Author: Maggie

Salsa Verde

Green sauce to go with steak! Also works with other meats and fish. The ingredients can be played around with a bit. Ingredients: Chop herbs and garlic as finely as possible then combine with other ingredients. Other recipes generally include anchovies, which is really nice.…

Lemon cheescake

Ingredients: 100g abernathy biscuits (if you can find them! I found them in Waitrose. If not digestives are fine, just don’t add sugar) 40g butter 2 tbsp brown sugar 250g cream cheese – I used marscapone 280ml double cream 100g caster sugar Zest and juice…

Sauteed rainbow chard

Recipe here. Ingredients: Chard Olive Oil Garlic Onion Salt and pepper Thyme Nutmeg Balsamic vinegar Method: Clean and chop the chard, separating the stems from the leaves. Chop onion and garlic. Heat up oil, and add the onion, garlic, and chard stems to the pan.…

Broccoli Pasta

Really simple yummy pasta dish that Guilia made. Reminded me of DP’s Broccoli Noodles! Ingredients: 1 head of broccoli 2 cloves of garlic Cream Pasta Salt and pepper Squeeze of lemon Parmesan Method: Cut up the broccoli, separating the stem and the florets. Roughly chop…

Jess’ creamy mushroom gnocchi

Jess makes this for me all the time and it’s one of my favourites! Ingredients: Method:

Pasta alla Vodka

Really yummy and quick pasta sauce. Ingredients: Method:

Chickpea ‘tuna’ mayo

Made this the other day – nice as a quick sandwich filling and super tasty!! Ingredients: Method:

Rum Punch!

Fruity and boozy rum punch – reminiscent of St. Lucia! I didn’t really measure the ingredients (maybe I should have, but this is what was in the pitcher that I made which served about 9 cocktail glasses) Ingredients: Juice of one whole pineapple Juice of…

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a bit complicated to make, but it’s fun and really yummy. Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1 cup flour 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper Buffalo sauce: 2/3 cup…

Thai summer rolls

These are super easy and very adaptable. They’re a really fun packed lunch! Ingredients: Rice paper wraps (can get these at Chinese supermarkets) Peanut sauce (recipe here) Tofu Pickled radishes are nice! Fresh herbs – coriander, mint, basil You can use any raw veg, but…

Tofu pad thai

A little bit complicated but really tasty! Ingredients Sauce: 1.5 tsp tamarind paste (or sub for 1 tbsp lime juice) 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or sub half the amount with tamari) 3.5 tbsp coconut sugar 1.5 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1.5 tbsp lime juice 2…

Miso glazed aubergine

Really tasty side dish, or can be served with rice with sushi seasoning and quick pickled cucumber (recipe here). Ingredients: Aubergine, cut into rounds about 2cm thick and scored Glaze – I kind of made this up, but mixture of: White miso paste (I bought…

Egg fried rice

Yummy and easy weeknight dinner – and great way of using up rice! The rice definitely has to be made ahead of time. Ingredients: Rice (cooked beforehand) Sesame oil Onion Garlic Ginger Egg Tofu Soy sauce Any veg will do, but my favourites are: Pak…

Thai Green Curry

My favourite ever!! And I’ve finally figured out how to make it taste good. The key thing is either to make a paste from scratch (recipe here), or to buy a tub of paste from a chinese supermarket (the best by far is the Mae…

Cantucci

Ingredients (makes around 30): 250 grams plain flour 165 grams granulated sugar 1 tablespoon honey 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon grated orange zest squeeze of orange juice 1 teaspoon amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 2 eggs 125 grams whole almonds Method: Preheat Oven…

Puerco Pibil

My friend Ian made me this for dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was AMAZING so I had to ask him for the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet as it takes ages but I definitely want to. Ingredients: Yucatec spice blend: 5…

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Really love this recipe! It’s a veggie ramen because that’s what I prefer but I’d like to try out a pork ramen sometime. Ingredients: Dried shiitake mushrooms Garlic Shallot Ginger Veg or chicken stock White miso paste Soy sauce Sesame oil Fresh assorted mushrooms, including…

Chorizo Pasta

Have been making this as an easy weeknight dinner, good way to use up chorizo. Ingredients: Chorizo Chilli Red onion Garlic Sour cream Pasta Tomatoes Method: Fry up chopped garlic, chilli and red onion in olive oil. Once soft, add chopped chorizo and cook for…

Pickled Radishes

Recipe here. This is a basic pickling recipe which could be used for any type of veg – I’ve tried kohlrabi which was really nice. Can add in whatever spices you want for flavour! Ingredients: Bunch of radishes 1/2 cup white or apple cider vinegar…

Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

Mango Jalapeno Margaritas

Online recipe: https://www.freutcake.com/in-the-kitchen/drinks-anyone/spicy-mango-jalapeno-margarita/ Ingredients For one cocktail: 1oz tequila 0.75oz cointreau 1.5oz lime juice 4oz mango juice fresh mango, diced 2 small jalapeno peppers Chilli salt Method: Char jalapeños on the grill or over a flame until blackened. Reserve one for garnish and slice the…

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Kardemummabullar (Swedish Cardamom Buns)

Recipe: http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/2017/12/18/kanelbullar/ INGREDIENTS (makes about 1 1/2 dozen)For the dough: 1 cup milk, warmed 2 tsp active dry yeast 3 – 3 1/2 cups plain flour 1/3 cup butter, softened 1/3 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 tsp ground cardamom 1 tsp vanilla 1/2 tsp…

