Vietnamese Beef Pho Noodle Soup

A classic and authentic recipe for Vietnamese Beef Pho Noodle Soup. This beef pho recipe uses oxtail and beef brisket for a delicious and full-flavoured pho broth. Tips on how to make pho at home!

vietnamese beef pho in bowl on wooden chopping board

Beef Pho

Beef Pho could perhaps be described as the national dish of Vietnam. But what many people don’t know is that Beef Pho is predominantly a breakfast dish in Vietnam.



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Chilli Con Carne

A delicious recipe for Chilli Con Carne with step-by-step photos which the whole family will love! The meat sauce is slow-cooked with herbs and spices with lots of kidney beans for extra protein and texture. Serve with rice or tortilla chips for a tasty meal!

chilli con carne in bowl with rice and avocadoes with bowls of tortilla chips, sour cream and chopped cucumbers

Easy Chilli Con Carne

For me, there is much comfort to be found in having a large pot of Chilli Con Carne bubbling away on the stove, especially since I know that many meals can be derived from this one dish.

At other times, it happens to be a great dish to make if you are entertaining a small crowd (especially one that involves lots of children).



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Beef Stroganoff

A quick and easy Beef Stroganoff recipe, served with a creamy mushroom and onion sauce which is perfect for weeknights. Recipe with step-by-step photos.

beef stroganoff with pasta on plate on wooden board

Beef Stroganoff Recipe

Beef Stroganoff has become a regular dish in our home, primarily because it is a fabulously fast and delicious dish to make during the busy week.

Here is my easy Beef Stroganoff recipe which I love to make for my family.



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Cottage Pie

This Cottage Pie recipe has a rich meaty beef sauce as the base, topped with creamy mashed potatoes and baked until deliciously golden. An easy Cottage Pie recipe – make a double batch of the sauce to serve with pasta!

cottage pie with a portion spooned onto a side plate

Difference between Cottage Pie and Shepherd’s Pie

One of my winter favourites is this traditional Cottage Pie which I have, confusingly, wrongly called a Shepherd’s Pie for most of my life.

It appears that a Cottage Pie is made with beef, whilst a Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb; the latter is also usually (and traditionally) made with leftover roast meat. I’ve had it so wrong all of these years!



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Spaghetti Bolognese

A traditional Spaghetti Bolognese recipe which is rich, meaty and full of flavour. This traditional bolognese sauce requires slow cooking to develop the rich and meaty flavours, and uses fresh and good quality ingredients for an authentic taste. 

Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe

Growing up, my mother never really cooked Italian food. I think our closest encounter with Italian cuisine was Pizza Hut, and I loved it! When she did attempt any Italian food, it was likely to have been tainted with some coriander (cilantro) and eaten with chopsticks.



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