Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms

This is a sexy pasta. Layers of flavour, fabulous textures and a hint of luxury – properly grown-up comfort. Feeds 2 Ingredients 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs Olive oil 20g butter 2 cloves garlic, minced Salt and pepper 200g mushrooms, sliced 2 slices prosciutto 200g dried linguine Parmesan Truffle oil Method: To make the pangrattato, heatContinue reading “Linguine with Truffle and Mushrooms”

Perfect Scrambled Eggs

I am comfortable going ahead with this ridiculously immodest title because this isn’t my recipe; it’s my husband’s, gratefully gained from a friend of his who, I’m sure, got it from someone else (not to impugn this friend’s fine cooking abilities and repertoire). But it really is the perfect scrambled egg. Rich, creamy and silky,Continue reading “Perfect Scrambled Eggs”

Citrus-Roasted Fennel

An unexpected combination that will really wake up the taste buds. The fennel takes on a bit of sour sweetness from the grapefruit, and the pulpy flesh of the fruit becomes jammy and sweet. In familiar company you can cut each grapefruit slice in half and suck out the fruit. (Does anyone find themselves inContinue reading “Citrus-Roasted Fennel”

Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket

The capers, potato and flaky white fish make this simple and elegant meal almost evocative of fish and chips, but at a fraction of the calories. This makes a perfect lunch or light dinner, and you will be thrilled at how easy it is to throw together. Feeds 2 Ingredients 400g baby potatoes 2 haddockContinue reading “Haddock with Capers, Lemon & Rocket”

Beef & Broccoli

Stir-fried broccoli and water chestnuts are pretty much the reasons why I love a stir-fry. Paired with steak, oyster sauce and ginger, the end result is intensely savoury and satisfying. Feeds 2 Ingredients For the sauce: 1 dessert spoon of oyster sauce 1 – 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tsp honey 1/4 tsp ground gingerContinue reading “Beef & Broccoli”

Salmon, Fennel & Pepper Traybake

Fennel and peppers are the real stars here, making appearances in their various forms. The end result is subtle, sweet and fresh. You can eat the roasted lemon, too. Feeds 2 Ingredients 1 bulb of fennel, halved, core removed, then sliced 2 red peppers, de-seeded and cut into thick slices Two fist-sized potatoes, peeled andContinue reading “Salmon, Fennel & Pepper Traybake”

Crispy Duck Wraps

Fresh, vibrant and just a little festive, these are just the thing after a few days of heavier Christmas fare. This also works beautifully with leftover turkey! Just fry the meat in a pan with the five spice until it crisps and you’re in business. Feeds 4 Ingredients 2 duck breasts Chinese five spice SaltContinue reading “Crispy Duck Wraps”

Mince Pie Twists

A twist on a Christmas classic. All you need for this recipe is shop-bought shortcrust pastry, a jar of mincemeat, an egg and some coarse sugar. Oh, and brandy cream (see tip below). This recipe isn’t about laziness, nor is it about making things into a festive shape just for appearances. (Though, it does haveContinue reading “Mince Pie Twists”

Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries

A Christmassy salad if ever there was one. Feeds 2 as a light lunch Ingredients 500g Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved through the stem Olive oil Salt and pepper Handful of pecans Handful dried cranberries 50g feta cheese Method: Roast the Brussels sprouts. Meanwhile, toast the pecans by adding them to a dry frying panContinue reading “Warm Salad of Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Pecans, Feta and Dried Cranberries”

We Should All Be Eating Mussels

Mussels are one of my absolute favourite things to eat. They were actually the first thing I ever cooked for my (now) husband. He was dead impressed – and you will be, too. In addition to being really delicious, mussels have so much going for them. They’re cheap, elegant, easy and quick to cook, lowContinue reading “We Should All Be Eating Mussels”