Jerk Thai Curry

So we’re doing some re-configuring of the kitchen in the run up to a big party in the house we’re house-sitting. I had some chicken I needed to do something with, and I had some ingredients in the fridge to use up, so I put this marinade together, and it worked pretty darn well. I’ve…

Mint And Raspberry Panna Cotta

Panna Cotta is brilliant for a couple of reason. For one, it is easy, it might sound fiddly, and you might never have used leaf gelatin before, but please don’t let that ward you off. You’ll want to eat this every day, though if you use double cream rather than a 50:50 cream to milk ratio,…

Crispy Mackerel On Toast

Mackerel does have a strong taste, and it is one that I remember from being very young. I used to come home from swimming on a Sunday morning, and  pop a peppered mackerel in the microwave and consume, simultaneously stinking out the house. By and large, fresh fish doesn’t smell. Mackerel is often viewed as…

Onion and Coriander Burgers

Burgers have gained a bad name over the years, they’ve become the domain of fast food joints, and it is has done them a massive disservice. I love making my own burgers for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is ever so slightly cheaper than buying good quality pre-made burgers. Don’t buy a pack for…

Poached Hake with Duchess Potatoes

Fish is something I didn’t have a massive taste for growing up, and still now, there are some that I love and others that I have less of an appetite for. Hake is from the same family of fish as cod, and has a mild flavour, and goes rather tough if you overdo it, so…

Paprika

The sheer range of ingredients that go into food is impressive, so I thought I’d add some posts about what I have in my pantry. I say pantry, and in days gone by people may well have had dedicated rooms for food, but with convenience shopping we don’t have quite the same need. I’m going…

Roasted Duck in Gem Lettuce with Hoisin

Loads of people have come up with this healthier idea to crispy duck pancakes, and quite simply it is delicious, and more importantly, easy. I roasted some duck legs for an hour in the oven will beautifully crispy. Stripped them, and served them up on gem lettuce leaves with hoisin and spring onions. There are…

Garlic Toast with Proscuitto and Parmesan

This is one of those ‘to keep you going’ snacks, or a light lunch. I used a cast iron ribbed skillet for the toast. Chop and peel a garlic clove and rub the garlic onto the hot skillet. You could use butter or oil, but you only want that garlic edge, not a vampire repellent….

Chorizo & Bacon Risotto

So, I slightly had less food in the fridge than I thought, but risotto is a fantastic way to use up the odds and ends that you have left before you do your next shop! This was extremely rich, you do not need a lot to fill you up. The last risotto post I left was…

Cobbled Together

Many people have tried to tackle quick meals in the past, and a fair number are professional chefs who have professional training. I doubt the majority of people can chop up onions in the blink of an eye. So I’m setting a bit more of a realistic tone. Try it in 30 minutes. I cobbled…

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

This is a Hairy Bikers dieting dish, and it fricking rocks. I’ll be honest, I’ve never been an enormous risotto fan, but this is pretty darn awesome. Perhaps the best thing about this recipe is nothing to do with the rice at all, but with the chicken. The chicken is poached in stock, which adds…

Sticky Beef Ribs

I’ve been wanting to try this ever since I found this recipe of James Martin’s. It really is lazy day food, monstrously unhealthy, and deliciously sticky. I served this with some smooth garlic mash with wilted leeks. Beef ribs are ginormous, you really only need one per person. They’re also not terribly cheap, so they are a…