Author: willspages

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…

Bulgar and freekah with green beans

Makes 3 decent sized lunches. Saute 175g chopped green beans with half a finely chopped red onion for 2-3 minutes. Next add more olive oil and a clove of garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in 175 g course bulgar and 125 g (half a…

Aubergine Parmigiana from ‘Veg’

Slice 5 medium aubergines (1.25 kg) into 3-4 mm slices, sprinkle well with salt and lay on something that allows them to shed their water and drain away. After an hour, wash off the salt, pat dry and fry in batches on a medium high hear…

Pide Ekmek

Mix 500g plain flour, 7 gr dried yeast sachet, ½ tsp sugar, around 200 ml lukewarm water (or enough to get a good consistency), 1 tsp salt, 30 ml thick yogurt, 30 ml olive oil. Kneed for 10 mins, let rise until doubled in size. Knock back and, using your…

Iskender Kebab for 2 people

A day ahead of time, thinly slice 500 g of leg of lamb and then beat with a tenderiser to around 2-3mm thick. Place the slices in a marinade of: the juice of 2 white onions (food process the onion then squeeze out the juice), 2 Tbsp…

Croque monsieur adapted from Felicity Cloake

TO DO… Makes 2 50g butter, at room temperature 4 slices of white bread, crusts cut off 1 tbsp plain flour 100ml milk 80g Gruyère, grated Nutmeg, to grate 2 tbsp dijon mustard 2 slices of good ham 1. Preheat the grill to medium-high, line the…

Duck breast with beans and Marsala – Nigel Slater

Serves 1. Score the fatty side of a duck breast and fry in butter for 3 minutes or so until golden and rendered. Add a tin of Cannellini beans from a can (not completely drained). Toss in a good sprig of rosemary, aa pinch of salt and plenty of…