Food: 5 Quick & Easy Pasta Recipes

I’ve mentioned it many, many times, but pasta is a go-to dish for us – as I’m sure it is for a lot of household. I mean, what’s not to love?! Endless combinations, quick to cook, child-friendly. It’s the perfect after-work dinner and it’s no wonder we rely on it quite so much!

That said, we’ve spent the last year or so trying to branch out a little from our usual pasta dishes. We had a couple of go-tos – pesto pasta, carbonara, mac’n’cheese. None overly healthy, all lacking vegetables. That’s certainly changed now, here’s just five of our favourite quick and easy pasta recipes.

Fennel Pasta

This is something completely different, however the crunch of the fennel, the aniseed flavour, saltiness from parmesan and silky smooth pasta are a wonderful combination. You can find my recipe here.

Carbonara

A classic Carbonara is my ultimate pasta dish. A thick, rich and creamy sauce made entirely from egg (no cream in sight!), filled with plenty of cheese, freshly cracked black pepper and crispy bacon. It’s utterly delicious and I aim to always, always keep the necessary ingredients in our kitchen.

My recipe is simple – cook the pasta according to pack instructions, and fry cubed bacon in a little butter. Beat an egg in a mug (1 egg for two people, for one person just use the yolk, for a richer carbonara for two use two egg yolks) and add a handful of parmesan. Sometimes I also add a sprinkling of cheddar for extra richness. Beat together. Sowly add 4-5 tablespoons of the hot pasta water to the egg mixture, beating constantly – this should melt the cheese. Once the pasta is done drain (reserving a little water) and add to the bacon pan with a lot of black pepper. Remove from the heat and toss together, then gradually add the egg mixture. Toss constantly, adding a little pasta water if it starts to scramble. Serve immediately with extra parmesan.

Mushroom & Lentil Tomato-Free Bolognese

A traditional meat Bolognese is delicious, I can’t deny it, but it really needs a good hour or two simmering time to make the flavours really sing. This vegan version is quicker, once the lentils are added it needs just 20 or so minutes for them to soften.

Simply follow my recipe for Tomato-Free Bolognese, but add diced mushrooms to the onion/celery/carrot mixture. Instead of the mince, add in red lentils, then just simmer until these are cooked.

Courgette & Pea Summer Pasta with Lemon & Feta

This is my favourite pasta dish for the summer. It’s light, it’s fresh, it’s ready in just 15 minutes. It’s packed full of green veg, yet the use of the feta keeps the comfort food element that’s so important in pasta dishes. Full recipe here.

Caramelised Onion & Goat’s Cheese Pasta

This is the comforting, I-need-cheesy-carbs dish. The dish you want to curl up on the sofa with, fork in hand, blanket over feet and watch a girly film with. This is the dish I turn to if I want to cook a pasta dish that will make me feel instantly better. You can see my full recipe here, but in essence it is softened red onions, caramelised with thyme, honey and balsamic vinegar, stirred into pasta with soft goat’s cheese and plenty of seasoning. Served on a bed of rocket and scattered with walnuts it both tastes wonderful and looks impressive.

And with that, I know what I’m having for dinner tonight. Pasta. Now I just need to decide which recipe to use…

Are you a pasta fan? What’s your go-to recipe?

Recipe: Lemon & Olive Oil Cake

Despite being a self-confession chocoholic, my go-to flavouring for a cake is lemon. There’s something about a zingy sponge, perhaps filled with a vibrant curd or topped with a crunchy drizzle glaze, that just makes my heart sing and tastebuds dance.

I usually make a lemon drizzle cake (recipe will be coming soon), but this is something a little different. This cake is smarter, it’s perfect for a dinner party dessert served with zest creme fraiche and raspberries, but it’s also delicious with a cup of tea. As it’s not too sweet, I confess I’ve also enjoyed it for a lazy weekend breakfast with some yoghurt! It’s a super moist cake with a tender crumb, a whack of lemony zing and subtle grassy flavours of olive oil.

Speaking of the olive oil, I used Terre Di San Vito*. I’ve been using this olive oil for the past month or two, and I have to say it’s good. It’s grassy and well-flavoured, without being overly harsh at the back of your throat. It makes wonderful salad dressings, and I’ve enjoyed far too much of it served simply with bread and some balsamic vinegar. Yum!

