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,…

Garlic and Herb Crushed Potatoes

Potatoes are just the best.  Can we all agree on this?  There are about a thousand different things you can do with them, boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!  And yet one of the simplest ways of cooking these delightful apples of the ground is by far one of the best.  This…

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…

Crispy Crackling Pork by #youngchef

Though I wish I could claim credit for the delightful recipe you are about to read, I cannot.  I was recently contacted by a very talented budding chef taking his early steps (or at this rate, strides) into the world of cooking, for whom I am privileged to share this meal for Crispy Crackling Pork….

Apricot Glazed Roast Lamb Leg

It’s no secret that I love pairing meat with fruit sauces, and this is no exception.  Too often people shy away from pairing sweet and savoury in a main meal, keeping the former for the after-dinner treats.  A true shame.  This particular dish, inspired by Moroccan flavours found in tagines, partners hearty lamb with the…

Cranberry and Cream Cheese Stuffed Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Ah, how I love that November-December period of joy.  A time full of festivals, beautiful lights and of course – WINTER FEASTS.  And what would Winter be without a little bit of that big old bird, Turkey? I often here people complaining about turkey – particularly the…

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…

Roasted Pumpkin, Apple and Walnut Soup

It’s October and you know what that means – the Pumpkin Spice Latte is back!  But, for those of you feeling a little less basic than that, I’m bringing you a delicious autumnal soup. This is a fairly sweet soup – the pumpkin provides body, a subtle sweetness and that gorgeous colour, with the apple bringing in…

Roast Lamb in Pomegranate Sauce with Crispy Sage Leaves

What flavour goes with lamb?  “MINT,” you cry.  Well, yes – but not just mint.  Lamb has an incredibly strong, distinctive flavour caused by the structure of the fats in the meat, and therefore requires a strong distinctive partner, one with a balance of sweet and sour.  Mint sauce, with its vinegar base, achieves this…

Avocado and Pepper Stuffed Squash with Sweetcorn Purée

I’ve never been one of these people to shy away from a meat-free meal, and recently I’ve been trying to increase the amount of vegetarian foods in my repertoire.  Of course, not everybody is so easy to convince – many people have an idea of vegetarian cooking as lacking substance or not being filling. This…