Pork & Lemon Dumplings

Fresh citrus enlivens the mouth in a light pork meatball.

Delicate enough to serve at a dinner party yet substantial enough to be a firm fam-bam fav, these wee morsels of fabuliciouz-ness are sure to be a hit on your menu!

Grab a mixing bowl & pop in 500g of pork mince along with 150g of crumb (whatever type floats your boat), 2 tablespoons of thickened cream, 1 finely grated onion, the zest & juice of a lemon (I absolutely love having our own lemon tree to pick fresh from!) and for the last part you will need to take just 6 tablespoons of chicken stock out of 600ml before setting the rest of it aside for later. Season it all generously with salt & white pepper.

Get your hands in their to give that lot a jolly good mix up, then shape into balls & set aside.

Pop a large frypan onto your burner & throw in 1 large chopped up carrot along with 1 large chopped up leek then cover those with the rest of that chicken stock you set aside. Carefully add in the balls, pop on a lid & gently simmer it all for 15 minutes.

Serve the dumplings over creamy mashed potatoes, remembering to scoop out the veggies & ladle over the soupy sauce!

Who says meat & 3 veg is boring?!?!?!


Chicken Korma

A flavour packed fabuliciouz meal that you can have on the table in just 30 minutes!

It’s another one from my post Ballet quickie arsenal! This taste of the Far East is slightly modified from the original Chicken Korma to make it just that wee bit lighter after a hard work out in the studio.

Start by peeling 4-5 potatoes (350g worth) before chopping them into either halves or quarters, depending on their size. You’re after nice wedges. Pop them in a saucepan & cover with water, then add a pinch of salt & bring the pot to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes before draining them & set aside.

Now get a pot of water on the burner to bring to a boil for the rice. Once the water is at the boil, add a pinch of salt then pop your rice in to cook.

While that’s happening, crack on with the curry.

Heat a good glug (1 tablespoon) of oil in a large saucepan before adding in 1 finely chopped onion. Sweat the onion right down to release all it’s sweetness & make it nice & tender. Next, pop in 500g of chicken mince, mix it all in together & continue to fry off until it’s cooked through.

Add in half of a 290g jar of Korma Curry Paste & allow it to cook off for at least a minute whilst you stir it through to coat everything.

Toss in the potatoes along with 150ml of boiling water, pop the lid on & gently simmer for 10 minutes.

During this time, you’re rice will probably be ready, so drain that off & scoop into the bottom of your serving bowls ready to soak up the luscious flavours that await it!

After the curry has driven all your neighbours absolutely mad with envy on the aromas emanating from your kitchen, remove the lid & throw in a handful (75g) of fresh baby spinach leaves to gently wilt through as you cook for about another minute, stirring them in.

Then dish up, Chef! Ladle that glorious concoction over the rice & It’s Chompin Time!


A traditional English offering of a Pork Meatball wrapped in Bacon.

The traditional English Faggot has been around for generations! Originally, it was made from offal & wrapped in the caul (stomach lining) to hold it all together whilst cooking. Over the years, as conditions improved, so did the contents of the Faggot, however, the traditional method still calls for an extraordinary amount of fat in it so I have somewhat amended my version to make it a wee bit leaner but you still couldn’t count it as an everyday healthy meal.

I start by popping into my large mixing bowl 500g of pork & veal minced meat along with a finely sliced bacon steak before adding the following seasonings ~ 110g of breadcrumbs, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 2 tablespoons of chopped dried parsley, 2 finely chopped sage leaves, a generous handful of dried chilli flakes & finally salt & white pepper.

Mix that lot up thoroughly with your hands before rolling into rissole sized balls. Wrap each ball in a slice of streaky bacon, this will give the necessary fat to keep the meatball moist during baking but also holds it together.

Place each wrapped ball with the seam side down (to keep it secure) onto a baking paper lined tray & pop it in a 170c oven for 1 hour.

Faggots are served with creamy mashed potato, mushy peas & rich gravy.

Taco Pizza

The perfect partnership for Friday night drinks!


Honestly…..what else can be said about this glorious mash up of two totally fabuliciouz fav’s except GET IN MY BELLY!

This recipe is so deadset simple even Mini-Me can make it so either get the kids in the kitchen for a family night or keep it up your sleeve for when you need that post night out munchie fix getting home!

Simply brown off 500g of chicken mince in a hot frypan, seasoning with an entire packet (30g) of Taco Seasoning Mix & then set that aside.