Back to the cake. It’s super simple to make, though does require some careful folding and a decent hand whisk or stand mixer. But really it’s hardly any effort at all, especially as I’ve simplified the method compared to many similar recipes I’d found – this gal ain’t got time for separating eggs and whisking whites and yolks individually!

Recipe (Makes 8 generous slices, 10 more dainty ones)

  • 5 medium eggs
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 120ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice (roughly one lemon)
  • 125g plain flour, sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 50g icing sugar, for dusting

Using stand mixer (you could do it by hand, but you’ll be exhausted afterwards), beat the eggs and sugar on high until the mixture is fluffy and has doubled in volume (it took just over 6 minutes in my KitchenAid). While the eggs and sugar are mixing, in a separate bowl measure the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest and whisk together.

Using a spatula, fold in the olive oil and lemon juice into the egg mixture, followed by the flour mixture. Fold until the flour disappears, but be careful not to overmix.

Pour the batter into a greased and lined 9 inch cake tin, and bake for 40-45 minutes at 175C until the top is a light golden brown and a skewed poked in comes out clean. Sift over some icing sugar before serving, to decorate.

Told you it was an easy cake recipe! I find this one is best eaten the day after baking, as it gets slightly more moister and almost sticky as it sits. I think it would be the perfect cake to take along to a summery BBQ…

*I received two bottles of Terre Di San Vito olive oil to promote on my Instagram page. No blog post was required, and all opinions are (as ever!) my own. No money exchanged hands in this collaboration. 

Have you ever tried baking with olive oil?

Recipe: 5-Ingredient Summer Vegetable Pasta with Lemon & Feta

You know me, I love a pasta dish if I’m in need of comfort food. Carbonara, Mac’n’Cheese, a big bowl of no-tomato Bolognese. All perfect comfort foods, but they can be a bit heavy and a bit too much to cook in the summer heat. No-one wants a pan of Bolognese simmering for 2 hours when it’s hot and sunny outside! This pasta dish is the perfect alternative.

The combination of the feta starting to melt into the hot pasta keeps the level of comfort food, yet the abundance of green vegetables and lemony flavours keep it summery. Some of the pasta is replaced with courgette, making the dish lighter, and the slight al dente texture of the peas adds another element.

In short, this is the perfect hot weather comfort food.

Recipe (serves 2)

  • 140g pasta, spaghetti or linguine works well here
  • 2-3 courgettes, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 50g peas
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 25g feta

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet, adding the peas for the last 3-4 minutes. Drain, reserving a cup of the cooking water. Meanwhile spread the courgette strips out as much as possible onto a baking tray, season with a little salt and roast for 5-7 minutes at 180C.

Return the pasta and peas to their pan, and add the courgette along with a good grind of black pepper. Toss together, adding a little pasta water, then stir through the zest and juice of the lemon. Keep tossing togethe,r adding more water, until everything is evenly combined. Drizzle with a little olive oil, if you have any to hand, then pile into bowls and crumble over the feta.

A super easy pasta dish with summery flavours, ready in under 15 minutes. Perfect for hot evenings when you just want to be lazing around in the garden!

What’s your go-to pasta dish?

Recipe: Spicy Lamb Sausage Rolls

Aren’t sausage rolls just the perfect party or picnic food?! I’m not talking about the dubious, slightly flabby ones you can buy in Greggs (although I have to admit I have been partial to one or two of those the morning after a heavy night!), but ones fresh from the oven. A really meat filling, full of flavour, with crispy pastry that’s as buttery as it is flaky.

These are just that bit more special. Instead of the more traditional pork filling I’ve used lamb mince, which I’ve spiced up with harissa. I’ve added other spices, plus some lemon zest to add some freshness. The lamb mince is bulked out with an egg and some breadcrumbs, as the true sausage roll isn’t *too* meaty. This keeps the filling nice and moist too. Now, W likes these hot and fresh from the oven, whilst I’m a fan of them cold the next day. Either way, they’re gorgeous with a salad on the side, and also alongside a soup. I can imagine they’d be perfect next to a tomato soup, damn you allergy!

