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…

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…

Black Pudding Sweet Potato Bake

Black Pudding’s always a bit of a divisive one, understandable more when one uses it’s other name – blood sausage.  Yes, it contains a little bit of the old animal blood, something many of us are quite squeamish about.  I myself find it’s honesty comforting – after all, it must be far less horrifying than…

Brie and Grape Sweet Potato Casserole

Introduction Not all main courses need to be savoury and not all desserts need to be sweet.  This main dish perfectly exemplifies this, with the sweet mixture of the Grape and Sweet Potato with the creamy, subtle bitterness of the brie. Also it’s as easy as slice, layering and sticking in the oven, so there…

Autumn Pasty (Sweet Vegetable and Wensleydale Cheese)

Introduction For the uninitiated, “pasties” began as a way for Miners to have a hearty yet practical meal while working underground.  Their fillings tend to be drier than a pie, replacing sauce with…well…more fillings. This pasty utilises some great Autumn flavours – notably Squash, cranberries and those wonderful root vegetables.  The real star of the…

Beef and Sweet Potato Hot Pot

Introduction Now, having never been to Lancashire and not having any relatives from there, I am hesitant to claim that this is in any way authentic.  It’s merely inspired by the delightfully warming meal that our friends in the North invented. The great thing with this dish is that you can substitute pretty much any…

Slightly Posh Bangers and Mash

Introduction We know, we know – if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.  This British staple has treated us well for years and there’s a reason for that – the combination of flavour-packed sausages, rich gravy and smooth mash is nigh on perfect.  Try not to think of this so much as a superfluous “fix”…

Root Vegetable Fries

Introduction This is insanely easy and makes a great side dish.  It works for almost all root vegetables – carrots, sweet potato and parsnips are favourites. Method Preheat oven to about 200C Cut your vegetables into desired shape – batons always work well.  Try to make them as similar as possible to ensure they’re ready…