Turkey and Cranberry Meatloaf

I’ve always been intrigued by meatloaf – the foodstuff, not the singer (though much love for him as well).  Perhaps it was due to the Simpsons referencing it frequently, and their dinnertime stock meal seeming to consist of it, but there was something so fascinating about the idea.  Here in the UK, it has never…

Vegan Sundried Tomato and Garlic Rolls

  Pastry wrapped around a filling is a winning combination in basically every form, and one of the most successful and persistent in the UK has always been the humble sausage roll, recently “discovered” by Americans calling it a “puff dog.”  Whether from Gregg’s, a nice old pub, or at a brilliantly beige buffet spread…

Orzo with Prawns and Bacon

“That’s strange looking rice.”   Words to this effect always seem to be uttered when orzo appears, and it’s easy to see why.  The oval-shaped pasta shapes do share a clear visual quality, however that really is as far as the similarities go, as is understood the moment it is put into one’s mouth.  The grains…

Pan Seared Chicken with Chorizo Sauce

There are some pairings that just work in life to bring you joy.  Chocolate and roses, fireworks and a warm blanket, Chaz and Dave.  Among them, of course, is the brilliant pairing of chicken and chorizo.  While chicken is incredibly popular and largely considered quite versatile, it also comes with significant drawbacks – particularly its…

Beef, Cheese and Tomato Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

It’s British Pie Week!  I almost missed it, hence this recipe coming to you almost halfway through this most hallowed of traditions (est. 2007).  I certainly feel as though pies have become a real mainstay of my little blog here: beef, blue cheese and blackberry; lamb, goat’s cheese and apricot; boxing day pie; devonshire squab…

Dr Pepper Burger

Just shy of ten years ago, I was a first year at university and finally getting the chance to cook to my heart’s content.  I was quite an avid calorie counter at the time, and as such I soon came across the popular trend at the time of making ‘diet coke chicken.’  It was something…

Thai Red Noodle Soup (with optional chicken thighs)

For all the complex plating styles, techniques and geometric designs that are so popular in youtube “food presentation” videos (which I am certainly not above), there is something to be said for the beauty inherently found in a bowl of stuff.  Thai food is a moderately recent discovery of mine, and I am consistently bowled…

Chicken Katsu (with quick tonkatsu sauce)

I often marvel at how certain ingredients that were considered totally fringe and specialist a few years ago are not readily available in pretty much any large supermarket in the UK.  I remember spending ages searching my local Tesco growing up for ghee when I first discovered Indian cooking, and for the life of me couldn’t find…

Pulled Ham and Piccalilli Rolls

Ham and Piccalilli go together like Hall and Oates, or Garfunkel and Oates, or Simon and Garfunkel.  They go together well.  Ham is, by nature, very salty.  As such, it pairs up beautifully with anything sweet and acidic.  There’s a reason you so often see it with pineapple, honey and apple.  It cries out for…

Gingerbread Crème Brûlée

The undisputed king of custards, the crème brûlée.  Velvety, thick and rich as anything, this absolutely incredible dessert is deceptively simple, and perfectly suited to entertaining – make ahead and store in the fridge, brûlée just before serving and you will totally wow your guests despite barely putting in 5 minutes of actual work time….