Buck’s Fizz (Mimosa) Cake

For a fair while in my adult life I wondered what these “mimosas” that I kept hearing about – usually in relation to American brunches – were.  It was only a year or two ago that I discovered it was nothing more than ordinary Buck’s Fizz – the official drink of Christmas morning here in…

Hawaiian Burger

  Hawaiian cuisine is a fascinating thing, a real melting pot of influences from all corners of the world.  I’ve experimented with this burger over the past year or so, never really feeling like I got it right.  The inclusion of Spam and Pineapple was a given, but I often found the teriyaki influence overpowering. …

Sweet Curry Fries

Anglo-Indian food is an absolute staple of UK takeaways, and while we may differ in many of our choices – korma or vindaloo, peshwari or garlic naan, bombay aloo or saag – we can all agree on one thing.  Aren’t the poppadoms lovely?  Beautiful crisp discs topped with onion, mint yoghurt, mango chutney and if…

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…

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,…

Mediterranean Mashed Potato

I do love taking a classic, simple dish and putting a slight spin on it.  I often feel that mashed potatoes are a missed opportunity when it comes to flavour experimentation.  We’ve all seen a cheesy mash or two, maybe a mustard mash.  More often than not, this delightfully fluffy side is given flavour from…

Creamy Chicken and Mint Pasta

Last week I was fortunate enough to be cooked a delicious meal using pasta, bacon and creme fraiche.  It got me thinking about how wonderful creme fraiche is as an ingredient – particularly as a basis for a sauce.  Thicker and less sweet than single/double cream, it absorbs and spreads other flavours outstandingly well.  For…

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…

Lamb Burgers with Goats Cheese and Mint Sauce

Burgers are one of the simplest ways to serve up a powerful mouthful of flavour, and lamb is one of my favourite meats to work with.  It has a real richness that marries beautifully with those bright, fresh flavours.  This recipe puts it with the incredibly refreshing combo of mint, yoghurt and cucumber, while flavouring…