Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom and Brandy Sauce

An elegant but surprisingly easy meal that will make you feel as though you’ve stumbled into a French bistro. Lay down a white tablecloth, light lots of candles and uncork a bottle of creamy Chardonnay for a chic evening in. Travel, in the comfort of your own kitchen. In terms of accompaniments this needs nothingContinue reading “Chicken in a Creamy Mushroom and Brandy Sauce”

Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tart

Asparagus season is a very special time of year. As it’s so fleeting, it’s nice to make the most of it by cooking things that show off this beautiful vegetable. Later in season you find thicker asparagus; these will work too. Slice in half lengthways to preserve the delicacy of the tart and to ensureContinue reading “Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tart”

Spicy Tomato and Bean Stew

This stew makes a delicious light lunch or dinner. If you want something a little heartier, add a pan-fried fillet of white fish or chicken. I specify flat beans below, but any green beans with an edible pod will work with this: green beans / French beans, flat beans, runner beans, sugar snap peas –Continue reading “Spicy Tomato and Bean Stew”

Proper Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding

Roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, crispy potatoes, rich gravy, spiky horseradish and classic vegetables is one of the great meals of the world. The joy of sitting with the ones you love, slowly devouring the feast (alongside several glasses of red wine) truly can’t be beaten. And while of course you can find terrific iterationsContinue reading “Proper Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding”

Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin

A cosy, warming dish that would be a perfect side with a baked ham or some white fish. It also makes a very satisfying main meal just in itself, though you won’t win many points toward your 5-a-day. (Not that this would stop me.) Slice the potatoes either by hand or using a processor withContinue reading “Cheesy Potato, Leek and Bacon Gratin”

Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa

A lovely light dinner or exciting first course, these crispy bundles really deliver on taste and texture. If serving these as a first course, divide the filling into 6 and use one sheet of pastry per person for 6 bundles, using unchanged quantities of everything else. If you haven’t got any cooked chicken to hand,Continue reading “Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Phyllo Bundles with an Avocado and Tomato Salsa”

That Time I BBQ’d a Whole Trout

Cooking whole fish, on the BBQ – or otherwise – has always somewhat eluded me, and I expect it has for lots of other people, too. I wasn’t quite sure how to cook it (compared with the convenience of fillets seared in a pan or cooked under a broiler), was slightly squeamish at the ideaContinue reading “That Time I BBQ’d a Whole Trout”

Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

A comfort food classic, and healthier than it feels. Fabulous the next day, too. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 bell peppers Olive oil Salt and pepper 1 onion, finely diced 250g sausage meat (about 4 medium sausages) 1 heaped tsp dried oregano leaves 1 heaped tsp fennel seeds 1/4 tsp chilli flakes 28oz (800g) tinned tomatoesContinue reading “Sausage-Stuffed Peppers”

Oven-Baked Falafel with Tahini Yogurt Sauce

A lighter, make-at-home version of the classic Middle Eastern street food. Whip this up on a weeknight, or save and make for a party snack. Either way, you’ll have some pretty excited eaters on your hands. The suggested accompaniments may seem like a strange combination, but they really work together so please give it aContinue reading “Oven-Baked Falafel with Tahini Yogurt Sauce”

Beef Stew

A simple, classic beef stew done really well is a complete joy. However, it isn’t always done well, which I think is why so many people think of stews as a bit depressing. The difference between an amazing stew and a mediocre one is like the difference between a warm hug and a limp handshake.Continue reading “Beef Stew”