Slow Cooker Bolognese

The slow cooker is out again and, honestly, I can’t think of a better recipe for it.  Growing up, Spag Bol was always a quick 20 minute dinner, and that was fine.  As I grew older, however, I learned that the secret ingredient to any stew dish – and particularly Bolognese – is time.  Slow, gentle cooking…

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…

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…

Pork, Cider and Sage Lasagne

Total Cooking Time:  90 minutes – 2 hours Do not adjust your monitors, yes what you are seeing there is a very radioactive shade of green atop this lasagne.  Fear not, that is the product of melting the cheese known as ‘Sage Derby,’ and it certainly brings this dish alive.

Creamy Spinach and Chicken Pasta

Introduction It’s no secret that I love a good few hours in the kitchen preparing a dish.  Alas, not everybody has the time or the love of cooking – for many, cooking is merely a means to and end.  However, this doesn’t mean you have to abuse your stomach and taste buds with pre-packaged microwave…

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…

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…

Rich Macaroni Cheese with Chorizo

  Introduction It’s pretty difficult to go wrong with a macaroni cheese, I mean really, it’s in the name (granted I used penne but let’s just think of it as Jumbo Macaroni.)  Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean we can’t make a macaroni cheese go righter…rer.  With the simple addition of some booze and spicy sausage, we can…

Pasta Carbonara

Introduction We here at the Guesscipe book are always keen to keep recipes on the more authentic side, which is why we felt lucky to receive this recipe from our dear Italian friend.  Alas, the fridge was not stocked as well as one might hope and the shop was far away, so we had to…