Lemon Ricotta Cake

This dessert feels very light and is the perfect way to finish a heavy meal. It is fluffy, slightly lemony and you can eat it as is, or serve it with the blueberry sauce, which is more impressive. I bake this in a loaf tin for easy slicing and it comes out a dream if…

Scallop, leek, oyster mushroom, lemon, prosciutto, cream with pasta

Some feedback. It was lemony, very fresh, it tastes like spring, I like scallops. That’s good enough to share I think! This is quite an unusual pasta in the sense you don’t often see these flavours combined these days. I have been experimenting with a style I’ll call French bistro circa 1994 (but without the…

Bulgur Wheat, garlic, parsley and feta salad

Perfect as a side to the Yoghurt Marinated Chicken or a hit at any BBQ, this is a version of tabbouleh with less parsley, more garlic and with a dressing that takes it a long way from the real thing. Really, you are aiming to build flavour directly into the bulgur wheat. The success is…

Roast Chicken, marinated in yoghurt, tahini, lemon

I remember making chicken marinated in yoghurt after seeing a recipe in Cuisine magazine about ten years ago. Mum and Dad, if you are reading this you may remember that you really liked this recipe and it was one of the least controversial during my ‘experimental cooking’ phase.  Compared to the crumbed Stewart Family Farm…

Classic cold spicy noodles from Korea

This is my interpretation of bibim-naengmyeon, a cold noodle recipe from Korea. The noodles I used are vermicelli-style and made of sweet potato starch, the key ingredient that gives them a chewy, springy texture. You serve them soaked in an icy beef broth, topped with crunchy vegetables and a moreish sauce alongside bonus added extras…

Reblochon Risotto

Basic concept. Make a vegetable risotto. Cover with slices of a strong alpine cheese, like Reblochon. Grill until the cheese melts and you can spoon mounds of risotto into bowls, oozing with strings of cheese that will delight your eager audience. I have made a butternut squash risotto here, because  I try desperately to sneak…

Hoisin Pork Meatballs, butternut squash and rice noodles

Noodles that achieve a balanced protein to vegetable to carb ratio are elusive. Even with the best intentions, we all know that the noodles are the best part and if you could take everything else out, you probably would.  Adding spiralled butternut squash to cooked rice noodles means you get the continual satisfaction of noodles…

Kimchi Fried Rice

Full of punchy flavour and mellowed with butter, this Korean favourite is a winner at all times of the day or night. First sampled at 2am in Clapham (what more  do you need to know), Kimchi Fried Rice is eternally satisfying, whatever the eating circumstance.  A family favourite in Korea, this recipe is very quick…

Seafood Risotto, inspired by Venice

This is one of the fastest risottos in my repertoire. It’s made with no stock and the ingredients can be thrown in straight from the freezer. What makes this risotto “Venetian” is the addition of spices, which is a rather loose definition, but without doubt an identifying factor of the risottos from this region. In…

Fish and pistachio pasta

This is a Ligurian recipe, first sampled in the beautiful seaside town of Camogli. There, they made it using swordfish and trofie pasta, which is the typical pasta of the Liguria region. Trofie can be difficult to get your hands on unless you go to an Italian store.  I managed to find a tiny version…

Pasta alla Carbonara

Pasta alla Carbonara is a perennial favourite no matter what country you come from. These days, it’s old news that cream is strictly forbidden when making an authentic Carbonara but it’s not just this that makes Mamma’s version so much better than anything you’ll find at most Italian restaurants. We all know there’s Carbonara and…