Emily’s Vegetable & Bacon Gratin

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A meal in its own right!  Layers of thinly sliced potato, smoky bacon, mushroom and leeks, slowly roasted in delicious  herby stock, all the flavours infuse together, with a crispy crunchy topping.  So simple and easy to do, this recipe is perfect for a lazy day!

Brilliant on its own as a meal, or as a luxury side dish to accompany a steak or to posh up a traditional roast, this is a family winner!

 

We had ours simply served with asparagus and broccoli!  For toddlers its great with baked beans too!

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Emily’s Butternut Squash Tagine

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Delicious silky butternut squash and halloumi tagine recipe.

An economical dish, but big in flavour.  Step by step photos and video included.  You can of course add many things to a tagine, a tagine is a traditional clay cooking pot used in Morocco.  I’m lucky enough to own one, but I know most people don’t have them, just use a good solid sauce pan instead! Continue reading

Chicken Shawarma 

Today I’ve pulled out this great recipe again, one of my simple fail proof recipes..  I’ve made these delicious healthy tasty morsels for our regular monthly taster, in my diet group! They are Very easy and exotic, this middle eastern Chicken Shawarma tastes amazing.  Whilst cooking the heady aroma fills the house, this not only smells but tastes divine.  The succulent meat just falls of the skewers.

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Preserved Lemon Chicken Tagine 🍋 


There’s really something fantastic about this dish and its depth of Moroccan spices without too much heat.  The heady scent of cinnamon and cumin with the lemon is filling our home.   Taking me back to our holidays in mesmerizing  Marrakesh,  Jack frost  and the icy fog is banished from my thoughts.  Tantalising our senses, I dream about Morocco and all the amazing experiences and food flavours, which are so easy to cook.

Tagine is a traditional clay pot used in Morocco for placing in an oven or fire pit.  If you don’t have one just use a solid casserole pot with a lid.  You usually start off the dish by frying/browning the onions and meat.  Once all the ingredients are added it can be placed into the oven to slowly cook, let all the flavours do their magic! Continue reading

Delicious Duck & Cherry Stir Fry

Succulent and slightly sweet, this stir fry has an amazing depth.   Ginger, fennel the cherries round off the flavours with the duck, it is just a delight!

Really healthy and fairly quick to make by throwing everything into one pan!  Makes a speedy delicious mid week feast.  I had vegetables and fruit left in the fridge so this is what I conjured up.  Its an Asian flavour sensation!  You could also use chicken instead of duck. Continue reading

Rustic Paella 🥘 

Plentiful paella, is a easy and very filling tasty dish.  With lots of rich flavours its a family winter winner.  A one pot meal too, anything that is this easy to do, delicious and little washing up is a hit for me!

Paella originates from Valencia in Spain, there is many variations of the dish.  Some Paellas are made just using snails and spices and rice, others near the coast are mainly seafood dishes. This is my version for my family, so I’ve used my creative licence! Continue reading