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…

Pide – Turkish pasties / pizzas

Ideas Caramelised onion and butternut squash Lahmacun Roast peppers and crumbled peynir cheese Spinach and cheddar Prawn bhuna!

Delia’s piccalilli (doubled and gluten free)

INGREDIENTS 500 g cauliflower, divided into 2.5 cm florets 250 g small onions, quartered and cut across 400 g cucumber, peeled, quartered legthways and cut into 5 mm slices 350 g dwarf beans cut into 2.5 cm lengths 950 ml malt vinegar, plus 2 tablespoons extra…

Chocolate Coated Honeycomb

Mix 50 ml Water, 190 g Caster Sugar, 50 g Light Soft Brown Sugar, 140 g Liquid Glucose and 60 g Honey and heat in a large saucepan to 146 C. Immediately add 10 g Bicarbonate of Soda and mix quickly but well. The sugar mix will foam pretty quickly (hence…

Coconut Ice

Mix a 397 g can condensed milk with 300 g desiccated coconut and 400 g icing sugar – add a few drops of vanilla extract. Split mix into two halves, add 2 drops of pink or red food colouring to one half. Roll them out into…

Nut Brittle

Make this in a room with less than 40% RH. Heat 75 g soft light brown sugar, 200 g caster sugar, 75 g golden syrup, 25 g unsalted butter and a pinch of salt to 160°c.  Whisk in 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, then 175 g shelled and…

Sausage, mustard and basil pasta

Feeds 4. Cook 400 g pasta of choice in a large pot of boiling salted water until al-dente. Meanwhile, heat 2 Tbsp olive oil in a large, deep pan. Add the meat of 8 skinned sausages and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add around 200 ml…

Spicy Paneer Masala Balti from ‘The Curry Guy’

Am yet to cook this… adapted from here: http://www.greatcurryrecipes.net/2014/01/18/spicy-paneer-masala-balti/ INGREDIENTS AND METHODS Deep fry 500 g Paneer cheese cut into 1 cm sized cubes and set aside. Remove all but 2 Tbsp of the oil and fry 2 tablespoons each of garlic and ginger paste. Next add 1 Tbsp…

Grain Mustard in Beer

Add 175 g yellow mustard seeds and 175 g brown mustard seeds to 500 ml of a good hoppy local beer (I used Proper Job) and sit overnight in the fridge. The next day add 160 g runny honey (around 8 Tbsp), 1 Tbsp sugar, 225 ml white wine…

Ottolenghi’s slow cooked brisket for cheese steaks

For this recipe I have changed two things. Firstly I have doubled the water in the glaze/sauce, as when I tried it had all but gone after cooking. Secondly, it seems 6 hours at 120c works perfectly, rather than 10 hours at 110c. Recipe Oil and season a 720g…

Kiymali Ispanak – Spinach with Ground Beef (Turkish)

Serves 4 Using a medium size casserole, sweat 1 chopped large onion, before adding 500g beef mince, a chefs pinch of salt and a small pinch of sugar – cook until lightly browned. Next, stir 2 Tbsp of tomato puree and fry briefly to remove any bitter flavour before adding 2 chopped tomatoes and 100g long grain rice. Stir everything together then…

Mango Habanero Salsa

Sweat 2 large carrots, 2 sticks of celery and a large onion until soft. Next add 6 chopped and seeded scotch bonnet peppers, half a cup of cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of caster sugar, 3 tins of mango puree and juice of 1 lime. Blend with a stick blender and remove…

Pork Kebab Marinades

Souvlaki – Mix together juice of 1 lemon, 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 tsp oregano, and 3 cloves of garlic. Add pork to bowl with 2 white onions cut into chunks and 2 cut up green peppers, and stir to coat.  Miso –…

Crispy Chilli Beef

The secrets to crispy chilli beef are twofold; Firstly, it is important to cut the beef up into small relatively fine strips, cutting with the grain rather than across it. Secondly, the beef must be cooked (deep fried) until there is almost no moisture left i.e. it goes crispy. The…

Kleftiko

Feeds around 4-6. Based on the Felicity Cloake recipe in the Guardian. Rub a whole 2 kg shoulder of lamb on the bone with: 2 Tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp each of cinnamon, oregano and salt, a roughly crushed half a head of garlic and the juice of 1 lemon. Cover and leave for…

Crispy pork belly in marsala reduction

This is time consuming as the pork belly (500g) is cooked 3 times. Firstly, cut the pork belly into pieces that are about 1cm by 3cm and simmer for at least 2 hours alongside bay leaves, peppercorns, herbs and whatever else you fancy. Remove from the pan and…

Pickling Liquor, The Basic Recipe

The basic recipe is simply 50g sugar, 100g water, 100g vinegar of choice. Simmer, but do not boil, until the sugar has dissolved and fill with whatever you want!