Every year, at every festive event we throw or attend from November onwards, we are asked to bring one of my signature recipes – the runaway favourite dish from Thanksmases past, Green Bean Casserole. I know it’s past Thanksgiving, but Christmas is still to come, which is a perfect opportunity to add this recipe to your family dinner. It is easy, delicious, and a side that we start talking about/looking forward to in like September, so for Brum Blogmas today (the brief is winter warmers, of which this definitely is one!) I thought I’d write down the recipe as I do it. Also, so I don’t ever forget it, I’d be so upset!

My Mum and Dad are staying with us for six weeks, before they set off traveling Europe again, and I’ve set about making as many memories and making up for as many occasions as possible while they are here.

We’ve been to Bistro Pierre to celebrate Sarah’s birthday, we have been to the Cotswolds to see the lavender, and we have plans to go back to Bistro Pierre for a six course menu for Dad’s birthday next month.

For Fathers Day, Dad was in the USA, so last weekend I made him his favourite pie as a belated gift.

Strawberry and rhubarb pie is absolutely delicious – sweet but with a hint of tang, soft and warming – I’d recommend it in strawberry season of course, but even in the winter I believe this pie would hit the spot! Best served with a pot of my Mum’s homemade custard, of course.

How you feeling after the week of indulgence?

I think it’s fair to say we are dreading the thought of putting on proper clothes and starting Veganuray but with new years always comes new starts and we are getting ready to go, go, go.

However before we do we are using up all our leftovers and thought we’d share one particular recipe that worked out really, really well!

We shall call it: Laura’s Left Over Delight! The original recipe can be found in ‘the great potato cookbook’ by Readers Digest.

Happy April!! By request 🙂 I have a cottage pie recipe for you today – an old English classic, and perfect for Easter weekend!!

Interestingly, a cottage pie is with beef, but the same recipe with lamb is shepherd’s pie! So if you’d prefer to make a shepherd’s pie for Easter, you can follow the same recipe!

The beauty of this dish is that veggie wise, you can add pretty much anything you have in the fridge! I’m doing the recipe the way I have done it before, but feel free to improvise! Making and baking will take about 1 hour.