Sumac Crusted Salmon Taco with a Charred Courgette Salad

When I find myself on my own for dinner, I oscillate between an enthusiasm for cooking something light and healthy, and a desire to give in and just order a trashy takeaway and put my feet up. Either way, the common attributes of my solo dinners are they’re quick to produce and require as littleContinue reading “Sumac Crusted Salmon Taco with a Charred Courgette Salad”

Bubble and Squeak

I cannot bear the thought of throwing away food, whether due to my own laziness or having given the sexier items in my fridge preferential treatment. And while some things, like leftover chicken, are very easy to use up, others, such as cold boiled peas and carrots and slightly dried out roast potatoes, left overContinue reading “Bubble and Squeak”

Salmon Linguine with a Lemon Cream Sauce

I don’t often cook with double cream, but when I had a large pot leftover from a recent over-catered garden party, I knew I had to find some uses for it. I’d rather the guilt of a few extra calories than the guilt of food waste. Anyway, my philosophy on cooking with cream is itContinue reading “Salmon Linguine with a Lemon Cream Sauce”

Caesar Braised Beef on a Bun

For the uninitiated, a Caesar is kind of like a Bloody Mary but with a briny, salty hit. The flavours are bold, rich and spicy, and work amazingly in a beef stew. I can think of no better way to celebrate Canada Day (albeit from afar, in southern England) than with this patriotic interpretation ofContinue reading “Caesar Braised Beef on a Bun”

Crispy Cod with Pine Nut Romesco

I regard this meal as a bit special and celebratory, though it needn’t be reserved for a formal occasion. (If you wanted to, it makes a lovely main course for a celebration meal like this one.) A healthy, easy and quick-to-prepare meal that really looks the part. Feeds 2 (but easily scaled up with aContinue reading “Crispy Cod with Pine Nut Romesco”

Greek Marinated Pork Kebabs

This is one of my all-time favourite, mainstay weeknight dinners. I always have bags of this pork frozen in its marinade, ready to be thawed and thrown on the BBQ. Tzatziki is my preferred condiment of choice, and while I certainly don’t disapprove of the shop-bought varieties, my recipe for homemade tzatziki is completely worthContinue reading “Greek Marinated Pork Kebabs”

Glazed Salmon with a Mango, Avocado and Tomato Salsa

In 10 minutes or less you can whip up this fresh and healthy meal. The quantity of salsa specified will serve two if you’re eating just the fish and salsa. However, the salsa will easily stretch to feed four when served with crispy potato wedges. Just double up on the salmon and glaze and you’reContinue reading “Glazed Salmon with a Mango, Avocado and Tomato Salsa”

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”