Marmite and Cheese Dip

  Around three months ago, at the age of 25, I discovered that I like marmite.  What had once been the horrible, burnt tasting “wasp honey” I had tasted as a child was now a wonderfully, sticky, salt and slightly bitter nectar.  I’ve since become obsessed, using it in pretty much every sauce and stew since then,…

Taste of Christmas Sandwich

  In recent years we have developed some odd Christmas traditions as a society – in particular, those associated with supermarkets.  While the ever bloated, haunting-cover-of-a-pop-song-accompanied adverts are interesting, my real interest is the meal deal festive sandwiches offered by these supermarkets.  I have tasted and ranked no less than 15 different varieties from 6…

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…

Halloumi, Prosciutto and Mixed Melon Salad

I recently discovered that Halloumi sales are higher in the United Kingdom than anywhere else in Europe.  We adore this Cypriot non-melting cheese so much that a pop-up in Camden recently started selling Halloumi Fries (which look delicious, by the way). This simple, easy salad combines the classic combination of melon and ham with that…

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…

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…

Mint, Feta and Pomegranate Orzo Salad

In truth, it was inspired by a salad my manager used to make at Piebury Corner, which always hit the spot on the warmer summer days.  No wonder, as its ingredients are notably middle-eastern in their combination. Sitting in the garden while the evening sun fades to the distance with this gorgeous balance of sweet…

Semolina Calzones (Folded Pizzas)

I feel as though my simplification of a Calzone as being nought but a folded pizza somewhat does it an injustice.  Besides differing in filling (being far less sauce based and more of a creamy cheese affair), the very act of folding rather changes the experience in some noticeable ways.  The cheese/toppings do not crisp…

Pork, Cider and Sage Lasagne

Total Cooking Time:  90 minutes – 2 hours Do not adjust your monitors, yes what you are seeing there is a very radioactive shade of green atop this lasagne.  Fear not, that is the product of melting the cheese known as ‘Sage Derby,’ and it certainly brings this dish alive.

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…