Ginger Beer Jellies

Jelly is brilliant fun, pretty easy, and slide down your throat to clean your palate. Theo loves these, and the best part is that they are sugar free. The flavour isn’t great if I’m honest, but for small persons that isn’t always a bad thing, ginger can be a very strong flavour. These are really refreshing after…

Lemon and Ginger Meringue Muffin Tops

So these are, like of a lot of my cooking, not at all what I had hoped them to be, but somehow turned into something pretty damn awesome. I had intended to make miniature lemon meringue pies, except I had no pastry, so used a crushed biscuit base. Then I realised I hadn’t got any…

Smoked Cod and Chorizo One Pot with Confit Egg Yolk

Confit egg yolks sound really technical and difficult, but they are in fact wonderfully easy and taste immense. It might not sound like it goes with smoked cod, but it really adds to the sauce. I really like picante chorizo, it adds a great kick to the dish. Serves 2. For this you’ll need… 1 egg…

Poached Smoked Cod and Dauphiniose Potatoes with Chorizo

Saturday seems to be our fish day, mainly because it is the day when I do a big shop and I can plan the dish properly. I used too much cod for this, but who cares, it was luscious. Poaching is a super way to cook fish, and it keeps it beautiful and soft while…

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…