Chicken and Chorizo Pie (with Crushed Potato Topping)

Leftover chicken is such a beautiful thing – effortlessly it can be used in so many weeknight meals, lunches or whatever.  I often put mine in a curry, risotto or something similar – easy, reliable, whatever.  This time I decided I fancied something new – especially with all the potatoes I had in the fridge…

Vodka Flambéed Chicken in Creamy Tarragon Sauce

There’s only one thing in life most chefs love as much as food – booze.  Putting the two together?  Ahh, well that’s just wonderful.  What many people don’t realise about boozy food is that it’s not there to get the dinner guests even more drunk.  Instead it offers a deep hearty richness to the food,…

Vodka Chocolate Ganache with Fruit Sauce

Introduction Those of you familiar with The Guesscipe Book will know of my ethos of the artful approximation and personalised adaptation of recipes.  That’s why I keep them vague and suggest alternatives where possible.  I don’t like baking.  I respect it, and I respect those who do it.  However, the careful attention and borderline scientific…

Mushroom-Cream Potato Cakes

    Introduction Potato cakes are a fantastically filling starter, but it’s easy for them to feel bland – they are essentially just mashed potato, after all.  The addition of mushrooms and cream really helps this dish go down a treat. I grill these because I find it helps the breadcrumb coating stay on better,…