Chicken in White Wine Sauce

Cooking with wine always feels a bit special – there’s little more satisfying than the sizzling sound as the cool wine hits the hot pan and the aromas start filling the room.  Moreover, it adds a delicious richness to any dish!  This meal in particular is a beautifully stripped down, simple meal made with clear…

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…

Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing

Ahh, stuffing – what would a Sunday roast be without you?  Or Christmas dinner?  Or those guilty pleasure stuffing and gravy sandwiches I used to make at 3am… Stuffing is, of course, a conundrum – arguably one of the tastiest parts of the dish, does it function as a mere filler to the meat or…

Creamy Walnut and Mushroom Pasta with Sausages

Introduction Winter is here, it’s time to start getting a little nutty.  Walnuts always take me back to Christmas as a child, the dish of mixed nuts sitting on the coffee table next to a bowl of Quality Street chocolate. Of course, feel free to substitute the sausage meat for anything else and add your…

Boar in the Cave (Deconstructed Toad in the Hole with Mushrooms)

Introduction When trying to think of a clever name for this Deconstructed Toad in the Hole, I looked into the origins of the original’s name…and discovered it’s pretty much just nonsense.  With that in mind I simply scaled up the sizes and went for a more relevant animal. This dish essentially uses loose sausage meat…

Mushroom-Cream Potato Cakes

    Introduction Potato cakes are a fantastically filling starter, but it’s easy for them to feel bland – they are essentially just mashed potato, after all.  The addition of mushrooms and cream really helps this dish go down a treat. I grill these because I find it helps the breadcrumb coating stay on better,…