I love fish and when I spotted this little recipe in the Hairy Bikers ‘Eat for Life’ Cookbook, I knew I would have to give it a whirl. The recipe didn’t really suggest any accompaniments that I fancied so I put together some of my own. These, coupled with only a few tweaks to the original recipe made for the most amazing dish. You would never think that this was a healthy ‘diet’ recipe. Amazing!
I got home the day before payday and went to make tea and found I basically had no food left in the house save for a few bits in the fridge and some tins. The dinner which followed was therefore a creation of whatever I fancied! The result was a lovely thick and chunky soup/stew which made a nice four portions to box up and take for packed lunch.
Now the weather has got a bit colder and I’m starting to think about investing in my yearly pair of ear muffs (I somehow manage to snap them at the end of every winter) I thought it was about time I whipped up my first soup of the autumn. This is a gorgeous soup recipe which tastes like a real treat but at only 2sp per portion its a bargain smart points wise, especially considering the gorgeous smells and taste that ooze out of it!
I’m a little bit obsessed with chickpeas at the minute. They are quick to cook and so tasty so I’ve been experimenting with them in salad, stews and the like. Last night, after forgetting to defrost any meat, I thought I would try chickpeas in a stew with chorizo and this recipe was the result. It was so quick to make, absolutely delicious and a perfect ‘summery’ stew. I had it on its own but the OH had it with a little bit of quick cook fusilli. If you wanted to make it more substantial again, you could slice some new potatoes, par boil and then pop them into the stew just after you add the tomatoes or even just have some nice crusty bread (don’t forget to add the extra sp’s!).
This weekend I made a three course meal and, as we were having pasta for the main course (my lovely Venetian Duck Ragu recipe), I thought to avoid that overfull feeling, starting off with a light but tasty salad would be the way to go. When I started to think about salad combos, I thought that this salad, being a combination of some of my favourite foods, would be a real treat and, as luck would have it, I had most of the ingredients in my cupboards already. It’s a delicious salad which my OH (who claimed previously to dislike halloumi and chickpeas) wolfed down in about thirty seconds. The roasted vine tomatoes are amazing and add a different element to the salad which everyone loved. I served the salad in bowls as it keeps all the ingredients together nicely.