Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik

Fresh, smoky and fabulously spiced, this meal feels like a trip to the curry house (but without all the calories). Very quick to cook, too. Use whichever curry paste you like, just make sure it’s the paste sold in jars, not curry powder. On the subject of jars, the mint yogurt is made using theContinue reading “Cheat’s Chicken Shashlik”

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”

Steak in a Last Minute Marinade

Consider marinating steak not before it’s cooked, but after. When left to rest in a post-marinade of roasted red peppers, garlic and mustard, the steak takes on fantastic flavour. But what the steak taketh, it then leaveth behind: its juices boost and flavour the salsa, creating a fabulous sauce to eat with. Serve with creamyContinue reading “Steak in a Last Minute Marinade”

Whole BBQ’d Chicken with a Rosemary and Honey Glaze

This chicken occupies a special place in my heart, as it’s my closet approximation to a roast chicken I ate in Tuscany cooked by our Italian host family. Obviously the food was terrific, but when combined with the company, the atmosphere and the surroundings, it was sublime. I intend to recreate the entire meal oneContinue reading “Whole BBQ’d Chicken with a Rosemary and Honey Glaze”

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”

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”

Classic Cornbread

As children we often ate cornbread with chilli. Sweet and sticky, it’s the perfect accompaniment. I eat this just as happily as an adult – after all, there’s nothing like a bit of nostalgia in the kitchen. Satisfying to bake, comforting to eat. A true joy. Feeds 6 – 8 Ingredients 1 cup (166g) fineContinue reading “Classic Cornbread”

Greek Pasta Salad

Fantastic with barbequed meats, or on its own as a packed lunch. You’ll need to dig out the biggest bowl you have – this makes a lot! Feeds at least 4 as a main, 8 as a side Ingredients 500g fusilli pasta Salt 2 bell peppers, de-seeded and chopped 1 whole cucumber, halved lengthwise, seedsContinue reading “Greek Pasta Salad”

Zucchini Parmigiana

When I’m trying to cut calories and eat as healthily as possible, I need lots of warm, comforting food to stave off any feelings of deprivation (or desperation). This really delivers. Hot, bubbly, full of vegetables, and ready in about an hour. I don’t claim any particular credentials in nutritional science, but I reckon aContinue reading “Zucchini Parmigiana”

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw

You may be thinking: a yogurt dressing, whole wheat buns and oven baked sweet potato fries – why even bother!? But trust me, this is as satisfying as the calorie-laden originals, only way, way lighter. Give it a go and thank me later. Serves 4 For the chicken sandwiches: 4 cups of cooked, cold shreddedContinue reading “BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Sweet Potato Wedges and Coleslaw”