Sometimes knowing where to begin when it comes to cooking dinner can be the biggest question mark. I know the internet and Instagram is peppered with creative, colourful and almost art-like dishes- but sometimes, when I’m after something quick that suits my mood I find myself panicking and hounding BBC good food faster than you can say ‘WHY IS MY DOMINO’S APP NOT WORKING?!’
So, to get you started if you’re ever feeling a bit lost- I thought I’d share a handful of mine and Joe’s fail safe fallback recipes. The ones we use time and time again that suit all manner of moods, and always always do the job.
They’re not necessarily the most exciting, the most fancy or photogenic- but they’re certainly some of the most delicious. I also thought I’d add in some of our favourite spots to search for ideas below- in case you ever experience the kitchen overwhelm like I do (and can’t quite muster the energy to rifle through recipe books- which I can also recommend)…
Oh my god THIS DISH. Takes less than 15 minutes once you’re well versed and is comfortably one of the most delicious noodle dishes I’ve ever had. Joe nails it every time but it truly couldn’t be easier to recreate.
So good we had it as our wedding meal. We almost always have a batch of this in the freezer ready to go, and it’s one (if not the) most delicious spag bol I’ve ever had. I know saying a Jamie Oliver recipe is the best I’ve had probably makes me sound a bit dull (or basic, but sue me)- but it’s bloody wonderful and I won’t hear otherwise.
From Nadia’s wonderful book Time to Eat, her Prawn Malay rice has become something Joe and I really, really look forward to. Very similar to Nasi Goreng, this is such a filling delicious dish- packed with flavour (and doesn’t take long either). For a great online alternative, Mary Berry’s Chicken Malay Rice is very similar.
We use the Aquacotta recipe from this wondrous Italian cookbook (and unfortunately the recipe isn’t available online), but this one seems to serve a very similar purpose. In short, it’s a traditional Tuscan soup which is made to varying recipes depending on the availability of the ingredients- which lends very well to our ever-changing veg supply! We don’t normally do it with mushrooms or eggs, and ours normally consists of thrown in carrots, onions, celery, potatoes, chilli, Swiss chard and tomatoes- which always feels really warming and hearty.
Honestly, I think this was one of the first meals we ever cooked in our house together- I know, we went LARGE. But with neither of us having cooked much fish before we were like small fish in a very big pond of recipes (ho ho ho). Anyway- this is still great and three years later we’re still going. You can pretty much mix this up however you like, but it’s such a great way of getting in lots of veg, some nice fish and potatoes- and really not having to do much else. Win win!
because behind every nicely laid table is a very, very messy kitchen…
and some other favourite places for our favourite recipes to get you started:
Rukmini Iyer for one dish wonders, Melissa Hemsley for creative unpretentious dishes, Anna Jones for ‘omg this looks like it’s from a restaurant’ meals, god- Bon Appetit for everything, beautiful recipes for every mood from Bre Graham, for heavenly bakes I am in love with Benji Ebuehi, Rosie Birkett for wonderfully British dishes, I also adore Manon’s savory and sweet dishesand of course Gem for your seasonal recipe fix.
All of my other recipes from the blog can be found here.