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”

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”

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.   Feeds 4 Ingredients For the burgers: 500g lamb mince 1 cup of finely chopped red onion 2 cloves garlic, minced Olive oil 1 lemon ¼ cupContinue reading “Lamb Burgers”

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”

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”