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…

Seared Jerk Salmon with Mango-Lime Sauce

  It felt like a while since I’d pushed my food tastes outside my usual comfort zone, and I needed to mix it up.  I don’t often have a lot of fish in my diet, and when I do I typically pair it with something creamy.  I settled upon salmon, but wanted to do something that wasn’t…

Lamb Meatballs in Cranberry Wine Sauce (with Mint Green Mash)

Don’t let the title fool you, this isn’t nearly as gourmet-rubbish as it sounds, and it’s deceptively easy.  Lamb has a delicious rich flavour that pairs wonderfully with the acidity of wine and berries, and the cool fresh taste of mint.  The meatballs are incredibly simple and filling, and the mash provides the sturdy backbone…

Beef Steak with Mustard Sauce

Total Time:  10-15 minutes I’ve never been  a huge lover of steak – I often say I find it boring, and that I’d rather have the meat in a casserole or something.  But occasionally I get tempted, and I think there is elegance and skill in the simplicity of it; making the flavour of the…

Pumpkin Seed and Goats Cheese Pesto

Pesto is one of those delightfully simple, versatile ingredients that can take the blandest foods from 0 to 60 in 1.5 spoonfuls per second.  While common ideas of pesto stem from the traditional idea of pine nuts, basil, oil and garlic, the term is actually more vague than that.  It actually comes from the Italian…

Matar Paneer (Curried Peas and Indian Cheese)

This is, without a doubt, my favourite Indian dish.  For those who haven’t tried it, Paneer is a non-melting cheese similar to Halloumi.  It’s soft in texture and does a great job of absorbing the flavours around it.  It is also very high in protein, making it a great meat substitute. This dish combines it…

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…

Red Wine Beef Casserole

Introduction This is definitely one of those vague, more difficult to classify recipes.  It’s certainly a rich dish, and very simple to make.  More than many casseroles I really tried to let the wine lead the flavour rather than simply complement it. A point I will note, however, is that I believe I made a…