Cider Braised Sausages

  There’s something so reliable about a delicious portion of bangers and mash – the full, meaty sausages with smooth, buttery mashed potato smothered in a warm helping of gravy.  As far as weekday dinners go, it’s simple and effective.  However, even the most humble sausage could even do with a bit of posh dress…

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…

Orange and Cinnamon Chicken Skewers

In Nikki Segnit’s incredible book The Flavour Thesaurus, she references the ubiquity and natural pairing of lemon and chicken, noting that many dishes could be ranked on the “lemonicken scale.”  She certainly isn’t wrong, but I’ve often felt that the sweeter, softer flavour of the orange makes an equally, if different, beautiful pairing.  In this particular…

Beef, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Pie

This one really gives a new meaning to “black and blue.”  I know it might seem odd, but bear with me on this.  Firstly, as a quick glance at many of my past recipes will show you I am a huge proponent of pairing meat and fruit.  Fruit brings a delicious acidity and sweetness that…

Slow-cooked Bean and Sausage Stew

It’s slow cooker season, oh boy!  The air is colder, the days are shorter…we need a bit of light and warmth in our lives.  Nothing quite compares to that feeling of coming home to an abode that smells as delicious as a meal that has had 8 hours to develop flavour.  Not only that, but…

Crispy Crackling Pork by #youngchef

Though I wish I could claim credit for the delightful recipe you are about to read, I cannot.  I was recently contacted by a very talented budding chef taking his early steps (or at this rate, strides) into the world of cooking, for whom I am privileged to share this meal for Crispy Crackling Pork….

Lamb Meatballs in Cranberry Wine Sauce (with Mint Green Mash)

Don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t nearly as gourmet-rubbish as it sounds, and it’s deceptively easy.  Lamb has a delicious rich flavour that pairs wonderfully with the acidity of wine and berries, and the cool fresh taste of mint.  The meatballs are incredibly simple and filling, and the mash provides the sturdy backbone…

Slow Cooked Creamy Pulled Chicken

Pulled meat seems to be all the rage and I totally appreciate why.  Tearing the meat into its fibrous muscle strands provides a totally different textural experience, similarly to how grated cheese is bizarrely distinct from its block-like counterpart. In any case, this is an obscenely easy and satisfying way to enjoy chicken and, if…

Pork and Mango Stir Fry

Total time:  Approx. 30 minutes Once again, fruit and meat come together to form something savoury and sweet.  Mango has a a very pleasant mellow taste, that I would almost describe as citrus-like without the acid.  It has a thickness in terms of texture and flavour, and this mellow coating provides a fantastic base for…

Apricot Glazed Roast Lamb Leg

It’s no secret that I love pairing meat with fruit sauces, and this is no exception.  Too often people shy away from pairing sweet and savoury in a main meal, keeping the former for the after-dinner treats.  A true shame.  This particular dish, inspired by Moroccan flavours found in tagines, partners hearty lamb with the…