Bigos – Meaty Baked Cabbage

For Christmas I was lucky enough to be the recipient of a Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker and I’ve been eager to test it out and give it a whirl.

It’s a great piece of kit and if you struggle with making a risotto like I do, this is the thing for you. I don’t want to give too much away, so click on the link and take a look. Just a quick note, if you do choose to treat yourself via the link above – I’ll earn a little something, but it won’t affect the price you pay.

Anyway! The first meal I’ve cooked with Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker is one that I’ve wanted to make for a while, but lacked the confidence. It’s a very simplified version of a Polish dish called Bigos.

If you want to give this recipe ago it’s worth seeking out your local specialist Polish delicatessen or Polish shop in order to get hold of some authentic ingredients.


400g – 500g smoked sausage cut into coins
1 large savoy cabbage cut into thin strips (or a large jar of sauerkraut)
4 large tomatoes cut into eights
1 large onion diced
1 large carrot diced
1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
250g of button mushrooms cut into slices
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh dill to garnish


1. First, fry off the smoked sausage, onion and carrot until the onions are soft and sausage begins to colour. Season with salt and pepper and then add the sweet paprika.
2. Incorporate the mushrooms into the mix and fry for two to three minutes more.
3. Add the shredded cabbage (or sauerkraut) and tomatoes into the pot and stir.
4. Turn onto a medium heat, cover and cook for approximately 35-40 minutes until the cabbage is soft.
5. Garnish with fresh dill.

To be fair, if you don’t have a Tefal 10 in 1 Multicooker, a Le Creuset Casserole dish or a large saucepan will suffice.

As they say in Poland – smacznego! 🙂

Banana Muffins

This recipe is great if you have a bunch of bananas in the fruit bowl that that are starting ripen a bit too much and you need to use a whole batch before they turn for good.


180g Self-raising flour (sifted)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large riped bananas, mashed
150g dark brown sugar
1 egg
75g butter, melted


1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place 12 paper baking cases in a muffin tin.
2. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork and gently melt the butter in a microwave or on the hob.
3. In a separate bowl mix together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
4. Add the brown sugar to the mashed bananas along with melted butter and the eggs.
5. Gradually fold the flour into the banana mixture and incorporate well.
6. Spoon the mix evenly into the a muffin.
7. Bake in the over for 30 minutes or until they have risen and are golden brown.

To finish, dust with icing sugar.

Sticky Balsamic Fried Onions

It’s Halloween season and here’s a cool recipe to make your onions look like worms with this sticky balsamic fried onions recipe – Mwahahahahaha!

In all seriousness, this is a great side dish to have with toad in the hole, in a burger, hot dog or to garnish a salad in the summer. Enjoy!


Half a tablespoon of vegetable oil for frying
3 large onions cut into rings
Splash of water for steaming
1 tablespoon of Muscovado/dark brown sugar 
One crushed garlic (optional) 
120ml diluted OXO beef stock cube 
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar


  1. In a frying pan, bring the oil to a medium heat and add the onions and the crushed garlic. Move frequently and fry until they’re soft – to speed this process up, increase the heat, add a splash of water and cover. Essentially we want to try and soften the onions.
  2. Add the sugar and stir until the onions are a nice golden brown. Add the balsamic vinegar and increase the heat.
  3. Gradually incorporate the the beef stock, stir and cook until the stock is reduced. Add more sugar or balsamic vinegar to suit your tastes.

That’s it – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. If you do make this recipe with toad in the hole, check out my mashed potato recipe here.

Sticky Balsamic Fried Onions

King carrot cake with Philadelphia cream cheese icing

I’ve called this King carrot cake, not only because it’s absolutely massive, but because it features my Autumn King carrots – but really any type of carrot will do. The Philadelphia icing is absolutely devine also.


  • 400ml olive oil
  • 400g plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 5 beaten eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 500g carrots, blitzed in a food processor or grated

For the Philadelphia icing cream

  • 200g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 100g salted butter, softened
  • Juice of half a lemon (optional)


1. First off, preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3. Grease and prepare a cake tin that’s over 26cm/10in square. Go large or go home people. I tend olive oil works better with keeping cakes moist better than sunflower or vegetable oil.

2. Mix together the olive oil, plain flour, bicarbonate of soda, caster sugar and ground cinnamon. Slow incorporate the beaten eggs into the mix.

3. Blitz your carrots in a food processor and stir the carrots into the batter.

4. Pour the cake batter into the tin and bake for 1.5 hour. If you insert a skewer into the middle of the cake and it comes out clean, it should be done. Remove from the oven and let cool.

For the  cream icing

1. In a bowl mix together Philadelphia cream cheese, caster sugar, salted butter and lemon juice into a bowl and mix together until light and creamy.

2. Spread over the top of your carrot cake.