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”

Using up Leftover Chicken

I regard cold, cooked chicken as the reward for roasting one in the first place. Indeed, I often roast a larger-than-needed chicken just so I have the luxury of picking from it in the days ahead. If used thoughtfully, a whole chicken can feed two people at least three times – four, if you canContinue reading “Using up Leftover Chicken”

Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake

This dish reminds me of a dinner my mum used to make for me – she took an uncharacteristic shortcut and made hers with cream of broccoli soup, as I recall. For me, it is comfort and nostalgia on a plate. This version dispenses with the tin of soup, but I redress the balance byContinue reading “Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake”

That Time I Roasted a Pheasant

A Fowl Tale I live over the road from a lovely, old-fashioned English butcher. The men know me by name but call me Madam, and routinely inquire after “Sir”, my husband Tom. Utterly charming. Inside this butcher is a display that would delight any carnivore. Proper Tomahawk steaks, full ribs of beef, sliced to order,Continue reading “That Time I Roasted a Pheasant”

Roast Chicken and Homemade Gravy

Roasting a chicken is one of the easiest things in the world to cook, and what a payoff! I roast my chickens in a cast iron pan because it goes straight on the flame afterwards to make the gravy, but any stovetop-safe roasting tray that is large enough to hold your chicken will do. I’veContinue reading “Roast Chicken and Homemade Gravy”