What to cook, 15 March 2017

Happy Friday folks! I wish I had good news for you that the weather had improved and it was time to get out the BBQ for the weekend, but unfortunately it’s set to continue to be cold and windy for the next few days (at least if you live in the UK!). So why not warm up Irish style, with a pint of Guinness and some corned beef and cabbage, or soda bread and a bowl of Irish stew! St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday so whether you’re Irish or just like to join in a celebration, there’s a recipe for you below!

Something special for the weekend

If you fancy something a bit special for the weekend, here’s a super easy one for you – Waitrose Beautifully Simple Baked Chicken & Prosciutto with Olives & Lemon!

I made this a couple nights ago but it’s special enough for a weekend meal and so simple to make! And the best part is, if you have a Waitrose nearby, all the ingredients are together with a recipe card in the Beautifully Simple chiller – what could be easier? But you can get these ingredients pretty much anywhere so don’t be put off if you don’t have a Waitrose nearby.

Or you could go for Clare’s chicken fajitas with cheat’s mole sauce from http://www.jamieoliver.com!

For a little something sweet to finish the meal, I completely recommend this recipe for peppermint patties! If you grew up on York peppermint patties like I did – this tastes just like the real thing! And if you have never tried a peppermint patty, believe me, they are chocolatey, minty circles of heaven! These require a few cooling down sessions in the fridge so plan ahead to ensure you have enough time.

Or if you are in the mood for baking, you could make Delicious Magazine’s Chocolate Porter Cake, which is kind of perfect for St. Patrick’s Day as it calls for Guinness (which makes this chocolate cake extra moist!).

St. Patrick’s Day

Instead of Sunday brunch recipes this week, I have put together a few St Patrick’s Day winners! BBC Goodfood’s Irish stew is simple but hearty and warming. Give it a try!

Or you could go for the traditional St. Paddy’s Day fare and try Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen’s Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe. They also have a traditional recipe for Soda Bread!

And Martha Stewart has a whole collection of St. Patrick’s Day recipes including, my personal favourite, her Irish coffee cupcakes!

Weeknight winners

After a long day of work or looking after the kids, you probably don’t want to spend hours slaving away in the kitchen and Delicious Magazine’s Sausage and purple sprouting broccoli penne would make a quick and easy but tasty seasonal dinner.

Or you could prepare my vegetarian version of Jamie Oliver’s Simple Baked Lasagne on Sunday and have it with a green salad throughout the week – one lasagne makes 6-8 portions.

And there’s always my old favourite – Deliciously Ella’s Spicy Coconut and Lentil Dahl. With very little hands on time, this Dahl simmers on the stove, smelling absolutely delicious for two hours and is perfectly warming on a windy, drizzly night.

FYI, there will be no What to cook next Friday as we’re off skiing! So see you in two weeks on 29 March! Hope you have a great weekend!



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