Pumpkin & Sausage Pasta Sauce

Finally, I’ve managed to finish off my roasted pumpkin with this great pasta sauce! Quite different from my other pumpkin recipes so far, but using classic combinations for Italian cooking, this is another sauce based on a pack of good quality shop-bought sausages, deskinned to form a wonderful rich meaty sauce when combined with the…

Slow Cooked Shin of Beef Chilli

I know how popular my Shin of Beef recipes have been on this blog they’ve always topped the visitor page hits, so I hope you find this one to be just as wonderful as I did. My original Chilli dish was one created from my student days – good food for the masses, but on…

Cheese and Onion Danish Pastry

This recipe uses half of the Wholemeal Danish Pastry dough.  The flavour combinations work so well together, these make a great lunch or evening meal to eat warm with a little fresh salad.  One recommendation would be to cut these a little thicker than the sweet Danish.  The filling is quite  moist, and is prone…

Italian White Chilli Chicken with a Parmesan, Pear & Walnut Salad

A little bit left field, this probably takes ‘fusion food’ to a different level, but it’s absolutely delicious.  A variation on the traditional ‘Chilli con Carne’ using chicken, white beans and a creamy sauce with flavours I associate with good Italian food. The acidic tones of the pickled jalapeño combined anise effect of the fennel…

Low Fat Yorkshire Pasties – Shin of Beef Stew, with a twist!

I could give these any number of names. Shin of Beef Casserole pasties, Beef Calzone,… However, since they were awarded their protected status by the EU, They’re not Cornish Pasties. In fact these take that inspired idea from the Hairy Dieters of using pizza dough instead of pastry for a low fat pie and applying…

Sprout & Sweet Potato Colcannon

Most of the country is probably sick of Brussels Sprouts after Christmas.  I love them – and looking for alternative ways of cooking them is always a bit of fun. My Sprouts with Chestnuts & Chorizo recipe seemed very popular over Christmas (they were really good), and not the shops are trying to offload their…

How to Roast a Turkey

Keep it simple for the best roast turkey.  A little basting, preferably overnight, then a hot roast in the oven.  Nothing flash – let the best quality free range meat speak for itself.  Try and get something from a local farm shop – it’s well worth it! I like this hot roast – it takes…

Meat & Potato Pie

A traditional dish from ‘up north, the Meat & Potato pie takes these the wonderful richness of Shin of Beef Stew and throws in a rich puff pastry potting.  Great for a simple entertaining dish which can be prepared ahead. You can use just about any cut of beef, but to get an even cook…

Habanero Chicken

It’s no secret, I love my chillies. Spices in general, but chillies in particular. As we start a new horticultural year, I’ve now got 22 varieties of chillies on the go, many are under artificial light to a longer growing season for some of the more challenging varieties for the British climate. Last year’s chilli…

Steak Diane

I was looking for something special for a Valentine’s day dinner, and cam across the most amazing rump steak from our local farm shop.  With a sudden flash of 1970’s inspiration, I decided to cook up this classic.  Really quick and easy – a great dish to impress with.  Served with dauphinoise  potatoes and buttered…

Chorizo Frittata

Frittata, Spanish Omelette, Tortilla de Patates, Tortilla Espanola – I’m sure that there are some subtle differences, but from my perspective they are one and the same thing.  This is a really easy recipe to cook and will feed 6-8 people for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  Versatile eh?  This is just a basic recipe –…

Cheesy Swede & Bacon Bake

I’m so impressed with my crop of swedes this year.  Like the beetroot, they’re enormous!  I’ve stuck with a single variety – ‘Helenor’ for the past 3 years, as, despite poor growth, it has terrific flavour.  This year I’ll have a chance to make the most of it! This is a great dish with complementary…

Beetroot Hash

An alternative to one of my winter favourites, corned beef hash, which makes a great showcase of all of the ingredients.  This works particularly well if the veg don’t turn into a mash, and if you use to top quality sausages Serves 3 Ingredients A little Olive Oil 1 Onion, chopped 2 cloves Garlic, chopped…

Leek, Potato & Blue Cheese Strudel

A savory spin on the traditional strudel.  An impressive dish in it’s own right, but make it more so by making your own filo pastry!  Of course, you can always by the frozen stuff from the supermarket Ingredients 100g Butter, melted 1 Red Onion, sliced 2-3 Leeks, chopped 2 cloves Garlic, crushed handful fresh Thyme…

Chicken Korma

Always seen as the curry for those who don’t like spice, yet again I’m getting on my soapbox to say that:- A: ‘Spicy’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘Hot’ and B: Korma’s don’t need to be mild.  A Korma tends to be a creamy curry, often using  combinations of coconut, yoghurt, cream & nuts.  However, you can…

Chole

or Chana Masala, if you prefer.   Very popular across the world, this Punjabi dish is one of my favourite curries.   I’ll often choose this dish as a baseline test when I try new restaurants and takeaways – although this is a relatively simple dish, Chana Masala can be over complicated or ruined with…

Pasta e Patate con la Provola

That’s Pasta and Potatoes with Provolone. I know what you’re saying – Pasta and Potatoes? Carb over kill and totally tasteless! Well, not true. This is (my spin) on a traditional Neapolitan peasant dish, which is (obviously) quite filling but does bring out the best in these simple ingredients. When I tried this in Naples,…

Gnocchi alla Puttanesca

I came across this in a little cafe which was offering welcome shade and refreshments following a walk up Vesuvius.  I had the sauce with Spaghetti, but show it here with Gnocchi.  It works really well with any type if pasta, and uses the Marinara sauce as a base.  Apparently no quite as ‘traditional’ as…

Pizza Margherita

Naples – where it all began.  Pizza was originally another peasant food, and is now the most widely consumed ‘fast food’ in the world.  After being sampled by King Ferdinand IV and many years later Margherita of Savoy, this simple peasant dish was propelled into the limelight, bearing the name of the Queen Consort to…

Pizza alla Marinara

A tomato pizza without cheese?  Yes.  Another traditional Neapolitan dish.  Keep it simple and use fresh herbs to make the most of this wonderful sharing dish Ingredients 3ooml Marinara Sauce 2 cloves Garlic, thinly sliced 1 tsp fresh Oregano, finely chopped Drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 batch of Pizza dough, or a pre-prepared…