T R I E D   A N D   T E S T E D  . . .

‘The best, really Rosie?’ is what I’m certain you’re all thinking right now. ‘This is the best!’ is a bold claim to make about anything! Especially about something as personal as pizza…

But is it true? Well, as my About page says, I’ve been quietly but obsessively testing homemade pizza recipes and cooking methods for getting on for five years now, and this beauty here?

It honestly and truly knocks every other pizza recipe I’ve ever tried clean out of the park.

And the best thing about it is that you don’t need anything fancy like a pizza stone to make it!

Let me share my secrets with you… Continue reading


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F O R   A   C O M F O R T I N G   W E E K   N I G H T   D I N N E R . . .

It feels as though it’s been forever since I shared a recipe. In fact, I’m going to go back and check exactly how long it’s been…

Six weeks! It’s been six weeks! And as for the last time I posted a savoury recipe, well, it’s been *months*. But I’m back in the kitchen today, making up one of my all-time favourite quick dinnertime recipes.

Given that Jason and I eat some variation on this noodle dish at least once a fortnight, and also seeing as this years old recipe for teriyaki noodles remains my most viewed recipe post to date, I figured it was probably time to do a little noodle update!

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This meal is total comfort food for me, without having any of the normal indulgences (cheese, butter, chocolate…) of the comfort food that I usually reach for.

Instead, its comforting qualities come from the deep, earthy flavours of tahini and dark soy, from the soft, savoury chestnut mushrooms, and, most importantly, from its ability to be eaten just with a fork.

It’s that last point that’s most important to me, really. Because if you ask me, comfort food just *has* to be eaten from a bowl, using only a fork or spoon (or in this case, perhaps a pair of chopsticks), whilst sitting curled up on the sofa with the curtains drawn shut and a blanket tucked over your feet.

And you know? These noodles tick every box…

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Serves 2.

Ingredients ::
1/4 cup dark soy sauce
1/2 lemon, juiced
3tbsp tahini
1 crushed clove of garlic
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
250g chestnut mushrooms
150g noodles (I used wholewheat here, but tend to use rice noodles most frequently)
150g sugarsnap peas

- In a large bowl, combine the soy sauce, lemon juice, crushed garlic, sugar, and tahini. Don’t worry if the mixture becomes grainy at this point- it’ll amalgamate later on.

-  Finely slice the mushrooms, and then add them to the marinade. Use your hands to massage the marinade into the mushrooms, and then leave them to infuse for 15 minutes or so.

- Add a splash of sesame oil to a large frying pan, and cook the mushrooms (in their sauce) for 3 or 4 minutes, until the mushrooms are just soft. Meanwhile, boil the noodles in salted water until cooked, and then drain thoroughly.

- Add the cooked and drained noodles to the mushrooms, and toss to combine over a low heat.

- Serve into two bowls, and top with a handful of finely sliced raw sugarsnap peas, for crunch and sweetness.

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Up until now, this little ‘three ways with’ series has been concentrated mainly on dinnertime meals. Today though? Today we’re all about lunch.

Now, I’ll admit to you, lunch is by far in a way my least favourite meal. Unless I’m out and about in London somewhere with endless exciting food options to hand, I’d usually rather just have lots of different snacks spread out through the middle of the day than go to the trouble of making and sitting down to a proper lunchtime meal. And to be honest, even when I *am* in London with endless exciting food options to hand, I’m usually far more tempted by the prospect of a ‘cake and hot chocolate’ lunch than by anything else! But since having cake for lunch isn’t the choice a sensible 24 year old is supposed to make, lately I’ve been trying to be better ;)

These three simple grain dishes have become some of my favourite lunchtime meals. The grains do a wonderful job of at filling the belly and sating the appetite without leaving you feeling heavy and sluggish (looking at you, sandwiches), and they’re all easy to put together and ready in under 20 minutes. I like to think of the first as being for grey, drizzly weekend lunches (it’s beautifully creamy and comforting), the second as a burst of Mediterranean sunshine on a plate, and the last being the one to make on a Sunday evening, and portion up for grab-and-go weekday sustenance.

