Creamy Chicken and Mint Pasta

Last week I was fortunate enough to be cooked a delicious meal using pasta, bacon and creme fraiche.  It got me thinking about how wonderful creme fraiche is as an ingredient – particularly as a basis for a sauce.  Thicker and less sweet than single/double cream, it absorbs and spreads other flavours outstandingly well.  For…

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans

I will begin by stating that this may not be totally authentic – it is very much something I put together myself, and is not meant to be a traditional recreation of an exact dish. What made this so nice was its ease – one pot, entirely cooked in the oven, perfect for sharing across…

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…

Pistachio and Tomato Grilled Chicken

As much as I adore a heavy, hearty complex meal the sun was out today and I fancied something a bit lighter and faster.  This recipe epitomises both of those qualities – it takes around 15 minutes to make and  is filling, but not stodgy.  I went for a fairly basic tomato sauce for this but…

Cranberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Ah, how I love that November-December period of joy.  A time full of festivals, beautiful lights and of course – WINTER FEASTS.  And what would Winter be without a little bit of that big old bird, Turkey? I often here people complaining about turkey – particularly the…

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta

Introduction It’s no secret that I love a good few hours in the kitchen preparing a dish.  Alas, not everybody has the time or the love of cooking – for many, cooking is merely a means to and end.  However, this doesn’t mean you have to abuse your stomach and taste buds with pre-packaged microwave…

Vodka Flambéed Chicken in Creamy Tarragon Sauce

There’s only one thing in life most chefs love as much as food – booze.  Putting the two together?  Ahh, well that’s just wonderful.  What many people don’t realise about boozy food is that it’s not there to get the dinner guests even more drunk.  Instead it offers a deep hearty richness to the food,…

Cashew and Spring Onion Stuffed Chicken Breast

Stuffed chicken breast is one of those deceptively easy recipes – slice it up and put it on a plate at a dinner party and it will look delightfully sophisticated.  Most importantly, it keeps the chicken moist and substantial – nobody likes dry chicken.  Of course you can substitute different things in the stuffing –…

Satay Chicken Curry

For some, they’re delicious bar snacks and a great source of protein…for others, they’re a death sentence.  The peanut is an interesting one, as it suits both sweet and savoury dishes equally well. Satay Chicken is deliciously marinated and grilled with spiced peanut flavours, and this dish combines it with a peanut-coconut based curry.  Super…

Smoky Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken (Quick Lunch)

  Introduction I’ve seen similar recipes to this written in countless magazines and food posts but I’ve always found it to be too dry.  After a bit of thought, I’ve come up with a few tricks to help even out the chicken-filling ratio and stop this rich dish from being such a chore!  Follow my…