First Thoughts On Hello Fresh

Light yellow creamy curry with fish, butternut squash and herbs sticking out of the top

The Sunday I had arranged for my box to get delivered I was ridiculously excited about it and was so happy when the text and email came through to let me know the hour slot that the driver was likely to arrive in. It resulted in a few quick messages between my friend and I, […]

Tuna And Spinach Risotto

Rice dish with tuna and spinach

We reached that point in the Cooking Up A Treat household where the ingredients to make a full meal were starting to run a little low and I decided to go a bit rogue by creating a tuna and spinach risotto. It might seem a little out there but, especially when combined with all the […]

Vegetable Packed Mac N Cheese

Side view of mac n cheese

Mac n cheese is a real comfort meal in the Cooking Up A Treat household but for something so comforting it actually involves more effort than the traditional thoughts of ‘comfort food’. It is the food of exhaustion but of wanting to reward and nourish, I suppose, and that makes those extra few moments of […]

Tomato Cous Cous With Halloumi

Tomato cous cous and cheese

It’s a weekday and you are absolutely knackered but want something tasty to eat? This cous cous is packed with vegetables, flavour and can go with a whole variety of things including halloumi to make a tasty meat-free dish or be loaded with even more vegetables, whilst taking the halloumi away, to make a super […]

Spanish Omelette

Just as the egg finished setting and the cheese started melting

Alright I will admit and acknowledge that this is by no means a traditional Spanish omelette and that claiming it is would be an insult on the “original” but this has the same themes and for lack of a better name that is the title we are going with. Egg based dishes are things that […]

Spinach And Kale Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Looking at my images of this mac ‘n’ cheese I realise I am an incredibly messy cook that managed to splatter stuff everywhere and cause spinach leaves to go rogue. Perhaps I can also blame it on the phone camera, something I am hoping to eliminate from my endless blog issues sooner rather than later, […]

Pork And Mushroom Pie From Leftovers

Pork and mushroom pie, broccoli and mash

Generally roasting a bit of meat is the east bit of cooking for me. You just need to make sure the oven is at the right temperature and any herbs, spices, liquids or fillings have been added added to the meat before cooking it and allowing it to rest for a while before serving. Finding […]

Chicken And Sweetcorn Risotto

A fancier chicken and sweetcorn risotto compared to the past

People often ask me what my favourite dish is to cook or if I have a speciality and whilst I am not a trained chef and some of my techniques are a bit dubious risotto has to be up there and over the years I have been cooking there has been a marked improvement. Risotto […]

Spaghetti Bolognese

Beef mince bolognese rests on spaghetti with a sprinkling of cheese and a side salad

For me spaghetti bolognese is such a simple meal to cook and a real comfort food to eat as well. But because it is so incredibly easy to cook it can end up being on the menu a little too often and become samey so I try to give it a little twist or add […]

Broccoli, Pea and Mint Risotto

Vegetable risotto with breaded cod

I am not really a huge fan of peas or mint but recently I wanted to use up some breaded fish fillets but was not feeling chips so opted to do a risotto. The idea of also having a meal full of greenery was pretty appealing as the remains of a chest infection has lingered […]