These Spicy Lamb Sausage Rolls are just wonderful – comforting pastry combined with chilli heat. I know they will be featuring in many of our picnics this summer!

Recipe – makes 8 large sausage rolls, inspired by a Waitrose recipe

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 tbsp harissa paste (I use this one, it’s super spicy!)
  • 1 regular pack of lamb mince, I used around 400g
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 slice fresh bread, blitzed into breadcrumbs (around 40g worth)
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 sheet of ready-rolled pastry
  • Seeds – I used a mix of sesame and poppy – for scattering over the top

First off, fry the onion along with the fennel and cumin seeds in a little oil until soft, around 5 minutes. Add the garlic and the harissa and continue to fry for another few minutes. Allow to cool completely, before mixing together with the lamb mince, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, one of the eggs and some seasoning. You’ll need to get your hands dirty to make sure the mix is full combined.

Cut the pastry in half lengthways (so you have two long strips). Form the meat mixture into two long ‘sausages’ along the middle of each piece of pastry. Brush along one edge with pastry, then roll the other edge over the top of the meat and seal together – repeat with the other piece of pastry. Slice each roll into four, then brush with plenty of beaten egg, sprinkle with seeds and bake at 200C for around 25 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

These are delicious both warm and cold – perfect for an early summer picnic! Or an indoor picnic (as in these photos) if the British weather decides to be a tad wetter than ideal!

What picnic food are you partial to?

Recipe: Everyday Turkish Eggs (Poached Eggs with Warm Yoghurt and Chilli Butter Sauce)

If you follow me on Instagram (and if not, why not?!) then you’ll have seen me waxing lyrical over the last few months about my new favourite egg dish. Turkish Eggs.

I’d seen them popping up on a few brunch menus towards the end of last year, but it was only when we popped to The Dynamo for W’s birthday breakfast (see a previous review here) that I plucked up the courage to try something new. And, reader, I loved them. The combination of the thick, tangy, creamy yoghurt against perfectly poached eggs and spicy butter is so much tastier than I’d imagined. It all combines together to be more than the sum of it’s parts, a little bowl of tasty goodness that I’d happily have for breakfast any day of the week.

And I’ve come up with a method which means I can make these every day of the week. A relatively hands off method which means I can eat my favourite breakfast dish before work. Perfect!

Recipe (serves 1, makes enough chilli butter for 2-3 days)

  • 75g salted butter
  • 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 100g natural yoghurt
  • 2 eggs
  • Toast, to serve

To make the chilli butter, melt the butter in a small pan over a low heat with the chipotle paste and chilli flakes, stirring until it is well combined. Pour into some Tupperware and keep in the fridge.

When making your breakfast, heat the oven to around 75C. Add the yoghurt to a small baking dish or ovenproof bowl, and 2-3 tbsp of chilli butter to an ovenproof ramekin. Pop in the oven for 15 or so minutes, or until the butter is melted and the yoghurt is warm. Meanwhile poach the eggs to your liking (I use the clingfilm trick). Serve the eggs in the yoghurt, drizzled with the chilli butter, alongside some toast for dipping.

And that’s it! So easy, so quick and such a tasty breakfast that’s full of protein.

What’s your favourite breakfast dish?

Cooking From: Duck & Pineapple Tacos (Delicious Magazine)

Is it cheating, using a magazine as part of this cookery book series? Probably, but this recipe was too good not to share! We recently switched from subscribing to BBC GoodFood to Delicious magazine, and I have to say I’m really glad we did. We’d been unimpressed with GoodFood for a few months, finding the recipes a bit repetitive and predictable – and the ones we did try often didn’t work out so well. Since switching we’ve constantly found many recipes each month we’d like to make, and all of them have worked. Several of them have even been recooked, which is high, high praise in our house!

This is one such recipe. We’ve been loving Mexican flavours lately, whether it’s complex layers of flavour from authentic Pork Pibil Tacos, to cheats Fish Tacos made with Fish Fingers. These Duck Tacos are equally as good.

The duck legs are slow roasted in a mix of pineapple and chipotle, before being shredded and piled into tacos with a creamy yet spicy dressing. They are then topped with a tangy, fresh salsa of pineapple, red onion and chilli. It’s sweet, it’s hot, there’s crunch, there’s softness. The combination of flavours and textures in this dish is insanely good, and far superior than the effort required to put it together. I can imagine this would make a great informal supper party dish!

