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…

Banana Peel Burgers (low fat/high protein)

Yes, you read that correctly.  I’ll just give you a moment to get back into your chair, fan yourself, whatever it takes.  The other day I was wondering what kind of savoury food could be made using pancakes…what I uncovered was something far stranger than I ever imagined. Bizarrely, something about the banana peel in…

Pork and Mango Stir Fry

Total time:  Approx. 30 minutes Once again, fruit and meat come together to form something savoury and sweet.  Mango has a a very pleasant mellow taste, that I would almost describe as citrus-like without the acid.  It has a thickness in terms of texture and flavour, and this mellow coating provides a fantastic base for…

Sweet Chili Crab Risotto

Risottos seem to have a strange reputation as a phenomenally difficult dish to cook and I’m not really sure why.  Granted, a restaurant critic might be a stickler about the precise consistency but quite frankly – besides the somewhat attentive stirring needed – risottos are wonderfully easy and versatile dishes that are particularly good for…

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.

Venison Sausage and Red Wine Stew

Last year I had the pleasure of working at Piebury Corner in Islington.  Among the many great pies that I fell in love with was the Venison and Red Wine.  The powerful gamey flavours of the venison partner deliciously decadently with the richness of the red wine. As with any stew this is a particularly non-prescriptive…

Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing

Ahh, stuffing – what would a Sunday roast be without you?  Or Christmas dinner?  Or those guilty pleasure stuffing and gravy sandwiches I used to make at 3am… Stuffing is, of course, a conundrum – arguably one of the tastiest parts of the dish, does it function as a mere filler to the meat or…

Pretentious Ham, Egg and Chips (with a Pea Purée)

Ham, Egg and Chips is a staple of British pub food and simple home cooking in Britain.  Quick, easy and satisfying…so I thought how can I make this needlessly complicated and overthought?  Fact remains that this dish was absolutely delicious, very filling and visually gorgeous.  Definitely a fun one for when you’re entertaining dinner guests.

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta

Introduction It’s no secret that I love a good few hours in the kitchen preparing a dish.  Alas, not everybody has the time or the love of cooking – for many, cooking is merely a means to and end.  However, this doesn’t mean you have to abuse your stomach and taste buds with pre-packaged microwave…

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. …