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 itContinue 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”

Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree

Otherwise known as Orange Chicken with Orange Mash. I love chicken legs for this because you get huge flavour from the bone, no carving required. (Legs also offer great value.) However, for those breast-inclined among you, four skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts would be just fine, too, though you’d need to reduce the cooking time slightly.Continue reading “Orange Rosemary Roast Chicken with Sweet Potato and Carrot Puree”

My Ultimate Chilli

There are a million recipes for chilli con carne – this is mine. Packed with vegetables, beans, and moderate quantity of delicious meat, this meal is one of the best things you could eat, nutritionally. It also freezes beautifully; I have a stack of bags of this chilli waiting in the freezer at all times.Continue reading “My Ultimate Chilli”

Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake

This dish reminds me of a dinner my mum used to make for me – she took an uncharacteristic shortcut and made hers with cream of broccoli soup, as I recall. For me, it is comfort and nostalgia on a plate. This version dispenses with the tin of soup, but I redress the balance byContinue reading “Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake”

Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce

This is a really quick, easy and satisfying salad. Perfect for lunch or dinner, it’s a veg-packed weekday wonder. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1/2 cup cashews  1/4 green cabbage, core removed and shredded  2 nests medium egg noodles  1 small head broccoli (1/2 if large), cut into florets 1 red pepper, de-seeded and sliced 1/2 bunchContinue reading “Vegetable & Noodle Salad with Cashew Satay Sauce”

Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb

The whole point of a weekend is finding time to enjoy oneself, separate and apart from the monotony of a working week. While I often find that enjoyment in hours of pottering in the kitchen, sometimes I’d much rather be anywhere else. A slow-roasted shoulder of lamb will happily look after itself while I spendContinue reading “Slow-Roasted Shoulder of Lamb”