Homemade tagliatelle and tomato meatballs

Homemade tagliatelle pasta and meatballs - Pikalily food blog

We both enjoy tucking into the odd bowl of pasta during the week and while the Dolmio pepperoni stir in sauce was a firm favourite of Nial’s in his uni days, these days we like to make our own sauces from scratch.  All the ingredients you need to make a great pasta sauce are readily available in supermarkets with tinned tomatoes being a favourite of ours and a great base for any tomato based pasta sauce – you can never have too many in your cupboard.  While looking for sauce ideas online, we recently came across a company called UFUUD, an Italian based company who produce a range of great traditional Italian food and drink.  We ordered some Italian products online and got to work creating our own meatball and tagliatelle dinner from scratch – here’s how we did it.

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Spicy baked eggs with melba toast

Spicy Baked Eggs Recipe

Eggs are plentiful in our kitchen, mainly due to the amount of baking that Helen does.  We also enjoy some of the finer things in life like a full Ulster fry with fried eggs and off course the odd omelette or two 🙂  Fresh from creating a vibrant chorizo Spanish omelette, we decided to once again get creative with eggs, this time letting the egg be the star of the show.  We go from Spanish cuisine to Mexican as we create a spicy baked egg.  Check out our recipe below, and do leave a comment to let us know what you think. [Read more…]

Parma ham and pesto puff pastry tartlet recipe

Parma ham and pesto tartlet - Pikalily Food Blog

This tartlet is a really fresh and flavoursome dish that is perfect for a light lunchtime snack, or can be a great dinner when accompanied with a healthy side salad, and seasoned potato wedges.  Unlike our previous sweet blueberry and lemon mascarpone tart, this is a savoury dish, so you can always experiment with your flavours.  The pastry we used for this was Jus-Rol ready rolled puff pastry.  Follow our steps below to make your own tasty savoury tart.

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One-pot sausage and bean casserole

Sausage Bean Casserole Dish - Pikalily Food Blog

This is a very hearty and warming casserole, and it is super easy to make.  We have used three types of beans, but you can use any beans of your choice. It’s the perfect store-cupboard dinner, packed with nutritional goodness, full of flavour and quick to make as a meal for the family any day of the week.  So let’s get started.

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10 minute mid-week red pepper and tomato soup

Red Pepper Tomato Soup - Pikalily food blog

This soup only uses a few ingredients so it delivers clean, uncomplicated flavours.  It’s so quick and easy to make that it’s perfect for a mid-week dinner. We served our soup with some delicious garlicky, crispy croutons. It’s definitely a winner in our house!! Oh and it’s very healthy too.  A sure fire winner for those of you with a hectic lifestyle.  Throw away those microwave dinners and say hello to the 10 minute mid-week dinner – fresh and tasty!!

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