We’ve edited the recipe slightly, adding a little onion to the duck to (1) bulk it out a little and (2) had an additional level of flavour. We’ve simplified the creamy dressing, as we don’t tend to have mayonnaise on hand. We’ve added garlic, because why not. Oh, and whilst we usually leave out the avocado from the original I can imagine it would be delicious with it. And finally, we’ve used pre-prepared pineapple. Yes it’s more expensive, but it reduced the risk of me slicing my hand off, and I also tend to get sore hands if I handle the fruit. You can, of course, use a small pineapple here instead!

Recipe (serves 2, easily scaled up)

  • 1 duck leg
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 1 medium pack of prepared pineapple, 2/3 for the duck and 1/3 for the salsa
  • 75ml tequila or pisco
  • 75ml chicken stock
  • 2 tsp chipotle paste
  • Pinch of dried chilli flakes
  • For the salsa – 1 red onion, 1 red chilli, bunch fresh coriander (all three should be chopped) and 1/2 lime (zest and juice, serve with the remaining half)
  • For the chipotle sauce – 4 tbsp soured cream and 1 tsp chipotle paste
  • 4 soft tortillas, to serve

Heat a casserole dish over a medium heat, then add the duck legs (skin side down) and fry for 5 minutes until brown. Add the onion slices and fry briefly until softened. Blitz two-thirds of the pineapple in a blender (I used my mini-chopper) with the tequila, stock, chipotle paste, chilli flakes and salt/pepper to make a smooth sauce, then add to the duck. Put in the oven and cook at 160C for around 2 hours. Once done, shred the duck meat and add back to the sauce (discarding any bones and non-crisp skin).

For the pineapple salsa, finely dice the leftover pineapple and put in a bowl with the chopped red onion, lime zest, chillies and coriander. Add the juice of ½ lime, season and set aside. To make the chipotle sauce, mix together the soured cream and chipotle paste.

To serve, warm the tortillas (I use either a microwave or dry frying pan). Serve everything in small bowls, and assemble your tacos with the sauce, duck and salsa. Squeeze over a little extra lime before serving. Yum!

Are you a fan of Mexican food? Have you read Delicious magazine?

Recipe: Middle-Eastern Inspired Tahini Ice-Cream with Honey Caramel

When we have people round for supper (which is not as often as we’d like), one of my favourite desserts to make is brownie, ice-cream and some kind of sauce. It might sound kinda boring, but actually we switch up flavourings to go with the rest of our menu, and everything is homemade. We’ve done a Nutella-inspired hazelnut combination, a Snicker’s style dessert. And then there’s this. Slightly Middle-Eastern inspired, this tahini ice-cream is almost savoury with deep notes of sesame. Tempered with the exceedingly sweet and sticky honey caramel, it’s wonderful paired with a dark and gooey brownie.

I’ve already shared my ultimate brownie recipe, but today it’s the turn of one of our favourite ice-creams to date. It’s originally inspired by a Butterlust recipe (and in fact the honey caramel is largely unchanged – also the images on that post are insanely gorgeous!).

Using tahini in an ice-cream might seem a little odd, as it is one of the most savoury things I’ve tasted. However it produces the creamiest ice-cream I’ve ever tried, with a slow melt that coats the mouth. Combined with honey both in the ice-cream base and the caramel, it’s the perfect salty-sweet combination. I personally wouldn’t eat this ice-cream without the caramel (unless you added extra sweetness to the base), but give it a go and see what you think!

Tahini Ice-Cream Recipe (makes around 4 servings)

  • 100g tahini
  • 100g honey
  • 400ml milk
  • 100ml double cream
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 egg yolks (from medium eggs)

Place the tahini and honey in a large saucepan and stir over medium-low heat until melted and combined. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for a few minutes, then stir in the milk and cream gradually.

Beat the egg yolks and vanilla in a small bowl and stir in two tablespoons of tahini mixture until well combined. Add this eggy mixture to the saucepan, and return to a very low heat. Gently cook, stirring constantly, for five minutes until thickened. Allow to cool, stirring occasionally to prevent a skin forming, then transfer to an ice-cream machine and churn as per the machine’s instructions before popping in the freezer.

