Springtime Sausage Pasta Bake

This is a fresh and comforting make-ahead dinner that you can throw together in about 30 minutes. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 good quality sausages, casings removedOlive oil3 cloves of garlic, finely minced3 medium courgettes (zucchini), halved lengthwise and sliced into 1 cm piecesSalt and pepper2 x 14oz tinned chopped tomatoesPinch of dried chilli flakesLarge handfulContinue reading “Springtime Sausage Pasta Bake”

Pan Fried Sea Bass with Courgette and Peas

I love this meal for its simplicity, but what’s amazing is how exciting it tastes. The combination of flavours is something very special. If you can find fresh garden peas this is a great use for them. Feeds 2 Ingredients 3/4 cup peas (400g if still in their pods) or use frozen2 medium courgettes2x 175gContinue reading “Pan Fried Sea Bass with Courgette and Peas”

Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik

Fresh, smoky and fabulously spiced, this meal feels like a trip to the curry house (but without all the calories). Very quick to cook, too. Use whichever curry paste you like, just make sure it’s the paste sold in jars, not curry powder. On the subject of jars, the mint yogurt is made using theContinue reading “Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik”

Fortified Platinum Trifle

This was my submission to the Platinum Pudding Competition: Her Majesty is said to enjoy a particular cocktail now and again, made using a gently spiced, fortified red wine as the base. Evoking flavours of blackcurrant, citrus and a hint of spice, this fortified wine serves as the inspiration for a truly celebratory pudding toContinue reading “Fortified Platinum Trifle”

Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with Zesty Rice

This dish brings the flavours of a moussaka without all the calories. For as much as I love a traditional moussaka, it does tend to do a bit of oil-leeching on the plate – not a good sign if you’re watching your figure. Small eggplants are the best option here as they are the rightContinue reading “Lamb Stuffed Eggplant with Zesty Rice”

Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas

A real fish & chips experience in less time than it takes to wait for the takeaway. Look for cod loin fillets which are thicker, for best results. If you’re in the mood to make your own chips rather than take the shortcut of a bag of frozen ones, this recipe is great. But forContinue reading “Fish & Chips with Mushy Peas”

A Fresh and Colourful Date Night Dinner

A fresh and delicious menu for two. And though I thoroughly endorse this meal as a perfect date night, it would also work really well for four, with hardly any more work to double up. Menu Broad Bean Bruschetta Chicken Parmigiana with a Rocket Salad Chocolate Semifreddo The broad bean bruschetta is a slightly adaptedContinue reading “A Fresh and Colourful Date Night Dinner”

Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp

As far as I’m concerned, the only thing better than a rhubarb dessert is a strawberry rhubarb one. I made this for Easter Sunday this year after a traditional roast leg of lamb. Sprightly and sweet, it’s springtime in a bowl. Serve with some vanilla custard or ice cream. Feeds 6 Ingredients 400g rhubarb, trimmedContinue reading “Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp”

Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie

A great way to use up leftover lamb, this pie is packed full of vegetables, spices and different textures. While the various stages take a little time to complete, none are hard, and the end result is infinitely rewarding. As a bonus, next time you have vegetarian guests to feed, simply omit the lamb forContinue reading “Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie”

Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon, Whiskey and Cream

A hearty, earthy soup that will warm you up on a stubbornly cold spring day. The whiskey adds a subtle complexity that seems to bring out all the other flavours. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 2 – 3 slices of smoked streaky bacon, thinly sliced1 tsp olive oil½ tbsp butter2 – 3 leeks (depending onContinue reading “Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon, Whiskey and Cream”