Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon. This French classic dish is rich, unctuous  and really simple to do. I am still trying to understand the different  cuts of French beef, but  luckily it is clearly labelled ‘bourguignon’! It is a bit different from normal stewing or braising steak as it has a lot more connective tissue left on the meat. This tends…

Mozzarella Meatballs with Veggie Spaghetti

Mozzarella Meatballs with Veggie Spaghetti. So there are big lumps of creamy mozzarella wedged into beef meatballs, smothered  in a rich tomato sauce and served with carrot and courgette spaghetti. This would qualify as ‘man grub’ in our house. It’s not meant to be sexist in any way but we refer to it as satisfying…

Glam Cottage Pie

Glam cottage pie.  Cottage pie is the perfect comfort food for winter weather and, by adding a few extra ingredients, an ordinary weekday meal can become a bit more special. So here is my version of cottage pie that is really just for grown-ups!

Steak and Kidney Pie

There’s nothing better when the leaves are falling from the trees and the nights are drawing in, than looking forward to a proper pie. Steak and kidney or ‘snake and pygmy’, as my dad always referred to it, is a real family frugal favourite. It’s frugal as I can buy the cheapest, toughest steak and…

Simple Saucey Steaks

Simple Saucey Steaks. My family love steak. We don’t have it often as it is expensive in France, as it is in the UK, so we reserve it for special occasions. When my son went back to the UK last week part of his last meal here was steak. We managed to get some tender…