Morning Ritual


Photo A Day – Day 2 Morning Ritual! I am so not a morning person, so before anything else gets done, coffee is my TOP priority! :)

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Knowing how to make a fresh tomato sauce is a great basic recipe to have in your cooking repertoire  you can use it as the base for so many other recipes and it is something you could do in advance and either store in the fridge or freezer, for when you need it. If you blend this recipe after cooking you can also use it as an alternative to store-bought tomato sauce.

This recipe for my Fresh Homemade Tomato Sauce will make quite a large quantity, which is perfect to store for later use, which you can use on your homemade pizza base or when preparing a quick easy weekday pasta dish. I have used chilli’s in this recipe if you would like to make it suitable for small children simply leave them out.

Fresh Tomato Sauce

Ingredients for the Fresh Tomato Sauce

  • 1 tin large plumb tomatoes in their juice (or 2 smaller tins)
  • 15ml tomato paste
  • 2 -3 garlic cloves(crushed or finely chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried oregano (If fresh then chop finely)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or dried basil (If fresh then chop finely)
  • 2 tsp. chilli paste or 2 small chilli’s (chopped finely)
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A splash of balsamic vinegar

In a large saucepan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and then add your garlic, chilli and herbs; sauté over a medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Then add the tin of whole… Continue reading


Day 2 of our count down and cherries are once again the subject! In my mind they are a such a big part of  Christmas and so traditional, their vibrant colour makes them perfect to photograph and they are so yummy to eat! Do not leave me alone with a punnet of cherries – who needs chocolate, I would rather have fresh cherries any day! I could not resist these, as their stalks were still joined!

Last week a bespoke box of a different sort was delivered to my door. Daily Dish is a new on-line service which offers clients the unique service of menu planning, ingredient sourcing and home delivery! Imagine my intrigue when I was offered an opportunity to try out their service. Being an avid cook myself but often plagued by the frustration of not having time to shop on the spur of the moment or not being able to source the necessary ingredients, it was certainly something I was excited to experience.

At Daily Dish, we’re not chefs (or foodies). We were just so frustrated with the last-minute dash around the crowded supermarket after work and bored with the same old meals and sad take-outs every week that we decided to do something about it. So we hunted around for a service that would deliver either fresh ingredients or home cooked meals. On-line ingredient shopping turned out to be a nightmare and “home-cooked meals” looked worse than boarding school fare. ~Daily Dish

My first step was to log on to the Daily Dish website and select my recipe of choice to try; I chose a Sirloin Stir-fry. All that was left to do was to select a day and time for delivery – how simple. My delivery arrived promptly at 3pm last Tuesday in an elegant black box, filled with all the ingredients necessary for me to create the Stir… Continue reading

We love curry and Lamb Rogan Josh is one of my favourites, so I thought I would share this Rogan Josh Curry Paste Recipe with you. It is super easy to make and you can store it in the fridge for use any time you need it. It tastes delicious, is wonderfully fragrant and is medium-hot, if you would like it hotter simply add another chilli!


  • 2 Cloves of garlic
  • a Thumb-sized piece of fresh root ginger
  • 75g Roasted peppers, from a jar
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp sea salt / 2 tablespoons groundnut oil
  •  2 Tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 fresh red chilli
  •  A small bunch of fresh coriander

Spices for toasting

  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns

To make the curry paste first peel the garlic and ginger. Heat a frying pan on a medium to high heat and add the spices for toasting to the dry pan. Lightly toast them for a few minutes, until they are golden brown and fragrant. Then remove the pan from the heat and add the toasted spices to a pestle and mortar and grind until fine {or place them in a food processor or coffee grinder}. Once you have ground the toasted spices add them to a food processor and blend with the rest of the ingredients until you have a smooth paste.

For the Lamb Rogan Josh Curry Recipe click… Continue reading

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