Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cranberry Dip

Turkey is a divisive meat – some find it a wonderfully lean alternative to chicken, others think it’s foul.  *Pause for applause…3…2…1*  In any case it’s getting up to that time of year where turkey may or may not be on the menu, yet even in its absence it looms over us.  “Oh, I know…

Lime Roasted Chicken with Butternut Purée

So I may have been in a bit of a “gourmet” mood with this one, but stick with me.  While this may look very chefs table in its presentation, it is an insanely simple meal that would easily impress dinner guests with its luxurious appearance. In terms of the experience of eating it, the flavours…

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…

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…

Apricot Glazed Roast Lamb Leg

It’s no secret that I love pairing meat with fruit sauces, and this is no exception.  Too often people shy away from pairing sweet and savoury in a main meal, keeping the former for the after-dinner treats.  A true shame.  This particular dish, inspired by Moroccan flavours found in tagines, partners hearty lamb with the…

Bombay Aloo – Indian Potato Side Dish

Indian cuisine has played a very prominent role in my relationship with food; in my family, roughly 9/10 special occasions were marked by a visit to one of the local Indian restaurants; as I grew into my mid-teens and my parents spent more evenings/nights out, it was my go-to accompaniment for Friday night television.  Perhaps…

Cod Poached in Tomato Sauce with Feta and Parsley Topping

I’ve never had a huge amount of seafood in my diet – the occasional prawn, a drunken filet-of-fish from time to time, but these are few and far between.  Feeling like it’s about time I shake things up I decided to give this a go.  I’ve seen a few recipes out there in which the…

Pretentious Ham, Egg and Chips (with a Pea Purée)

Ham, Egg and Chips is a staple of British pub food and simple home cooking in Britain.  Quick, easy and satisfying…so I thought how can I make this needlessly complicated and overthought?  Fact remains that this dish was absolutely delicious, very filling and visually gorgeous.  Definitely a fun one for when you’re entertaining dinner guests.

Guinness Infused Burgers with Black Cherry Sauce

Beef and stout ale are perfect partners, their beautiful friendship having been explored before, back in the early days of the blog.  The smoky, charred, rich flavour of the stout gives the meat a really hearty body.  It’s no wonder the two so frequently find each other in the comfort food of a winter stew. …

Roast Lamb in Pomegranate Sauce with Crispy Sage Leaves

What flavour goes with lamb?  “MINT,” you cry.  Well, yes – but not just mint.  Lamb has an incredibly strong, distinctive flavour caused by the structure of the fats in the meat, and therefore requires a strong distinctive partner, one with a balance of sweet and sour.  Mint sauce, with its vinegar base, achieves this…