Mulled Cider Welsh Rarebit

Any time Welsh Rarebit comes up in conversation (at least once in my life), my dad will make a joke to the effect of “nice, apart from the big ears.”  Easy, perhaps, but it goes down well enough.  Consider my surprise when I discovered today that the original name of the dish was “rabbit”, and is…

Vegan Sundried Tomato and Garlic Rolls

  Pastry wrapped around a filling is a winning combination in basically every form, and one of the most successful and persistent in the UK has always been the humble sausage roll, recently “discovered” by Americans calling it a “puff dog.”  Whether from Gregg’s, a nice old pub, or at a brilliantly beige buffet spread…

Pulled Ham and Piccalilli Rolls

Ham and Piccalilli go together like Hall and Oates, or Garfunkel and Oates, or Simon and Garfunkel.  They go together well.  Ham is, by nature, very salty.  As such, it pairs up beautifully with anything sweet and acidic.  There’s a reason you so often see it with pineapple, honey and apple.  It cries out for…

Mulled Apple and Bramble Cider

Is there anything more comforting than a hot, sweet drink on a cool, crisp day?  The gentle tickle of the rising steam as you rise it up to your face bringing with it the aromas of the drink.  Hot chocolate is fantastic and tea is popular, but it’s apple season and time to let the…

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…

Garlic and Herb Crushed Potatoes

Potatoes are just the best.  Can we all agree on this?  There are about a thousand different things you can do with them, boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!  And yet one of the simplest ways of cooking these delightful apples of the ground is by far one of the best.  This…

Crispy Bubble and Squeak

I was once mercilessly mocked by an Australian and American couple I knew for the “ridiculous” names we Brits give to our food.  Bangers and mash, spotted dick, jam roly poly…they suggested we would call spaghetti hoops “schplonkers” because of the schplonk sound they make when the spoon drops in them.  Well, Bubble and Squeak…

Curried Sausage Rolls

Don’t we all just love a beige platter?  Delicious carby goodness staring at us from the buffet table.  Quiches, scotch eggs, chicken bites and of course – sausage rolls.  This time last year I gave you sausage rolls spiked with traditional Christmas flavours.  However this year I decided to take a different approach.  This season…

Candied Chilli Broccoli

Here’s a fun fact – back in 2015 I got to the final stage of auditions of Masterchef.  Unfortunately I never made it onto the actual tele, but I still feel quite proud of the dish I made for them that day.  In particular, this little side dish has become a welcome addition to my…

Fig and Goat’s Cheese Flatbread

We are in the height of the second fig season so get them while they’re fresh!  Goat’s cheese has the most beautiful salty tang to it that just cries out for a soft, sweet buddy.  Getting a mouthful of the soft, ripe, vinous fig and the creamy cheese makes a mouth-combination that is made all…