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Lebanese Pita Pizza

There is such a thing as a Lebanese pizza, known as manoush, and loosely speaking this just about falls within the ...

Cucumber Pickle

This pickle adds a welcome tang to cold meats or burgers, and is a great way to make your cucumbers last into winte...

Warm lentil and sausage salad

Sausages and lentils are a great combination - pair them in a salad or a casserole depending on the time of year.

Smoked Chicken and Potato Salad

A simple lunch or easy supper that is quick to make and shows off our delicious smoked chicken.

Crab & Chorizo Empanadas

Makes 20 / prep time – 20 minutes Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for about 20 minutes.  

Crab Cakes

Makes 12 / prep time – 30 minutes Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for about 30 minutes.  

Devon Steak Pasty

Makes 7/8 pasties / prep time – 30 minutes (excluding making the pastry)/cooking time Preheat the oven to 170°C ...

Best Braised Lentils

Simple lentils can be made into a main by the addition of other vegetables to the soffritto base. Greens can be add...

Fabada Asturiana

Tapas come in many guises, from simple tortilla to London-centric ‘picture on a plate’ restaurant creations but oft...

Carbonnade Flamande

You might think that a beef bourguignon becomes Carbonnade Flamande when you substitute red wine for beer but there...

Chorizo with piquillo peppers

The beauty of the Luis Gil cooking chorizo, or Chorizo fresca as it says on the packet, is that it doesn’t fall to ...

Chunky chili con carne

There's chili and there's chili. Everyone has their version but I think this one, using diced chuck, is p...

Stuffed Tomatoes

Stuffed Tomatoes - or Pomodori al riso as they’re known in Rome. Stuffed anything sounds terribly retro but what go...

Caponata Involtini (aubergine rolls)

These little blighters are a combination of Nigella's Involtini and Thomasina Miers Aubergine Caponata but who...

Panzanella -Tuscan bread and tomato salad

As my sister said to me - 'who would have thought bread and tomatoes could be so delicious'.? Actually, i...


Tabouleh comes in all shapes and colours. Bulgar/cracked wheat is a must, as is enough flat leaf parsley to ‘green ...

Masala Mussels

It might be a bit messy but it's worth it. Add a little of the mussel cooking liquor to the sauce if it's...

Merguez Meatballs

Ultra easy and tasty meatballs - good on a stick, in a wrap, as part of a mezze etc. We associate merguez with lamb...

Harissa Crab Pasta Sauce

Classic crab pasta sauce with a harissa twist. Easy, tasty and a bit flashy - what more can you ask for?

Tandori Chicken & Squash

Baked harissa chicken with butternut squash.

Butter Chicken Curry

A mild and buttery, creamy chicken curry.


A meal for any time of the day, buttery and spicy and filled with proteins.

Hot Crabby Tarts

A cheesy, crabby tart that's moist and tasty.

Curried Parsnip Soup

A sweet, spiced and tasty soup to serve for lunch or as a starter with chunky bread.