Pass The Parcel Lucky Dip

Christmas and New Year are going to be a bit different this year. Nights out and house parties will be replaced by small family gatherings, Hight heels and lipstick replaced by slippers and facemasks. But I'm determined to put my resourcefulness to the test to make this Christmas and New Year one to remember, and … Continue reading Pass The Parcel Lucky Dip

Soft Scotch Sugar Sweets

The 30th of November is St Andrew's Day - the Patron Saint of Scotland, so I thought we could celebrate with a sweet treat. I thought about sharing a recipe for Scottish Tablet, but to be honest, there are so many great recipes out there for tablet, I wouldn't be sharing anything new. It's also … Continue reading Soft Scotch Sugar Sweets

Upside Down Spiced Plum Cake

Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot . . . Tomorrow is Bonfire Night in the UK. A night where we gather together to light bonfires, eat Treacle Toffee and watch firework displays. If you've never experienced Bonfire Night in Britain before, it's hard to describe the atmosphere. There's a buzz in … Continue reading Upside Down Spiced Plum Cake

Pumpkin and Sage Rigatoni

My inspiration for this dish came from a recipe I came upon by chance on Pinterest quite a few years ago. The recipe was Pumpkin, Spinach and Walnut Spaghetti by a blogger called Lazy Cat Kitchen. It was a simple recipe - just lemon juice and zest, chilli flakes, garlic, salt and pepper to accompany … Continue reading Pumpkin and Sage Rigatoni

Autumn Bakewell Tart

Hello my lovely followers. I haven't posted for a few weeks now, as my oven broke. Nightmare! It's all fixed now, though, and Autumn is well and truly here - my favourite season. So I thought I'd share one of my oldest and favourite dessert recipes, an autumn twist on a traditional Bakewell Tart. Bakewell … Continue reading Autumn Bakewell Tart

Using Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

I've got quite sensitive skin on my face, and over the years, I've spent a small fortune on different cleansers and makeup removers. I've tried wipes, oils, creams and washes, with varying results. Some of them are incredibly messy and chore-like to use, some stung my eyes, dried out my skin, most were not environmentally … Continue reading Using Coconut Oil as Makeup Remover

Sausage And Bean Breakfast Wrap

When I was about 14 years old, I got a Saturday job working in a cafe at a golf driving range. I loved it, and ended up staying there until I was 18, I only left when I moved away to go to University. Each staff member did everything - cooking in the kitchen, organising … Continue reading Sausage And Bean Breakfast Wrap

Creamy Salmon and Broccoli Spaghetti

This dish is rich and creamy with subtle aromatic flavours and a hint of lemon, perfect for a date night or dinner party. It's ready in about 20 mins and is really easy to prepare. We eat a lot of salmon in our house, we love it. It's such a tasty, versatile fish that's reasonably … Continue reading Creamy Salmon and Broccoli Spaghetti

How to Keep Cold Buffet Platters Fresh

This is a simple, but really useful tip. I think I first saw Mary Berry do this on one of her cooking programs, and it works a treat. Whenever I'm having a gathering, whether it's a house party, garden party or even just some friends round for lunch, I always try to get organised beforehand, … Continue reading How to Keep Cold Buffet Platters Fresh

Spiced Chickpeas

These chickpeas are really quick and easy to prepare, and they taste fantastic. I like them on a wrap with lettuce, red onion and a squeeze of mayonnaise or with a simple mixed salad for an easy, tasty lunch. They would also make a great starter mixed with chopped fresh tomatoes and served hot on … Continue reading Spiced Chickpeas

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers make for a lovely, fresh, summery meal. They're perfect served at a BBQ or garden party as an alternative to charred meat, and they need only a simple mixed leaf salad for an accompaniment to make a yummy light lunch, plus a few cheeky chips for an evening meal. Vegetarian stuffed peppers are … Continue reading Stuffed Peppers

Tuna and Pesto Pasta

This is one of the first recipes I ever created in the little flat I shared with my now husband when we first moved out of our family homes and in together. We went on holiday to Sorrento, Italy and I fell in love with pesto (and Pistachio ice cream). It's evolved over the years, … Continue reading Tuna and Pesto Pasta

