Sweet Curry Fries

Anglo-Indian food is an absolute staple of UK takeaways, and while we may differ in many of our choices – korma or vindaloo, peshwari or garlic naan, bombay aloo or saag – we can all agree on one thing.  Aren’t the poppadoms lovely?  Beautiful crisp discs topped with onion, mint yoghurt, mango chutney and if…

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…

Lamb Burgers with Goats Cheese and Mint Sauce

Burgers are one of the simplest ways to serve up a powerful mouthful of flavour, and lamb is one of my favourite meats to work with.  It has a real richness that marries beautifully with those bright, fresh flavours.  This recipe puts it with the incredibly refreshing combo of mint, yoghurt and cucumber, while flavouring…

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…

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…

Sheep Cheese Crusted Lamb Chops with Hash Browns

Introduction Typically this dish would be made with a rack of lamb as opposed to individual chops, but alas I didn’t have any readily available.  Of course, lamb’s best friend is Mint but I decided not to include it in the crust this time, as I feel it somewhat steals the coolness of the mint….

Lamb, Mint and Goat Cheese Cannelloni

Introduction Ahh, the holy trinity of the Lamb world – these flavours go together so wonderfully, so I thought why not just wrap them up in a little casing for easy delivery. The dish is fairly dry as I make it, as the goats cheese sauce gets absorbed into the pasta and filling, but feel…