Lamb, Goats Cheese and Apricot Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

  British Pie Week is here!  Pies were, of course, pioneered nearly 12,000 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped Britain from embracing the humble pie as though it were one of our own.  Whether your pie is made with pastry or potato, savoury or sweet fillings or even a boring casserole with a pastry lid…

Orange and Cinnamon Chicken Skewers

In Nikki Segnit’s incredible book The Flavour Thesaurus, she references the ubiquity and natural pairing of lemon and chicken, noting that many dishes could be ranked on the “lemonicken scale.”  She certainly isn’t wrong, but I’ve often felt that the sweeter, softer flavour of the orange makes an equally, if different, beautiful pairing.  In this particular…

Orange and Cranberry Sausage Rolls

And so my mission to pioneer new Christmassy foods continues!  Sausage rolls are an absolute classic – whether they’re part of a pub lunch, cheekily grabbed from a Gregg’s on the way to work or making up the beige spread at a buffet, a good sausage roll is a real staple.  Strangely, they don’t appear…

Beef, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Pie

This one really gives a new meaning to “black and blue.”  I know it might seem odd, but bear with me on this.  Firstly, as a quick glance at many of my past recipes will show you I am a huge proponent of pairing meat and fruit.  Fruit brings a delicious acidity and sweetness that…

Lemon and Ginger Steamed Chicken Breast

Chicken is an incredibly versatile meat.  Whether you roast it, fry it or grill it it always seems to end up lovely.  Despite this I have never before steamed chicken, despite being well aware of it as a common technique – particularly in Asia.  Well, that all changed recently after I was at a friend’s…

Lime and Ginger Mackerel with Edamame and Baby Cucumber Salad

Fish is one of those things I don’t include in my diet nearly enough.  If you didn’t grow up eating fish regularly, it can seem a little daunting.  There’s a sense that it doesn’t work the same way as other meats – it seems somehow easier to mess up and make somebody ill.  And yet,…

Spicy Chickpea and Pepper Hash

Hash/Hash Browns come in all manner of forms.  Whether grated, cubed, diced, smashed or lovingly formed into a crisp rounded triangle for the freezer, I love them all.  Potatoes are a superfood – not in the irritating East London “blueberries are a superfood” way.  In the way that they are just…so damn good. Technically a…

Christmas Turkey Burger

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.  Please put a penny in the old man’s hat! I do love this time of year, not least because every restaurant menu gets about 15x better.  Decadent mixtures of cheese, bacon, sauces, sausages etc.  Truly, it is a time to indulge, and what better way than with…

Chicken and Chorizo Pie (with Crushed Potato Topping)

Leftover chicken is such a beautiful thing – effortlessly it can be used in so many weeknight meals, lunches or whatever.  I often put mine in a curry, risotto or something similar – easy, reliable, whatever.  This time I decided I fancied something new – especially with all the potatoes I had in the fridge…

Seared Jerk Salmon with Mango-Lime Sauce

  It felt like a while since I’d pushed my food tastes outside my usual comfort zone, and I needed to mix it up.  I don’t often have a lot of fish in my diet, and when I do I typically pair it with something creamy.  I settled upon salmon, but wanted to do something that wasn’t…