Slow Cooked Creamy Pulled Chicken

Pulled meat seems to be all the rage and I totally appreciate why.  Tearing the meat into its fibrous muscle strands provides a totally different textural experience, similarly to how grated cheese is bizarrely distinct from its block-like counterpart. In any case, this is an obscenely easy and satisfying way to enjoy chicken and, if…

Pork and Mango Stir Fry

Total time:  Approx. 30 minutes Once again, fruit and meat come together to form something savoury and sweet.  Mango has a a very pleasant mellow taste, that I would almost describe as citrus-like without the acid.  It has a thickness in terms of texture and flavour, and this mellow coating provides a fantastic base for…

Sweet Chili Crab Risotto

Risottos seem to have a strange reputation as a phenomenally difficult dish to cook and I’m not really sure why.  Granted, a restaurant critic might be a stickler about the precise consistency but quite frankly – besides the somewhat attentive stirring needed – risottos are wonderfully easy and versatile dishes that are particularly good for…

Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

I’ve had dishes similar to this in various restaurants over the past few years, but by far the best came from a small vegetarian place in Soho a few weeks ago.  My friends mother was dining on it and after trying a forkful I was so jealous I became determined to replicate it, a task…

Spinach and Ricotta Skillet

This is one of those things I just kind of threw together out of stuff I had in the fridge and it turned out pretty darn good!  A very filling, easy, relatively healthy vegetarian meal.  You can, of course, adapt this one rather a lot – different spice mixes, different vegetable based, additional vegetables etc….

Venison Sausage and Red Wine Stew

Last year I had the pleasure of working at Piebury Corner in Islington.  Among the many great pies that I fell in love with was the Venison and Red Wine.  The powerful gamey flavours of the venison partner deliciously decadently with the richness of the red wine. As with any stew this is a particularly non-prescriptive…

Beef Steak with Mustard Sauce

Total Time:  10-15 minutes I’ve never been  a huge lover of steak – I often say I find it boring, and that I’d rather have the meat in a casserole or something.  But occasionally I get tempted, and I think there is elegance and skill in the simplicity of it; making the flavour of the…

Squash Spaghetti with Prawn and Spinach

First thing’s first – you can just use regular pasta.  Now that that’s out of the way… Christmas has passed and I have a kitchen full of new gadgets to test out – first on the list is a spiralizer, courtesy of my big sister.  For those who haven’t heard of these relatively new but massively popular…

Roast Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Wine Risotto

The time is now that many people are assembling their Christmas menus, and what’s atop most lists?  Turkey?  Goose?  Ham?  All fantastic center-points of a Christmas Dinner…but what of the vegetarians?  Nut Roasts are certainly a popular option, though for many this means a quick ready-made one from the supermarket which in some cases may…

Winter Spice Lamb Chops

It’s December, and time for the Winter menu to truly appear!  Traditionally, nuts and dried fruit dominated the winter menu owing to their longevity in the harsh, cold months when so little could grow.  Spices masked the taste of meat that was outstaying it’s welcome a little bit.  We’re all a bit spoiled now and…