Bakewell Tart

Bakewell Tart

Guardian recipe: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2013/apr/17/how-make-perfect-bakewell-tart IngredientsFor the pastry: 140g plain flour, plus extra to sprinkle 85g cold butter, plus extra to grease Pinch of salt Ice cold water For the frangipane: 110g butter 110g caster sugar 2 eggs 110g ground almonds 25g plain flour ½tsp baking powder…

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

Chocolate Sponge Cake (or Brownies)

This is a great cake! I sometimes make it just with the filling, but no icing. It’s quicker, and a better ‘everyday’ cake. Sieve some icing sugar on top as decoration. Or try the mix as brownies by using plain flour instead of self-raising, no…

Oven Baked Frittata

Really easy to make – especially in bulk! Ingredients: 10 eggs Onion Mixed veg Bacon or chorizo Salt, pepper and herbs Grated cheese to top Can be made with whatever’s in the fridge but suggestions are: broccoli, kale, sweet potato, spinach, pepper, mushrooms Fry up…

Refried Beans

An alternate filling for fajitas, or great on their own! Ingredients: x2 tins of beans (traditionally it’s meant to be pinto but I usually use cannelloni. anything works) Olive oil Onion Garlic Salt and pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Chipotle tabasco Chopped jalapenos Red pepper Method:…

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

My all time favourite meal! Love to cook it for friends. Ingredients: For the filling Chicken Garlic Red onion Red pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Sriracha sauce For the guacamole: Avocado Lime Coriander Chipotle tabasco Salt and pepper Olive oil Additional: Tortilla wraps Creme fraiche…

Saugage Ragu

Saugage Ragu

I made this from my recipe book today and I actually like it a lot more than bolognese with beef mince- it’s super tasty! Ingredients: Pork sausages Olive oil Garlic Onions Fennel seeds, mixed herbs Chopped tomatoes Red wine Salt and pepper Pasta (recipe recommends…

Mushroom and Creme Fraiche Pasta

I find this a really good way of using up creme fraiche that I bought for making wraps!! (and its quick and yummy!) Main ingredients: Mushrooms Onion Garlic Spinach Creme fraiche Spaghetti First soften the onions with the garlic, then add the mushrooms. Once they’re…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Super yummy and relatively easy! Recipe here. I made it with kale instead of spinach.

Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya

BBC recipe here. Great to cook in bulk and then keep for the next day! Can be veggie too.

Shakshuka

BBC recipe Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Serve with yoghurt and flatbreads.

Basic Risotto

Olive oil Butter Risotto rice Onions Garlic (or wild garlic leaves added at the last moment) White wine Vegetable stock cube (or chicken stock) Salt, pepper, herbs Grated parmesan Saute sliced onions and chopped garlic in olive oil and butter until soft. Add risotto rice…

Loaded Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Skins

Deliciously Ella recipe here. Yummy with puy lentils if you don’t have black beans!

Veggie Chilli

Garlic Chilli Coriander Kidney beans Tinned tomatoes Celery Sweet potato Mushrooms Peppers Red wine Salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and cayenne pepper Simmer beans with tomatoes and wine. Fry up the garlic, chilli, chopped coriander stalks, sweet potato and mushrooms. Add to the beans along with…

Best Brownies

100g plain chocolate 150g softened butter (or try with 100g butter and 50g olive oil) 175g caster sugar 3 eggs (including extra yolk/white if you have some to use up) ½ teaspoon vanilla essence 50g self-raising flour 50g plain flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 100g…

Crème brûlée

(serves 6) 8 egg yolks 110g caster sugar Vanilla essence 750ml double cream 250ml milk 55g demerara sugar Preheat oven to 160C/140C fan. Place egg yolks and caster sugar in a bowl and add the vanilla essence. Using a whisk, gently combine mixture, then slowly…

Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart

Pastry: 150g flour 75g butter 50g sugar 1 egg A few drops of vanilla essence Preheat oven to 160C/180C fan. Tip flour into a bowl and add the butter (cut into small slices) Rub until combined. Add sugar, egg and vanilla. Kneed the dough then…

Nana Bread

100g softened butter 120g caster sugar 1 egg 225g plain flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 3 very ripe bananas 50ml milk Chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 18oC/160C fan. Grease and line a loaf tin. In a large bowl, mix together the butter, sugar and…

Choc Chip Cookies

(makes roughly 30 cookies) 150g softened butter 80g light brown muscovado sugar 80g granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 egg 225g plain flour ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ¼ teaspoon salt 200g plain chocolate chips/chunks or half choc chips and half broken pecans Preheat…

Blueberry Muffins

(makes 6 muffins) 55g butter 125g plain flour 1 egg 100g caster sugar 65ml milk 1 teaspoon baking powder Pinch of salt 100g blueberries Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan. Grease and line a muffin tin or line with paper cases. Sieve flour, baking powder and…

Perfect Pancakes

(makes roughly 6 crepes) 100g plain flour 2 eggs 300ml milk 1 tablespoon oil Pinch of salt Butter (for frying) Put flour and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Crack the eggs into the middle,…

Tomato Pasta

Fresh tomatoes Passata Garlic Chilli Wine Salt, pepper and sugar Basil (optional) Pasta Try adding mushrooms, chopped olives or spicy sausage for variety! Top with grated parmesan.