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…

Satay chicken skewers and dressed rice

This is a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s 30 minute meals and, unsurprisingly, it’s delicious. I’ve made the full recipe before and the noodles are amazing so I recommend following the full recipe if you have his book. However I had limited time the last time I made it, so I just went with the skewers…

Smoky pomegranate chicken

So humour me on this one. I know it doesn’t sound like the most natural or classic combination but you’ll be glad you made this! It’s so much more than pomegranate and chicken (figuratively speaking … it actually is pretty much just pomegranate, chicken and onions). It’s got depth of flavour, tastes smoky, a bit fiery,…

Piri piri chicken

This is really delicious and pretty healthy. You can vary the amount of chilli and therefore temper the piri piri-ness, but it’s great for a weeknight meal to blow the cobwebs away! The initial idea is from Jamie Oliver’s 30 Minute Meals – and took me about 45 mins to cook even when leaving out some…

Spiced pork and a crunchy, fresh salad

I’m always on the look out for attractive recipes that use protein sources I don’t usually cook with – either vegetarian or meats I’m less familiar with, such as pork and venison. An attractive recipe, to me, is one that includes lots of seasoning (fresh herb or spices) but is quick and easy to prepare.…

Pork medallions and a spicy sweet tomato sauce

This recipe is from Jamie Oliver’s 15 Minute Meals – which means it will take you about 30 – 45 minutes from start to finish, but that’s still fine for a weeknight. As usual I’ve tweaked the recipe from the instructions, so I’ve written my way of doing it below. This very comfortably serves 2.

Lamb gobi curry

This meal was based on a gobi recipe from Leon’s cookbook with a rack of lamb served alongside. The gobi was a bit of effort (and time) but it makes enough for another night’s meal – which you could vary by just serving as a vegetarian curry, or serving with pretty much any meat you’d…