North African Spiced Roast chicken with Garlic potatoes


  This dish is a one pot wonder. Fragrantly and mildly spiced chicken cooked with the potatoes in stock producing a wonderful garlic and lemon sauce flavoured  with cinnamon and star anise. And what’s more you only have one pot to wash up!  Perfect for a lazy Sunday with friends or family.  Ingredients  1.4kg approx chicken … Continue reading

A simple robust salad


If your looking for a hearty full of flavour salad look no further…. I have played with the idea of a tricolour salad but roasted the tomatoes to bring out the sweetness and making it a cross between crostini and a tricolour turning it from a starter to a main course. Served with toasted ciabatta … Continue reading

A month of fasting


Ramadan Mubarak! My kitchen will soon resemble an episode of Masterchef when I attempt to cook a three course meal after work to a deadline that is Iftar (when the fast is broken). My husband adds the commentary “you have 5 minutes remaining”! The traditions of ramadan start weeks before where the house is scrupulously … Continue reading

Berkoukes bel djedj (chicken with giant couscous)


I started my blog to explore not only Algerian flavours but also to experiment with more fish dishes as I cannot easily get quality halal meat. Well that’s changed! Ocado have started stocking amazing halal meat by a Haloodies, (halal for foodies). You can also find them in Harrods foodhall but I’m not one to … Continue reading

Salmon with Julienne vegetables


Every new year I make my resolutions for the coming year. Every year it includes eating healthier and taking up exercise. Every year I fail on day one. This year though something else has happened…. I started running and that’s not all. I have managed to get my daily calories down! The problem with dieting … Continue reading

Cranberry sauce


I love going home to spend the festive season with my family and my mother does such a fab job of feeding our huge family with goose, turkey and all the trimmings. She even makes us non alcoholic Christmas pudding! I think this is above and beyond amazing and am glad I can contribute albeit … Continue reading

Chicken casserole with spring vegetables


I know it’s not spring but I fancied a light warming casserole. I was inspired by a recipe on the Waitrose website to use spring vegetables but the reviewers of the recipe were not too kind. It was described as bland so I tweaked the ingredients and the cooking method. My husband loved it so … Continue reading

Autumn and a Toffee Apple Pudding


My favourite time of the year is here! Yes while most people are mourning the short burst of summer I am digging out my autumnal coloured clothes and looking forward to walks amongst the gold and russet leaves followed by hearty meals and puddings and snuggling with my husband and cats under a fleece watching … Continue reading

Competitive urban blackberry picking.


It’s shocking that blackberries fetch such a high price in the supermarkets when they’re found in abundance all over the UK but I suppose it does make a sunny afternoon all that more satisfying picking a glut of blackberries. I am fortunate enough to have a large nature reserve opposite my home with a huge … Continue reading