Grab a bowl & mix together 1 can of refried beans with 1/2 cup of salsa then spread that onto a pizza base to use as your sauce.

Sprinkle with some shredded cheddar cheese then pop the spiked up mince on top before, go on, being generous again with the shredded cheddar cheese, yeah?! If you’re going to do it, you may as well do it properly!

Pop the pizza into a 220c oven for 20 minutes, or whatever your prepared pizza crust instructions say.

Meanwhile, we’re not done yet! What does every good taco have on top???? The SALAD!

Into a mixing bowl goes 1 diced up tomato along with a shredded iceberg lettuce. Add in 1 cup of sour cream & give it a jolly good mix to coat evenly.

When the pizza comes out of the oven, adorn it with the salad & crown it gloriously with slices of creamy avocado.


Tropicana Balls & Dip

A mild meatball just perfect for dunking into a vibrant dip!


My Tropicana Balls & Dip will liven up any party, especially when you’re making a Festive Feast on a budget! Easy to make ahead of time to serve cold or fry off quickly for a pop of hot to be washed down by some bubbles.

Into a mixing bowl goes 500g of veal & pork mixed mince, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 finely chopped red chilli, 1 teaspoon of raw sugar, a splash of fish sauce & then season generously with white pepper. Give that lot a jolly good mix about with your hands before rolling into bite sized balls.

Heat up a wee bit of peanut oil in a frypan & shallow fry the balls until cooked all the way through. Drain them on some paper towel & set aside.

To make the dip, drag out good old Mr. Buzzy (aka stick blender) & into a jug goes 100ml of natural yoghurt along with 1 sliced up banana, 1 sliced up avocado & the juice of half a lime. Blitz that lot until it’s nice & smooth.

This is a brilliantly quick & easy appetiser that keeps your Festive Feast on budget!

Bolognese Pasta Bake

Layers of creamy, rich comfort!

I am sure this fam-bam favourite will be a regular at your home too.


This is a simple recipe but takes some multi-tasking skill in the kitchen so get organised & your tastebuds will definitely thank you for it.

Start with popping a pot of water onto the back burner to come to the boil, before salting & emptying an entire 500g packet of pasta in to cook.

In a large frypan, heat up a wee glug of oil to brown off 500g of pork mince (or whatever type floats your boat), remembering to season the mince well with salt & white pepper. Pour in a 700g jar of passata, stir through then season again with salt, white pepper, paprika & dried mixed herbs. That can now set aside.

Onto the white sauce! In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter over low heat. Once melted, remove from the heat to add in 1 tablespoon of plain flour & 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir that well to incorporate with a wooden spoon then pop back onto the low heat to stir for another minute. Slowly start adding in 2.5 cups of milk whilst stirring constantly. When all the milk is added, turn up to a medium heat & keep stirring until it thickens lusciously.

Ok, back to that pasta! Drain it off & then pop it back into the saucepan. Pour just a smidge of the white sauce onto it along with 2 whisked eggs, just enough to toss the pasta through to coat it evenly. This is a wee trick to add that extra luxury to the pasta that nobody quite knows why yours is so much better than theirs 😉 Season it with salt & white pepper!

Now for the layering up fun bit!

On the bottom of your baking dish, place a layer of the pasta, then a layer of the bolognese mince. Keep layering that up in your dish before reaching the top & pouring all that gorgeous white sauce over it. Finally crown your culinary creation with a copious amount of grated cheddar cheese & grated parmesan cheese which will form a lovely crust.

Whack that into a 180c oven for 20 minutes & It’s Chompin Time!

Swedish Cream Sauce

A fabuliciouzly versatile sauce with countless applications!

An absolute must in your culinary arsenal.


To have a variety of sauces up my sleeve has saved me so very many times from kitchen disaster! The ability to create a fam-bam pleasing meal from standard pantry & fridge items is both totally satisfying to me & their tummies!

For this gorgeous sauce, start by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a saucepan over low heat before adding 1 tablespoon of white flour & then whisk it until it turns a lovely golden colour, just to make sure that the flour is cooked out.

Next, pour in 1 cup of beef stock, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of thickened cream & a good splash of soy sauce. Give that lot a jolly good stir before seasoning well with salt & white pepper.

Turn up the heat to thicken up the sauce to your liking & use it any which way your imagination can dream up!

In the photo here I’ve teamed this Swedish Cream Sauce with pasta & meatballs. These basic meatballs I’ve shared before but just a quick reminder of what’s in these ones.

