Smoky rice and beans

This might not be the most picturesque meal you ever cook, but it’s healthy, vegetarian and full of protein from the black beans and numerous health benefits from brown rice, which gives you plenty of selenium, manganese, fibre and has low GI, if that’s something you’re watching for. There are four aspects to this meal:…

Fruity mediterranean chicken

I love dishes that start with a combination I’ve never tried before! And this one certainly did – with onions, fennel, cinnamon and chicken all making early appearances. The original recipe describes this as southern Italian style chicken, but to me it tasted almost more mediterranean. Jamie Oliver also suggests a few ingredients like preserved…

Irresistible beef ragu

Italians, I have your secret to a delicious ragu! This is sublime and tastes like something I would marvel at Italy and never hope to replicate at home. I think the secret to this ragu, actually, is to get amazing beef from your local butcher. We bought a rib of beef (well, two ribs worth)…

Pyrenees chicken

This is a great dish if you’ve got lots of people to feed and also it’s super versatile and will go with lots of different sides. The recipe I followed was from Movida which is a Spanish food cookbook, which I confess I don’t use as often as I should due to the amount of preparation usually…

Rustic arrabbiata chicken

This is another great 2 night recipe. Initially I was dissappointed with the recipe as it looked nothing like the recipe photo had promised (but then, I did diverge from the recipe quite a bit) until I tried the leftovers with spaghetti – and it went marvellously. It’s like the sauce that so many of…