Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cranberry Dip

Turkey is a divisive meat – some find it a wonderfully lean alternative to chicken, others think it’s foul.  *Pause for applause…3…2…1*  In any case it’s getting up to that time of year where turkey may or may not be on the menu, yet even in its absence it looms over us.  “Oh, I know…

Prawn Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of those fantastic recipes designed to utilise all of the leftovers and turn them into something beautiful.  Leftover rice, leftover protein and leftover vegetables fried together with a few flavourings to make a quick and easy bowl of goodness that will fill you up and help avoid waste.  In these environmentally…

Miso Glazed Salmon Fillet with Lentils

Salmon is one of those ubiquitous fishes that seems to pervade our lives along with cod and tuna, and I would argue it’s the most versatile.  Put it in a burger?  Check.  A steak?  Check.  Risotto?  Check.  Bagel with Cream Cheese?  Ohhh, you betcha!  As much as these uses are fabulous, simply grilling a fillet…

Fig and Goat’s Cheese Flatbread

We are in the height of the second fig season so get them while they’re fresh!  Goat’s cheese has the most beautiful salty tang to it that just cries out for a soft, sweet buddy.  Getting a mouthful of the soft, ripe, vinous fig and the creamy cheese makes a mouth-combination that is made all…

Roasted Garlic Soup

Something beautiful happens when you roast garlic for an extended period of time.  As the inner cloves heat they transform from their white, sharp raw lumps into the most beautiful golden gentle garlic paste.  The garlic flavour is still very much there, but it mellows into something that is frightfully palatable even on its own! …

Fish Tacos

  Summer is here and it’s a time for bright, fresh flavours eaten out on the patio, handheld food good for socialising with a beer in the other hand.  These fish tacos have a gorgeous shine to them that could only be more summery if they were served by a dolphin wearing a floral garland. …

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…

Sweet Curry Fries

Anglo-Indian food is an absolute staple of UK takeaways, and while we may differ in many of our choices – korma or vindaloo, peshwari or garlic naan, bombay aloo or saag – we can all agree on one thing.  Aren’t the poppadoms lovely?  Beautiful crisp discs topped with onion, mint yoghurt, mango chutney and if…

Prawn and Pineapple Onigiri (Rice Balls)

When I’m not busy mixing fruit and meat into bizarre combinations I am lucky enough to be a primary school teacher.  Many of the children I teach are from Japanese backgrounds, so I often see these delightful little triangular mounds of rice in their lunchboxes.  I was amazed at how perfect they look, and being…

Lamb, Goats Cheese and Apricot Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

  British Pie Week is here!  Pies were, of course, pioneered nearly 12,000 years ago, but that hasn’t stopped Britain from embracing the humble pie as though it were one of our own.  Whether your pie is made with pastry or potato, savoury or sweet fillings or even a boring casserole with a pastry lid…