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. …

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…

Smoked Salmon and Dill Risotto

Smoked salmon is such a wonderful bold flavour, and it seems to be one of those fish that most fish-haters make an exception for.  However, the power of its flavour can almost be its weakness – without some creaminess or acidity to balance the rich saltiness of the fish it can put a real strain…

Lemon and Coriander Feta Hummus

Introduction A few years ago I began referring to certain people as “hummus” people – those who can lift even the most boring [cucumber stick] people into a fun, exciting atmosphere.  A party spread without hummus is like a party without this friend – the fun enabler. Point is, hummus is great.  But why not…

The Guesscipe Roast Dinner

    Introduction Whilst I originally conceived this recipe as merely detailing how I like to Roast a chicken, I realised that preparing a roast is much more than that.  Besides the technique, it’s all about balanced timings, and the ingredients working together.  At least, when I prepare a roast the Chicken is dependent on…

Sweet Lemon and Mustard Chicken

Introduction I’ll start with the obvious – it’s not the prettiest meal in the world.  A thick sauce of pastels over a roasted chicken breast is never going to win prizes for presentation, but the taste is wonderful.  The key adaptive element here is sweetness – if you enjoy the sharpness of mustard then you…

Couscous – Beef & Tomato, Lemon and Pesto

Introduction I’ve long felt that Couscous was one of the most underused carb accompaniments for meals.  It cooks in under 10 minutes, will take on almost any flavour and really is very cheap.  As a very strange child I always claimed my favourite food was “lemon and coriander couscous.”  Evidently too good for fish fingers….