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.

Serve with flat breads or couscous and yogurt.  I decide to try adding peppermint tea to the yogurt to give an extra balancing flavour to the zesty chicken!

INGREDIENTS                                      SERVES 4

  • 12 boneless chicken thighs skinned
  • x 2 juice of lemon
  • 4 cloves of garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. of smoked paprika
  • x 2 tbsp. of olive oil  (optional) or low calorie spray oil
  • x 1 tsp of mixed spice
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne
  • Large sprinkling of Salt and freshly ground black pepper



Use a large plastic food bag.  Place the chicken into the bag.  Add the lemon juice, garlic, cumin, paprika, olive oil, mixed spice, cayenne and salt and pepper into the bag. Give it a really good jiggle coating all the of the chicken.  Leave to marinate.

(This dish is best if left to marinate for a while. You can cook it straight away but the flavours won’t infuse into the meat and tenderise it quiet so well.  Preferably at least 2 hours to marinate, but if you prepare it over night and leave it in the fridge it will be amazing.)

Heat the oven to 200 degrees  (392 DF US)

Use a large baking tray.  Drizzle or spray with oil.  Using skewers place one and a half of the chicken thighs onto each skewer, this allows for 2 skewers per person.

Cook for 25 – 30 minutes until cooked through.  That’s it, its as simple as that!




Emily x



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

Spring is here! 

I’m so lucky to be washing up with this view of the Derbyshire Dales.  The sun is streaming into my kitchen after a day of batch cooking my Mushroom Soup.  With a happy heart and suds up to my elbows.

After working for years painstakingly restoring our 1700’s farm house. Selling home made jams, chutneys and eggs from out side it. Now seems to be the right time for myself and family. Things are sort of sloting into place and making sense.

This is Dorothy, she is adorable, she lays the best eggs.  I cant meet the demand on my doorstep sales.  Unfortunately, we’ve recently had problems with a fox who’s taken half our flock.  Its so harrowing to watch them been taken right in front of you!

The last few weeks…  I’ve been busy making them a new enclosure which is still large.  But I’m no longer allowing them to wander completely free.  It’s so sad, but after the cheeky fox (I’m being polite) was sat in the middle of our drive way at 3pm, I really don’t have a choice.  With perches, plenty of grass and hanging up bird feeders, I’m hoping they get used to the new prison they in-habit!

Sorry, I digress beside all of that I want to say a big THANK YOU to all of you!  My family, old and now my new blogging friends from all over the world, for giving me the confidence.

This blog all started in my diet club, where my new friends there encouraged me to do a recipe blog.  They are an amazing bunch of ladies who never fail to make me smile and laugh! I wouldn’t be here if not for them!

I was lucky enough to design my kitchen from scratch in accordance with environmental health rules for making food.  It’s been finished for a couple of years now, I honestly don’t know how many meals I’ve cooked and shared happy times with family and friends here!

Thank you my fellow bloggers for the nominations for blogging awards.  I have not taken them for granted, and have felt hounered.  I want to take time to properly acknowledge you and write a good blog, hope to find time very shortly!

So thank you again! My first batch of soup is in the freezer!

300ml, one large bowl full of delicious mushroom with thyme and whole grain mustard soup made ! 

The sun is just setting over the hills,  it’s about high time I thought about feeding my children dinner!  I haven’t a clue about that recipe yet!

Hope the sun is shinning wherever you are in the world!

Take care everyone!

Emily x ❤

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