If you don’t have an ice-cream machine, pour the cooled mixture into a freezeable container and freeze, whisking every half an hour, for three hours. As a word of advice, this ice-cream does freeze quite solidly so I’d recommend removing from the freezer a good 10 minutes before scooping.

Honey Caramel Recipe (enough for four servings, baked on Butterlust’s Recipe)

  • 250g honey
  • 125ml double cream
  • 15g salted butter

Combine the honey and cream in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the mixture reaches 110C on a sugar thermometer. Immediately remove from heat and stir in the butter, then allow to cool before serving. Blast in a microwave if you need to soften it to a pouring consistency.

Serve the tahini ice-cream and honey caramel with  gooey chocolate brownie (slightly warm), scattered with chopped pistachios. It’s creamy, it’s rich, it’s delicious – and it’s the perfect end to a slightly Middle-Eastern inspired dinner party.

Do you have a go-to dessert to serve to guests?

Recipe: Staple Storecupboard Stir-Fry with a Soy, Ginger & Peanut Butter Sauce

A stir-fry is such a staple for us. We usually have it on a Monday night, using the leftover meat from the Sunday Roast the evening before, but it’s equally good without any meat, or using meat bought especially for a stir-fry (I have a massive soft spot for a prawn stir-fry).

A stir-fry is, for is, the ultimate in fast and healthy cooking. Yes, there’s a fair bit of chopping involved but once that’s all done it can be cooked in five minutes flat. And if we’re really short on time you can buy those bags of pre-prepped veggies, making it even quicker.

This particular stir-fry sauce is my favourite. It’s made using only store cupboard ingredients (although of course you could use fresh ginger and chillies if you had them) and so we can make it pretty much any time we need to. The sauce is also fantastic tossed through plain noodles (no veg) if you’re sick which is a bonus!

Recipe (serves 1)

  • 1 small onion, finely sliced
  • 1 carrot, spiralized, or peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 of a small cabbage (I like using either savoy or red), sliced finely
  • 1/2 a pepper, sliced
  • Other veggies – I like to add mushrooms, kale, beansprouts etc, but it really depends what I have in the fridge
  • Handful of leftover meat, if using (in the photos I had leftover roast chicken to add)
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp sesame oil, if you have it
  • 1/2 tsp runny honey
  • 2-3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp lime juice (I usually keep a bottle in the fridge)
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch dried chilli flakes, more if you want it hotter
  • 1 nest of egg noodles, or rice, to serve (I’m a noodle girl!)

Stir fry the veggies (and meat) to your liking. I usually like to soften the onions first on a lower heat, before stir-frying the rest on a higher heat (adding the carrots towards the end) as I’m not a fan of crunchy onions. Cook the rice or noodles according to pan instructions.

In a small bowl or mug, combine the peanut butter, sesame oil and runny honey. Gradually add the soy and lime juice, mixing constantly, until you have a smooth sauce. Stir through the ginger and chilli. Once the veg is almost done, add the sauce to the wok and continue to stir-fry until everything is hot and cooked. Serve on a bed of rice or noodles.

And that’s is – super-easy, super-quick and super-tasty!

Are you a stir-fry fan?

Cooking From: Roasted Cauliflower & Caramelised Red Onion Salad (Fress)

“To eat copiously” is what the Yiddish word “Fress” means. And what a wonderfully appealing title for a cookery book that is. Masterchef finalist Emma Spitzer’s  book mergers the food of the Middle-East with that of Eastern Europe, incorporating her Polish and Russian heritage in a combination that is both homely and exciting. Spiced up comfort food, if you will. The recipes are appealing too, with Emma’s aim to get as much flavour as possible from a simple recipe without spending hours in the kitchen.

The book includes recipes for sharing, soups, big plates with meat and fish dishes (the Sticky Pomegranate Salmon looks especially good),  salads, and some sweet treats. There’s classics like Chicken Soup, which looks wonderfully comforting, something I’ll be sure to get W to make me the next time I’m under the weather. Of course, it helps that this book, this cover is the prettiest one to grace my bookshelves.

