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I love food but it's made me a big chap in the past. After losing a lot of weight in the past 7 months I want to share my journey, talk about the food that I've enjoyed eating and prove that eating better, healthier food doesn't mean eating boring food!
Cardamom, Rose & Lemon Cake
2020-03-03 11:30
Talk about taking a risk with flavours! Both Cardamom and Rose are ingredients that taste truly wonderful, but only in the right proportions. If you don’t add enough you’d never… Read More
Risotto Tricolore
2020-02-25 11:30
As is the case with so many of my recipes, this one has taken a few attempts to get right. I’ve lost count of the number of tweaks I’ve made to my Risotto Tricolore over the past… Read More
Vegan Cashew “Parmesan”
2020-02-24 11:30
Cheese is one of the three foods that I’d struggle to live without. Good chocolate and proper crusty bread are the other two, in case you’re wondering… Apart from the brea… Read More
Five-Spice Duck With Noodles
2020-02-16 11:30
Duck isn’t a meat that I usually cook with. It has a reputation of being quite fatty, which it is – but that isn’t really a bad thing. As with other meats fat generally mea… Read More
Oven-Baked Cod With Sweet Onion Sauce
2020-02-11 11:30
Cod is something that most of us Brits only ever encounter encased in batter. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I hasten to add. I’m a huge fan of battering pretty much… Read More
Warm Garlic & Spinach Potato Salad
2020-02-10 11:30
If there’s one thing I learned quite quickly after meeting Michael it’s that he’s not a fan of a simple boiled potato. Even if it’s something as wonderful as a Jerse… Read More
Crab & Lemon Pasta
2020-02-07 11:30
Food memories are often, for me at least, some of the strongest. There are so many things I eat even now that still take me back to a very specific time and place many years in the past. On… Read More
Balsamic & Lemon Pork Scaloppine
2020-02-04 11:30
It’s no secret that I love pork fillet – also known as pork tenderloin. If you look back over the Pork recipe collection you’ll notice that it crops up quite a lot. Indeed… Read More
Winter Wellington
2020-02-02 11:31
If there’s one thing we do well in the UK it’s pastry. The Brits have had a bit of a chequered past when it comes to our culinary reputation around the world. But you can’… Read More
Quick Puff Pastry
2020-02-02 11:30
One of my aims for 2020 is to try and expand my baking repertoire. I’ve always enjoyed making cakes, but beyond that I have to accept that I rarely experiment. You may have already pic… Read More
Paneer Masala
2020-01-31 11:30
When it comes to curry I have one general rule: leave it to the professionals. In the majority of cases that means going out or ordering in. It’s a behaviour that’s not helped b… Read More
Teriyaki Chicken With Vegetable Rice
2020-01-28 11:30
As I’ve said before, food will always lose some of its authenticity as soon as it leaves its native environment. We’ve all had some amazing food on our travels, then failed miser… Read More
Lime Curd
2020-01-26 11:30
In fairness, this post could also be called Lemon Curd, Orange Curd or Tangerine Curd… I did consider calling it Citrus Curd but that didn’t sound nearly as tempting as Lime Cur… Read More
Salmon & Quinoa Salad
2020-01-24 11:30
Unlike a lot of home cooks, I don’t have a particularly large collection of cookbooks. Don’t get me wrong, I love having my little kitchen library and over the years it’s g… Read More
Quick Creamy Salad Dressing
2020-01-22 11:30
For anyone brought up in the UK in the 1980s salads pretty much came in one version. Lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes, garnished with an often-too-generous dollop of Salad Cream in lieu of a p… Read More
Moscow Mule Chicken
2020-01-21 11:30
Yep, you read that right: Moscow Mule Chicken! On the face of it I know it sounds a bit random. Indeed, this recipe only came about when I was writing down ideas for my Cocktail Collecti… Read More
Vegan Lemon & Ginger Swirl Biscuits
2020-01-19 11:30
I really enjoy baking, but I rarely make biscuits. It’s not that they’re difficult to make or anything like that. I just think that there are so many nice ones available in the s… Read More
Scallop, Squash & Pancetta Risotto
2020-01-17 11:30
As I’ve said before, I get inspiration for the food I cook from many different places. This Scallop, Squash and Pancetta Risotto came into being after I saw something similar on Insta… Read More
Creole Barbecue Pork With Maque Choux
2020-01-14 11:30
I first made a version of this Creole Barbecue Pork a couple of years ago, when I was blogging about my pre-wedding weight loss plan. It was The 8 Month Challenge, as it I rather grandly tit… Read More
2020-01-12 11:30
