Cooking for a crowd
large batch cooking, including make-ahead - for groups of people
Crispy shreds of lamb paired with creamy feta, crunchy red onion and tangy roasted tomatoes, all finished off with a simple balsamic dressing. My absolute favourite salad of all time and hands down the best way to use up those roast dinner leftovers! Gluten free, super fast to throw together, and filling enough for dinner!
You can't beat this rich, meaty and delicious homemade steak pie, filled with slow-cooked beef and potatoes it's the ultimate comfort food. This is no lightweight ‘pastry lid’ pie. This is pastry base, pastry sides and pastry topping. I use ready-made shortcrust pastry. The best cuts for a slow-cooked steak pie are chuck or silverside, or any braising beef you can get from your local supermarket will do just fine. You don't need to use expensive cuts of meat for this steak pie.
Learn how to make Honey Garlic Chicken at home! Sticky tender boneless chicken thighs in a garlic, soy, and honey sauce. This honey garlic chicken is so simple to make and it's ready in 20 minutes. Serve with rice for an easy Friday night fakeaway. A classic combination of honey, soy sauce and garlic working together to produce a sticky, sweet sauce to coat golden tender chicken pieces. I love to whip this up to serve over boiled rice for dinner.
Tender pan-fried salmon with spaghetti and a little courgetti (spiralized courgette/zucchini) in a creamy tomato sauce. Serve with a sprinkling of black pepper, parmesan and basil leaves. An easy weeknight dinner! If you want to loosen up the sauce further, simply add in another big splash of the pasta cooking water - that starchy water will help the sauce cling to the pasta.
This Chickpea and Lemon Soup is super fresh and zingy. A great lunch for only 180 cals per portion and its gluten free and Vegan too. It's simple to make, and you can really add whatever veg you've got lying about. I had some sweet potatoes in the cupboard, which are always great in soup as they add a silky sweetness and also help to thicken the soup. Carrots, butternut squash, parsnips or peppers would also be good.
Crispy stir fried beef and broccoli in a tangy and spicy sauce made with soy sauce, sugar and lime juice. Looking at the recipe, it sounds like a lot of sugar and soy sauce (and it is), but the combination with the lime juice just works to give that beautiful sweet/sour/salty taste. You can also make it gluten free by replacing the soy sauce with tamari.
The Mexican Chicken Kebabs with Picante Salsa make a great addition to any barbecue! Of course you can cook them on a griddle or under the grill too, but you can't beat that lovely smoky barbecue taste! In the US, Cinco de Mayo is more a celebration of Mexican culture, celebrated with parades, music, festivals, Mexican food and drink. And I can never resist the call of Mexican food. Especially this picante salsa!
Marinated succulent lamb, juicy and beautifully charred. These Gluten Free Greek Lamb Souvlaki Kebabs are so tasty. Cook them on the BBQ for added flavour! The marinade for this lamb imbues some seriously deep flavours - salty, garlicky and with a good dash of lemon, they’re very very moreish. They absolutely taste their best when cooked on the barbecue, but you can also cook them under the grill (broiler) or on a griddle.
This Greek Style Potato Hash works as a great side dish for BBQs - or eat it on its own - totally satisfying. So good when you want something filling and tasty without being too stodgy. I actually eat this all year round, especially with BBQs and with meaty Greek dishes like crispy pork gyros or this Greek lamb traybake.
It's quite simple to learn How to Make Lancashire Hotpot. This is one of my staple dinners. Succulent lamb in a meaty gravy, topped with potatoes that are tender underneath and crisp on top. There are variations out there: some without stock, some with carrots, some with oysters or kidneys. Nearly every recipe does agree that this is a dish made with lamb, butter, onions and layers of potatoes. You can't beat the flavours of that juicy lamb, especially with a nice spoonful of mint sauce.
Homemade Peshwari Naan is a soft fluffy naan bread with a hint of sweetness to mop up a lovely sauce curry! Some recipes like to include sultanas in their peshwari naan, but I’m not keen in fruit in my naan bread, so I like to use a deliciously moreish sticky mixture of ground almonds and desiccated coconut. This bread is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury!