Shall we get to it?

O N E :: Bacon + leek spelt risotto.

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Serves two.
Ingredients ::
150g rolled spelt/quick cook farro {they’re the same!}
3 leeks
8 rashers smoked bacon
A sprig of thyme
3tbsp creme fraiche
Splash dry white wine
Parmesan {to taste}

- Place the spelt into a saucepan, and cook in salted water for approximately 10 minutes.

-Whilst the spelt cooks, slice the bacon into small pieces and the leeks into half centimetre rings, and then add to a large frying pan along with the thyme, a knob of butter and a splash of extra virgin olive oil. Cook slowly over a low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until the leeks have softened and turned sweet. Add in a splash of white wine, and turn up the heat briefly to allow the alcohol to cook away.

- When the spelt is cooked, drain it thoroughly and then add to the leek mixture. With a low heat under the pan, in the creme fraiche, then grate in some parmesan before tasting and adding in any extra parmesan, salt, and pepper.

- Serve with a squeeze of lemon over the top, and an extra grating of parmesan because there’s never too much of a good thing.

T W O :: Tabbouleh with quick pickled onions.

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Ingredients ::
70g bulgar wheat
70g fresh parsley
70g fresh mint
6 large ripe tomatoes
1 lemon
Olive oil

Q U I C K   P I C K L E D  O N I O N S {recipe here}
1 large onion {preferably red, I only had white to hand!}
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1tbsp sugar
1.5tbsp salt

- To make the onions, mix together the vinegar, salt and sugar, then finely slice the onion and cover in the pickling liquid. Set aside for one hour.

- Cook the bulgar wheat according to package instructions, then, whilst it’s still hot, squeeze over half a lemon and mix together with a pinch of salt and splash of olive oil. Set aside.

Finely chop the parsley and mint, then deseed then dice the tomatoes. Mix together with the cooked grains, add the juice of the second lemon half as well as another splash of olive oil, and salt if you feel it needs it.

- Serve with the pickled onions, as a side to just about anything you fancy! Keeps well for several days in the fridge, and tastes better after having sat overnight to let the flavours infuse.

T H R E E :: Red pepper + feta lentils with marjoram.


Ingredients ::
250g puy lentils
100g feta
3 red peppers
Balsamic vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
2 handfuls fresh marjoram

- Place the peppers into a roasting dish (no oil necessary!) and roast them whole at 200 degrees celsius for 35 minutes, until the skins are blackened and the flesh is tender. Allow the peppers to cool for at least ten minutes before attempting to remove the skins.

- Peel the skins from the peppers then shred the flesh back into the roasting dish, discarding the skins and seeds. Season well with a good splash of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and add in half the marjoram leaves.

- Cook the lentils in salted boiling water for 25-30 minutes, then drain well. Add the lentils into the pepper dish to allow them to soak up the flavour of the marinade, then finally crumble in the feta and top with the remaining marjoram leaves.


Do tag me in on photos if you have a go at making any of the recipes! Find me on Twitter, and Instagram (@ciderwithrosieblog), and tag #ciderwithrosiecooks! :)

Want more ‘Three ways with’ recipe posts? ::
:: Chorizo.
:: Hummus.
:: Roast chicken.


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Chorizo is a total store-cupboard staple for me, for so many reasons. It’s flavoursome and warming. Hearty but not heavy. *Endlessly* versatile. And, a total bargain ingredient!

Though I’d be happy eating vegetarian meals the vast majority of the time, Jason, like so many guys I know, needs a portion of something meaty with his dinners! I used to work on the basis of cooking at least two light, more inexpensive dinners of pasta each week and then the rest being heavier, meat-focused meals, but since we took pasta out of our diets and cut back on our wheat intake almost two years ago, it’s definitely lead to a hike in what we spend on food on a weekly basis.

Chorizo is always what I turn to instead of something heavier like beef or lamb, when I don’t want to bump up our week’s food bill with another more dear cut of meat. The lovely garlicky, paprika-spiked flavour is so strong a little goes a long way, and because it takes little, if any cooking, it’s *so* useful to have on hand in a pinch!

