French Toast with Blueberry Syrup

For those slower mornings. Use any bread you have lying around – whole wheat bread is good, particularly with the not-too-sweet syrup. Feeds 2 For the blueberry syrup: Combine 200g blueberries, 2 tbsp brown sugar and 2 tbsp water in a saucepan. Add a small splash of maple syrup if you like. Bring to aContinue reading “French Toast with Blueberry Syrup”

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw

You may be thinking: a yogurt dressing, whole wheat buns and oven baked sweet potato fries – why even bother!? But trust me, this is as satisfying as the calorie-laden originals, only way, way lighter. Give it a go and thank me later. Serves 4 For the chicken sandwiches: 4 cups of cooked, cold shreddedContinue reading “BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw”

Romanesco

Romanesco is an old species of vegetable, somewhere between cauliflower and broccoli in taste. Think of it as the heirloom tomato of the Brassica family. A real life expression of the Fibonacci pattern, its beauty and detail are truly spectacular. Does anyone else get this excited about a vegetable? The best way to eat thisContinue reading “Romanesco”

Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie

Mushrooms and ale give this pie a really deep flavour. The ale lends a slightly bitter edge, mellowed by cooking and the sharp cheddar cheese. The end result is deeply comforting and about as British as it gets. Serves 6 Ingredients Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 ½ cups finely diced onion 1 cup finelyContinue reading “Beer Braised Shepherd’s Pie”

Curried Squash Soup

Sweet and spicy and perfect for Autumn. Leaving the skin on the squash adds a lot of flavour and nutrition – and it’s so much easier than peeling! Take the time to blend thoroughly for a smooth, glossy soup. Makes 6 bowls  Ingredients 1 x 2lb butternut squash, rinsed Olive oil 1 tsp butter SaltContinue reading “Curried Squash Soup”

Crispy Paprika Salmon

Part of my summery salmon feast, though this salmon would go with almost anything. Serves 2 Ingredients 2 x 200g fillets of salmon, skin-on Paprika Salt and pepper Lemon Method: Preheat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Sprinkle the salmon on both sides with paprika, salt and pepper and give the salmon aContinue reading “Crispy Paprika Salmon”

Crispy Potato Wedges

Perfect with some crispy fish or a homemade burger. If you’re cooking for more than 4 people, use two baking sheets and swap them around halfway through cooking. Crowding the trays will result in less-than-crispy wedges. Serves 4 Ingredients 4 fist-sized potatoes Olive oil Salt Method: Preheat the oven to 210C / 425F. Peel theContinue reading “Crispy Potato Wedges”

Balsamic Beets

An ideal accompaniment to roast beef, salmon or a simple roast chicken. Serves 2 Ingredients 2 – 3 beetroot 1 tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper 2 – 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar Aluminum foil Method: Preheat the oven to 200C / 400F. Peel the beetroot and cut into 1 inch chunks. Transfer the beetroot chunksContinue reading “Balsamic Beets”

Lamb Burgers

I have made these for years, and each time I make them I am reminded why. Don’t skip the caramelised onions or tzatziki – these are non-negotiable requirements.   Serves 4 Ingredients 500g lamb mince 1 cup of finely chopped red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced Olive oil 1 lemon ¼ cup chopped fresh mintContinue reading “Lamb Burgers”