How to Chop Onions Quickly and Safely

I know what you're thinking - "Anyone can chop an onion, why do I need to read a post about it?" And you're right, anyone who can hold a knife can chop an onion. But over the years, cooking with friends and family members and working in hospitality, seeing other people chopping veg, it's scary … Continue reading How to Chop Onions Quickly and Safely

Beer Battered Onion Rings

My husband loves onion. Red, white, raw, cooked, it doesn't matter, he'll have it with almost any meal. So when I told him I was going to make beer battered onion rings he hovered around in the kitchen, stealing them off the pile as I was making them. I had to wait until he was … Continue reading Beer Battered Onion Rings

Chinese Tofu With Fried Rice

My husband and I used to live in Carlisle, in the very North of England, and there was a Thai restaurant there that we loved. Usually when we eat out I like to try something new, but here I would order exactly the same thing every time - Sticky Tofu Noodles to start, then Sweet … Continue reading Chinese Tofu With Fried Rice

Black Bean Quesadillas

Mexican food was always my go-to option whenever I had people round for dinner when I first moved out and started learning how to cook. Chilli Con Carne (recipe here) was the first recipe I ever mastered, and my friends loved it. Then I discovered the Fajita and Enchilada kits you can buy in supermarkets. … Continue reading Black Bean Quesadillas

Vegetable Pasanda

A Vegetable Pasanda is one of my favourite takeaway curry options. It's a very mild curry, but it certainly isn't boring, it's packed with gorgeous nutty, aromatic flavours. Whilst on lock down, I was craving my Pasanda fix, but couldn't bring myself to order the full fat takeaway option made with ghee and double cream, … Continue reading Vegetable Pasanda

Testing Eggs For Freshness

A friend of mine has chickens and she often gives away some of the eggs she gets to friends and family, as her chickens produce so many in the summer. They are very happy outdoor hens and their eggs are delicious, with huge, bright orange yolks; when it comes to eggs, you really can't beat … Continue reading Testing Eggs For Freshness

Cheese Savoury Pinwheels

I'm not sure why cheese savoury is called cheese savoury, I've never seen a sweet cheese based sandwich filling, but that's what it's called. It just means a mixture of cheese, mayonnaise and salad veg. It's yummy in sandwiches and on jacket potatoes, but I'm going to show you how to use it to create … Continue reading Cheese Savoury Pinwheels

Barbecued or Oven Baked Feta

We have had some beautiful weather in the UK this week. It's been hotter than parts of the Mediterranean on some days and if we weren't still in lockdown there would've been garden parties and family BBQs happening up an down the country. We did get our BBQ out and the husband and I have … Continue reading Barbecued or Oven Baked Feta

Homemade Biodegradable Confetti

Being a florist, I'm well aware of how many weddings and events have had to be cancelled or postponed this year due to covid-19. I know how upset brides and grooms are, not knowing when their big day, which they've been meticulously planning for years, will actually be able to go ahead. Well I'm here … Continue reading Homemade Biodegradable Confetti

Pan Fried Tomatoes With Mushrooms On Toast

This is a regular mid-week breakfast for me as it's really quick and easy, contains 1 of my 5 a day (2 if I wash it down with fresh fruit juice) and it tastes so good! Yes, it's a bit more effort than just spreading the toast with jam, but not much, and it sets … Continue reading Pan Fried Tomatoes With Mushrooms On Toast

Cheese and Poppy Seed Twists

When I was a student I worked weekends and evenings in a corner shop - stacking the shelves and serving on the tills. I loved it, the majority of the customers were pleasant and polite and I got on really well with the other staff, we would chat and laugh all shift. The late shifts … Continue reading Cheese and Poppy Seed Twists

Decorating With Edible Lustre

One of my closest friends makes wedding cakes for a living and she told me about this trick. I've used it to add finishing touches to numerous cakes and biscuits over the years and as we're rapidly running out of things to do during lockdown, I thought I'd share it with you. It's a great … Continue reading Decorating With Edible Lustre

Salmon and Cress Sandwiches

Today is St. Georges Day - the Patron Saint of England, and as I'm English, I thought we could celebrate with a traditional English picnic on the lawn, complete with Salmon and Cress Sandwiches. St. George wasn't actually English, he was born in what is now Turkey, but he was a good soldier (legend has … Continue reading Salmon and Cress Sandwiches

