Recipe: Smoked Mackerel Pate with Melba Toast

A really straightforward mackerel pate which is made in minutes and keeps a few days. Great as a nibble with drinks or a dinner party starter. (serves 4-6) Ingredients 200g boneless Smoked Mackerel, skin removed 100g cream cheese 100g soured cream 1 Tbsp chopped chives 1 Tsp horseradish sauce Squeeze Lemon Juice Sourdough bread Olive…

Recipe: Perfect Scrambled Egg and Smoked Salmon breakfast

A really straightforward breakfast with no airs and graces. (serves 2) Ingredients 4 large free range eggs 1/2 a green chilli 1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley 50g unsalted butter 100g slightly smoked salmon (at room temperature) Salt and black pepper Method Place a small non stick saucepan over a medium heat. Crack the eggs into…

Recipe: Roasted Sea Bass with Caponata

All the way from Venice this is a dish I recreated after having a wonderfully enjoyable meal that I had to try to master. Fortunately this version delivers on all levels and makes for an impressive dinner date meal. (serves 2) Ingredients 4 sea bass fillets, skin on 275g plum and cherry tomatoes, mixed colours…

Recipe: Chicken and Broccoli in Oyster Sauce, Cantonese stir fried Noodles

Anything in Oyster sauce is one of those daunting sounding dishes saved for the Friday night takeaway order, but, it needn’t be complicated. With just a few ingredients and very little time you’ll be making your favorite Chinese staple at home in no time. You can enjoy this with these spicy Cantonese noodles (chow mein)…

Recipe: Jerk Chicken Dirty Rice

Here is a recipe that is one of those ready steady eureka moments. A jerk chicken dirty rice. It’s devilishly good. Of course you can make your own jerk paste too but this is a midweek meal so use Dunns River for the midweek madness. (serves 2) Ingredients 1 large chicken breast 3 tbsp jerk…

Recipe: Prawn Saganaki

This Greek staple has been enjoyed by many before me and no doubt many after me. Nothing beats the Greek islands, saganaki and wine. It’s so pipsy to make too! Enjoy. (serves 4 as a starter or 2 as a main) Ingredients 10 whole shell on King Prawns 1 tin chopped tomatoes Half an onion,…

Recipe: Seared Steak and Eggs, Sauce Vierge

This is a simple one dish hit for those nights when cooking for one seems like a pointless task. With a little motivation it’ll always beat freezer food or a takeaway. This steak and eggs for one is a classic. (serves 1) Ingredients 1 thick cut Sirloin steak 2 eggs 1 finely diced and deseeded…

Recipe: Venison Sausage and Puy Lentil Casserole

This heart warmer uses a store cupboard ingredient with a long shelf life and a multitude of uses. They also go a very long way, puy lentils! This casserole is so easy to prep ahead and so satisfying with hunks of warm buttered bread. (serves 4) Ingredients 8 Venison sausages (you can substituteΒ these for pork…

Recipe: Indian Chilli Chicken Naan

A humble warming dish this is a type of ‘open’ sandwich using a Naan Bread as the base and a spicy chilli chicken curry. It’s really easy to make with just a few store cupboard spices and is a recipe I turn to again and again. (serves 2) Ingredients 1 Large skinless chicken breast, cut…

Recipe: Zesty Lamb Fillet Tacos

These zesty tacos offer all the pleasure of comfort food without any of the guilt. The lean lamb loin is complimented by fresh zingy salad ingredients and their an absolute treat for the summer and work brilliantly on the BBQ too. (serves 4) Ingredients 2 lamb loins (4-500g combined weight) 8-10 small tortilla wraps (I…

Recipe: Pork Ramen with a spicy miso broth

To me a well balanced Ramen is the comfort food of the 21st century, like a modern day chicken soup! I’m slightly addicted. The problem with cooking a ramen at home is that recipes often call for ‘overnighters’ and a lot of pre-preparation. I make this recipe on a weeknight and as long as the…

Recipe: Warm Apple Lattice

This refined apple pie is scarily easy to make yet very impressive when entertaining. It’s a brilliant Sunday dish as can be made ahead and there’s only a few ingredients required for a show stopping end to your Sunday roast. (serves 6-8) Ingredients 3-4 large bramley cooking apples, about 750g 50g caster sugar 25g butter…