Crispy Bubble and Squeak

I was once mercilessly mocked by an Australian and American couple I knew for the “ridiculous” names we Brits give to our food.  Bangers and mash, spotted dick, jam roly poly…they suggested we would call spaghetti hoops “schplonkers” because of the schplonk sound they make when the spoon drops in them.  Well, Bubble and Squeak…

Spicy Chickpea and Pepper Hash

Hash/Hash Browns come in all manner of forms.  Whether grated, cubed, diced, smashed or lovingly formed into a crisp rounded triangle for the freezer, I love them all.  Potatoes are a superfood – not in the irritating East London “blueberries are a superfood” way.  In the way that they are just…so damn good. Technically a…

Chicken and Chorizo Pie (with Crushed Potato Topping)

Leftover chicken is such a beautiful thing – effortlessly it can be used in so many weeknight meals, lunches or whatever.  I often put mine in a curry, risotto or something similar – easy, reliable, whatever.  This time I decided I fancied something new – especially with all the potatoes I had in the fridge…

Mediterranean Mashed Potato

I do love taking a classic, simple dish and putting a slight spin on it.  I often feel that mashed potatoes are a missed opportunity when it comes to flavour experimentation.  We’ve all seen a cheesy mash or two, maybe a mustard mash.  More often than not, this delightfully fluffy side is given flavour from…

Crispy Potatoes with Dill (perfect side dish for fish)

While skiing in Bulgaria this year I was fortunate enough to sample some of the local food up the mountain.  I ordered the “dill potatoes” from the menu to accompany my fish burger, but was met with mere chips.  Well, after much confusion and a very irritated waiter, I finally got the food I asked…

Sweetcorn and New Potato Soup

We’re well into the cold season now – blankets are being dusted off, radiators being switched back on, and people arguing about the pronunciation of ‘snood’ (for the record, it rhymes with good.) This soup is deliciously filling, the potato and sweetcorn melding together into a velvety, creamy spoonful.  The sweetcorn itself packs a huge…

Black Pudding Sweet Potato Bake

Black Pudding’s always a bit of a divisive one, understandable more when one uses it’s other name – blood sausage.  Yes, it contains a little bit of the old animal blood, something many of us are quite squeamish about.  I myself find it’s honesty comforting – after all, it must be far less horrifying than…

Bombay Aloo – Indian Potato Side Dish

Indian cuisine has played a very prominent role in my relationship with food; in my family, roughly 9/10 special occasions were marked by a visit to one of the local Indian restaurants; as I grew into my mid-teens and my parents spent more evenings/nights out, it was my go-to accompaniment for Friday night television.  Perhaps…

Hash Topped Lamb Stew

Introduction We’ve already explored the beautiful, homely combination which is lamb and hashed potatoes, but time to revisit it!  Lamb packs so much flavour, and with a little wine and root veg, you have a dish that’s incredibly rich and filling.  I almost like to think of this as a variation on the Shepherd’s Pie….