Beef Lasagne (My First YouTube Recipe!)

That’s right!  I’ve finally decided to  bring The Guesscipe Book to YouTube.  This first ever episode was very much a test activity for myself and as such there are still plenty of rough edges I’d want to shave off before attempting another one of these.  But, overall I quite enjoyed the experience! The full ingredients…

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…

Slow Cooker Bolognese

The slow cooker is out again and, honestly, I can’t think of a better recipe for it.  Growing up, Spag Bol was always a quick 20 minute dinner, and that was fine.  As I grew older, however, I learned that the secret ingredient to any stew dish – and particularly Bolognese – is time.  Slow, gentle cooking…

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…

Sausage, Apple and Blue Cheese Risotto

A few years ago I had was attempting to make a pear, ham and blue cheese salad but alas, the pears were (typically) too hard.  Instead, I settled on some apples I had nearby.  I found the slightly more tart tang of the apples interacted with the blue cheese in a different way – the…

Mint, Feta and Pomegranate Orzo Salad

In truth, it was inspired by a salad my manager used to make at Piebury Corner, which always hit the spot on the warmer summer days.  No wonder, as its ingredients are notably middle-eastern in their combination. Sitting in the garden while the evening sun fades to the distance with this gorgeous balance of sweet…

Semolina Calzones (Folded Pizzas)

I feel as though my simplification of a Calzone as being nought but a folded pizza somewhat does it an injustice.  Besides differing in filling (being far less sauce based and more of a creamy cheese affair), the very act of folding rather changes the experience in some noticeable ways.  The cheese/toppings do not crisp…

Spinach and Ricotta Skillet

This is one of those things I just kind of threw together out of stuff I had in the fridge and it turned out pretty darn good!  A very filling, easy, relatively healthy vegetarian meal.  You can, of course, adapt this one rather a lot – different spice mixes, different vegetable based, additional vegetables etc….

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.

Roast Chestnut, Mushroom & Red Wine Risotto

The time is now that many people are assembling their Christmas menus, and what’s atop most lists?  Turkey?  Goose?  Ham?  All fantastic center-points of a Christmas Dinner…but what of the vegetarians?  Nut Roasts are certainly a popular option, though for many this means a quick ready-made one from the supermarket which in some cases may…