These three ‘ways with’ are some of my absolute favourite recipes for chorizo. The first is the lightest (so perfect as a summer evening meal, perhaps with a little good bread to dip into the yolk and chorizo oil), the second is laughably simple (throw ingredients into a dish, roast, and devour), and the third my absolute favourite way of using up leftover vegetables at the end of the week.

Let’s get to it…

O N E :: Warm chorizo salad with soft poached eggs.

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Serves 2.
Ingredients ::
200g cured chorizo sausage
2 fresh eggs (fresh makes for easy poaching!)
2 large handfuls baby salad leaves
Lemon juice
Dried chilli flakes
Flaky sea salt

- Slice the chorizo into 1cm slices, and put into a dry griddle pan to warm through. Cook for a minute or so, turning occasionally, until the cut sides are slightly darkened and crispy. Set aside.

- Heat a pan of cold water with a dash of white wine vinegar added, until a film of fine bubbles form along the base and sides of the pan. Crack an egg into the centre of the pan (you can swirl the water first if you like to help the whites wrap round the yolk), and allow it to sit for 20 seconds or so before carefully checking to see if the whites are cooked through. Drain off excess water on kitchen paper.

- Dress the salad leaves in a squeeze of lemon juice and small pinch of flaky sea salt, then put the warm chorizo on top of the leaves followed by the poached eggs. Top the eggs with a sprinkling of chilli flakes, and eat right away.

T W O :: Butternut squash, red onion & chorizo traybake, with spiced yoghurt + fresh rosemary.

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Serves 2/3
Ingredients ::
1 small butternut squash
1 red onion
190g cooking chorizo (usually in the deli section, alongside cooked meats)
1 tsp harissa spice mix
2 sprigs fresh rosemary
5tsp plain yoghurt
1/2tsp smoked paprika
1 sprig fresh oregano
Extra virgin olive oil
Balsamic vinegar

- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.

- Peel the squash and cut into small 1 inch chunks, then peel and roughly cut the onion into slices. Put the squash and onion into a large roasting dish, and drizzle with a small dash of olive oil.

- Cut the links between the chorizo sausages, then add to the roasting dish. Sprinkle over the dried harissa mix, add in the fresh rosemary, and then place the dish into the oven for 25 minutes.

- After 25 minutes, remove the dish, drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the vegetables and chorizo to liven up the flavours, then return to the oven to cook for another 10 minutes. Remove, and allow to cool for 5 minutes or so.

- Mix together the yoghurt and smoked paprika (I used hot smoked, which was delicious!), drizzle a spoonful or two over the roasted chorizo, squash and onion, and then top with a few leaves of fresh oregano.

T H R E E :: Chorizo, spinach & feta frittata.

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Serves 4 with a large salad to go alongside, or 2 with leftovers for the next day!
Ingredients ::
2 large handfuls baby spinach
100g cured chorizo
50g feta cheese
6 eggs

- Preheat a grill to a medium temperature, and begin to cook diced chorizo in a large, non-stick, oven-proof frying pan.

- When the chorizo’s warmed through (the dry-cured type doesn’t need cooking, unlike the cooking chorizo from the previous recipe) and has released a good amount of oil, turn the heat low and add in a couple of handfuls of spinach. Allow the spinach to wilt slowly, turning occasionally.

- Beat together the eggs, and after giving the pan a shake to even out the spinach and chorizo, pour in the beaten eggs. Cook slowly over a medium heat until the frittata is set at the edges and only a thin layer of raw egg is left on top, then crumble in the feta cheese, and set the pan under the grill to finish cooking.

- Check every minute or so for done-ness- the top should be a pale yellow colour and just set, but not at all puffed up or brown in colour. When cooked, run a spatula under the frittata to loosen it from the pan, carefully turn out, and then allow the frittata to cool and set for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Do tag me in on photos if you have a go at making any of the recipes! Find me on Twitter, and Instagram (@ciderwithrosieblog), and tag #ciderwithrosiecooks! :)

Want more ‘Three ways with’ recipe posts? ::
:: Hummus.
:: Roast chicken. 

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