Candied Chilli Broccoli

Here’s a fun fact – back in 2015 I got to the final stage of auditions of Masterchef.  Unfortunately I never made it onto the actual tele, but I still feel quite proud of the dish I made for them that day.  In particular, this little side dish has become a welcome addition to my…

Lollipop Buffalo Wings

I didn’t even realise buffalo could fly!  *pause for applause…3…2…1 I grew up hearing about buffalo wings on US films and TV, but being from a sleepy countryside town in Norfolk it was never really on the menu.  Eventually through the marvels of the internet and the developing presence of global cuisine in Britain I…

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…

Prawn and Pineapple Onigiri (Rice Balls)

When I’m not busy mixing fruit and meat into bizarre combinations I am lucky enough to be a primary school teacher.  Many of the children I teach are from Japanese backgrounds, so I often see these delightful little triangular mounds of rice in their lunchboxes.  I was amazed at how perfect they look, and being…

Spicy Bean and Corn Quesadilla

I like to think of a quesadilla as the Central American cheese toastie – glorious, oozing cheese between two tortillas.  There are a few ways to cook them, but I went for the dry hot pan as I think it gives it all a nice crisp.  The beans were both delicious and nutritious, but you…

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….

Spicy Bean Burrito

Living in London, you’d think every cuisine in the world would be available at a heartbeat and, to be fair, that is for the most part true.  Still, I’ve always felt that the wonders of Mexican food are somewhat under-represented in the British Isles.  Fortunately, these stupendous dishes are not as complex as you might…

Sweet Chili Crab Risotto

Risottos seem to have a strange reputation as a phenomenally difficult dish to cook and I’m not really sure why.  Granted, a restaurant critic might be a stickler about the precise consistency but quite frankly – besides the somewhat attentive stirring needed – risottos are wonderfully easy and versatile dishes that are particularly good for…

Spicy Mango Beef Burgers

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times – meat and fruit are the perfect partners!  Yes, we all know of Cranberry & Turkey or Apple & Pork.  On this website I’ve already experimented with many more pairings, and here’s time for a bright fresh fruity burger to match the changing weather….

Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry

I’ve had dishes similar to this in various restaurants over the past few years, but by far the best came from a small vegetarian place in Soho a few weeks ago.  My friends mother was dining on it and after trying a forkful I was so jealous I became determined to replicate it, a task…