Simple Tastes 5 – Banana Pancakes

What is better than a plateful of pancakes, on a cold and windy day, to warm the kids up when they come home from school? Asha is back with another #SimpleTastes recipe, and this is one we can’t wait to try out.

I know this series was supposed to be about ideas for weekday dinners, but I couldn’t resist putting this one in. And, to be honest, if you try it, you will see why. So many pancake recipes – and I’m talking about American-style thick pancakes here, not your thin French crepes – seem to involve multiple processes like separating eggs, melting butter and carefully spooning mixture into ring moulds, and, quite frankly, who has time for that, let alone the ensuing washing up? This recipe is simplicity itself, involving little more than forking together a few ingredients in a jug.

Ham and Leek Pie

Fed up cooking the same things week and week out? Our #SimpleTastes series by Asha Fowells aims to widen your repertoire, with quick and easy family meals. This week’s recipe is all about the leeks, so is eminently suitable for vegetarians, but if you have some leftover gammon, ham or cooked chicken, it beefs it up (if you’ll pardon the pun) and stretches it that bit further.

Simple Tastes 4 – a Grown-up Hot, Sweet and Sour Sauce

Asha is back with another quick and easy recipe for busy parents. While our Simple Tastes recipes are aimed at families, sometimes parents yearn for a ‘grown-up’ meal. It’s a great idea to get kids used to lots of flavours when they are little, but there are some dishes that most children will eye with suspicion, including anything too spicy.

This is another Nigella-inspired dish (I have aspirations to be a Domestic Goddess, but, oddly enough, the rush of domestic life gets in the way), but is probably isn’t one for the kids unless your children have adventurous taste buds. What it is fantastic for, however, are those nights when you have given the children something easy for dinner (for we all have fish finger evenings!) but want something yourself that is delicious but hardly little effort. This is the one. Trust me.

Simple Tastes 3 – Teriyaki Surprise

Here’s another simple but delicious dinner idea from Asha. The wonder is in the sauce, which has that balance of warmth and stickiness, so welcome after a long day at school or work. It’s quick too, you can make it in 15 minutes.

Simple Tastes – Quick Curry

Welcome back to Simple Tastes with a new recipe by Asha Fowells. This quick curry recipe is for those (like me) who reach for the jar of sauce, because they are unsure how to create a curry from scratch.
All you need is a few spices, a tin of tomatoes and your choice of protein. You can use this recipe for meat, fish or vegetarian dishes, and it is adaptable for those who have dairy intolerances. See the notes at the end of the recipe for adaptations.

Simple Tastes – Quick Carbonara Style Pasta

Does this sound familiar? The other week, I opened the fridge to start preparing our evening meal. I had plenty of ingredients, but couldn’t decide what to make. Spaghetti Bolognese, Fish Pie, Lasagne, Pizza, Steak and salad… all the old favourites, that I’ve made week in week out, and am just fed up making, never mind eating. I need some fresh ideas, and thankfully I’ve found someone to provide them to me – and you.

This is the first in a new series of recipe posts by Asha Fowells, called Simple Tastes. Every week or so, she will supply a new recipe that you might want to try and, if successful, then add to your regular rotation of meals. You can join in the discussion on our FB group, and add a photo of your creation.