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

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

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

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

Caramelised salmon


This recipe is neither West Country or North African but it is one of my favourite recipes. In fact this was the first meal I cooked my now husband. This is the perfect meal for entertaining or for cooking a romantic meal for two! It’s quick giving you more time to socialise and its sooooo … Continue reading

My new blog


Cooking is my hobbie and thanks to my wonderful new husband I have enjoyed three years of experimental cooking. I grew up in the west country where sausages, pork and cider are mainstream. For my Algerian husband, pork and cider is forbidden. This blog is my exploration of food away from meat and two veg. … Continue reading