Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones

Rosemary is the herb of remembrance. Try these seasonal scones for a spot of soothing baking, safe in the knowledge they give more back than they ask of you. Smoked cheddar is available at specialty food stores and delis (and decent grocery stores), but of course use an aged cheddar instead, if you prefer. Tip: IfContinue reading “Smoked Cheddar, Apple and Rosemary Scones”

Patatas Bravas

Otherwise known as spicy Spanish potatoes. Crisp spuds in a spicy tomato sauce, with a drizzle of garlicky aioli and a heavy blanket of fresh parsley. I could eat a whole plateful of these just by themselves, but they also make a substantial addition to any tapas table, or as an accompaniment to some barbequedContinue reading “Patatas Bravas”

Chunky Chips on the BBQ

These are some of the easiest potatoes to cook, and so fantastic they border on addictive. At the time of writing I’ve eaten these, freshly made, three days running. First with sausage and vegetable kebabs, next with whole barbequed sardines and salad, and finally with a glorious T-bone steak. (It was the weekend, after all.)Continue reading “Chunky Chips on the BBQ”

Herby Cucumber and Tomato Salad

A heavy scattering of herbs gives this salad a distinctly Eastern Mediterranean vibe. Eat alongside grilled meats, a roast chicken or spiced lamb for a fresh and vibrant side dish. Feeds 4 Ingredients 1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise and chopped1 x 330g packet cherry tomatoes, halved1 small red onion, finely dicedJuice of half a lemon1 tbspContinue reading “Herby Cucumber and Tomato Salad”

Christmas Coleslaw

Don’t dismiss coleslaw as a summer barbeque staple; it is a veritable celebration of winter veg, and this one is so very Christmassy. Serve with Christmas ham, a spiced pulled pork, cold leftover turkey, or simply alongside a steaming baked potato for an easy side dish everyone will love. Inexpensive for a crowd, too. YouContinue reading “Christmas Coleslaw”

Cornbread, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing

Cornbread freezes well for short periods of time, but quickly becomes a bit dry and crumbly after a while in the freezer. Fortunately, this recipe is the perfect use for it. Quick to throw together and slices like a dream, this stuffing is a delicious accompaniment alongside sweeter roasted meats like ham or turkey. IfContinue reading “Cornbread, Sausage and Cranberry Stuffing”

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Last year during deepest, darkest lockdown I ordered a box of heirloom tomatoes from The Tomato Stall on the Isle of Wight. A far cry from the refrigerated packs of tomatoes available at the supermarket, these have so much flavour and taste of summer. What a revelation. We ate tomatoes in everything for almost anContinue reading “Heirloom Tomato Salad”

Carrots in Parchment

Cooking carrots in parchment gives you the most gorgeous texture. The marriage of roasting and steaming concentrates the sweetness in the carrot while keeping the veg from getting too soft. Plus, the act of ripping open the parchment envelope adds a touch of drama otherwise missing from a standard pot of boiled carrots. Use someContinue reading “Carrots in Parchment”

Charred Courgettes with Feta and Mint

A summery side to go with any BBQ. Try alongside my lamb burgers for something a little different next time you fire up the grill. Feeds 4 Ingredients 4 medium courgettes (zucchini) Extra virgin olive oil Salt and pepper 1/2 lemon 100g feta cheese 2 heaped tbsp chopped mint Method: Preheat a BBQ or griddleContinue reading “Charred Courgettes with Feta and Mint”

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”