Spicy Bean Croquettes

Every now and then you just want something that’s been breaded and fried; fish fingers, chicken nuggets, turkey twizzlers etc.  But why stop there?  I’ve always said there’s very few things in this world that feel better than arriving at a party in which the spread is totally beige, and I’m always looking to add…

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…

Roasted Pumpkin, Apple and Walnut Soup

It’s October and you know what that means – the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back!  But, for those of you feeling a little less basic than that, I’m bringing you a delicious autumnal soup. This is a fairly sweet soup – the pumpkin provides body, a subtle sweetness and that gorgeous colour, with the apple bringing in…

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Filo Parcels

Goats Cheese is one of those fantastic flavours that is absolutely unique – nothing tastes quite like it.  It’s deep, salty flavour and stomach-filling denseness makes it a great substitute for meat.  It’s a shame that it proves such a divisive ingredient, with many of its detractors claiming it tastes like the poor animal smells….

Carrot, Orange and Ginger Soup

Owing to an unfortunate case of phone-theft, I sadly only have one photo of this meal.  Fortunately, it was of the finished product.  Due to this I’ll break trend and be a LITTLE more specific with measurements.  Show much go on! The balance of flavours in this dish is very important; the acidic, slightly bitter…

Pumpkin Seed and Goats Cheese Pesto

Pesto is one of those delightfully simple, versatile ingredients that can take the blandest foods from 0 to 60 in 1.5 spoonfuls per second.  While common ideas of pesto stem from the traditional idea of pine nuts, basil, oil and garlic, the term is actually more vague than that.  It actually comes from the Italian…

Matar Paneer (Curried Peas and Indian Cheese)

This is, without a doubt, my favourite Indian dish.  For those who haven’t tried it, Paneer is a non-melting cheese similar to Halloumi.  It’s soft in texture and does a great job of absorbing the flavours around it.  It is also very high in protein, making it a great meat substitute. This dish combines it…

Lemon and Coriander Feta Hummus

Introduction A few years ago I began referring to certain people as “hummus” people – those who can lift even the most boring [cucumber stick] people into a fun, exciting atmosphere.  A party spread without hummus is like a party without this friend – the fun enabler. Point is, hummus is great.  But why not…

Veggie Bites (Vegan Friendly)

Introduction For years I wondered what it was that made “beer batter” worth mentioning on menus – what differentiated it from a normal one?  The answer – NO DAIRY!  No eggs necessary, no butter, no milk.  Just beer, flour and whatever extra little bits of flavour you want to stick in! I recommend using a…

Autumn Pasty (Sweet Vegetable and Wensleydale Cheese)

Introduction For the uninitiated, “pasties” began as a way for Miners to have a hearty yet practical meal while working underground.  Their fillings tend to be drier than a pie, replacing sauce with…well…more fillings. This pasty utilises some great Autumn flavours – notably Squash, cranberries and those wonderful root vegetables.  The real star of the…