Pappardelle with bacon + mushrooms

My word this is good – think of it as a French version of carbonara (well, it is a recipe from Raymond Blanc!) but in many ways it’s simpler and easier to make so I’m predicting that I will be making it a lot. A whole lot. If you haven’t got any fresh thyme use… Continue reading Pappardelle with bacon + mushrooms

Pork larb

Is Larb short for Larbara in the same way that Barb is short for Barbara? Answers on a postcard please. What I do know is that I’d happily eat this very often indeed because it’s not only the national dish of Laos but also because it very much reminds me of being in South East… Continue reading Pork larb

Manti / Mantı

I remember eating mantı (pronounced maantuh) when I was really little while on holiday visiting family in Turkey, watching as hundreds of teeny tiny parcels of yumminess were origamied into existence, kind of like the smallest ravioli you can imagine. And yes, that’s an i without a dot, one of the many vowels in the… Continue reading Manti / Mantı

Doner kebab

Please please please can lockdown end soon (and summer arrive) so that we can have a whole bunch of friends and family over and feed everyone with these incredibly simple and tasty kebabs? Pretty please? Until then, we’ll just keep making them and dreaming about better times. This is most definitely something I wish I’d… Continue reading Doner kebab

Deep-pan pizza

Our obsession with lockdown Friday night pizza continues, but as the BBQ is currently broken (where we make crispy thin based pizzas in the summer), we’ve switched to deep-pan pizzas cooked in the oven. As with all doughs this one takes a couple of hours to prove, and I always make a double batch of… Continue reading Deep-pan pizza

Red wine onion gravy

Way way way back in 1999, we spent Millennium Eve in London partying with my younger sister and a bunch of her friends, and the evening started with this meal (it ended up by Tower Bridge watching fireworks and dancing the night away). Anyway, what we learnt that night is that it’s all about the… Continue reading Red wine onion gravy

Hoisin pork with sesame greens

This tastes as good as it looks, takes all of half an hour to make from start to finish, and the teen loves it. Basically it ticks all of the boxes! Recipe from the always reliable BBC Good Food Magazine. Serves 4. Ingredients 400-500g Pork fillet/tenderlion 4 tbsp hoisin sauce 4 egg noodle bundles 3… Continue reading Hoisin pork with sesame greens

Leftovers pie

We do indeed love pie in our house, and I make this one often to use up for whatever is leftover in the fridge (hello there Christmas Turkey), or a pack of bacon comes in handy if leftovers are not forthcoming. The veg included is subject to change, it’s literally what’s in the fridge. Over… Continue reading Leftovers pie

Sausages + prunes with red wine

More Autumnal yums that needs surprisingly little work to produce something rather marvellous. I’d say that mash is obligatory here, because you don’t want to waste any of that delicious red wine gravy. Serves 4 but is easily scaleupable (yes that’s a word). Ingredients 2 large red onions sliced into half moons 2 tbsp olive… Continue reading Sausages + prunes with red wine

Sausage + bean stew

AKA autumn in a bowl. Yesterday the weather was awful – dark skies, endless rain, blustery winds – so after the wettest dog walk ever we ate this for dinner and all felt a lot better. If that wasn’t enough, my daughter ate the kale without question. SHE ATE KALE!!! Massive tick on the parenting… Continue reading Sausage + bean stew