Recipe: Braised lentils with spiced baked Cod

Here’s an easy midweek dinner that’s comforting to anyone. A hearty, healthy bowl of rich lentils and cabbage with a flaky spiced fillet of cod. Nduja is available in most supermarkets these days but if you can’t get it you can use fresh pesto instead. (serves 2) Ingredients 2 skinless, boneless cod fillets 2 Tbsp…

Recipe: Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

If you’ve spent any of your time on holiday in France then the chances are you’ve been lucky enough to taste this French Classic of a beautifully baked whole chicken cooked in wine and garlic. Before you are scared off by the garlic content it’s worth remembering that when simmered gently garlic mellows dramatically and…

Recipe: Quiche with tomato, bacon and blue cheese

A well made Quiche is great for busy lunches. I often make a Quiche on a Sunday and then use it for office lunch during the week. You can be really creative with fillings, there really are no rules. This tomato, blue cheese and bacon Quiche is one of my personal favourites. Ingredients for the…

Recipe: Steak and Kidney Pie

I PROMISE you that you want to eat this. It’s the greatest steak and kidney pie there ever was. If you are funny in any way about kidney (then your missing out), but, you can add extra beef if it’s really a no go for you, just sub the kidneys for an extra beef shin….

Recipe: Tomato, Anchovy and Olive Spaghetti

An easy go to spaghetti dish which is a midweek pasta straight from the store cupboard. You only need to add some fresh tomatoes and 15 minutes to be in Italian pasta heaven. (serves 2) Ingredients 200g dried Spaghetti 1 garlic clove, finely sliced 150g mixed cherry tomatoes, halved 5 anchovy fillets in olive oil…

Recipe: Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie. The zesty American classic and alternative to lemon tart. This is so easy to make, have fun doing it and get messy! Ingredients 125g digestive biscuits 125g ginger nut biscuits 125g salted butter 4 large free range egg yolks 1 397g tin of condensed milk Zest of 2 limes Juice of 3…

Recipe: Lamb Harira

Harira is a Moroccan dish typically served as a soup starter. It’s more of a thick stew than a soup rich with lentils and melting tender lamb. My version uses healthier brown rice and is a comforting main served with plenty of fresh warm bread. (serves 4) Ingredients 1 onion, finely diced 2 fat garlic…

Recipe: Smoked Mackerel Pate with Melba Toast

A really straightforward mackerel pate which is made in minutes and keeps a few days. Great as a nibble with drinks or a dinner party starter. (serves 4-6) Ingredients 200g boneless Smoked Mackerel, skin removed 100g cream cheese 100g soured cream 1 Tbsp chopped chives 1 Tsp horseradish sauce Squeeze Lemon Juice Sourdough bread Olive…

Recipe: Perfect Scrambled Egg and Smoked Salmon breakfast

A really straightforward breakfast with no airs and graces. (serves 2) Ingredients 4 large free range eggs 1/2 a green chilli 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley 50g unsalted butter 100g slightly smoked salmon (at room temperature) Salt and black pepper Method Place a small non stick saucepan over a medium heat. Crack the eggs into…

Recipe: Roasted Sea Bass with Caponata

All the way from Venice this is a dish I recreated after having a wonderfully enjoyable meal that I had to try to master. Fortunately this version delivers on all levels and makes for an impressive dinner date meal. (serves 2) Ingredients 4 sea bass fillets, skin on 275g plum and cherry tomatoes, mixed colours…

Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce, Cantonese stir fried Noodles

Anything in Oyster sauce is one of those daunting sounding dishes saved for the Friday night takeaway order, but, it needn’t be complicated. With just a few ingredients and very little time you’ll be making your favorite Chinese staple at home in no time. You can enjoy this with these spicy Cantonese noodles (chow mein)…

Recipe: Jerk Chicken Dirty Rice

Here is a recipe that is one of those ready steady eureka moments. A jerk chicken dirty rice. It’s devilishly good. Of course you can make your own jerk paste too but this is a midweek meal so use Dunns River for the midweek madness. (serves 2) Ingredients 1 large chicken breast 3 tbsp jerk…