I find baking rather therapuetic. Especially at this time of year when I’m looking for something productive to do at the weekend after the weather has derailed my other plans. Making b… Read More
Sesame Ginger Chicken Noodles
2020-01-07 11:30
When it comes to a decent “dinner in a hurry” it’s hard to beat a stir-fry. Not only do they come with the benefit of speed, they rarely disappoint on the flavour front eit… Read More
Chocolate Eclairs
2020-01-05 11:30
Choux Pastry has a bit of a reputation. Depending on who you ask it’ll either be presented as an absolute doddle or a complete nightmare. I have to say that I thought I was in the latt… Read More
Not Quite Paella
2019-12-31 11:30
I’ve long had a soft spot for Spanish food. I think I first realised just how good it could be whilst I was at university. Not that I studied in Spain, I hasten to add! Though I did sp… Read More
Vegan Meringue Kisses
2019-12-18 14:00
I’ve become a little obsessed with making vegan meringue of late. Even though I totally get the science of it there’s still something about the process that feels like witchcraft… Read More
Ginger & Garlic Prawn Noodles
2019-12-16 11:30
I feel like I’m on a bit of a ginger kick at the moment. Like a lot of people we’ve both been skirting the edges of a cold in recent weeks. Whether or not it is actually an effec… Read More
2019-12-10 11:30
When it comes to comfort food it’s hard to beat a golden, bubbling Fish Pie. Unless, of course, you have a piping hot Tuna Pasta Bake. I have to admit that if I was asked to choose bet… Read More
Wild Mushroom & Pancetta Risotto
2019-12-06 11:30
I’ve written quite a lot in the past about how much easier it is to go shopping with a pre-written list. It makes a trip around the supermarket so much easier when you know what you&rs&hell…Read More
Cajun Prawns With Dirty Rice
2019-11-15 11:30
Dirty isn’t really a word you’d associate with nice food, is it? It conjours up a lot of rather negative mental images when viewed in isolation. However, follow it with the right… Read More
Bangers & Mash Pie
2019-11-05 11:30
Ok, let’s start with an obvious statement: I’m not a food stylist. I do believe that how food looks on the plate is important. After all if presentation didn’t matter th… Read More
2019-11-03 11:30
As I said in the post accompanying my recipe for Rosemary, Mushroom & Garlic Pork there are some recipes that require considerably more work than others. It’s usually a case of ref… Read More
Coconut & Spinach Dhal With Spiced Paneer
2019-10-25 10:30
A few months ago one of Michael was talking about Scott’s Food Rocks with one of his colleagues. To cut a long story short they shared a few recipe ideas with him, that he then passed… Read More
Spicy Meatball & Potato Soup
2019-10-18 10:30
Michael has recently moved jobs and, as it involves a little more travelling, he has to spend the occasional night away from home. Although it’s not something I’d choose for myse… Read More
Creamy Chicken & Bacon Tagliatelle
2019-10-15 10:30
Many of the recipes I post on Scott’s Food Rocks have lovely stories about how they came about. Sometimes the inspiration will come from a meal I’ve had in a restaurant or whilst… Read More
Oven-Baked Hash Browns
2019-10-13 10:30
Everyone has their food weaknesses. For many years mine would have been a list as long as your arm. Basically, if it was slightly bad for you and legally edible I’d have probably crave… Read More
Sausage & Sweet Pepper Pasta
2019-10-11 10:30
When I was a child Sunday evenings were spent in my bedroom watching crappy TV whilst doing my homework at the last minute. I’d almost always have a cheese and tomato toasted sandwich… Read More
Thai Basil And Red Pepper Beef Noodles
2019-10-01 10:30
I’ve been playing around a little with some of my older-yet-much-loved recipes recently. By that I mean I’ve tried swapping out a few ingredients or started preparing them in a d… Read More
Twisted Double Pesto Bread
2019-09-27 10:30
The Great British Bake Off is back on our screens. It’s a programme that’s always felt like a safe port in a storm. No matter how hard your day has been there’s great comfo… Read More
2019-08-23 10:30
Pork and Apple are a classic combination. Well, for most people at least. As I said in my recipe for Pork Loin with Roasted Apple and Calvados Sauce I’ve never been a big fan of mixing… Read More
Vegan Cherry Bakewell Cake
2019-08-21 10:31
One of the great joys of writing Food Rocks is revisiting old recipes after a bit of a break. My Cherry Bakewell Cake being the perfect example – as Michael asked me to make one for a… Read More
Unsweetened Apple Purée
2019-08-21 10:30
Ok, I admit it that this is barely even a recipe. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy Apple Purée recipe then you could do a lot worse than following the handful of instr… Read More
Chicken With Lemon & Sage Risotto
