Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie

A great way to use up leftover lamb, this pie is packed full of vegetables, spices and different textures. While the various stages take a little time to complete, none are hard, and the end result is infinitely rewarding. As a bonus, next time you have vegetarian guests to feed, simply omit the lamb forContinue reading “Spiced Squash, Lamb and Spinach Phyllo Pie”

Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon, Whiskey and Cream

A hearty, earthy soup that will warm you up on a stubbornly cold spring day. The whiskey adds a subtle complexity that seems to bring out all the other flavours. Feeds 4 – 6 Ingredients 2 – 3 slices of smoked streaky bacon, thinly sliced1 tsp olive oil½ tbsp butter2 – 3 leeks (depending onContinue reading “Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon, Whiskey and Cream”

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”

Bar Nuts

The perfect snack for watching the game. Smokey, spicy and intensely savoury, these nuts are just the thing with a cold beer, or three. Ingredients: 4 cups raw, unsalted mixed nuts – I like walnuts, cashews, pecans and macadamias1/4 cup brown sugar3/4 tbsp sweet smoked paprika1/2 tsp cayenne1/4 tsp cinnamon1 tbsp flaked sea salt suchContinue reading “Bar Nuts”

An Afternoon Fiesta

A menu suitable for sports-watching, a casual birthday, or a fun entertaining idea. An Afternoon Fiesta Margaritas Bar NutsGuacamole and Tortilla ChipsPulled Pork Sliders Build-Your-Own ChilliCornbreadRice Red Velvet Cupcakes Margaritas, I mean real margaritas, are amazing. Once you get over the first sip they begin to go down very easily. Made of fresh lime andContinue reading “An Afternoon Fiesta”

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”

Spiced Lamb with a Blanket of Herbs and Onions

This is an unusual, exciting and really delicious plate of food. The lamb is gently spiced, sweet and crispy, and its heavy blanket of greenery and red onion adds a very welcome hit of freshness. Pack it into pita breads with a quick stir-together sauce for a spectacular Eastern Mediterranean-inspired dinner. Feeds 4 Ingredients HalfContinue reading “Spiced Lamb with a Blanket of Herbs and Onions”

Baked Sausage and Pepper Ragu

This is a rustic, veg-packed pasta that couldn’t be easier, but tastes like it’s been simmering away for hours. Perfect for when you don’t even want to look at something simmering on the stove; just throw it in the oven and enjoy the chaos-free kitchen. To serve, embrace the lazy vibe and simply pop theContinue reading “Baked Sausage and Pepper Ragu”

Chocolate Semifreddo

Semifreddo is similar to ice cream, except there’s no churning required and it’s a softer set once frozen. It’s often frozen in a loaf tin and sliced rather than scooped – as pictured above – making it very simple to store and serve. An ideal make-ahead dessert, this semifreddo is elegant, rich, and surprisingly easyContinue reading “Chocolate Semifreddo”

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”