Recipes we like.
How to make the food we love.
Simple recipe guides to show you how to make the simple, the basic, and the healthy.
This section is where I’m building my own little database of favourite recipes, and my recipe journeys with favourite ingredients.
It’s great to be able to share them with you. Being mobile, we don’t have the usual full bookshelf with recipes. So as I write, I explain our journey with the equipment and the ingredients and the recipe we’re working with, and add in all the tips… a little bit like writing notes in your recipe book.
Everything in life is inspired, and they say there’s no such thing as a new idea – they just keep going round and round and hope improve as they do ! So we will try to tell you where our inspiration began for each recipe, or if it’s a direct recipe from a cook or chef we have come across. We´ll link you to the books or the online sites we´ve used.
We like to understand all the ingredients in our recipes, to know what fuel, we are putting into our bodies, and what effect it can have on us. So we want to give you tips on how to get the most out of them.
About the food we love…
We prefer natural and unprocessed personally, and like to cook everything from scratch… as much as we can.
Aoibheann loves the raw, and the real food, the herbs and spices. Paul loves the rich and fine.
Put us together and we love the rustic, flavoursome, local, and the sophisticated fusion food, from texture to colour to flavour.
About the way we like to cook…
Aoibheann likes playing with my food, mixing flavours colours and textures, and so loves getting as much healthy and available food into the recipe. Recipes have to be simple and easy, and finding ways to use up food is a game I love to play too.
Paul is more finickety, and likes to follow a recipe religiously, but he’s much better at knowing how to use equipment and heat properly. The recipes he cooks will bring words like special, and exquisite, to the tip of your tongue !
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recipes we like
the cook, the local, the chef – 3 versions. Which would you choose. Click over to see the recipes, with tools, tips from Grandma, and how to cook ´by eye´ !
A simple, delicious dish – 3 main ingredients. Inspired by a set of tapas starters for lunch, by the sea in Mallorca, Spain.
This journey started with a sore gum! I blitzed some cloves to powder in a mere second or 2 in in my Bamix hand blender. Then i had a bit left over – so searched for a recipe to use it up. A recipe to hide it a bit from Paul too scchhh. What a find !
Pumpkin spice mix and latté making. This spice mix is the key to so many great Autumn recipes. But which recipe is best for you ?
Roasted pumpkin, hand blended with chickpeas & chorizo to make a delicious Autumn bowl.
A simple, delicious fish stew, using simple typical ingredients. Looks like you’ve toiled for hours !
The best and easiest summer soup ! What a journey, mixing raw vegetables and balancing flavours. Makes a fabulous Autumn starter soup too with those colours.
This was part of a summer journey putting fruit in soups, salads, and tray bakes. The best thing about it is you just blend the ingredients together and its done !
Time is money ! I do the research to save both. You just need take a minute and click through to the latest fabulous recipe book. It’ll be gone in a flash !
Such a simple, historical food idea, but how hard can it be to make the perfect tomato paste then put it together with the perfect bread ! Here’s what you need to know …
Such a simple food idea, and a great way to use fennel seeds. From the Simple book by Otto Lenghi. A three part salad that we break up into parts and have in different ways… again and again and again !
We never tire of this lunch… so filling, and satisfying, and makes us look forward to ‘diet day’. Includes loads of variations if you want to add more calories.
No oil lunch, ready in 10 minutes if you don’t dilly dally ! Zucchinis or Courgettes as we call them, make a great salad or side dish, raw or cooked.
How to have the best guacamole experience – the ingredients, the method, and the best way to serve it. Plus top tips how to make it last longer !
What it’s like living with a sourdough maker ! Our first challenges and resulting expert’s tips. If you’re thinking of starting… and see the guru Paul is following on video.
An unbelievably easy to make, pretty pickle. A no oil salad maker, a great topping for burgers, salads, cheese… anything. I could just eat it out of the jar !
Fabulous recipe. Easy and very filling lunch too. Asian sauce with cabbage, carrot and onion slaw. Also brilliant as a marinade with smoked salmon.
Yes really. I’m not a calorie counter like Paul, but this still WOWs me !
Easy griddled veggie lunch. Healthy, filling, and pretty !
Start, or end the day feeling good with this as a breakfast, dessert or supper. Get what you need, to feel healthy, and full ( No overnight oats involved ! )
What would you add to this dish to make it complete ?
Without coconut oil. Sometimes you have to be limited to get creative, and it usually leads to the best results !
Discover how easy it is to make this savoury, sweet red onion marmalade with a sous vide machine. A great replacement for butter or sauces with meat or cheese.
So many ways to use avocado – and the best ways to present it. Tt’s a journey, and I hope it never ends. Join me and discover as I taste, test, write.
Filling, warming, nutritious, very tasty. This oat based breakfast is perfect to set you up for the day, or, in my case to line my stomach ready for meds !
I found a brilliant vegan red pepper sauce recipe, but even though I didn’t follow it fully, it still makes a perfect dip or pasta sauce or potato topping.
home made salt dough idea – a Christmas decoration for foodies !
Seems to be sausage season at the moment – this is such an easy recipe you can adapt. Can be a tapas, a starter, or a whole meal.
Finally, we found the secret to making the most scrumptuous Spanish tortilla. And so Tortilla Tuesday is born in our house ! Want to know the how it’s done ?
Delicious, fast. Only 5 ingredients ( 2 are ‘water’ and ‘a stock cube’). The bonus is that you probably have the other ingredients in the cupboard ! ( Thanks Nigella 🙂
Delicious, old recipe with variations. Hopefully you have these ingredients in the cupboard so can knock this one up any time you fancy.
The Cayenne Pepper – for some it’s hot, others it’s not ! Why we love it, and how we use it ? What’s in it and how can it affect our bodies !
Makes a perfect starter, light lunch or side salad. Lovely with a home made pesto… all made in a jiffy in my Bamix hand blender of course !
So fast. So easy. I first made this feel to see if it could fix my hangover – and it did !
Save time… knock up a meal in just 10mins from freezer to table. Healthy and light and no oils or fats needed. Just your hand blender and a saucepan !
It’s a magical feeling, creating a great filling and healthy lunch… from almost nothing !
Simple and fresh. Use a hand blender to whizz this up.
A glass of green foodie goodness in a breakfast smoothie. Bulk it up and make it a breakfast bowl.
A healthy light lunch, side salad or snack based on corn and feta, nuts, fruits and a kick of chilli.
An easy, healthy and filling soup recipe. More importantly you get all your goodness in a bowl, or take it to go in a flask. Lunch… sorted!