Mushroom, Chicken and Miso Soup

One of the tastiest Japanese dishes I love is ramen. There’s loads of different types but it’s basically a stick with noodles and vegetables in topped with a soft boiled egg. It takes quite a while and skill to make an great ramen. If you don’t have the time this is a quick and easy…

Cucumber and Avocado Guacamole

I do cook a lot but every once in a while I have to work on an evening and my other half steps up. Tonight there was chilli con carne on the menu, well, his version of it. Like all men, he likes to go maverick and ‘throws’ something together. Tonight was no different. In…

Soba Beef Stir Fry

After a gym session you’ve got to make sure you have a quick to prepare and make dinner. This stir fry took 10 minutes from start to finish. soba beef stir fry 2 frying steaks 1/2 a red and green pepper 1 onion 1 carrot thumb size piece of ginger 1 garlic clove 100ml soy…

Teriyaki Salmon

Another favourite meal while I was in Japan was teriyaki salmon. You can literally have any meat, fish or vegetables with this teriyaki sauce. Not only does it have add an amazing flavour to meat or fish but makes rice a bit more interesting if you’re not a huge fan. There’s just 3 ingredients and…

Schnitzel

The one thing I really wanted to try when I was in Vienna over Christmas was the Viennese schnitzel. I saw it on a couple of travel programmes before I went. When I did try it I thought it was good but definitely slightly dry and dare I say it a bit bland. I served…

Soda Bread

An Irish friend from work gave me this recipe a while ago and I always make it when I have friends staying over or when I fancy something a little special for breakfast at the weekend. I usually top it with cream cheese and slices of tomato but it’s also really tasty with cream cheese…

Swiss Fondue

I did a ski season a few years ago and I got totally addicted to fondue, raclette and tartiflette. Yes, I love cheese and cheese in any form. A lot of people think fondue is very retro but it’s so tasty and it shouldn’t be snubbed. It’s amazing on a cold evening which reminds me…

Butternut Soup with Pumpkin Seed Popcorn

Here is a simple and quick recipe for a soup. I needed to use some left over vegetables that I didn’t use for my Sunday dinner. I also had some left over cooked chicken. You could make this recipe with or without the chicken. It would be just as filling. butternut soup with pumpkin seed…

American Pancakes

When you can’t decide which flavour you want, have both. It’s been a while since I’ve had pancakes for breakfast so a cold and lazy Sunday morning is a perfect time to treat myself. My favourite flavour is banana, crispy bacon and maple syrup. I can eat a never-ending pile of these. I also tried…

Beef Mustard and Horseradish Pie

It’s starting to get cold and I’m craving slow cooked comfort food. I’ve tried this recipe a couple of times and wanted to make it into a pie and use a different cut of meat. I usually use stewing steak but this time I’ve used beef shin. It has a rich meaty flavour and very…