Mulled Guinness

Yep, you read that right.  What started as a joke last weekend while I was on a lovely, wintery pub crawl quickly grew into an idea.  Warm alcohol is such a staple of this season, and feels so wonderfully comforting.  Mulled wine reigned supreme for many years, and mulled cider has made great gains in…

Turkey and Cranberry Meatloaf

I’ve always been intrigued by meatloaf – the foodstuff, not the singer (though much love for him as well).  Perhaps it was due to the Simpsons referencing it frequently, and their dinnertime stock meal seeming to consist of it, but there was something so fascinating about the idea.  Here in the UK, it has never…

Vegan Sundried Tomato and Garlic Rolls

  Pastry wrapped around a filling is a winning combination in basically every form, and one of the most successful and persistent in the UK has always been the humble sausage roll, recently “discovered” by Americans calling it a “puff dog.”  Whether from Gregg’s, a nice old pub, or at a brilliantly beige buffet spread…

Pan Seared Chicken with Chorizo Sauce

There are some pairings that just work in life to bring you joy.  Chocolate and roses, fireworks and a warm blanket, Chaz and Dave.  Among them, of course, is the brilliant pairing of chicken and chorizo.  While chicken is incredibly popular and largely considered quite versatile, it also comes with significant drawbacks – particularly its…

Beef, Cheese and Tomato Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

It’s British Pie Week!  I almost missed it, hence this recipe coming to you almost halfway through this most hallowed of traditions (est. 2007).  I certainly feel as though pies have become a real mainstay of my little blog here: beef, blue cheese and blackberry; lamb, goat’s cheese and apricot; boxing day pie; devonshire squab…

Pulled Pork Buns with Spiced Apple Sauce and DELICIOUS Stuffing

There are those times in life when you have a lot of people to feed and a huge list of tasks to do.  Putting up decorations, tidying up, normal daily jobs – no time to spend hours in the kitchen getting all manner of complex things ready.  Well, this recipe is absolutely the solution for…

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…

Devonshire Squab Pie

English food has a certain reputation that I won’t get into right now, but suffice to say if you ask somebody to name traditional English dishes you’ll probably get the standard fish ‘n’ chips, roast dinner, maybe a cream tea…not a whole lot more.  I’ve always found this to be a real shame, as there’s…

Chilli, Lime and Feta Potato Salad

Potato Salads are a classic for a reason – the robust potato, a friend for all occasions, is the perfect vehicle for the creamy, slightly sour dressing that comes with a potato salad.  There’s room for plenty of other vegetables in there – pickles, capers, sweetcorn, onions.  The sauce can be adapted for greater decadence…

Rum Flambéed Pineapple with Berries and Ice Cream

There is such a joy to flambéing food – perhaps it appeals to that inner neanderthal in all of us that feels innately proud upon creation of fire.  Perhaps it’s just because it feels cool holding a pan of flaming food.  However, it must be remembered that it is so much more than just showiness,…