Devonshire Squab Pie

English food has a certain reputation that I won’t get into right now, but suffice to say if you ask somebody to name traditional English dishes you’ll probably get the standard fish ‘n’ chips, roast dinner, maybe a cream tea…not a whole lot more.  I’ve always found this to be a real shame, as there’s…

Peanut, Sweet Potato and Lime Soup

  Peanuts are one of those brilliantly versatile ingredients which seems just as at home in a dessert as it does in a savoury dish.  They’re salty, punchy and full of protein and oils making them a brilliant backbone for this soup.  While the peanuts bring the flavour, the sweet potatoes offer a robust backing…

Cinnamon Roasted Pork with Parsnip Purée

Cinnamon is one of those spices which is grossly underused in savoury cooking – we all know the familiar taste of a posh Autumnal coffee with cinnamon spicing, or Christmas baked goods offering a warming feeling inside.  This delightfully snappy bark often appears as part of a spice mixtures of food from the subcontinent too,…

Chilli, Lime and Feta Potato Salad

Potato Salads are a classic for a reason – the robust potato, a friend for all occasions, is the perfect vehicle for the creamy, slightly sour dressing that comes with a potato salad.  There’s room for plenty of other vegetables in there – pickles, capers, sweetcorn, onions.  The sauce can be adapted for greater decadence…

Buck’s Fizz (Mimosa) Cake

For a fair while in my adult life I wondered what these “mimosas” that I kept hearing about – usually in relation to American brunches – were.  It was only a year or two ago that I discovered it was nothing more than ordinary Buck’s Fizz – the official drink of Christmas morning here in…

Rum Flambéed Pineapple with Berries and Ice Cream

There is such a joy to flambéing food – perhaps it appeals to that inner neanderthal in all of us that feels innately proud upon creation of fire.  Perhaps it’s just because it feels cool holding a pan of flaming food.  However, it must be remembered that it is so much more than just showiness,…

Sweetcorn and Red Pepper Cornbread

Cornbread!  So named for the cornmeal that gives it that vibrant orange colour.  Not a true bread, in the sense that it isn’t a dough so much as a better, but it serves some very important purposes.  It also comes together far quicker, taking only about 40 minutes from start to finish!  Perfect for mopping…

Garlic and Herb Crushed Potatoes

Potatoes are just the best.  Can we all agree on this?  There are about a thousand different things you can do with them, boil ’em, mash ’em, stick ’em in a stew!  And yet one of the simplest ways of cooking these delightful apples of the ground is by far one of the best.  This…

Slow Braised Leg of Lamb in Red Wine Gravy

Spring has sprung once more, and while at the time of writing it’s unlikely you’re going to be spendin time at any family gatherings, there’s still no reason you and your household can’t get together and enjoy the beautiful, rich flavour of a slow cooked lamb.  It is of course the time of year where…

Cottage Pie (Packed with Vegetables for Fussy Eaters)

While I am absolutely a lover of food and enjoy trying out new things, I am also undeniably a fussy eater.  Particularly when it comes to the textures of vegetables, I have a whole list of things I can’t generally stomach, even if I like their flavour – banana, mushroom, cooked tomatoes, courgette, aubergine, peppers,…