Steak and Ale Pies

I didn’t get chance to enjoy the dish that inspired this steak and ale pie recipe while I was in Edinburgh this summer so upon my return set about making the next best thing. A few years back I ordered a steak and ale pie made with Edinburgh’s Innis and Gunn beer and it was stunning. Luckily London supermarkets sell the stuff so I have never made steak and guinness stew or pie since. You can substitute the Innis and Gunn with another golden beer or Guinness.

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Italian Meatballs in Chunky Tomato Sauce

The Hairy Dieters: How to love food and lose weight is one of my favourite cookbooks and their Italian Meatballs in Chunky Tomato Sauce recipe has become a staple in my kitchen now. I cannot recommend the book enough. The meatballs are easy and delicious, freeze well and make a quick low calorie dinner with a small serving of pasta and a big salad.

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Spicy Beef Pizza

During London’s heat wave I had a serious Mexican food craving to the point where I would consider going the long way home so that I could stop by Wahaca’s pop up Southbank Experience and grab one of their amazing pulled pork burritos. I had some left over spicy tomato sauce in the freezer so decided to whip up some taco inspired pizzas.

You can keep the dough in a well sealed freezer bag in the fridge for 24 hours or freezer for up to 3 months (defrost in the fridge overnight) and any left over tomato sauce can also be frozen.

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Chilli Con Carne with a Spicy Cinnamon Twist

My old housemate Rob used to make this chilli all the time. It’s the best chilli I have tasted but in an unusual no tomato or peppers kind of way and can imagine it’s not everyones cup of tea. With the addition of red wine and cinnamon, this to me feels like a more authentic, spicier chilli con carne with its depth of flavours. Its quite fiery so I serve it with soured cream to take the edge off some of the heat. This recipe is from Jo Pratt’s The Nation’s Favourite Food

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Cottage Pie

Admittedly, this isn’t a very summery dish but the weather in Cornwall last weekend wasn’t very summery either…..

Mum doesn’t have much of an appetite anymore so every time I go home I try to make her something and for this visit she requested cottage pie. I adapted Gordon Ramsey’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe to make a luxurious cottage pie as I don’t like lamb. I have also increased the liquid quantities to leave enough for a gravy once the mince has been strained into the pie dish.

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