2019-08-13 10:30
Ever have one of those days where you feel like you’re doing something new, only for it to turn out you did something almost identical in the recent past? This Chicken with Lemon and S… Read More
2019-08-09 10:30
It wouldn’t be a proper Birthday Party without cake and alcohol, would it? So why not save time by mixing the two together? After all, that’s exactly what I did for my husband th… Read More
Peanut-Lime Noodles With Prawns
2019-08-06 10:30
We’re trying to eat a little more healthily this summer, after a few months of indulgence. As such, there are more salads and stir-fries in my planner at the moment. Not that these are… Read More
Universal Stir Fry Sauce
2019-08-01 10:30
It’s always good to have a few “go to” recipes in your collection. You know the ones I mean, right? Those reliable meals that you can turn to when you don’t know what… Read More
“Oven-Fried” Buttermilk Chicken
2019-07-30 10:30
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love crispy food, but I am not a fan of using a deep-fat fryer. As such, some foods were off limits for home cooking. If I fel… Read More
Oven-Baked Feta & Mint Frittatas
2019-07-26 10:30
We Brits are a funny old bunch sometimes. We’re famous the world over for our non-stop commentary on the weather. The usual complaints being about the monochrome grey skies and light d… Read More
Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
2019-07-23 10:30
Summer is here! Summer is here! Well ok, it looks like we’re about to have a few days of hot weather here in the UK. It’s time to get out the suntan lotion and insect repellen… Read More
Mongolian Beef Noodles
2019-07-17 10:30
Ah, Mongolian Beef… It’s a well-known dish in many countries, but has absolutely no connection to Mongolia whatsoever. It’s also a fairly recent creation – tracing… Read More
Coconut & Lime Cod With Pineapple Salsa
2019-07-05 10:30
Well, that’s our big holiday for the year done and dusted. Michael and I have just been on a two week cruise through the Baltic Sea with the highlight being two days in St Petersburg… Read More
2019-06-30 10:30
I haven’t made Jambalaya for years. It was only after I saw it whilst reading my way through a friend’s cookbook collection that I was reminded how easy it is to make at home. Th… Read More
My Perfect Burger
2019-06-28 10:39
This is a bit of a different post for the blog, in that it doesn’t contain a recipe. Rather it’s more of a checklist for what I think goes into making the Perfect Burger. The… Read More
Onion Jam
2019-06-26 10:30
This sticky and sweet Onion Jam is the perfect partner for so many savoury dishes. The combination of the deeply comforting flavour of caramelised onions contrasts with the delicate acidity… Read More
Bacon Weave Chicken
2019-06-26 10:30
Yep, I’ve been playing with my food again. Once again you can blame social media… I like to have a scroll through Instagram now and then to get a bit of inspiration for what… Read More
Quick Mint Raita
2019-06-24 22:30
The combination of mint, cucumber and yogurt appears in many cuisines. Together they bring a lovely fresh and light flavour to any meal. Especially those of a spicy nature, where their cooli… Read More
Chicken Tikka Kebabs
2019-06-24 10:32
These Chicken Tikka Kebabs weren’t originally intended to be served as a main meal. My original plan was to make some chicken tikka lettuce wraps for a lighter, healthier lunch. Howeve… Read More
Spiced Potato Cakes
2019-06-24 10:31
When it comes to food waste the biggest culprit in our house has to be potatoes. I don’t think I throw out any other fresh fruit or vegetable as much as I do the humble spud. I think i… Read More
2019-06-23 10:30
Oh, what to write about this Lasagne? As I’ve said before on the recipes for my Open Lasagne, Spinach, Chard and Courgette Lasagne and Chicken, Pesto and Butternut Lasagne I absolutely… Read More
Easy Sag Aloo
2019-06-20 10:30
One thing I’ve learnt about Indian cooking is that to do it justice you need to take your time. You also need to make sure you have plenty of good quality, fresh spices to hand. As a r… Read More
Fridge Foraging Pasta
2019-06-18 10:30
Yep, you read that right: Fridge Foraging Pasta! It’s a bit of an odd name, so I should probably explain what I mean. We’ve all been there. Hungry, tired and desperately in need… Read More
Parma Ham & Griddled Pineapple Tostadas
2019-06-17 10:30
Is it acceptable to have pineapple on a pizza? These Parma Ham & Griddled Pineapple Tostadas aren’t quite pizzas but they’re not a million miles away either. As such, I think… Read More
Pork Loin With Stroganoff Sauce
2019-06-16 10:30
This Pork Loin with Stroganoff sauce may well be another candidate for my “alternative Sunday Roast” collection. As I said a few weeks back, when talking about my Stuffed Turkey… Read More
