That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog

Having not lived through the 70’s, in Britain or otherwise, I was, until very recently, unaware of the gastronomic showpiece that is the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog. It came up during a discussion about Eurovision – another WTF cultural phenomenon – when someone advised the Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog was the ultimate in Eurovision partyContinue reading “That Time I Built a Cheese and Pineapple Hedgehog”

Tuscan Roasted Chicken

Low effort, summery and delivers amazing flavour, this bird has everything going for it. If you aren’t convinced yet, know that a spatchcock chicken roasts in less time than your standard bird and the flattened meat means the skin gets really crisp. Easy to carve, too. Spatchcock is just to say, remove the backbone fromContinue reading “Tuscan Roasted Chicken”

Rescue Me Pasta

I love this dinner for its lifesaving properties. Incredibly low effort, cooks in no time, and for me, does not require a trip to the grocery store (always a bonus). I keep these ingredients to hand at all times, including pairs of smoked bacon rashers in the freezer for just such an occasion. Save thisContinue reading “Rescue Me Pasta”

Chunky Chips on the BBQ

These are some of the easiest potatoes to cook, and so fantastic they border on addictive. At the time of writing I’ve eaten these, freshly made, three days running. First with sausage and vegetable kebabs, next with whole barbequed sardines and salad, and finally with a glorious T-bone steak. (It was the weekend, after all.)Continue reading “Chunky Chips on the BBQ”

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”