Black Bean, Chicken, Chorizo and Quinoa Mexican Soup

IMG_0221[1]

Are you in a cooking rut? Do you need something to mix up the midweek staples? Do you have a can or two of black beans in the pantry that you should put to use (and don’t fancy making this old favourite of a chocolate cake?)  If so, I think I can help. This pressure cooker/slow cooker friendly, blurble-on-the-stove-for-a-few-hours friendly one-pot-wonder is what you’re looking for. It’s mildly spiced with Mexican aromas (so mild that even my baby ate it), but can easily be punched up at the table for those who like a bit more excitement in their bowl. It’s warm and soft and all those good things.  It’s …

Beef, Stout and Swede Stew

IMG_9792

How’s your winter going? Do you love it as much as I do? (insert sarcastic face here). If you’re in need of a hug-from-the-inside, warming braise, that happens to be dairy free, make your house smell like a ski chalet, puts to use those rogue swedes you saw at the market and can also be multi-tasked as a pie filling the next day, then this Beef, Swede and Stout stew might be just what you’re looking for. If you’re very busy and important, skip straight to the matching photo at the bottom for the recipe. If you have some time to kill, read on. 

Here are some things about winter that blow. …

Kid Approved Six Vegetable, Pear and Pulse ‘Red Sauce’

IMG_8893

Are you after a way to shovel a few more vegetables into the people you love (yourself included) that doesn’t include kitchen pantomimes or bribes? Are you after a strapping soup/stew, that can also be blended into a nifty alternative for ‘red sauce’ that gilds pizza, pasta and lots of other comfort food staples? Are you after another multi tasking meal, because you do it all day long, so gosh darn it, something else in your kitchen should start pulling their weight?  If so, I think I can help. This six vegetable, pear and pulse ‘red sauce’ is kid-approved in this house (that’s not an easy feat). It can be …