Goat’s Cheese Tartlets

I first made these tartlets to use up some left over ingredients - half a jar of this, a handful of that, things that were just sat in the fridge waiting to go off. But they were so tasty, I ended up buying all the ingredients again and making more. This recipe makes 6 tartlets, … Continue reading Goat’s Cheese Tartlets

Veggie Lasagne

Lasagne is a dish served in many pubs, cafes and restaurants all over the UK. You usually have two options when ordering lasagne - a meaty one which doesn't usually include any veg other than onion and tomato, but has beef mince in the red sauce, or veggie lasagne which has no protein in it, … Continue reading Veggie Lasagne

Cheesy Leek and Potato Pot Pie

When I was creating my Veggie Steak and Ale Pie recipe a few weeks ago I ended up with some left over pastry. It wasn't enough to line another pie tin, but it was enough to top a pot pie. A pot pie to me, (people get very touchy about their pie definitions) is a … Continue reading Cheesy Leek and Potato Pot Pie

Veggie Steak and Ale Pie

It's St. Patrick's Day on the 17th March - the Patron Saint of Ireland, and how better to celebrate than with a recipe involving Guinness? (You do have to put it in the recipe, you can't just drink it while you're cooking. Sorry!) I have been to Ireland many times and sampled all sorts of … Continue reading Veggie Steak and Ale Pie

The Best Garlic Mayo Dip

I've made Garlic Mayo Dips for years, each time altering the recipe slightly; and this version is by far the best I've ever tasted. It's smooth, creamy and has a definite garlic kick but without being overbearing. It's also really quick and easy to make and needs only 5 ingredients. Serve this dip with a … Continue reading The Best Garlic Mayo Dip

How to Prep Cauliflower Like a Pro

I've worked in a few cafe's and restaurants over the years and picked up a lot of tips and tricks from the other staff members and the chefs I worked with. People in the catering industry do things quite differently to how we home cooks have been taught, as for them, time really is money. … Continue reading How to Prep Cauliflower Like a Pro

Millionaire’s Champagne Shortbread

What's not to love about Millionaire's Shortbread? - Buttery shortbread, sweet caramel and crunchy chocolate all together in bite sized pieces. Add a hint of champagne and you take it to a whole new level! It's really easy to make too, this recipe doesn't even need you to bake the shortbread. The cooling time between … Continue reading Millionaire’s Champagne Shortbread

Cauliflower Cheese

Up North they have Cauliflower Cheese with their roast dinners, gravy and all. And hey, I'm not judging, I have gravy on pizza! But I think it would be a shame to smother this gorgeous, rich, cheesy, creamy version in gravy. This is a luxurious Cauliflower cheese, made with double cream and mature cheddar cheese. … Continue reading Cauliflower Cheese

Veggie Sausage Casserole

I have spent years developing this recipe. Every winter I give it another go, changing the recipe each time, and each time it was a bit . . . meh. I knew it would work eventually, sausages, leeks, onions, gravy, what can go wrong? Turns out, when you're using vegetarian sausages, it's harder than you … Continue reading Veggie Sausage Casserole

Blog Birthday Berry Mojito

Pesky Recipes is one year old! I can hardly believe it! I've had so much fun developing my recipes, photographing and blogging about them, and the feedback I've received from friends, family and complete strangers has been overwhelming. I have felt so welcomed by the blogging community and I'm still thrilled to bits whenever someone … Continue reading Blog Birthday Berry Mojito

Veggie Mince for Tatties

Happy new year everyone! Have you eaten and drank far too much over the festive period? Have you reverted back to your teenage years of happily grazing on junk food all day and forgoing proper meals? Of lazing about in your pyjamas all day and watching films? Me to! It's been great, but - sigh … Continue reading Veggie Mince for Tatties

How To – Homemade Hampers

I've made many hampers in my time, both professionally and personally; from fruit and veg hampers to huge Cadbury chocolate hampers and girl's night in hampers. I love them, they look exciting, are completely personal and they don't have to cost the earth. If you're making more than one hamper, look out for multi-buy offers … Continue reading How To – Homemade Hampers

