagus tartlets

These are really nice as a light dinner, or cold the next day for lunch – they’d be a great addition to a picnic. Ingredients (makes 7-8 tarts using 4-inch tins) About 500g shortcrust pastry (I used shop bought but feel free to make your own) 2 eggs 2 salmon fillets, any skin removed, flesh…

Korean BBQ

Korean BBQ was definitely something I’d been looking forward to experiencing and I wasn’t disappointed. I think we were wandering around the Itaewon area when we came across a BBQ place we fancied. I ¬†was excited by the setup when we got inside: You know it’s going to be exciting when there’s a barbeque on…

Mini apple pastries

These were little spur of the moment pastries I whipped up, as I had some leftover pastry and I fancied something sweet. They were so tasty and quick, and just used ingredients I had in the house. My pastry was shop bought (I know, boo) but it’s even more of a good store cupboard dessert…

First night in Seoul & Korean fried chicken

A quick note on all my South Korea related posts – while I was very picture happy throughout, I kept forgetting to note down names of places we ate. Where possible I’ll give a rough idea of the area each place is in, but these posts will definitely be more of a celebration of the…

Mozzarella-stuffed Meatballs

I had great fun making this – it’s so decadent and full of flavour. For once I made a proper side dish with the pasta instead of just having it as a vehicle for the sauce, and it all just went together in a mass of cheesy, tomatoey goodness. Yum! Smoked mozzarella adds a slightly…

Din Tai Fung, Seoul

A thousand apologies for my extreme lack of posting lately. I’ve been working and holidaying and in the midst of my very first house purchase (eek!) so it’s been a busy few weeks! But I’ve got plenty of delicious things to post about – starting with some highlights from my recent trip to Seoul. I…

Herby cheesy pasta side

Normally I’m pretty lazy with pasta – just boil it up and stick it in the sauce. I would very rarely do that with potatoes and I frequently jazz up my rice, so I figured why not make a little more effort with the pasta. Therefore, I whipped up a little spaghetti side dish full…

Chicken Casserole

This is good, tasty comfort food. Because of the chicken, it’s pretty quick for a casserole. I normally serve it all up bones and all, but you can strip the meat off and mix it in before serving if you prefer. Ingredients A mix of chicken thighs and drumsticks – about 8 in total A…

Pancetta & cabbage pasta

I think all my pasta recipes start with this, but this is a really quick and easy dish! Ingredients Enough pasta for 2 people Pancetta (1 of those small square packs) Clove of garlic, crushed Half a cabbage, tough stalk removed and leaves shredded Two large handfuls of spinach A couple of tablespoons olive oil…

Pancakes!

Okay, this post was meant to be much closer to pancake day. That said, pancakes are glorious at any time of the year! I normally just go with standard nutella and banana, but this year I made a nice wee apple and cinnamon topping. Ingredients (For the pancakes) 300g self raising flour 1.5 tsp baking…

Poached chicken in cider & apples

I’ve made variations of this dish several times over the years, with everything from pork to chicken to pheasant. It’s a good one for when you fancy something that tastes a bit special but without a lot of effort. Ingredients Two chicken breasts About a tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Clove of…

Chorizo Pasta

Pasta is my favourite last minute dinner – it can be so quick and delicious, and loads of pasta sauces can be made from the odds and ends that are hanging about in your cupboards and fridge. Ingredients 1/2 ring of chorizo, thinly sliced and quartered 1 small red onion, finely chopped 1-2 cloves garlic,…