A delicious homemade lasagne with rich beef ragu, creamy béchamel and golden cheese topping. A comfort food classic. One hour from start-to-finish (and half of that's in the oven) and you can be serving up a big meaty-cheesy dish of lasagne, with enough for second helpings. Because we all want second helpings when it comes to lasagne right?
Chicken wings are so good as is, but they are more amazing with this Asian-Inspired sauce. If you want to make this gluten free, you can replace the soy sauce with tamari. Also, make sure you're using a gluten-free baking powder and sweet chilli sauce. #ChickenWings #Wings #PartyFood #GameDay #Recipe #AsianFood
You can't beat this rich, meaty and delicious homemade steak pie, filled with slow-cooked beef and potatoes it's the ultimate comfort food. This is pastry base, pastry sides and pastry topping. I use ready-made shortcrust pastry for this recipe (I find the ready-made stuff to be almost as good as homemade, so I only make it myself when I’ve got plenty of time). This meat and potato pie is almost a meal in itself so you don't need loads of sides.
Gluten Free Chocolate Ganache Marshmallow cupcakes - Using real chocolate instead of cocoa powder. The cupcakes themselves are so easy to make. No mixer required. Just mix all the ingredients in a bowl and spoon it out. You don't need cake cases. These cakes should easily pop out of a non-stick metal muffin tin without leaving half your cake behind. Just spray or wipe the tin with a little oil or butter first and they come out really easily.
Baked chicken parmesan that’s tender and juicy inside and crispy on the outside. Adults and kids alike LOVE this Italian classic. It’s that perfect combo of crispy chicken with rich marinara sauce, stretchy melted mozzarella and a nice big pile of spaghetti. Traditionally it’s served with spaghetti but you can serve it in lots of different ways if you fancy a change.
As someone who isn't a vegetarian, and thinks plain cauliflower is a bit 'meh', I can confirm these Asian Style Cauliflower Wings are flippin' delicious! The best way to make cauliflower taste good!! Perfect Vegetarian Chicken Wings! Includes information on how to make Gluten Free Baked Cauliflower Wings and information on how to make ahead!
This is my easy cauliflower cheese, super simple, without the need for a béchamel sauce. Less effort, less washing up but still with all of the creamy, cheesy flavour! It’s quicker and easier with no need for an extra sauce requiring an extra pan, it’s naturally gluten free and quite tasty!
A lightly spiced, fragrant curry with chickpeas, tender chunks of sweet potato and fresh spinach cooked in a creamy coconut curry sauce. Ready in 35 minutes, this curry is easy to prepare and packed full of flavour. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike love this rich, moreish curry. It's mild enough for the kids to enjoy, but still packs a flavour punch! This veggie curry is a winner! - vibrant, comforting, creamy and it's also about 2-3 portions of your 5-a-day!
This easy 10-minute Satay Sauce with a little kick makes a great dip for chicken, pork or vegetable skewers. Smooth and creamy with a little chilli kick! It's a simple way to pep up a rotisserie chicken, drizzle over a salad or to use as a dip for veggies. I prefer to use shop-bought smooth peanut butter for the sake of simplicity, but you can whizz up your own peanuts for this if you prefer. Or you could use chunky peanut butter.
Sticky and slightly spicy, Melt in your Mouth Pork Belly Burger, stuffed into a soft brioche bun and loaded with quick pickled veggies and a jalapeño kick! This is one indulgent pork burger. Perfect for a weekend treat! It's one of those recipes where silence takes over the room for a few minutes, just while people take in those first bites. We don't spoil those first few bites with conversation. It's all about the eating.
Turkey Meatballs & Zoodles make a delicious meal! A lighter alternative to regular meatballs, these turkey meatballs are tender and delicious! They're all cooked in one pan, along with the rich tomato sauce and courgetti (zoodles), so we're keeping excess washing up to a minimum! A fantastic lighter Summer dinner. I'm very fussy when it comes to meatballs. Not only have they got to be juicy and flavourful, but they've also got to be perfectly browned, with a light crust on the outside.