Infusing Alcohol

Infusing alcohol is really simple to do and makes a lovely homemade gift. I've infused gin and rum to give away as Christmas presents this year, but pretty much any alcohol or oil can be infused this way. Infused alcohols make lovely hamper items, and over the next few weeks, in the run up to … Continue reading Infusing Alcohol

Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Mac and cheese is a perfect dish to serve at this time of year. It's really easy to make, it's warm, filling, comforting, and feels just a little bit naughty. I like mac and cheese, but I can't eat much of it, I find it quite rich and sickly; and after a few mouthfuls, a … Continue reading Grown Up Mac and Cheese

Pumpkin and Red Pepper Soup

I make Pumpkin soup every October, I love it. It's really easy to make, tasty, comforting and this recipe makes a big batch which I freeze in portions and work my way through throughout the month. There is a great pumpkin soup recipe in my Vegetarian Cookery book (see my About page for more info) … Continue reading Pumpkin and Red Pepper Soup

Shallow Grave Chocolate Orange Fudge Cake

I love Halloween, it's one of our oldest festivals and one of my favourites. Whether you choose to light a candle and remember loved ones who are no longer with us, eat your body weight in chocolate and scare yourself silly watching horror films or don your finest fancy dress costume, douse yourself in fake … Continue reading Shallow Grave Chocolate Orange Fudge Cake

Aubergine (Egg Plant) And Courgette Bake

When I was a teenager I was convinced I didn't like aubergines. They were just slimy black bits I'd get in takeaway curries sometimes that would be picked out and put to one side in disgust. Then I went to Italy for a holiday and experienced how they should be; and I was a total … Continue reading Aubergine (Egg Plant) And Courgette Bake

How To Be A Healthy Pesky/Veggie/Vegan

My 6 Rules for a healthy, iron rich diet. A different sort of blog post today. Usually, when we decide to stop eating meat, it's a decision that's made with our hearts, not for health reasons. We don't research alternative vitamin and mineral sources or what our bodies need, we worry about craving bacon butties … Continue reading How To Be A Healthy Pesky/Veggie/Vegan

Pan Fried Prawns in a Bloody Mary Sauce

A Bloody Mary is one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Traditionally consisting of tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce or Tabasco and served with a stick of celery, it's one of the easiest cocktails to make at home, and one that lends itself really well to becoming a delicious, easy to make sauce. … Continue reading Pan Fried Prawns in a Bloody Mary Sauce

The Ultimate Spicy Bean, Vegan Toasty

Finally in the Ultimate Toasty Series, we have my Spicy Bean Vegan Toasty. Just because you don't eat cheese doesn't mean you have to miss out on a yummy toasted sandwich! I am a bit of a cheese-oholic, but I really didn't miss it in this recipe. The veggies and toast provide all the textures … Continue reading The Ultimate Spicy Bean, Vegan Toasty

The Ultimate Tuna Melt

Next in The Ultimate Toasty Series is the tuna melt. I'm a big fan of tuna - in a jacket potato, with pasta, on pizza, and of course, in a sandwich; and how do you make a tasty tuna butty even better? Add gorgeous mozzarella cheese, tangy red onion, aromatic herbs and heat it all … Continue reading The Ultimate Tuna Melt

The Ultimate Cheese and Tomato Toasty

The glorious cheese and tomato toasty: molten slices of tomato, sandwiched between gooey cheddar cheese and crunchy toast. It's good, but we can do better. How about crumbly, salty, feta cheese combined with tangy sun-dried tomatoes and aromatic herbs? Now we're talking! This toasty can of course be made using a toasty machine like in … Continue reading The Ultimate Cheese and Tomato Toasty

The Ultimate Cheese and Onion Toasty

Everyone loves a toasted sandwich, right? The night's are drawing in now and there's a nip in the air. Soon we're going to be digging out our winter coats and defrosting our cars; and on cold, grey days, a boring butty for lunch just isn't going to cut it. Stuff it with layers of gorgeous … Continue reading The Ultimate Cheese and Onion Toasty

Cherry and Apricot Frangipane Tarts

Frangipane is the sweet filling you find in a Bakewell Tart. Its made from ground almonds, sugar and eggs and you can literally make it in less than 2 mins. I have made my own Bakewell Tarts using this frangipane recipe many times using short crust pastry, a spoon of cherry jam in the bottom … Continue reading Cherry and Apricot Frangipane Tarts

