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…

Thai Red Noodle Soup (with optional chicken thighs)

For all the complex plating styles, techniques and geometric designs that are so popular in youtube “food presentation” videos (which I am certainly not above), there is something to be said for the beauty inherently found in a bowl of stuff.  Thai food is a moderately recent discovery of mine, and I am consistently bowled…

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…

Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Pasties

That wonderful time of year is upon us again!  While the days might be getting shorter and colder, that’s no reason to despair.  There’s a real joy to rediscovering those coats you haven’t seen in months, embracing scarves and beginning to smell the smoke of chimneys around once more.  It’s also a time to enjoy…

Peanut, Sweet Potato and Lime Soup

  Peanuts are one of those brilliantly versatile ingredients which seems just as at home in a dessert as it does in a savoury dish.  They’re salty, punchy and full of protein and oils making them a brilliant backbone for this soup.  While the peanuts bring the flavour, the sweet potatoes offer a robust backing…

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…

Goats Cheese and Broccoli Quiche

I believe it was Jaime (private school girl) who once said…quiche!  I recently developed, through a cooking friend of mine, a real interest in custards and the links between them.  Crème brûlée or crème caramel, cheesecake or ice cream – what a fantastic, simple, versatile thing.  And to think, it’s nothing more than dairy thickened with…

Shakshouka with Beans

Say it – go on.  Say it.  It’s fun.  1…2…3…shakshouka!  It’s even more fun to eat it, and delightfully easy to make it.  An ancient dish that has come in many forms, we’re essentially talking about a spicy tomato stew with some protein in it – most commonly, eggs.  The eggs stew directly in the…