Gyoza Bar, London

Gyoza Bar has opened on St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, serving gyoza, bao buns, ramen and a few other small plates. I and 2 friends ate there during soft launch and there were the obvious teething problems associated with a new restaurant such as too many staff most of which looked confused, slow service (despite all…

Dutch baby – savory pancakes

This is one of my favorite pancake recipes, and I made it yesterday for dinner. It takes 30 mins start to finish and is so delicious that it warrants making any day of the week and not just on pancake day. Ingredients: 175g plain flour sifted 2 tsp olive oil 250 ml full fat milk (approx) 2…

Mexican pork and black bean tacos

Ingredients: 2 tsp vegetable oil 1/2 red onion, chopped 2 tsp each smoked paprika and ground cumin 500g pack lean pork mince 300ml passata 5 tbsp barbecue sauce 400g can black beans, drained small bunch coriander, chopped 8 taco shells 1 ripe avocado, peeled and sliced 1/2 iceberg lettuce, finely shredded soured cream, to serve (optional)…

Smokey roast chicken w/ veg

Ingredients: 50g butter 2 teaspoons smoked paprika Zest of 2 lemons 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 whole chicken, weighing 2.25kg 1 tablespoon olive oil For the roasted vegetables: 2 red peppers, cut into 5cm pieces 2 red onions, cut into wedges 2 tablespoons…

Sichuan style chicken w/ dried red chillies and peanuts

Ingredients: 12 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 900g), cut into pieces 1 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp vegetable oil 15 whole dried bird’s-eye 1 tsp Sichuan peppercorn, ground bunch spring onions, cut into 2½ cm pieces 50g whole roasted peanuts For the sauce 5 tbsp dark soy sauce 2 tbsp Shaohsing rice wine 4 tbsp…

Sausage Boulangeres

Ingredients: 450g sausages 700g potatoes, peeled and very thinly sliced 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped 150 ml milk 150 ml stock or water A little oil 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs 25g butter salt and freshly milled black pepper Method: Preheat oven to 180C/gas 4. Brown the sausages all over in a little…

The perfect omelette

Ingredients: 3 eggs, as fresh as possible, preferably organic and free-range, room temperature 2 knobs unsalted butter 1 tsp finely, freshly grated parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) To cook with herbs 2-3 chopped tarragon leaves 1 tbsp each snipped chives and chopped chervil or parsley To cook with cheese 3 rounded tbsp finely grated Gruyère Method:…

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…

Veggie enchiladas

Ingredients: For the salsa: 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes 1 medium green chilli (the fat variety that isn’t too fiery) 1 medium red onion, peeled and finely chopped 2 heaped tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves, plus a little extra to garnish juice 1 lime salt and freshly milled black pepper For the enchiladas:…

Suya – Nigerian BBQ

Ingredients: 600g sirloin steak, cut into slices about a cm thick (you can ask your butcher to do this) 50g peanuts (salted is fine, but then don’t add any extra salt to the mixture) 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder Method: Grind…

Chicken Chettinad

Ingredients: SPICE BLEND 1 tbsp fennel seeds 1tbsp cumin seeds 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1tbsp black peppercorns 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder or hot chilli powder CURRY 50 mls vegetable oil 1tsp fennel seeds Large stick of cinnamon (roughly 7cm broken in half) 150g shallots, diced Handful curry leaves 700g skinless chicken thighs (bone out), cut…

Spinach flan

Ingredients: PASTRY 150 g plain flour 75 ml olive oil Water FILLING olive oil 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 250 g spinach 3 eggs, 1 whole and 2 yolks 100 ml double cream 2 tsp Dijon mustard 50 g parmesan, grated Method: For the pastry: Preheat the oven to 230C/gas 8. Mix the flour and…