Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

20 October 2013 § 2 Comments

The Ladies™ love a good pot pie. I will often buy one but depending on where you go, they can be too salty, too creamy, too herby. This one is just right. It is not totally from scratch as the puff pastry is store-bought. Forgive me but life is too short for that endless folding and waiting.

potpieminiThe recipe is in my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids. If you want a wine pairing with it – a bold Chardonnay does the trick. Fall is definitely here.

An English Gala Pie Recipe fit for Saint George’s Day

21 April 2013 § 7 Comments

I’m really excited about this special guest post from King Marv.
(AKA my husband, Neal.)

He has talked about making this gala pie for well over a year so it was a major event when he finally got around to doing it. Sourcing the ingredients was an adventure in itself: after all, it’s not every day that a girl buy pigs trotters and lard. And don’t start me on the epic saga of actually making the pie. Suffice to say that it was a journey that started with a mere three hours of simmering pigs fat and trotters…  I now understand why one rarely encounters home-made pork pies, let alone the gala variety that comes embedded with hard-boiled eggs.


So, over to Neal. He affects a more cultured demeanor than me, so please humour him while he starts with a little Shakespeare… « Read the rest of this entry »

Comforting Cottage Pie

21 January 2013 § Leave a comment

What is better than a Cottage Pie on a cold winter’s evening? There are few things more comforting han a gently bubbling dish of rich meat gravy topped with creamy, cheesy mash. There is a reason why this is a comfort food favorite.

My recipe is over on this week’s What’s For Dinner? on Barista Kids.

Pork Tenderloin Rub Recipe for the Grill

29 June 2012 § 10 Comments

You might have heard about those black-footed Iberian pigs of Spain that are fed acorns and produce the most flavorful pork ever. Well This Little Piggy was very excited to meet the Møsefund people at the Montclair Farmers Market last week who are selling a distant cousin to the Iberian pig – the Mangalitsa.

Rubbed Pork Tenderloin cooked on the grill

We bought a pork tenderloin as The Ladies™ had eaten their body weight in the bratwurst beer samples, and I felt bad they had eaten so many. The pork tenderloin was so flavorful, but without that greasy aftertaste you get with a lot of pork. I made a quick rub, put it on the grill and bingo a really easy, quick dinner cooked outside in about 20 minutes (and that included 5 minutes of meat resting time). Oh, and it was healthy – yes pork can be healthy – if raised properly. « Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Father’s Day – how to cook the perfect steak

17 June 2012 § 1 Comment

Happy Father’s Day! My post on Barista Kids is fittingly enough a steak recipe, click here to check it out.

This is how King Marv will be celebrating. Despite the label Yards IPA is local (-ish), it is brewed in the city of brotherly love.

Father’s Day Treat – A beer fit for a King (King Marv that is)

Chicken Tacos and Real Easy Taco Seasoning

23 April 2012 § 4 Comments

Taco night is always a winner in our house. It fulfills all the criteria for a good family meal: it is that magical equation of easy, healthy (if you add lots of good toppings for the kids to spoon on) and tasty. Made tastier with a bottle of Bohemia to wash it down, that’s for me and not The Ladies™. There is no need to wait for Cinco De Mayo as I’ve posted this really easy, peasy recipe on my What’s for Dinner? column on Barista Kids.

Beefing up

14 April 2012 § 3 Comments

Even though my grandfather was a butcher, I was a vegetarian for about 20 years. I’m discovering a whole new world of meat.

I love this infographic from It demystifies those cuts of meat so you can see where all the bits come from. It also offers explanation of why a little grass-fed beef is good for you.

Beef Infographic

Source: FrugalDad

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