Spicy Chorizo Scotch Eggs

It’s Spring, Easter has just passed us by so it seemed time for me to do another Scotch Egg recipe.  If you’re keen, check out my Salmon Scotch Egg or Black Pudding Scotch Egg recipes too, hidden away in the vaults.  These, however, are by far my favourite.  Chorizo is one of the most gorgeously…

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…

Lemon and Ginger Steamed Chicken Breast

Chicken is an incredibly versatile meat.  Whether you roast it, fry it or grill it it always seems to end up lovely.  Despite this I have never before steamed chicken, despite being well aware of it as a common technique – particularly in Asia.  Well, that all changed recently after I was at a friend’s…

Lime and Ginger Mackerel with Edamame and Baby Cucumber Salad

Fish is one of those things I don’t include in my diet nearly enough.  If you didn’t grow up eating fish regularly, it can seem a little daunting.  There’s a sense that it doesn’t work the same way as other meats – it seems somehow easier to mess up and make somebody ill.  And yet,…

Christmas Turkey Burger

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat.  Please put a penny in the old man’s hat! I do love this time of year, not least because every restaurant menu gets about 15x better.  Decadent mixtures of cheese, bacon, sauces, sausages etc.  Truly, it is a time to indulge, and what better way than with…

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…

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans

I will begin by stating that this may not be totally authentic – it is very much something I put together myself, and is not meant to be a traditional recreation of an exact dish. What made this so nice was its ease – one pot, entirely cooked in the oven, perfect for sharing across…

Prawn and Avocado Salad

I ummed and ahhed about whether to call this a salad or a cocktail, and I’m still not convinced I went with the right choice.  I think the fact that it’s about 60% greens (despite appearances) settled it.  That, and a rare decision to distance myself from 70s dinner parties. Whatever you call it, it…

Cardamom and Banana 3-Ingredient Pancakes

I do love the aromatic flavour of a cardamom pod, there’s something quite fabulous about its faintly aniseed essence.  Well, until you accidentally bite into one in your pilau rice and the bitterness is overwhelming, but that’s beside the point.  I find the cardamom seeds give these insanely easy, coeliac-friendly pancakes a deliciously botanic undertone….