Chicken and Mushroom Pie

I had some leftover pastry in the fridge this week (@roseannaellenbrown wanted pecan pie) so I’ve had pie on the brain. Chicken and mushroom is a @liz.speed special, all I’ve done is add some more veg. The roasted shallots are worth it, trust me Mum! The ideal work lunch when summer is rainy and not acting like summer….

Aubergine Katsu Curry

Katsu curry is a favourite comfort food of mine (thanks primarily to @wagamama_uk). I had a mind-blowing version in Tokyo last summer, yet it’s surprisingly easy to make at home. This recipe is veggie, but you can easily swap the aubergine for chicken with the same breadcrumbing technique.Takes 45 minutes, makes 4 work lunches INGREDIENTS2 big…

Baked Risotto with Asparagus, Peas and Mint

This weekend deserves a delicious summery recipe. I’m a big fan of risotto, but find I only cook it for a crowd so rarely eat it just for me. Risotto also risks not tasting great cooked in the traditional way if left for more than a day. Enter @rachelkballard, who has pointed me in the direction…

Lamb Keema, Quick Onion & Mint Pickle

A week of curry lunches is a good week. This lamb keema is well spiced, high in protein from the lamb and chickpeas, and full of veg. The pickle is a winner too and only take a couple of minutes to make! The longer it sits, the better it gets. In other news, Deep South…

Chicken Andouille Sausage Gumbo

When I travelled in the US a few years ago, I fell in love with New Orleans; its intoxicating clash of cultures, music and food was something I’d never seen. Gumbo is a dish that celebrates that culinary melting pot; a deep, smoky stew that tastes so good and, well, quite unlike anything you’d have…

Sausage Ragu with Cheesy Polenta

It’s been a hectic week with work and prepping for this weekend’s pop-up fun! I’ve barely had time to think about food, so one evening this week I knew I needed something quick. A dinner of mainly store cupboard essentials turned into a winning dish that I will make again and again! When using during…

Vietnamese Beef Salad

I was in a beef mince kinda mood this week. Not the spag bol, hug-in-a-bowl kinda mood, but something different. Inspired by @cheftomkerridge, and the technique of roasting mince in the oven until dark and crispy, led to this beef salad, with rice noodles and carrots, spiked with a punch Vietnamese inspired dressing. Probably best to…

Chipotle Lime Chicken

Guys I’m taking over my friend’s food truck! The date will be revealed soon, but in the meantime this weekend I’ve just about sorted the menu I want to serve. Lots of dishes tested, and this one is a winner, although it didn’t quite make the cut for the truck! This may be another chipotle…

Tray Roasted Chipotle Chicken Thighs

This week’s recipe is probably the laziest one yet! Buy stuff, chop a bit and sling in the oven. The chipotle paste is a revelation, well worth snooping around the supermarket to find. Takes 45 minutes, makes 4 work lunches INGREDIENTS1 pack skin-on chicken thighs (six pieces roughly)2 red onions, cut into thick wedges2 peppers,…

Roast Celeriac with Butternut Squash Daal

A clash of inspiration from two sources for this week’s work lunch. A work colleague’s daal (shout out @jujubarnett1) combined with an incredible celeriac starter from @eatlebab has created a delicious and #accidentallyvegan feast. I know the cooking time sounds long but it’s just for veg roasting. A warming meal for a cold and rainy Feb. Takes 2.5 hours, makes…