Salmon, Leek & Bacon Linguine
2019-06-14 10:30
As far as I’m concerned Pasta + Salmon + Cream Sauce = Carbohydrate Heaven. Yes, my final meal on this Earth would be Lasagne (at least it would be if I have any say in the matter)… Read More
Lamb Arayes
2019-06-12 10:30
I’m always looking for new ways to prepare familiar ingredients. I went through a period about ten years ago of making variations on mezze or tapas whenever I had people round for food… Read More
Parmesan Truffle Fries
2019-06-11 10:30
I was described as “extra” by a colleague at work recently. Whether or not you know what it means I’m sure you can tell that they’re a lot younger than me. I mean, I… Read More
Blue Cheese Chicken
2019-06-10 10:30
I admit that Blue Cheese can be quite a divisive thing. I know just as many people who will turn their nose up at the idea as I do those who, like me, absolutely love the stuff. Although the… Read More
Cinnamon Streusel Loaf Cake
2019-06-09 10:30
Cinnamon, cinnamon, cinnamon. I’ve always had a bit of a weakness for its flavour. Indeed, if you want to cheer me up (or get on my good side quickly) offering me an iced cinnamon bun… Read More
2019-06-07 10:30
Say what you want about a stir-fry, but you can’t argue that they’re the perfect dinner when time isn’t on your side. There aren’t many meals where you can go from en… Read More
Spicy Baked Cod Fillets
2019-06-04 10:30
I’m nothing if not persistent when it comes to making a recipe work. As I noted on my Rosemary, Mushroom & Garlic Pork there were three significant reworkings before I was happy to… Read More
Tuna Crunch Pasta Bake
2019-06-03 10:30
Everyone has their own idea of comfort food, don’t they? For me carbs play a big role in that – when I’m not firing on all cylinders the food I eat is the least of my worr… Read More
Roast Turkey Roulade
2019-06-02 10:30
I’m the odd one out in my family when it comes to the Sunday Roast. They all love the ritual, the meat, the veg, the gravy…oh, and the roast potatoes. Truth be told I could take… Read More
Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
2019-05-31 10:30
After making my Eton Mess Cheesecake I ended up with half a tub of leftover Philadelphia cream cheese in the fridge. As we’re trying to reduce our food waste at the moment I wanted to… Read More
Beef Burrito Bowl
2019-05-30 10:31
Within seconds of me serving this Beef Burrito Bowl to Michael he’d shared a picture of it online. How nice, you might think, that he wanted to show off what he was having for dinner… Read More
2019-05-30 10:30
You can buy pretty decent Guacamole in many stores these days, so why bother to make your own? Most of the time I’d agree with you, especially if I’m catering for a larger group… Read More
Chimichurri Chicken & Quinoa Salad
2019-05-28 10:30
If you’ve not heard of Chimichurri before, trust me when I say you need to discover it ASAP! It originated in Argentina and is a mix of herbs, garlic and oil that is used to flavour gr… Read More
Bacon & Mushroom Arancini
2019-05-27 10:30
Michael and I have been trying to cut down on the amount of food we throw away. We’re fortunate enough to live in an area with kerbside food waste collections, so at least any leftover… Read More
Chicken & Chorizo Pie
2019-05-26 10:30
This Chicken & Chorizo Pie only came into existence following a conversation Michael and I had about the Eurovision Song Contest. Yes, I admit that turning an annual celebration of music… Read More
Dark ‘n’ Stormy Salmon
2019-05-23 10:30
As I’ve said before I do love a good cocktail or two every now and then. Nothing makes me feel more relaxed on my summer holidays than sitting on a sun lounger with a frozen Piñ… Read More
Chicken, Orzo & Feta Stuffed Peppers
2019-05-20 10:31
Don’t worry, you’re still in 2019 and we’ve not regressed to a 1970s dinner party! Of course I’m only joking, but a writing about a recipe for Chicken, Orzo & Fet… Read More
2019-05-20 10:30
Tzatziki is most commonly associated with Greek or Eastern Mediterranean food. I guess that’s to be expected, as the dish does originate from that region. But for me it’s the per… Read More
2019-05-19 10:30
You can probably guess what I was trying to achieve with this Confetti Cake. If not I’d suggest you search for “Confetti Cake”, or “Funfetti Cake” as they like… Read More
Parmesan-crusted Pork
2019-05-17 10:30
Pork fillet is a wonderfully versatile ingredient. You may have noticed that I use it a lot in the recipes I publish. This is mostly because I love the flavour and texture – which can… Read More
Teriyaki Chicken Pilaf
2019-05-16 10:30
Teriyaki sauce may well be the definition of a flavour bomb. When preparing recipes I have to taste as I go to make sure that everything is coming together as planned. Even the smallest amou… Read More

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