Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.


Roast chicken and vegetable pie


I was looking for something special to cook last Saturday night. Not because I’m a domestic doyen but because I needed to make up for the sausages and fish-fingers that I threw around like proper food last week. The great thing about this recipe is that it can be whipped up pretty quickly and you can turn something out that looks a million pounds but costs very little. I don’t go for chicken breast unless I’m making breaded chicken. Thighs always hold up better,  taste better and cost less. So grab a packet of thighs, with skin and bone if …

How to make a great roast chicken

Not everyone can say that say that a chicken fell on their head. I can of course and it seems like the perfect way to introduce my post about roasting chicken. I’ve been watching a lot of Woody Allen films lately, and anyone familiar with his movies, will know that a chicken falling on my head is a bit of life imitating art in the sense of Woody’s comedic pathos, but I’m no Annie Hall and this was not a lobster.  What’s more, I’ve been listening to music from his films, and so my life has felt like I’m on …

Chicken Satay Pizza

Chicken Satay Pizza

Purists look away now! Avert your eyes and block your ears because I’m about to plunder and pimp the sacred, doughy idol you call pizza. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of fusion food but I will bend the rules now and then when it feels right. And I don’t know about you, but for me peanut sauce, chicken and snow peas on a pizza feels right. I only know this because many years ago, we used to go a gourmet pizza restaurant and order the Java, an Asian-style pizza that contained absolutely nothing that a good pizza should. …

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Roast Butternut with Pistachio Pesto

Every once in a while I like to try out new side dishes, because let’s face it, grilled meat is a dietary no-brainer. With a nice piece of chicken, fish or lamb, sometimes just a sprinkling of salt and pepper and a nice hot pan is all you need. But it’s often the vegetable component of a meal that can end up making the nightly dinner seem lacklustre. I’m hoping to remedy that by sharing a few new things I’ve tried out lately, some flavoursome, exciting vegetable dishes that will brighten up the weekly repertoire.

Let’s begin with this delightful …

Chicken Tinga

Chicken Tinga

Let the photo set the scene; Father’s Day, Pineapple Margaritas made with reposado tequila and chipotle-chicken tinga served with tostadas, guacamole, and limes. This is the second Mexican feast we’ve had at the Cory house this year and I’m hoping that my experiments will become less of a special occasion and more of a weekly occurrence. I was sent a package of dried chillies of all varieties from the gang at MexTrade UK, but it was the tiny tins of chipotle chillies adobo that they threw in that I started with.

I’ve never cooked with chipotles before and I …

Rip Snorting Roasts

Whether you’re a wiz at making roast dinners or perhaps taking your first piece of meat for spin, there’s a always room for improvement when it comes to making the perfect roast dinner. I’m yet to attempt the Yorkshire pudding and always trying hard not to overcook the green beans. Anyone with experience will tell that it’s all about timing. The difference between a good roast pork and a mouthwateringly-memorable one is time. Whether your potatoes are nice or out-of-this-world is all about how long they’ve been roasting for. I could go on, but I think you get the point.…

Middle-eastern spiced chicken

It actually feels like summer now. And if old-English folk-lore is to be trusted we’re in for a lovely few months. According to the rhyme, ‘St. Swithin’s day if thou dost rain, For forty days it will remain, St. Swithin’s day if thou be fair, For forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’ It’s predicted that St Swithin’s Day, July 15th, is set to be hot and sunny. I’ve stopped making my usual Sunday roasts due to the heat and found a perfect replacement.

Back in Sydney, we used to love going to Turkish and Lebanese restaurants, even the boys …

Baked Chicken and Lentils

With such simple ingredients and so many lentils, I suspected this recipe would be a little bland. But I am pleased to announced that it was not in the slightest bit. The aroma of thyme, wine and garlic coming from the oven was heavenly and the taste was hearty and flavoursome without being at all challenging – perfect comfort food. I love one-pan-wonders. And for those who care, it is very low GI with no starchy carbs just the good fibre and protein from the lentils and chicken and very filling.

This recipe says to stir in the spinach and …

Chicken and Noodle Salad

Salads aren’t necessarily summer foods. They can be enjoyed after large, fattening lunches of fish and chips or whipped up when you don’t want to bother with a hot meal. I’ve been making this recipe for years and I really love the delicate flavour and the way it always satisfies. The unusual dressing contains both olive oil and sesame oil, and even though it’s such a simple recipe, the results are surprisingly tasty. To make this dish much less calorific and carb-free – simply remove the noodles and up the quantity of vegetables. Drizzled with a bit sweet-chilli sauce – …

Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry

If you’re looking for a tried and tested chicken stir-fry, this recipe will tick all the boxes. It’s easy to prepare, easy to make. It tastes amazing and it has that pan-asian appeal that is neither strongly Thai or Chinese and yet, satisfies a hankering for that unmistakable umami of Asian cuisine. You don’t have to be a kick-ass kitchen to nail this recipe and chances are you’ll have most of the ingredients already.


Chicken and Cashew Stir Fry Recipe

1 tbs fish sauce
2 tbs oyster sauce
3 tbs stock/water
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup cashew nuts
4-5 …