Orzo with Prawns and Bacon

“That’s strange looking rice.”   Words to this effect always seem to be uttered when orzo appears, and it’s easy to see why.  The oval-shaped pasta shapes do share a clear visual quality, however that really is as far as the similarities go, as is understood the moment it is put into one’s mouth.  The grains…

Beef, Cheese and Tomato Pie – Happy British Pie Week!

It’s British Pie Week!  I almost missed it, hence this recipe coming to you almost halfway through this most hallowed of traditions (est. 2007).  I certainly feel as though pies have become a real mainstay of my little blog here: beef, blue cheese and blackberry; lamb, goat’s cheese and apricot; boxing day pie; devonshire squab…

Dr Pepper Burger

Just shy of ten years ago, I was a first year at university and finally getting the chance to cook to my heart’s content.  I was quite an avid calorie counter at the time, and as such I soon came across the popular trend at the time of making ‘diet coke chicken.’  It was something…

Thai Red Noodle Soup (with optional chicken thighs)

For all the complex plating styles, techniques and geometric designs that are so popular in youtube “food presentation” videos (which I am certainly not above), there is something to be said for the beauty inherently found in a bowl of stuff.  Thai food is a moderately recent discovery of mine, and I am consistently bowled…

Pulled Ham and Piccalilli Rolls

Ham and Piccalilli go together like Hall and Oates, or Garfunkel and Oates, or Simon and Garfunkel.  They go together well.  Ham is, by nature, very salty.  As such, it pairs up beautifully with anything sweet and acidic.  There’s a reason you so often see it with pineapple, honey and apple.  It cries out for…

Gingerbread Crème Brûlée

The undisputed king of custards, the crème brûlée.  Velvety, thick and rich as anything, this absolutely incredible dessert is deceptively simple, and perfectly suited to entertaining – make ahead and store in the fridge, brûlée just before serving and you will totally wow your guests despite barely putting in 5 minutes of actual work time….

Peter’s Golfball Pie

In a bit of a first on this site, this next recipe is a request.  You see, my father-in-law’s birthday is today, and he’s a dedicated fan of my recipes here.  He’s also something of a cook himself, and particularly enjoys having a crack at the pie recipes I make on here – he recently…