Tuscan-inspired Pasta Sauce


Pasta is possibly one of the easiest meals to whip up on a busy weeknight.  Having a few good sauces in your repertoire means you can serve up a simple, healthy and delicious meal to the family in next to no time at all.   When it comes to sauces, I like to experiment and come up with new flavours.  My experimentation generally comes from a place of desperation most nights, as I frantically rummage through my fridge and pantry to see what I can throw into a pan in order to make dinner.   Pasta is very forgiving as 9 times out of 10, whatever you team with it will work out.  This sauce is one of those that came about as I only had a few ingredients to work with.  The good thing about this recipe is that the ingredients can be adjusted depending on what you've got in your fridge at the time. Ultimately, whatever veggies you decide to use, this sauce is flavoursome, healthy and delicious.

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Ginger Golden Syrup Loaf


There is nothing I love to do more on a rainy day than bake.  There's something cosy and comforting about cranking up the oven on a cold day and filling the house with the delicious aroma of baking.  But by far, the most rewarding part is being able to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a nice cup of tea curled up on the couch.  Today, while the weather was miserable outside, I passed the time baking this Ginger Golden Syrup Loaf.  I came across this cake recently when my sister-in-law baked it for Easter.  I absolutely loved it!  It is soft, light, and rich in flavour.  It turns out that the recipe is one of Rachel Allen's from her cookbook 'Cake'.  I'm a huge fan of Rachel's, as not only is she Irish, but she is an amazing cook and her recipes are delicious.  The best part about this cake is that it's really easy to make, which is handy if you have some unexpected guests drop in.

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Chicken with Lemon & Haloumi


If you're looking for a really quick dinner to whip-up that's delicious and hassle free, then look no further than this recipe - it's an absolute winner!  What's not to love about something you can cook in one pan, is quick and easy to make, and gives you time to enjoy a glass of wine (or two) while it bakes in the oven.  That's my idea of heaven on a busy weeknight!

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Middle Eastern-inspired Lentils


Lentils aren't necessarily something everyone has tried, or indeed many people rave about, but hopefully once you've tried this dish you'll be converted.  My family love this meal - in fact my kids are always really happy when I tell them I'm making it for dinner.  It is super easy to make (one of those one-pot-wonders), is hearty and delicious, and most importantly it's healthy.  Lentils are a protein powerhouse packed with iron, folate and potassium, as well as being a rich source of dietary fibre.  Plus they are low in calories and contain virtually no fat!  Now don't get me wrong, I'm not into super foods or anything - I'm more of a super flavour type of advocate ;) - but lentils are one of the original foods touted by health experts and fanatics, and when cooked right they are truly amazing!  The other good thing about this dish is that not only is it great as a stand-alone meal, but it also goes well served with rice, macaroni, or mashed potato.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

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