Bunless Big Macs

The Big Mac is possibly the best-known burger in the world.  The signature combination of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” has become brilliantly ubiquitous.  Introduced in 1967, the burger utilises that “special sauce” – creamy, tangy and herby it has long been a sauce (ayyyy) of…

Peanut, Sweet Potato and Lime Soup

  Peanuts are one of those brilliantly versatile ingredients which seems just as at home in a dessert as it does in a savoury dish.  They’re salty, punchy and full of protein and oils making them a brilliant backbone for this soup.  While the peanuts bring the flavour, the sweet potatoes offer a robust backing…

Honey and Whiskey Spiked Goats Cheese and Onion Tarts

  There is something so beautiful about the marriage of goats cheese and onion that it isn’t a surprise that this gorgeous couple are so often paired together on starters and nibbles the world over.  The sticky sweet jaminess of the caramelised onions, usually with a subtly acidic quality, blends incredibly with the creamy yet…

Chilli Chocolate Mousse

There is something truly phenomenal about a chocolate mousse – like a ganache that’s holding it’s breath, filled with air. The gentle crackle as the spoon pops the thousands of tiny bubble suspended beneath the surface is one of those delicate sounds that just brings pure joy. It derives, of course, from the whipped egg…

Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…

Chilli, Lime and Feta Potato Salad

Potato Salads are a classic for a reason – the robust potato, a friend for all occasions, is the perfect vehicle for the creamy, slightly sour dressing that comes with a potato salad.  There’s room for plenty of other vegetables in there – pickles, capers, sweetcorn, onions.  The sauce can be adapted for greater decadence…

Grilled Lemonade

That’s right, you read it – grilled lemonade.  While it may initially sound totally impossible, you’ll soon see that not only is it possible – it is THE way to drink fresh lemonade.  Fresh lemonade has a delicious mix of sweet and sour that provides a cool, crisp freshness on a hot day.  By dipping…

Banoffee Pie

Desserts are something I rarely tackle – I’m not a huge lover of baking and have always favoured savoury food over outright sweetness.  However, it suddenly dawned on me just how long it’s been since I had this classic dish and I couldn’t get it out of my mind.  The name – a rather obvious…

Vegan Lasagne

There are so many reasons why somebody may choose to stop purchasing and consuming animal products, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they dislike the taste of these things.  Particularly in the early days of veganism, the cravings for a sausage roll or cheese sandwich may be very strong.  While not a vegan myself, I’ve…

Beef Lasagne (My First YouTube Recipe!)

That’s right!  I’ve finally decided to  bring The Guesscipe Book to YouTube.  This first ever episode was very much a test activity for myself and as such there are still plenty of rough edges I’d want to shave off before attempting another one of these.  But, overall I quite enjoyed the experience! The full ingredients…