Bunless Big Macs

The Big Mac is possibly the best-known burger in the world.  The signature combination of “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun” has become brilliantly ubiquitous.  Introduced in 1967, the burger utilises that “special sauce” – creamy, tangy and herby it has long been a sauce (ayyyy) of…

Cottage Pie (Packed with Vegetables for Fussy Eaters)

While I am absolutely a lover of food and enjoy trying out new things, I am also undeniably a fussy eater.  Particularly when it comes to the textures of vegetables, I have a whole list of things I can’t generally stomach, even if I like their flavour – banana, mushroom, cooked tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, peppers,…

Keema Matar (Spiced Meat with Peas)

I’m often a bit hesitant about putting Indian food on here – it’s probably my favourite world cuisine, and of course Anglo-Indian food is it’s own beautiful thing, but ultimately it feels a bit fruitless.  Those who cook food from the subcontinent frequently will often make their own curry pastes or bases in preparation and…

Beef, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Pie

This one really gives a new meaning to “black and blue.”  I know it might seem odd, but bear with me on this.  Firstly, as a quick glance at many of my past recipes will show you I am a huge proponent of pairing meat and fruit.  Fruit brings a delicious acidity and sweetness that…

Slow Cooker Bolognese

The slow cooker is out again and, honestly, I can’t think of a better recipe for it.  Growing up, Spag Bol was always a quick 20 minute dinner, and that was fine.  As I grew older, however, I learned that the secret ingredient to any stew dish – and particularly Bolognese – is time.  Slow, gentle cooking…

Spicy Mango Beef Burgers

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – meat and fruit are the perfect partners!  Yes, we all know of Cranberry & Turkey or Apple & Pork.  On this website I’ve already experimented with many more pairings, and here’s time for a bright fresh fruity burger to match the changing weather….

Beef Steak with Mustard Sauce

Total Time:  10-15 minutes I’ve never been  a huge lover of steak – I often say I find it boring, and that I’d rather have the meat in a casserole or something.  But occasionally I get tempted, and I think there is elegance and skill in the simplicity of it; making the flavour of the…

Guinness Infused Burgers with Black Cherry Sauce

Beef and stout ale are perfect partners, their beautiful friendship having been explored before, back in the early days of the blog.  The smoky, charred, rich flavour of the stout gives the meat a really hearty body.  It’s no wonder the two so frequently find each other in the comfort food of a winter stew. …

Beef and Barley Casserole

Pearl Barley is one of the most grossly underused carbs in the culinary world.  Its texture is comparable to a slightly more al-dente risotto rice but with a fluffier exterior.  It both provides a wonderful filler and helps thicken the sauce to a luxurious consistency.

Minced Beef Fajitas (No Overpriced Packet Mixes!)

Introduction The great scam of “mexican kits” continues to baffle me.  People will gladly shell out ridiculous amounts for nothing more than a few tortillas and a packet of spices while the box insists you “ONLY need some chicken, tomatoes, onion, lettuce, peppers” etc.  Essentially you’re paying twice as much for something half as good….