Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…

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…

Beef Steak with Mustard Sauce

Total Time:  10-15 minutes I’ve never been  a huge lover of steak – I often say I find it boring, and that I’d rather have the meat in a casserole or something.  But occasionally I get tempted, and I think there is elegance and skill in the simplicity of it; making the flavour of the…

Squash Spaghetti with Prawn and Spinach

First thing’s first – you can just use regular pasta.  Now that that’s out of the way… Christmas has passed and I have a kitchen full of new gadgets to test out – first on the list is a spiralizer, courtesy of my big sister.  For those who haven’t heard of these relatively new but massively popular…

Sweet Crab Rice Cakes

Crab meat, that elusive beast.  So many claim to be you, so few are!  Still, we know better, do we not?  That unmistakable, sweet delicate flavour delivered in an oh, so fragile flaky form.  Finding the freshest of crab meats is rather tough on the average shop, so for this I simply used tinned and…

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…

Brie and Grape Sweet Potato Casserole

Introduction Not all main courses need to be savoury and not all desserts need to be sweet.  This main dish perfectly exemplifies this, with the sweet mixture of the Grape and Sweet Potato with the creamy, subtle bitterness of the brie. Also it’s as easy as slice, layering and sticking in the oven, so there…

Beef and Guinness Stew

Introduction With St. Patrick’s day just around the corner I thought what better than some beautifully boozy Beef and Guinness Stew?  Well…technically any Stout Ale will work.  This is perhaps one of the easiest, most satisfying meals you can make and SO adaptable. I do mine in the slow cooker for ultimate convenience.  Do up to step…