I can lose hours rooting around on the internet looking for new recipes, ideas or inspiration. These days we are spoilt with the amount of really good food websites that there are, and they specialise in just about any food or cuisine you wish to search for. It is like having one huge recipe library in your house.
Despite all the choice there is we all have our favourite recipes which will go back to time and time again. They could be everyday recipes or one for special occasions or the weekend. I was thinking about my favourites and it got me wondering what foodie experts would choose as their favourites. So I picked a few websites that I visit regularly and asked the owners what their two favourite recipes were.
Ex pat Canadian Elizabeth lives in the Shetland Islands and not only blogs about food, but about her travels, many of which are food related, and her beautiful craft projects. Her lip smacking recipes cover every food category with loads of choice and the biggest difficulty is deciding what to make first. Elizabeth’s Cherry and Almond Crumble Cake Squares definitely get my vote.
Elizabeth’s favourite recipes are:
- chilli spaghetti
- full roast chicken dinner, with plenty of homemade gravy.
Fab Food 4 All is a foodie site that is packed full of tasty recipes. I made Monday Pie at the weekend, which technically means it is not Monday Pie, and the combination of meat, beans and cheesy potato was a hit. Camilla started her blog after getting fed up with recipes that did not work, and only posts recipes that are well loved by her family and straightforward to make. Exactly what we need.
Camilla’s favourite recipes are:
When I first saw the name of this site it made me smile as I use a lot of tinned tomatoes. However they are not the basis for all of Jacqueline’s recipes. If you are a full time, part time or have not yet dabbled vegetarian, this site is a real good place to start. Jacqueline also has vegan recipes on offer which are definitely worth a look if you have not considered vegan food as an everyday option. There are loads of delicious recipes that will challenge even the hardiest of meat eaters. If you have tiny tots in your family, they are not forgotten either, what is not to like about Banana, Coconut and Chocolate Flapjacks, I’m in!
Jacqueline’s favourite family recipes are:
- veggie spaghetti bolognese
- Sticky Onion Veggie Sausage Bake.
My 2 Favourite Recipes
Now that I have told you everyone else’s favourites are here are mine.
My first is Speedy Sausage and Beans and not only is it super quick, but it makes a real change from just having sausages and mash. It is also a one pot dinner which is great for whoever is washing up. I use kidney beans rather than pasta or potatoes not only to ring the changes, but pulses are packed full of goodness. It is a good idea to get the whole family eating pulses on a regular basis.
My second recipe is Chocolate Cream Pie. This is almost an institution in my family, we have been making for years and years, and are not likely to stop any time soon. It gets rolled out at family gatherings, birthdays, Christmas, when friends come for dinner and any other occasion in need of a good pudding. It is easy to make, just a biscuit crust topped with a chocolate custard and whipped cream. It does freeze well, though having any left to freeze is highly unlikely.
I am going to take a liberty and give you another of my favourite recipes. Aubergine, Sweet Potato and Cashew Nut Curry. This curry is packed with flavour and goodness, and I challenge all you hardened meat eaters to try it and see if you miss the meat. If you have a vegan friend coming round it is perfect for them too. Aubergines can be expensive, so keep your eye on the price and size before buying.