Melon and Prosciutto

The Italian classic. Only do this if the melon is ripe. Slice a cantaloupe melon into moons, removing the rind and seeds. You can either place the melon pieces on individual plates or one big platter – whatever vibe you’re going for. Artfully drape pieces of good quality prosciutto over the melon. Sprinkle with saltContinue reading “Melon and Prosciutto”

Cook with Confidence

My mother says, If you can read, you can cook. And it’s absolutely true. Good cooking comes from experience and practice. If you haven’t got the experience, that’s what recipes are for. And if it doesn’t work out, blame the recipe! Give yourself lots of time if you’re trying something new. Ideally, kick everyone outContinue reading “Cook with Confidence”

Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie

Using leftover roast chicken is ideal because meat roasted on the bone gives a lot of flavour. If you haven’t got leftover chicken, bone-in chicken breasts are an easy alternative. Around Christmastime, add some chopped roasted chestnuts to the pie filling when you add the chicken for a festive make-ahead dinner.   Serves 4 IngredientsContinue reading “Chicken, Bacon & Leek Pie”

Spanish Traybake

This is one of my favourite dinners at the moment and for good reason: it’s quick to throw together, very nutritious, and infinitely versatile. The only mandatory elements for me are the chorizo, beans and peppers. Otherwise, I often omit the chicken and add potatoes, red onions, courgette or mushrooms – whatever needs using. WhileContinue reading “Spanish Traybake”

Ultimate Leftover Lamb Curry

Submerging and gently simmering the bone in the sauce creates a sort-of lamb stock within your curry. The flavour is massive – what a treat. The perfect way to use up a leftover roast lamb.  If you have lots of leftover meat the rest of the recipe is easily doubled. It also freezes beautifully; simply thaw,Continue reading “Ultimate Leftover Lamb Curry”

BBQ Leg of Lamb

The instructions that follow are for a gas BBQ, but this recipe works just as well with charcoal which requires a bit of manual charcoal shifting to achieve the right heat distribution. This recipe also works in the oven – just preheat to 200C / 400F and you are in business. I ate this lambContinue reading “BBQ Leg of Lamb”

Butternut Squash and Ricotta Cannelloni

This pasta dish, with its sweet squash and smooth ricotta, could very quickly fall on the bland, or too sweet side. To make it really work, you need lots of lemon in the filling and a bit of spice in the tomato sauce. Feeds 4 Ingredients For the filling: One large butternut squash, halved lengthwiseContinue reading “Butternut Squash and Ricotta Cannelloni”