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…

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 (4x)

INGREDIENTS 1000 g cauliflower, divided into 2.5 cm florets 700 g small onions, quartered and cut across 800 g cucumber, peeled, quartered legthways and cut into 5 mm slices 700 g dwarf beans cut into 2.5 cm lengths 1900 ml malt vinegar, plus 2 tablespoons extra 1 whole nutmeg,…

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…