Crumpets

The difficult thing is getting the temp right so they completely cook through, but have a nice bubbly top without burning the bottoms. Its easiest to do them on a slightly too high heat. This ensures a nice bubbling. However, to avoid burning the base, the…

Slow cooked vegetables

Adapted from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/slow-cooker-aubergines Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a heavy base pan and top with with 1 sliced white onion and 2 crushed garlic cloves. Top with 500g aubergines in 5mm slices. Finally, top with 300g quartered ripe tomatoes, 1 sliced fennel bulb, 50g chopped sun dried tomatoes and 1…

Sloe Vodka

Freeze 1 kg of sloes for 48 hours. Divide them into 3 sterilised 1 litre Kilner jars. Top with a 750 ml bottle of decent vodka and a crushed almond each. Leave for  at least 3 months, mixing irregularly, then strain through multiple layers of muslin…

Goats cheese and peach crostini

Makes about 25 crostini. Half 4 peaches, remove the stone and toss in some olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Grill for around 10 mins per side until soft and slightly charred. Slice into 5mm slices. Mix 125g grated mature goats cheese with around 75g of…

Muhammara: Middle Eastern vegetable dip

Roast for an hour at 180C, tossing occasionally 6 garlic cloves, peeled, 2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped, 1 red chili, stemmed and roughly chopped, 1 red onion, roughly chopped, 1 tomato, roughly chopped. Add the following ingredients and blend to a rough paste 70 grams toasted…

Szechuan pepper fried chicken

Serves 2 hungry people…. Marinade 2 chopped chicken breast in 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 1/8 cup sugar for 2 hours. Dredge in a thick batter made from 1/2 cups rice flour, 1/2 cups cornstarch and 1/3 cup fizzy water. Drop piece by piece into hot oil (160C is…

Beef Short Ribs – Ginger Pig meat book

Recipe by Fran Warde, from the Ginger Pig Meat Book. Serves four For the ribs 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/2 tsp salt 8 individual Jacob’s ladder ribs Vegetable oil for baking tray…

Spaghetti with chilli, garlic and parsley

On a low heat fry 2 cloves of garlic and a large red chilli in 2 tablespoons of good olive oil until the garlic is light brown and crunchy. Remove from the heat and add a small bunch of finely chopped parsley. Cook 100g spaghetti. Toss together…

Garlic butter spaghetti

On a low heat fry 2 cloves of garlic in 2 tablespoons of butter until the garlic is light brown and crunchy. Cook 100g spaghetti. Toss together with 20g of finely grated Parmesan and serve.

LAMB STEW OVER SMOKED EGGPLANT AND YOGURT PUREE

Preheat the oven to 180 C/ 350 Roast (in the flame on the hob is good) 2 medium purple eggplants for about 15 – 20 minutes, turning occasionally. . Cook until the skin is burnt and the flesh is soft (you can also cook this way…

Thai Fried Chicken Bites

In a large saucepan, combine 300 grams salt, 160 grams granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 10 hot Thai chilies, 6 bruised sticks of lemongrass, 2 handfuls of kaffir lime leaves, 1 handful of chopped galangal, 1 handful of cleaned cilantro root, 1 handful of garlic, 1…

Banana Foster

Melt 8 tablespoons unsalted butter then add 100 grams light brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon. Next add 4 sliced bananas (1 cm rounds) ad cook for about 5 minutes. Next add 60 ml dark rum, light and allow to flame until…

Chilli Con Carne

On a very high heat, fry 500g of beef mince in batches until very browned. Remove to a bowl. Fry 1 large chopped white onion until soft then add 4 cloves of garlic and a finely diced red pepper. Now add the mince back to the…

Lahmacun

Adapted from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes. I’ve made a few changes. The most major one being that I usually don’t bother making the flatbreads anymore, I just use shop bought tortilla wraps, I then cook them for 2 or 3 minutes in a hot oven. So Good.…

Carbonara with breadcrumbs

Serves 2. Put 200g of spaghetti into a large pan of boiling salted water. In the mean time, fry 100g of good pancetta in a little oil until golden and crispy, set aside to drain on kitchen roll. Clean the pan and fry 20g of fresh breadrumbs in…

24 Hour Butter Chicken

Adapted from https://munchies.vice.com/en_uk/article/butter-chicken 24 hours ahead of cooking Marinade 1kg of boneless, skinless chicken breast, diced into 1-inch pieces with: 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, 1 small garlic clove, mashed into a paste, 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and mashed into a paste, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 1 tablespoon mustard oil and a chef’s…

Lamb with coriander and honey from Ottolenghi

Serves 2 500 g (French trimmed rack of) lamb In a food processor, blitz: 10 g flat leaf parsley, leaves and stalks 15 g mint, leaves and stalks (or 5g dry mint) 15 g coriander, leaves and stalks 2 garlic cloves, peeled 7 g fresh ginger, peeled…

Cucumber and poppy seed salad from Ottolenghi

Simply half 1 large cucumber (about 500g) length ways and then slice into 5 mm thick half rounds. Now toss in a nice bowl and add 2 thinly sliced mild red chillies and 15 g roughly chopped coriander. When ready to serve dress with the following mix: 60 ml white…

Pickled Cucumber Slices – Honey & Co.

Make the pickling liquor by simmering 200 ml cider vinegar, 150 ml water, 4 Tbsp caster sugar, 3 Tbsp mustard seeds, 2 bay leaves and 1 clove of garlic. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved but do not boil, put in the fridge to cool. Use…