Welcome to Recipe This!
Thank you for stopping by and it is a pleasure to welcome you to RecipeThis.com. Recipe This is a family run food blog with a focus on family recipes with kitchen gadgets. Or as we like to say at Recipe This “with a little help from our gadget friends”.
RecipeThis.com is run by husband and wife team Dominic and Samantha. Dominic was a chef when he met Samantha and Samantha is self-taught food addict.
Just like most families we are busy, and we work long hours and value our family time. That is when our kitchen gadgets work like magic.
We can cook low fat fries in our Air Fryer, eat veggie loaded soups in our Soup Maker, defrost meat fast in the Instant Pot, dump a curry into the Slow Cooker and not forgetting homemade ice cream in our Ice Cream Maker.
We don’t want family meals to be over complicated just enjoyable and easy to prep for us and our family.
More About Us
I’m Samantha and this is my family food blog. Well I say mine, but it really should be called “ours” as we all have a part to play in RecipeThis.com. But I am the face behind it, the person that writes the content and the one that spends every waking moment thinking about food. I even dream about food!
I have always been addicted to my food and love nearly all foods. I get excited about tomatoes on the vine, I binge on avocados, My favourite vegetable is broccoli and I couldn’t think of anything better to do on my evenings than watch movies and eat dark chocolate.
I hate mushrooms and couldn’t think of anything worse than eating nuts or seeds.
I met my husband Dominic when I was just 17 in the summer of 1999 and we have been married since Burns Night 2003.
When I met Dominic, he was a chef and an amazing one too. Having a chef at home meant that I leant early on in marriage about the dangers of raw chicken, how to cook without needing a thermometer, how to crack the shell of an egg fast without an ice bath and so much more.
He advises me in the recipe testing process here at RecipeThis.com and it is like every recipe going through a chef test, prior to being written up and being a part of the blog.
Dominic is also the backbones of RecipeThis.com if it wasn’t for him none of the recipes, I have written would end up on the blog they would just be sat there in a Word file taking up room on my computer. He is also in charge of the photography too!
Dominic originally trained as a chef in a culinary school apprenticeship in the 1990’s after leaving school. He started his career on washing up duty at age 16, working his way up to Sous Chef standard. He has worked in a variety of restaurants and catering establishments in the beautiful Yorkshire region of England for more than 10 years.
There is Kyle. He is 18 years old and loves nothing more than his mum’s homemade lasagne. When we eat lasagne he always wants to know when we are next going to eat it. The same goes for anything that involves meat, pasta and a cheese sauce.
He considers himself to be a priviledged teenager as which other kids can A) come home from school to a buffet of different recipes that we have been creating B) always have two cooked meals a day when his friends live out of the freezer.
He also loves our local pizza buffet and can cook better now at 18 than I could at 21.
Kyle also suffers from a nut allergy and you’ll notice that here on our blog we never feature nut products or nut recipes for this very reason. So if you have a nut allergy then you’re safe here.
This is Sofia. At the time of typing this out she had just turned 2 years old. Though she is now 5 going on 6.
When I am on a cooking day and in the kitchen, she will be there too. She will climb onto the worktop and get excited over what new recipe we are about to make.
She loves a lot more food than I did at her age. I love watching her eat chicken wings and how she can get every bit of meat from the bone.
Her favourite foods include cheese, bread, chocolate, pasta, rice and meat. She would eat meat all the time if given the chance. She also loves her vegetables and raw carrot is her favourite.
She also has a big strawberry addiction too:
Then there is Jorge. He is the latest addition to our family and at 3 going on 4 is our cute toddler. He already gives Sofia and Kyle a run for their money with how much food he can put away.
I also consider him to be my little sous chef. If I am cooking, you will find him sat on the kitchen worktop ready to get stuck in. He loves to season our recipes with salt and gets so excited with every grain of sea salt he adds to our meals.
Here is after his naughty sister decided that he was best transformed into a human cupcake:
What we like to do
We love nothing more than days at the beach when we can watch the waves hitting the beautiful soft sand. We live in Portugal after all and one of the pleasures of our country is the beautiful weather and the beautiful beaches. There are so many beaches that after living here for 11 years we are yet to experience the bulk of them and instead return to our favourite year after year.
We also love the waterparks, the dolphins, the country walks and of course the amazing Mediterranean food.
Our favourite local meals include steak on the stone, Piri Piri chicken and salad, fish stew, paella and we would be lost without the latest catch of the day. I could go on and on about the Mediterranean food as its never ending and always tastes amazing!
Random Things About Us
- My favourite meals are paella, vegetable gratin and pizza
- I love vegetables and my favourite is parsnip
- Dominic and I lost 140 pounds thanks to being hypnotised
- We spent the summer of 2018 camping in a tent and visited 8 countries on a budget
- We love spending our nights watching movies and eating chocolate
- I was a teenage mum & teenage homeowner. Kyle was born the year I turned 19. 3 months later we bought our first house.
- The first kitchen gadget I owned was a popcorn maker aged 12
- We are almost teetotal and rarely drink booze, instead we cook with it
- Both Dominic and I have suffered with IBS though we are both clear of it now thanks to clean eating
- Our favourite ice cream is Ben & Jerry’s, we just wish it was zero calorie
- I am incredibly frugal some people just call me tight
- My favourite movie is the Shawshank Redemption
- My favourite music is motown
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