The recipe I’m reviewing today is aesthetically pleasing too. The cover recipe for the book, upon tasting it’s not hard to see why it was chosen as not only does it look good, it also tastes amazing. I’ve made the recipe as per the book several times, but the version I’m giving you today is my regular recipe – I generally cook it for lunchboxes, so I’ve made it even less complicated, using less pans, using less ingredients to make it a bit cost effective. I highly recommend you try the original version as the flavours are a lot more complex, but this basic salad is just as delicious.

Recipe – makes 3-4 lunch servings

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 medium red onions, sliced relatively finely
  • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 large cauliflower, broken into small-ish florets with the smaller leaves kept
  • 120g giant couscous, cooked as per pack instructions
  • 3 tsp za’atar spice
  • 100g blanched almonds
  • 3-4 tablespoons pomegranate seeds

Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan, and fry the onions with a little salt over a low heat until soft – around 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile toss the cauliflower florets in the remaining oil, spread out onto a baking tray and roast at 180C for 15 minutes – then add the za’tar and the cauliflower leaves, toss together (with some additional oil if it’s looking dry) and roast for another 10 minutes. Tip into a large bowl along with the cooked giant couscous.

When the onions are soft, turn up the heat to medium and turn in the sugar and balsamic vinegar, before cooking for around 5 minutes until sticky and caramelised. Add to the bowl along with a good grind of black pepper and toss everything together.

When ready to serve (at room temperature, not fridge cold), add 25g of almonds per serving, plus a tablespoon of pomegranate seeds. This is excellent on it’s own, alongside homemade pitta breads, or part of a Middle Eastern style spread (think hummus, falafel, spiced chicken, fesenjan…).

Have you tried any Middle Eastern recipes? What would you recommend?

Recipe: Quick & Easy Peppered Mackerel Fishcakes

Last year we saw a dietician and were recommended to try and get more oily fish into our diet. It’s not something we regularly ate, mainly because we’re weren’t huge fans when we were younger, and also for budget reasons. Fish is expensive, and salmon certainly is. If I’m spending that much on dinner, I’d prefer something a bit more exciting…

However we have come round to the idea, I’ve developed a couple of salmon recipes that we really enjoy (I’ll pop some up asap!), and we’ve also been trying other types of oily fish. Mackerel has definitely become a new favourite! Whether it’s grilling it whole (delicious with an orange and watercress salad), or buying it peppered to flake into other dishes, it’s delicious and budget friendly. In fact, the peppered stuff is cheaper than buying chicken and has become a fridge/freezer staple for us.

And this is our absolute favourite recipe for peppered mackerel. The perfect comfort food on a colder day, these peppered mackerel fishcakes are also perfect for using up any excess mashed potato – we usually make extra mashed potato just so we can make these! Making your own fishcakes from scratch seems like a bit of a daunting task at first (shop-bought ones are delicious, it seems a faff to do it at home!) but these are well worth it.

As a handy tip, if you want to up the protein in these you can hardboil an egg and very finely chop it before mixing it into the mixture.

Recipe – Serves 2 (makes 4 fishcakes – they freeze really well, so double up (keep egg/flour/breadcrumbs quantity the same if you want to avoid waste)

  • 200g cold mashed potato
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 4 spring onions, outer layer peeled off and the inner finely sliced
  • 200g peppered mackerel
  • 3 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 sliced seeded bread (we used the end piece), whizzed to make breadcrumbs

In a large bowl, mix the potato, spring onions, mustard and mackerel (peel off and discard the skin, and flake the flesh into large chunks, removing any large bones), then shape into 4 evenly sized cakes. Roll the fishcakes in the flour, dip in the beaten egg, then roll in the breadcrumb. Pop on a plate and chill until ready to cook. Here they can be frozen (freeze on a tray then gather into a bag once frozen, defrost fully before cooking).

To cook, I like to fry in a little vegetable oil for 5 minutes on one side, flip and continue frying, then pop the frying pan into the oven whilst I cook any veg (these go really well with broccoli and sweetcorn).You can also grill or oven-cook them, but they get the best crunchy coating if you fry!

These peppered mackerel fishcakes are so quick, so tasty, so easy to make – and pretty cheap too!

Are you a fan of oily fish? Any recipes you recommend I try?