Into a bowl place 500g of either pork or chicken mince (whichever floats your boat) along with 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, 1 & 1/2 tablespoons of Maple Syrup, 1 teaspoon of mixed herbs, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper & then season generously with salt & white pepper. Mix it all up well with your hands then roll into balls. Heat up a little oil in a pan & fry them off until cooked through.

Spinach & Mushroom Cannelloni

Boasting Spinach, Mushrooms, Tomato & Mince,

this is not-your-average meat & 3 vege!

Yes I am well aware that Tomato is a fruit & Mushroom is a fungi, but let’s not ruin my joke here 😉

This is such a fabuliciouz mince bake meal that it’s sure to be just as big a hit with your fam-bam as it is with mine.

Bonus is, it’s deadset easy & you can even prepare the filling earlier to speed up dinner time.

Start by heating a good glug of oil in a large frypan & bunging in 250g of sliced up mushrooms to cook off. Then add in 500g of whatever mince floats your boat to brown. Remember to season the meat with salt & white pepper as soon as it hits the pan. Pour in an entire 700g jar of passata & give that lot a jolly good stir. Let it bubble away on a simmer for a good 10 minutes.

(Now this is the bit that you can pause at if you’re pre-preparing ahead, otherwise, press on.)

Meanwhile, pop a pot of water onto the boil & gently wilt off an entire 150g bag of baby spinach leaves. Drain them well & stir them into the sauce.

Grab your baking dish & ladle in some of the sauce over the bottom, then start filling your cannelloni tubes using a teaspoon to help you get the saucy goodies in there. Lay each filled tube, side by side, into the baking dish. Ladle all the leftover sauce on top of the filled tubes before spreading the contents of an entire 250g tub of mascarpone cheese over the top. Finally crown your culinary creation with a handful of whatever crumb floats your boat & a generous handful of parmesan cheese too.

Whack that lot into a 200c oven for 30 minutes.

Layered Tatties

This is a recipe from my Mother in Law, which I’ve adapted.

Traditionally, in Hungary, they use cabbage rather than potatoes.


Start by steaming some peeled whole potatoes until they’d pass for par-boiled then slice them up into thin discs.

Heat a wee splash of oil in a frypan & brown off 500g of mince (I use chicken mince but whatever type floats your boat is fine) along with a teaspoon of minced garlic. Remember to season generously with salt & white pepper.

Pop 1/2 cup of rice into a pot of boiling water & once cooked, drain & bung in with the mince, combining well.

Grab a nice baking dish & let’s layer up – tatties on bottom, then mince/rice mix, more tatties, more mince/rice mix etc making sure you end with tatties on top.

Next, make the sauce by simply combining 1/2 cup each of thickened cream & sour cream seasoned with salt, white pepper & paprika. Pour over the layers then simply drizzle extra thickened cream around the edges of the dish to ensure it remains nice & moist.

Whack that into a 200c oven for 40 minutes.

Taco Bites

This is my spin on reinventing a classic to make it finger food friendly.


Most people love tacos, the spiced meat, luscious sour cream, a tang of cheese & a splash of sauce usually are a crowd favourite. But it’s just a wee bit messy sometimes trying to juggle a drink whilst scoffing down even the daintiest of ‘cocktail’ tacos as you try to remain the epitome of elegance. So, I have played in my kitchen to come up with this Taco Bite to give you all the fabuliciouz flavours of a Taco in the easy to handle form of a ball. You may applaud me now & call the Nobel Prize people.

Brown off 500g of chicken mince before seasoning with a 30g packet of Taco Seasoning Mix which you’ve blended in 3/4 cup of water. Give that lot a jolly good stir then allow to simmer gently whilst you crack on.

Next, bring a pot of water to the boil, add salt & cook off 1 & 1/2 cups of rice. When done, drain & bung in with the chicken mince, stirring well.

Throw in 2 handfuls of grated cheddar cheese along with a whole tub (300g) of sour cream. Mix that lot well then allow to cool & refrigerate overnight.

The following day, crush up a bag of plain salted corn chips to crumb consistency then place in a dish.

Retrieve the meaty taco mixture & roll chunks of it into whatever sized balls float your boat, then coat them in the corn chip crumb before placing them onto a tray. When all done, put the tray of taco balls into the fridge to set for about an hour.

When your guests arrive, heat up some oil in a fry pan & shallow fry the balls to golden perfection before draining on some paper towel & serving with salsa dipping sauce.