Crayfish Sushi Bowl

I remember becoming obsessed with the notion of sushi as a child.  It would often appear in Japanese cartoons or get mentioned in American television, but growing up in the flat lands of Norfolk 15 years ago, it wasn’t something that was readily available.  Still, the bizarre white rolls surrounded in a deep green coating…

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…

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! …

Lollipop Buffalo Wings

I didn’t even realise buffalo could fly!  *pause for applause…3…2…1 I grew up hearing about buffalo wings on US films and TV, but being from a sleepy countryside town in Norfolk it was never really on the menu.  Eventually through the marvels of the internet and the developing presence of global cuisine in Britain I…

Fish Tacos

  Summer is here and it’s a time for bright, fresh flavours eaten out on the patio, handheld food good for socialising with a beer in the other hand.  These fish tacos have a gorgeous shine to them that could only be more summery if they were served by a dolphin wearing a floral garland. …

Hawaiian Burger

  Hawaiian cuisine is a fascinating thing, a real melting pot of influences from all corners of the world.  I’ve experimented with this burger over the past year or so, never really feeling like I got it right.  The inclusion of Spam and Pineapple was a given, but I often found the teriyaki influence overpowering. …

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 Chorizo Scotch Eggs

It’s Spring, Easter has just passed us by so it seemed time for me to do another Scotch Egg recipe.  If you’re keen, check out my Salmon Scotch Egg or Black Pudding Scotch Egg recipes too, hidden away in the vaults.  These, however, are by far my favourite.  Chorizo is one of the most gorgeously…

Sweet Curry Fries

Anglo-Indian food is an absolute staple of UK takeaways, and while we may differ in many of our choices – korma or vindaloo, peshwari or garlic naan, bombay aloo or saag – we can all agree on one thing.  Aren’t the poppadoms lovely?  Beautiful crisp discs topped with onion, mint yoghurt, mango chutney and if…

Prawn and Pineapple Onigiri (Rice Balls)

When I’m not busy mixing fruit and meat into bizarre combinations I am lucky enough to be a primary school teacher.  Many of the children I teach are from Japanese backgrounds, so I often see these delightful little triangular mounds of rice in their lunchboxes.  I was amazed at how perfect they look, and being…