Category Archives: Tasty side dishes

Baked rainbow trout, fresh garlic bread and ratatouille

This sounds fancy, but it’s not- it’s quick and yummy. You could make it from scratch and it would be even tastier, but would take much longer. AsĀ  usual, here is the busy Mummy’s version, which shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.

Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers


Sea salt

2 whole rainbow trout

Ready-made, fresh, wholemeal pizza dough or ‘just add water’ pizza base mix, prepared as per packet instructions

3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into thin slices

1 large sprig rosemary

200g grated cheese

Olive oil

1 tin ratatouille (400g ish)


1) Cut the heads off the rainbow trout and discard. Then place in a roasting tin and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30min, or until the fish is soft and flakey.

2)Lightly oil a large baking tray. Then sprinkle with plain flour. Press out the pizza dough until it is about 1.5 cm thick.

3)Dot the dough with the slices of garlic. Pick leaves off the sprig of rosemary, and dot in between the garlic, pressing gently into the dough. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Then drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the pizza and top with the grated cheese.

4)Bake in the oven with the fish for around 15min, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust risen and lightly browned.

5)Heat up the tin of ratatouille as per the instructions on the tin.

6)De-bone and flake the fish. Serve with the ratatouille and wedges of the fresh garlic bread.


Last Minute Valentine’s Day Meal Inspiration

You want to impress your beloved with a delicious meal on Valentine’s Day, but you’ve left it all a bit last minute, and haven’t got long to prepare. Don’t worry. You can still rustle up something that will impress. Here’s my suggestion…

Steak, Chips and Garlicky Green Beans


With simple meals, it’s all about the ingredients. Buy the best steak you can afford from the best butcher you can find. If you have to buy from the supermarket, go for the premium meat range.

1) Dry both sides of the steak with kitchen paper. Sprinkle lightly with salt.

2)Heat a little oil in a heavy-based frying pan. When hot, add the steak.

3)Cook for 2-4 mins on each side, depending on whether you like it rare or well done. Serve immediately.


In an ideal world, you would hand peel potatoes, slice them and fry them in hot oil. Here in the real world you’re running late and need to get dinner on the table, but don’t want to eat something that tastes awful. The key is to buy the best quality oven chips you can get your hands on. These should be made from whole potato and coated in nothing more than sunflower oil. Many supermarkets now have premium ranges that will taste great.

Garlicky Green Beans


300g trimmed green beans

2 tblsps olive oil

3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped


1)Steam the green beans for around 5 min.

2)Meanwhile, heat the oil in a small frying pan over a high heat. Add the garlic and fry until lightly browned. Remove from the heat and add a pinch of salt. Place the green beans on the plates, pour over the garlicky oil. Serve immediately.

Cheat’s fried potatoes

Fried potatoes are super yummy and great served with so many things. But who has time to boil, cool, peel and then fry potatoes? Here’s a cheat’s method that is fast but still scrumptious.

Serves 2 adults as a side dish



2 tblsps olive oil

Half an onion, finely chopped

300g tin of small new potatoes, drained and halved

Half a teaspoon of garlic granules

Salt and pepper



1)Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan. When hot, add the onion and potatoes.

2)Turn down to a medium heat. Sprinkle with the garlic granules and season with salt and pepper to taste.

3)Fry until the potatoes are golden brown all over, turning frequently. Serve immediately.