30 minute beef hash with baked potatoes, green goddess salad and butter beans

jamie oliver's super-fast beef hash with butter beans I got in from work the other day and Mrs. RP beseeched me with a desperate look in her eyes: "make this. MAKE THIS NOW!" She was gesturing at the TV; Jamie Oliver had just made 'super-fast beef hash, jacket potatoes, goddess salad, lovely butter beans & bacon' on 30 Minute Meals. I admit it looked the business. 1 PVR and a flick through … Continue Reading ››

turkey bolognese

image I'm a sucker for any bolognese recipes. It's lifted from my favourite cookbook of 2010, Leon 2. The appeal of this one is in the turkey mince, both healthy and cheap. It's never going to replace 'proper' bolognese but it's dead easy, very tasty and freezes like a dream. Give it a try.

Turkey bolognese:

1 onion, finely diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

500g turkey mince

250g mushrooms, sliced

2 tins of tomatoes

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leek rosti with tomato & chickpea stew

leek rosti with tomato & chickpea stew I saw this great recipe on Waitrose's website (you need some magic Flash gadget to make it work): "leek rosti, BRILLIANT". I duly bookmarked it to cook later in the week. I settle in front of the oven and fire up the recipe and something struck me on this cold Sunday evening: it was served with a carrot salad. A freakin' carrot salad in January. What was I thinking? I quickly swapped in a … Continue Reading ››

coley korma

coley korma I've been watching the recent fish campaign fronted by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay with great interest. Hugh's documentaries were particularly memorable: following a fishing boat and watching aghast as tons of dead cod is tossed back into the ocean. Why? Because they have already exceeded their cod quota. Senseless, wasteful and frustrating. I watched most of it … Continue Reading ››

my favourite cookbooks of 2010

v If you're anything like me, over time you accumulate cookbooks and through a process of natural selection some float to the top and get read often. Some gather dust at the back, never fulfilling their promise. A select few make it to the hallowed ground of the recipe book stand, where they deliver gold each and every time. I feel like 2010 was a great year for cookbooks; almost all the big hitters pumped out a new book, some of them two! Self-publishing … Continue Reading ››