Homemade Fully Loaded Veggie Pizza

Ok, let's talk about pizza dough. I have tried almost every ready-made pizza dough out there - the frozen ones, the fresh ones, the already cooked ones, the roll out yourself ones - and none of them are as tasty as the the dough this recipe makes. It's from one of my favourite cookery books … Continue reading Homemade Fully Loaded Veggie Pizza

Easy Lime Curd

This simple recipe makes a yummy, tangy, sweet curd that is great in cakes, biscuits and pastries. There's no need for a thermometer or any special equipment or ingredients and unlike jam making, the mixture shouldn't boil, so there's no molten sugar spitting at you. It also makes a lovely homemade gift. Pour into a … Continue reading Easy Lime Curd

Teriyaki Salmon Skewers

BBQs are great. I prep the food and decorate as I would for any party, but once the guests arrive my work is done. My husband takes over the cooking and I can put my feet up. Usually everything gets cooked from scratch on the BBQ, but I've found people get impatient waiting for each … Continue reading Teriyaki Salmon Skewers

Bubbly Margaritas

As previously mentioned, I've just had a big birthday, and what a perfect excuse that is to indulge in some homemade cocktails! I call these my Bubbly Margaritas, but before anyone shouts at me, I am well aware this isn't a proper margarita recipe. The whole cocktail only requires 4 ingredients, it is a cheat's … Continue reading Bubbly Margaritas

Orange and Ginger Cupcakes with Orange Velvet Frosting

It's my birthday! So of course, this post had to be about cake! Especially as the weather outside is awful. Even the cats have given up on dodging puddles and are sheltering inside. I don't bake a lot of sweet things as my husband doesn't have a sweet tooth and I end up stuck with … Continue reading Orange and Ginger Cupcakes with Orange Velvet Frosting

Sour Cream and Chive Sweet Potato Skins

These delicious little orange boats are perfect as a starter or a lunch served with salad. They re-heat well in the microwave, though the skins do loose their crispness, they don't loose any flavour. Stuffed potato skins are served at a lot of restaurants now and they're usually white potatoes stuffed with bacon or ham … Continue reading Sour Cream and Chive Sweet Potato Skins

Stuffed Dough Balls

I love pizza. I've never been one for the 'American style' ones you get delivered from the likes of Domino's though. As a veggie I find there are rarely any interesting toppings that don't include meat, and supermarkets do lovely fresh and frozen pizzas now for a lot less than you can get a sub-standard … Continue reading Stuffed Dough Balls

Crab Tagliatelle

The weather is picking up now and it's starting to feel like summer, which makes me want big bowls of tasty pasta dishes served alfresco with cold glasses of white wine. Yum! Well this dish certainly fits the bill. It sounds posh and looks pretty impressive, but in reality, it's ready in about 20 mins … Continue reading Crab Tagliatelle

Caramelised Courgettes/Zucchini

In the first home my now husband and I bought together, I created a little veg patch in a sunny corner of the garden. It wasn't big, but it was enough for me to catch the gardening bug. The first year, I decided to plant some courgettes as they are notoriously easy and perfect for … Continue reading Caramelised Courgettes/Zucchini

No Cream Chocolate Truffles

Does anyone remember a TV program that was on in the mid 00's called Cook Yourself Thin? It created healthier versions of favourite dishes for people who were trying to loose weight. I really enjoyed it, and this recipe is from it. It's not 'healthy' as such, but it doesn't include any cream or sugars, … Continue reading No Cream Chocolate Truffles

Meat Free Chilli Con Carne

The packet spice mixes you can buy at the supermarkets are great. They take all the guess work out of mixing your spices and they always have recipe suggestions on the back. However, I never feel like there's enough veg in these recipes. 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 tin of kidney beans, like … Continue reading Meat Free Chilli Con Carne

Greek Pasties

Greek food is my absolute favourite! I love their use of fresh herbs, gorgeous veg and aromatic spices, and they always seem to have loads of delicious dishes that just happen to be veggie. They're not added to the menu to tick an inclusivity box, they're fantastic, authentic recipes that just don't require meat. I'm … Continue reading Greek Pasties

