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…

Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…

Boxing Day Pie

For those lucky ones among us, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without an obscene amount of surplus food.  Notice, however, I do not say unnecessary food – there are plenty of ways to make use of it.  From the famous assortment of boxing day sandwiches, to the more modern turkey curry – I myself decided to…

Curried Sausage Rolls

Don’t we all just love a beige platter?  Delicious carby goodness staring at us from the buffet table.  Quiches, scotch eggs, chicken bites and of course – sausage rolls.  This time last year I gave you sausage rolls spiked with traditional Christmas flavours.  However this year I decided to take a different approach.  This season…

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…

Lime Roasted Chicken with Butternut Purée

So I may have been in a bit of a “gourmet” mood with this one, but stick with me.  While this may look very chefs table in its presentation, it is an insanely simple meal that would easily impress dinner guests with its luxurious appearance. In terms of the experience of eating it, the flavours…

Crispy Crackling Pork by #youngchef

Though I wish I could claim credit for the delightful recipe you are about to read, I cannot.  I was recently contacted by a very talented budding chef taking his early steps (or at this rate, strides) into the world of cooking, for whom I am privileged to share this meal for Crispy Crackling Pork….

Sausage, Apple and Blue Cheese Risotto

A few years ago I had was attempting to make a pear, ham and blue cheese salad but alas, the pears were (typically) too hard.  Instead, I settled on some apples I had nearby.  I found the slightly more tart tang of the apples interacted with the blue cheese in a different way – the…

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…

Lamb Meatballs in Cranberry Wine Sauce (with Mint Green Mash)

Don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t nearly as gourmet-rubbish as it sounds, and it’s deceptively easy.  Lamb has a delicious rich flavour that pairs wonderfully with the acidity of wine and berries, and the cool fresh taste of mint.  The meatballs are incredibly simple and filling, and the mash provides the sturdy backbone…