Cooking is a hobby of mine. It’s quite a nice hobby to have as we tend to need to eat every day. Most of the meals I share are meals that the kids will eat, where curries and spicy food are involved they probably lack a bit of a kick as well. A big part of the fun with recipes is modifying them … adding a bit more of this and a bit more of that. I try to link to the original authors though these days I’ll tend to have a browse online and then just do my own thing anyways.

Enjoy and if you like or end up making anything please leave a comment. It’s always nice to know someone else has been inspired by what you’ve made.

Jimmy’s Lentil and Chorizo Stew

Jimmy’s Lentil and Chorizo Stew

If you wanted with this dish you could actually go vegetarian and leave the chorizo out. I’m not sure what you could substitute for the chorizo yet but it’d be nice without it. I’d just add in a good pinch of chilli to make up for the missing chorizo / fat / oil /...
Oven Roast Cherry Tomatoes with Lentils

Oven Roast Cherry Tomatoes with Lentils

So my glut of cherry tomatoes comes to an end for a bit. I’m going vegetarian for tonight’s dinner. I took a look around at a few different recipes and opted to go with some oven roast balsamic glaze cherry tomatoes with red onion. Served up with some Puy...
Oven Roast Sausage, Tomato, and White Beans

Oven Roast Sausage, Tomato, and White Beans

For some reason, this feels like it should be a stew but it isn’t. I’ve got cherry tomatoes to use up. I’ve raided my freezer and I have got a thick Henaff sausage to use that I picked up on special. With a short shelf like but 30% off I’ll buy...
Jimmy’s Baguette Pizza

Jimmy’s Baguette Pizza

I’m finding myself home alone and with a glut of cherry tomatoes to use this week. What to do, what to do.First up I’m making what I think of as quick and easy pizzas. Are they anything like a pizza? Well kinda they’ve got a tomato based topping and...
Scones in Nantes – Recipe

Scones in Nantes – Recipe

It’s amazing how we can miss the little things. Oh I’ll just grab a bag of scones from Tescos for breakfast. Not something you can do here so easily. Sure you can find them in a few locations but they generally cost an arm and a leg. They are however...
Kidney Bean Burgers

Kidney Bean Burgers

This is pretty much Jack Monroe’s Kidney Bean Burger recipe from Cooking on a Bootstrap and I’ve tried it a few times now and it’s definitely becoming a favourite around here. I only came across her site last year but she’s got some great...
Jimmy’s Egg Fried Rice

Jimmy’s Egg Fried Rice

It’s Sunday … this means a few things … we’ve survived the kids for the weekend, it’s bath night, and we want something quick and simple for dinner. Enter my patent pending egg fried rice. This is a rather quick dish, very tasty and rather filling. You can add some...
Onion Bhajis Jimmy Style

Onion Bhajis Jimmy Style

I think I started making onion bhajis about a year ago (maybe it was 2 … time flies when you’re having fun). I’ve made some good ones, I’ve made some great ones. For me, the first key ingredient is gram flour. You can pick some up in one of the...
Cake with Goats Cheese and Olives

Cake with Goats Cheese and Olives

Hang on didn’t the title say cake? What do olives and goat cheese have to do with anything? Well in France cake means something quite different. In France a cake is a savoury dish. It also seems to be the dish that the world and it’s mother make especially...
A quick steak stir fry

A quick steak stir fry

It’s lunch time and you want something tasty but quick … I give you a 15 minute steak stir fry! This is a rather quick stir fry it needs a few ingredients however you might not have to hand. Apart from the ginger though they keep for ages when opened. You...
Lentil Spag Bol

Lentil Spag Bol

Without a doubt Spaghetti Bolognese has got to be one of my favourite dishes. To the extent that yes if I see it on a menu in a restaurant I’ll think about it 😀 It’s one of those things that I suspect every student learns how to cook as it’ll be...
Bruschetta

Bruschetta

This is an incredibly quick and simple recipe. It’s perfect for an apero or like I just did … for a refreshing lunch. First thing is first however … kiss your loved ones goodbye! We’re going having raw onion and raw garlic here 🙂 For the...
Crocodiles for dinner anyone?

Crocodiles for dinner anyone?

No we’re not actually having crocodiles for dinner. Can you imagine being a 3 year old and being told you’re having crocodiles though? The name came from a french friend Caroline who makes similar for her kids. This is an incredibly tasty recipe even if I...
Oven Roast Summer Veg

Oven Roast Summer Veg

It’s amazing the difference in flavours you can get by simply changing the way you cook something. Normally I like to fry courgette / tomato / shallot in a pan and maybe add in a small tub of tomato sauce (or not) … changing the method to simply putting it...
Quick and easy Sausage Rolls!

Quick and easy Sausage Rolls!

If you didn’t grow up with sausage rolls you probably don’t miss them. For me it’s one of those things I didn’t realise I missed until I had some again. A neighbour Marie put me onto this and it’s a fun one you can easily make with the...
Quick grilled pizza bites

Quick grilled pizza bites

Here’s a pretty quick one to share at an apéro. We took it to a picnic tonight and it went down a treat. So you’re going to need: 2 white onions (The ones that have fresh green bits on) 3 – 4 Tomatoes Bacon 1 flat baguette Cheese (Emmental) Fry up...