Tortilla Dippers

These Tortilla Dippers are a great alternative to crisps or bread sticks at a party. They take literally minutes to prepare, look great on the table and are pretty darn tasty too. They also work out cheaper than buying packets of good quality crisps or bread sticks. They're really filling, I only manage 4 or … Continue reading Tortilla Dippers

Creamy Mushroom Carbonara

This dish tastes so luxurious, no one will believe you knocked it up in less than 30 mins. It's perfect for a date night or dinner party and needs no accompaniments other than a glass of cold white wine and a few slices of garlic bread each. (Try my recipe for No Butter Garlic Bread, … Continue reading Creamy Mushroom Carbonara

No Butter Garlic Bread

I am a bit of a carb-aholic, and my favourite carbohydrate has to be bread. Chocolates, biscuits and sweets can go untouched for months with me, but I'd happily munch through an entire loaf of crusty bread in one sitting if I let myself. So of course, whenever I have a pasta dish, I always … Continue reading No Butter Garlic Bread

Easy Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes

Everybody loves a roast potato don't they? But who can be bothered to faff about with boiling them until they're cooked but not falling apart and then having molten fat spitting at you while you're trying to transfer them into a hot roasting tray? No wonder we usually only bother on a Sunday. Well this … Continue reading Easy Garlic and Herb Roast Potatoes

Cheese and Chutney Quiche

Quiches (or flans depending on what part of the world you're from) are so versatile and easy to make. As long as you have the pastry case and the quantities of eggs to milk right you can put pretty much put anything you like into it. They can be served hot or cold, so are … Continue reading Cheese and Chutney Quiche

Breakfast Kale

Curly Kale is a fantastic, underappreciated veg. It's similar to cabbage but with a subtler flavour and it's packed full of Iron and nutrients. It's pretty versatile too and can be eaten raw (see my Kale and Broccoli Coleslaw) or boiled and served with a Sunday roast like you would with cabbage. However, this recipe … Continue reading Breakfast Kale

Sweet Chilli Salmon and Noodles

I saw this dish on a special's board at a local pub last summer and thought it sounded amazing. It's so quick and simple to make and so tasty, that it's now one of our staple dinners at home. Stir fries aren't always as healthy as they seem, despite all the veg, due to the … Continue reading Sweet Chilli Salmon and Noodles

Spinach And Ricotta Pancakes

I first created this recipe with cannelloni in mind, and it works really well, just increase the cooking time by 10 mins and cover with foil for the first 20 mins to stop the top from burning. But I would get so bored filling what felt like millions of pasta tubes that I decided to … Continue reading Spinach And Ricotta Pancakes

Kale And Broccoli Coleslaw

I first had broccoli in coleslaw at a friend's wedding a few years ago, and I'll be honest, I was dubious. Growing up in the North West of England in the 90's, broccoli was something that was boiled until it was mushy and then smothered in gravy. However, the catering staff had gone out of … Continue reading Kale And Broccoli Coleslaw

Filo Parcel with Goats Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach

This Filo Pastry Parcel takes a bit of time due to the roasting and cooling of the squash before you can assemble and bake the pastry. But don't let that put you off. It's so easy, there really isn't a lot of work to do, and it looks fantastic in the centre of the table. … Continue reading Filo Parcel with Goats Cheese, Roasted Butternut Squash and Spinach

Eggs In Hell

My husband's family quite often visit us on a Sunday and they usually arrive around 10 or 11am. We wont have had anything to eat before they arrive as we're either having a lie in or running round tidying up ready for them (usually the latter). So when they arrive, we're getting pretty hungry and … Continue reading Eggs In Hell

Salmon, Orange and Grains

In 2016, my now husband and I hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru. I was quite apprehensive before hand about what the food would be like whilst on the trail. I wasn't going to get through 4 days of hiking and camping in the Andes without sufficient sustenance, and I wasn't sure … Continue reading Salmon, Orange and Grains

Cherry And Almond Tiffin

I really hate food waste, I have a compost bin for all my fruit and veg peelings and a freezer full of bits that I somehow manage to turn into "Bitsa Meals" (a meal consisting of bits-a this and bits-a that). So when I discovered half a packet of oaty biscuits in the cupboard that … Continue reading Cherry And Almond Tiffin