Mussels w/ celery and chilli

Ingredients: 1kg fresh mussels Olive oil, for frying 3 spring onions, chopped 1 banana shallot, thinly sliced 1 celery stick, finely diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced 1 fresh red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 4 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from the stalks 1 bay leaf 1-2 tbsp vermouth 150ml dry white wine…

Stuffed courgettes

Ingredients: 3 large courgettes 200 ml hot water 200g canned chopped tomatoes 4 tbsp olive oil For the filling 100g minced beef 2 tbsp rice, washed and drained 1 onion, chopped finely 1 green chilli, chopped A large pinch of cumin For the yogurt sauce 250g yogurt 2 tbsp dill, chopped 1 garlic clove, smashed…

Orecchiette w/ a walnut sauce

Ingredients: 175g Orecchiette pasta 75g shelled walnuts 2 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 heaped tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve 4 level tbsp mascarpone Method: Chop half the walnuts finely together with the garlic in a mini-chopper or small processor. Then combine this mixture in a bowl with the Parmesan cheese and…

Beef and bok choi noodles

Ingredients: 225g dried medium egg noodles. 300g lean beef steak, (e.g. sirloin or fillet, trimmed of all fat) 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp oyster sauce 2 tbsp Chinese rice wine 2 tsp rice wine vinegar 1 tsp sunflower oil 5cm piece fresh ginger, cut into fine matchsticks 4 small heads bok choi, cut…

Onion tart

Ingredients: 225g ready shortcrust pastry sheets 600 g onions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp olive oil 3 eggs, beaten 125 ml milk 75 g cheddar cheese Couple of springs fresh thyme, leaves stripped off the stalks Method: Preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6 and grease a 25cm metal loose-bottomed tart tin. Line the tin with the…

Jollof rice w/ chicken

Ingredients: 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into large pieces 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, halved and sliced 3 tbsp tomato purée 1 Knorr chicken stockpot / or stock cube 400g basmati rice 1 red pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced 100g okra, halved Small bunch coriander,…

Sticky spare ribs

Ingredients: 500g pork spare ribs, chopped in half Large bottle of coke 4 slices ginger 6 cloves garlic Pinch of salt 3/4 tbsp brown sugar 3/4 tbsp plain flour Dash of soy sauce Method: Before you start cooking the ribs, place your ribs in a dish with 3 ginger slices, salt, sugar, flour and soy…

Spaghetti w/ rich veg sauce

Ingredients: 2 red peppers, quartered and deseeded 2 tbsp olive oil 1 fennel bulb, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 large carrot, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp crushed chilli flakes 2 tbsp tomato purée 400g can chopped tomatoes 600ml vegetable stock 1 tsp caster sugar small handful basil, leaves shredded 500g fresh…

Vietnamese fish soup

Ingredients: 1 tsp coriander seeds small piece ginger (or galangal), sliced 850ml chicken or fish stock 175g thin rice noodles 2 tbsp fish sauce 2 fat red chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 300g raw, tail-on tiger prawns 200g skinless salmon fillet, cut into small cubes 4 spring onions, chopped handful coriander…

Mediterranean roast chicken and veg

Ingredients: 250g baby new potatoes, thinly sliced 1 large courgette, diagonally sliced 1 red onion, cut into wedges 1 yellow pepper, seeded and cut into chunks 6 firm plum tomatoes, halved 12 black olives, pitted 2 skinless boneless chicken breast fillets, about 150g each 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp green pesto Method: Preheat the oven…

Sweet peppers stuffed w/ mozzarella

Ingredients: 4 long sweet red peppers , halved lengthways through the stalk and deseeded 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra to drizzle 2 x 125g balls mozzarella, sliced 2 tbsp black olives, chopped 1 tbsp chopped oregano 2 garlic cloves, crushed Method: Heat a griddle pan to hot. Rub the outside of the peppers…

Quinoa w/ courgettes and preserved lemons

Ingredients: 150 g quinoa 100 g pistachio nuts, shelled 2 large courgettes, cut into 1cm slices 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for the courgettes 1 small bunch of fresh mint, stalks discarded and leaves finely chopped 6-8 preserved lemons, deseeded and finely chopped ½ lemons, juiced 2 tsp nigella seeds Method: Boil the quinoa…