Month: February 2016

Cooking for an easy life.. Chorizo & bean soupy stew

This is my go-to recipe when I need to feed a bunch of friends something warming, hearty and filling. Also it is easy, almost impossible to get wrong and the flavours taste even better the next day so it’s perfect as a make-ahead dish! My basic ingredients are chorizo sausage, onions, garlic, paprika, cayenne and some type of bean. You can add so many further ingredients to bulk it out as well as any sort of bean (kidney, butter, black bean). Sometimes I add spinach and roasted aubergine to make it more like a stew, other times I leave it as it is and just serve it as a soup with a hunk of chunky bread! This weekend about 8 friends are coming for lunch after a countryside walk.  So I need to make something that I know as soon as I walk back into the house will be ready within minutes. I will buy fresh bread from the bakery before we go and then heat the soup up on our return letting everyone help themselves to …

lemons, limes and all things citrus

How many times have you only used half a lemon for a recipe, or just a few wedges of lime for your gin & tonic. Then you pop that half unused fruit back in your fridge and it dries up and is basically useless for any other purpose? I’m addicted to drinking a slice of lemon and fresh ginger in hot water. I drink it all day long but what I don’t want is an air dried lemon from the fridge – I want a juicy citrus fresh lemon. So here is my trick, taught to me by my mother in law! Take a plate and add a thin layer of cold water over the surface and place your citrus fruit cut side down and place into the fridge. I promise, this will keep it almost like fresh for up to a week.