Tag: Weekday Dinners

Cod Chorizo and Chickpea Stew

I am a firm believer that chorizo should be used as much as possible. Whenever you think a dish is lacking something, the chances are that it probably just needs a bit of chorizo thrown in. I mean I wouldn’t recommend throwing it in a trifle or a vegetarian curry but you catch my drift, right? Chorizo is just awesome and can be used to enhance so many regular dishes into something really special.

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There are just certain dishes that you want to eat in this cold, winter weather. On a cold night all I want to do is chill in my flat with my onesie on and eat a big bowl of comforting food, and when it comes to comfort food risotto is most definitely high up on my list. You just can’t beat it. Risotto is my go to meal when I don’t know what else to cook, and despite what some may think, it’s actually fairly easy to make. All that is required is some good quality ingredients along with a bit of love and attention and you’ve got yourself a beautiful bowl of risotto.

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Spinach has to be one of my favourite ingredients. Look, I know I say this about EVERY ingredient I use, but with so many amazing tastes and flavours out there surely it’s only right to have multiple favourites? I mean, how are you meant to just say one answer when someone asks what your favourite food or meal is? After listing several hundred ingredients and meals I just love, the real answer always emerges and that is, I just can’t decide. A sufficient answer I say! Anyway I digress, back to the matter in hand, my love for spinach.

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Fennel salami, also known as Finocchiona, is one of my all time favourite Italian ingredients. A lot of people are a bit scared of fennel. Often described as having an unusual aniseed-like flavour, it seems that this quality puts a fair few off even trying it. As a lover of anything and everything fennel flavoured, I just wish everyone would be opened minded enough to at least give it a go. I can guarantee that many more would love it than would hate it.

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Autumn has arrived. As the dark evenings roll in and the weather takes a drastic change for the worst, I just can’t help but love this season. Of course I love it when its hot and sunny outside, but for me the idea of spending my days off snuggled on the sofa in a onesie eating a large bowl of pasta and watching films is just as exciting. Call me boring, I don’t care. I LOVE autumn.

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