Arancini with Arrabiata Sauce

Such a great way to use up any left over risotto, I usually make more than I need just so I can have this the next day! You can be as ambitious as you like with these.  In there simplest of forms, I’ll just take balls of cold risotto & shallow fry in a pan….

My Favourite Meatball & Stuffing Recipe

Originally based on a Jamie Oliver recipe, I used a variation of this for Christmas and have never looked back. Why make your own sausage meat?  Well, I think the answer is obvious – who know’s what’s hidden inside the supermarket rubbish these days.  By using good quality ingredients you can create the best flavoured…

Tomato & Red Onion Tart

Another great way to use up all of those seasonal tomatoes.  Here I’ve used my 3 favourite varieties – Floridity, Sugar Gloss and Sungold The slow roasting intensifies the flavours and turns this into a real taste of summer For the cheese I’ve used a mix of Cheddar and Parmesan. Make your own Puff Pastry…

Brown Tom

This is a variation of an old family recipe that makes excellent use of all of those ripe tomatoes at this time of the year. A really simple and frugal dish that makes the most of one of my seasonal favourites. Serves 4 Ingredients 100g Pancetta, chopped 1 Red Onion, diced Pinch of Salt 2…

Leek, Mushroom & Pancetta Roly Poly

Not just for jam, suet pastry makes a great savoury roly poly too, and this recipe has a very comforting seasonal filling Pre-cooking the leek, mushroom and pancetta means the filling won’t be too wet and the pastry will stay in one piece once baked.  As the filling is quite dry and the dough quite stretchy,…

Pumpkin & Pancetta Risotto

Risotto di Zucca, Pumpkin Risotto is an Italian classic using the colours and flavours of autumn to make what is possibly my favourite risotto of the year.  The addition of pancetta  brings an extra dimension and makes this dish really special You need to use a pumpkin which will start to break down into a…

Coconut Rice & Beans

A nice spin on ‘rice and peas’ which accompanies Caribbean dishes very well.  When you get everything into the pan you’ll be wondering what you’ve done wrong – it looks like a rather odd pudding rice dish, but have faith & do not stir!!! Warning!!! Do not stir this dish – it will break up…

Jerk Pork

A perfect dish for a slow roasted shoulder of pork.  After several hours all of that fat has just melted away to leave the most succulent meat.  This ‘pulls’ really well and makes for a good family ‘help yourself’ Sunday dinner.  Any left-overs go great in sandwiches or salads, but combined with any left over…

Chicken & Mushroom Vindaloo

Using exactly the same principles as the Chicken Balti, this Chicken & Mushroom Vindaloo gives a very different effect.  Not one for the feint hearted, but you can scale back on the chillies… Serves 2-3 Ingredients 2 Medium Potatoes, peeled & chopped (New potatoes or waxy varieties are best) 3 tbsp Vegetable Oil 100g Chestnut…

Raised Vegetable and Barley Pie

I’d been planing to cook a Christmas Pie for our veggie dinner for some time, and came across an old article in something like the Good Food magazine which looked like a promising avenue of inspiration. Although this did for the basis of my recipe, there were one or two elements  didn’t like, or in…

Swedish Meatballs

Over Christmas I came across an article written by Daniel Gritzer – it’s clear that this guy is serious about reproducing the iconic Swedish Meatball and he set about taking a scientific approach to establish his own perfect recipe.  I can’t really take much of the credit for this one – I was keen to follow…

Chestnut Falafel

These were just an amazing vegetarian alternative for the festive season.  One batch serve as a veggie main course when the carnivores tucked into their turkey, these went down so well I cooked them again as a mix and match option to serve with a batch of meatballs and a vegetable daal.  This recipe has…