Roasted Garlic Soup

Something beautiful happens when you roast garlic for an extended period of time.  As the inner cloves heat they transform from their white, sharp raw lumps into the most beautiful golden gentle garlic paste.  The garlic flavour is still very much there, but it mellows into something that is frightfully palatable even on its own! …

Arancini (Breaded Rice Balls)

A wise farmer once said “any food can be made better by breading and frying it in nugget form.”  I believe his name was McDonald.  Arancini are delicious little balls (or whatever shape you like – I used an onigiri press given to me following the recipe a few weeks ago) of rice and various…

Spicy Chickpea and Pepper Hash

Hash/Hash Browns come in all manner of forms.  Whether grated, cubed, diced, smashed or lovingly formed into a crisp rounded triangle for the freezer, I love them all.  Potatoes are a superfood – not in the irritating East London “blueberries are a superfood” way.  In the way that they are just…so damn good. Technically a…

Mediterranean Mashed Potato

I do love taking a classic, simple dish and putting a slight spin on it.  I often feel that mashed potatoes are a missed opportunity when it comes to flavour experimentation.  We’ve all seen a cheesy mash or two, maybe a mustard mash.  More often than not, this delightfully fluffy side is given flavour from…

Spicy Bean and Corn Quesadilla

I like to think of a quesadilla as the Central American cheese toastie – glorious, oozing cheese between two tortillas.  There are a few ways to cook them, but I went for the dry hot pan as I think it gives it all a nice crisp.  The beans were both delicious and nutritious, but you…

Crispy Potatoes with Dill (perfect side dish for fish)

While skiing in Bulgaria this year I was fortunate enough to sample some of the local food up the mountain.  I ordered the “dill potatoes” from the menu to accompany my fish burger, but was met with mere chips.  Well, after much confusion and a very irritated waiter, I finally got the food I asked…

Goats Cheese and Red Onion Canapé

A good canape is easy to make, quick to eat and packed full of flavour.  You have one mouthful to win them over.  It’s a good opportunity to work with strong flavours and good pairings.  This one in particular combines soft, tangy goats cheese with sweet and sticky caramelised red onion. Ingredients Crackers Soft Goat…

Roasted Squash and Cauliflower Curry Soup

I’ve only recently discovered the joy that is roasted cauliflower in curry powder.  Having always been a fan of Aloo Ghobi, it was no surprise that this worked but WHOA, did it work.  This was a gorgeously silky soup packed with flavour.  The squash gave it a beautiful body and the curried cauliflower offered a…

Spicy Bean Burrito

Living in London, you’d think every cuisine in the world would be available at a heartbeat and, to be fair, that is for the most part true.  Still, I’ve always felt that the wonders of Mexican food are somewhat under-represented in the British Isles.  Fortunately, these stupendous dishes are not as complex as you might…

Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto

  Earlier last year I fell in love with sundried tomatoes.  The concentrated, rich, oily flavour packs a punch unlike any other tomato product.  Perfect with pasta, on toasted bread, or on some strong cheese – perhaps my favourite use of sundried tomatoes is in this dish.  While the tomatoes provide the flavour, the pine…