An Ode to Roast Chicken … with a Recipe for the Leftovers!

If you asked me to pick a favourite food, I’d struggle. There’s so much nice food and so many nice dishes, it’s hard to pick just one. I love pasta, anything with garlic, Indian flavours, bacon, mushrooms on toast, in soup, sauteed, tomatoes sliced with salt and a drizzle of olive oil, my Mum &…

Christmas Recipe ~ Mince Pie Pinwheels

Every Christmas I make mincemeat, lots of it, store it in jars, give some to family and friends and make lots of mince pies. I like to try different things with it and one of the best things is these puff pastry pinwheels. So easy to make and eat. Enjoy! Ingredients 1 x 375g puff…

Recipe ~ Asparagus & Parma Ham

I love this time of year when Asparagus is in season and we eat it all the time here in this brief few weeks when you can get really great asparagus in the shops. This is a simple recipe, perfect starter or lunch or just a nice snack to go with a few drinks…

Tomatoes!

I posted some pictures on instagram when I made these and they went down so well I thought I’d post it here too. It’s not a recipe as such, just a great way to use and eat tomatoes and make them even tastier. Perfect in salads, on sandwiches, with pasta, chicken and whatever else takes…

Recipe ~ Potato, Ham & Corn Chowder

Warming, comforting food perfect for this chilly windy weather. This chowder is full of flavour and like a great big hug in a bowl…I used ham in this as we had Christmas ham leftover, it would work just as well with bacon or pancetta though…

Recipe ~ Cannellini Bean Dip

For the first recipe of 2016 – Cannellini Bean Dip. This makes a great alternative to hummus and is a perfect light lunch or snack. It works well with celery sticks, carrots, peppers, pita bread, crackers…

Recipe ~ Chicken Saltimbocca

Saltimbocca is normally made with veal, this is a similar recipe using chicken instead which perhaps make it a more accessible recipe for most. Do buy good quality parma ham as it makes a difference to the overall dish. Very few ingredients and easy to make. It also goes with a wide variety of accompaniments, a crisp…

Recipe ~ Berry Loaf

Beautiful to look at and to eat! I’ve started to enjoy baking lately. It’s not something I’ve been that good at before, I prefer cooking savoury things. I find baking tedious at times, the smallest thing can make it all go wrong and the time and effort is just wasted. There’s a lot more leeway when…

September Favourites on Gin & Griddle

1st October… already! How did this happen, the Summer (what summer!) disappeared and now September too. Changing the format of this monthly post a little – used to be more about the best of what was on Gin & Griddle and making it more about my favourite things from September instead… 

Recipe ~ Seeded Wholemeal Soda Bread Loaf

The base for this recipe comes from the soda bread recipe in Like Mam Used to Bake cookbook. This is one of my go to books for easy to follow baking recipes. Soda bread is the best – no waiting around while the dough rises or proves or whatever else, I don’t have the patience…

Recipe ~ Italian Sausage Pasta

I really love this recipe, using the best ingredients you can buy, it’s still a very affordable and delicious meal. I do recommend that you buy the best sausages, pasta, sauce (or make your own sauce) you can afford as it will make a difference to the quality & taste of the finished dish; and it…

The Best of June on Gin & Griddle

  Not quite sure how it’s July but it is here … at least it is feeling like Summer out there, warm & sunny. So what have we been up to on Gin & Griddle in June – here’s the best bits…