Rum Flambéed Pineapple with Berries and Ice Cream

There is such a joy to flambéing food – perhaps it appeals to that inner neanderthal in all of us that feels innately proud upon creation of fire.  Perhaps it’s just because it feels cool holding a pan of flaming food.  However, it must be remembered that it is so much more than just showiness,…

Pork and Mango Stir Fry

Total time:  Approx. 30 minutes Once again, fruit and meat come together to form something savoury and sweet.  Mango has a a very pleasant mellow taste, that I would almost describe as citrus-like without the acid.  It has a thickness in terms of texture and flavour, and this mellow coating provides a fantastic base for…

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…

Satay Chicken Curry

For some, they’re delicious bar snacks and a great source of protein…for others, they’re a death sentence.  The peanut is an interesting one, as it suits both sweet and savoury dishes equally well. Satay Chicken is deliciously marinated and grilled with spiced peanut flavours, and this dish combines it with a peanut-coconut based curry.  Super…

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…

Chili-Mango Pork Ribs

Introduction Starter or main, ribs are fantastic base for any meal.  Sadly, we’ve pushed them into two distinct boxes – Chinese and Barbecue.  The rib-meat itself is so adaptable it’s a terrible shame to not experiment every now and then. Mango Salsa has exploded in popularity recently, and pork goes so well with fruity sweet…

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…