Orzo with Prawns and Bacon

“That’s strange looking rice.”   Words to this effect always seem to be uttered when orzo appears, and it’s easy to see why.  The oval-shaped pasta shapes do share a clear visual quality, however that really is as far as the similarities go, as is understood the moment it is put into one’s mouth.  The grains…

Beef, Cheese and Tomato Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

It’s British Pie Week!  I almost missed it, hence this recipe coming to you almost halfway through this most hallowed of traditions (est. 2007).  I certainly feel as though pies have become a real mainstay of my little blog here: beef, blue cheese and blackberry; lamb, goat’s cheese and apricot; boxing day pie; devonshire squab…

Dr Pepper Burger

Just shy of ten years ago, I was a first year at university and finally getting the chance to cook to my heart’s content.  I was quite an avid calorie counter at the time, and as such I soon came across the popular trend at the time of making ‘diet coke chicken.’  It was something…

Chicken Katsu (with quick tonkatsu sauce)

I often marvel at how certain ingredients that were considered totally fringe and specialist a few years ago are not readily available in pretty much any large supermarket in the UK.  I remember spending ages searching my local Tesco growing up for ghee when I first discovered Indian cooking, and for the life of me couldn’t find…

Pulled Pork Buns with Spiced Apple Sauce and DELICIOUS Stuffing

There are those times in life when you have a lot of people to feed and a huge list of tasks to do.  Putting up decorations, tidying up, normal daily jobs – no time to spend hours in the kitchen getting all manner of complex things ready.  Well, this recipe is absolutely the solution for…

Ginger Ale Battered Fish with Tartar Sauce

What do they eat on Fridays at the nuclear power plant? Fission Chips. *Pause for applause…3…2…1* Fish and chips – the quintessential British seaside meal.  Delicious fish fillets kept moist and flavourful thanks to its crispy batter coating alongside chunky chips, mushy peas and doused in salt and vinegar.  Beer batter is often the go-to,…

Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Pasties

That wonderful time of year is upon us again!  While the days might be getting shorter and colder, that’s no reason to despair.  There’s a real joy to rediscovering those coats you haven’t seen in months, embracing scarves and beginning to smell the smoke of chimneys around once more.  It’s also a time to enjoy…

Devonshire Squab Pie

English food has a certain reputation that I won’t get into right now, but suffice to say if you ask somebody to name traditional English dishes you’ll probably get the standard fish ‘n’ chips, roast dinner, maybe a cream tea…not a whole lot more.  I’ve always found this to be a real shame, as there’s…

Peanut, Sweet Potato and Lime Soup

  Peanuts are one of those brilliantly versatile ingredients which seems just as at home in a dessert as it does in a savoury dish.  They’re salty, punchy and full of protein and oils making them a brilliant backbone for this soup.  While the peanuts bring the flavour, the sweet potatoes offer a robust backing…

Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…