Rustic chicken stew

Ingredients: 3 tablespoons olive oil 500g boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped into 1-inch cubes 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup) 100g black olives, rinsed, pitted, and sliced 100g green olives, rinsed, pitted, and sliced 50-100g capers, rinsed (depends on how much you like capers) 1 can whole peeled tomatoes, roughly broken up with a…

River Cottage Shepherd’s pie

Ingredients: 1kg leftover roast lamb, coarsely chopped or you can use cubed lamb, roasted, cooled and coarsely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, chopped Any juices or gravy left over, or concentrated lamb stock 1 small glass of red wine 1-2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce Up to 1kg creamy mashed potato…

Haddock w/ spicy beans and chorizo

Ingredients: 1 tbsp olive oil 1 onion , chopped small rosemary sprig, leaves finely chopped 25g chorizo, chopped (more if you like) 2 fat garlic cloves , crushed 700g passata 410g can cannellini beans in water, drained 200g shredded green cabbage pinch sugar 4 skinless Haddock fillets (large chunky fillets) Method: Heat the oil in…

Duck pastilla

Ingredients: A little fat from the confit duck (see below) 1 onion, finely chopped 1 cinnamon stick handful parsley, coriander and thyme all tied together handful parsley, chopped handful coriander, chopped 4 legs confit duck, wiped of excess fat (buy ready confited from supermarket or deli) 3 eggs , plus 2 yolks 2 tbsp icing…

Honey mustard sausages w/ carrot mash

Ingredients: 8 good quality pork sausages 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 3 heaped tbsp runny honey 2 tbsp lemon juice For the mash 750g carrots A large knob of butter Handful of parsley, chopped Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/ Gas 6. Put the sausages in a roasting tin large enough to…

Fish bake w/ new potatoes

Ingredients: 4 x 150g salmon fillets, skin on but scaled and pin boned 10 large raw tiger prawns, unpeeled 1 bunch asparagus 1 lemon 2 fresh red chillies handful of fresh basil 1 x 30g tin of anchovies in oil 4 cloves garlic 4 tomatoes 4 slices pancetta or streaky bacon Method: Lay the salmon…

Meat and potato pie

Ingredients: For the pastry 300g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 75g butter 75g lard, or vegetable fat 5-6 tbsp water 1 tbsp milk, to glaze *Cheat with ready made shortcrust pastry For the filling 1 onion, finely diced 2 carrots, diced 250g minced beef 2 tbsp tomato ketchup 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp Marmite…

Left over roast hotpot

Sometimes only comfort food will do, especially when I am tired. so yesterday I was rummaging through the freezer and the various packets of leftover roast meat from a Sunday dinner and I decided to make a hotpot. Mainly because its very easy but also because the packet of meat I retrieved was roast goose…

Roast turkey Peking style

This is a Asian twist to the classic roast turkey makes it ideal for any Sunday dinner not just at Christmas. And steaming the bird first seems to lock in the moisture, most people wont have a steamer large enough for such a big bird so make a little nest out of crumbled foil, you…

Khao Soi (Thai chicken curry noodles)

I love Asian flavours and this is a twist on the usual red curry, and it’s really quick to prepare. You can add the minimum amount of red curry paste if you don’t like it too spicy and omit the chillies. Rice noodles are generally soaked for 15 mins or so in warm water before…

Kale and apple soup

I found this recipe hidden in the Sainsbury’s magazine. Sounds nuts but tastes yummy! Give it a try! Ingredients: 1 large bunch kale 125 g pancetta 4 cups warmed chicken or vegetable stock 2 tbsp olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 1 medium apple, cored and chopped 1/4 cup crème fraîche or plain yogurt Seasoning…