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…

Crayfish Sushi Bowl

I remember becoming obsessed with the notion of sushi as a child.  It would often appear in Japanese cartoons or get mentioned in American television, but growing up in the flat lands of Norfolk 15 years ago, it wasn’t something that was readily available.  Still, the bizarre white rolls surrounded in a deep green coating…

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! …

Lemon and Ginger Steamed Chicken Breast

Chicken is an incredibly versatile meat.  Whether you roast it, fry it or grill it it always seems to end up lovely.  Despite this I have never before steamed chicken, despite being well aware of it as a common technique – particularly in Asia.  Well, that all changed recently after I was at a friend’s…

Lime and Ginger Mackerel with Edamame and Baby Cucumber Salad

Fish is one of those things I don’t include in my diet nearly enough.  If you didn’t grow up eating fish regularly, it can seem a little daunting.  There’s a sense that it doesn’t work the same way as other meats – it seems somehow easier to mess up and make somebody ill.  And yet,…

Seared Jerk Salmon with Mango-Lime Sauce

  It felt like a while since I’d pushed my food tastes outside my usual comfort zone, and I needed to mix it up.  I don’t often have a lot of fish in my diet, and when I do I typically pair it with something creamy.  I settled upon salmon, but wanted to do something that wasn’t…

Creamy Chicken and Mint Pasta

Last week I was fortunate enough to be cooked a delicious meal using pasta, bacon and creme fraiche.  It got me thinking about how wonderful creme fraiche is as an ingredient – particularly as a basis for a sauce.  Thicker and less sweet than single/double cream, it absorbs and spreads other flavours outstandingly well.  For…

Prawn and Avocado Salad

I ummed and ahhed about whether to call this a salad or a cocktail, and I’m still not convinced I went with the right choice.  I think the fact that it’s about 60% greens (despite appearances) settled it.  That, and a rare decision to distance myself from 70s dinner parties. Whatever you call it, it…

Cardamom and Banana 3-Ingredient Pancakes

I do love the aromatic flavour of a cardamom pod, there’s something quite fabulous about its faintly aniseed essence.  Well, until you accidentally bite into one in your pilau rice and the bitterness is overwhelming, but that’s beside the point.  I find the cardamom seeds give these insanely easy, coeliac-friendly pancakes a deliciously botanic undertone….

Halloumi, Prosciutto and Mixed Melon Salad

I recently discovered that Halloumi sales are higher in the United Kingdom than anywhere else in Europe.  We adore this Cypriot non-melting cheese so much that a pop-up in Camden recently started selling Halloumi Fries (which look delicious, by the way). This simple, easy salad combines the classic combination of melon and ham with that…