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Devon Steak Pasty
Makes 7/8 pasties / prep time – 30 minutes (excluding making the pastry)/cooking time Preheat the oven to 170°C ...
Tapas come in many guises, from simple tortilla to London-centric ‘picture on a plate’ restaurant creations but oft...
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 - 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 ...
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...
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.
A meal for any time of the day, buttery and spicy and filled with proteins.
Curried Parsnip Soup
A sweet, spiced and tasty soup to serve for lunch or as a starter with chunky bread.
Vegetable Harira soup
Not real harira but lovely nevertheless. The mixture of veg, grains and pulses, spices/sauces and salty lemon reall...
Poor Man’s Tagliata
The joys of a thick, BBQ’d and sliced on the bias, ‘Italian Tagliata’ style steak are worth striving for. Knock it ...
Broth of God
Stocks and broths are wonderful creations that we all should be making more of – not just because of their organole...
Stuffed Turkey Leg
Risi e Bisi e Runner Beans
In it’s pure Venetian form, Risi e Bisi is a wet risotto of rice (obviously), smoked pancetta (usually), the best c...
Beef, Cabbage, Apple & Horseradish Soup
a.k.a. Austerity Soup Is much a stew as a soup but, either way, it’s a robust and easy dish that doesn’t need cons...
Italian Meatball Pasta Sauce
These have to be the best meatballs we make and are so full of flavour that a small number are sufficient to feed f...
Black Pudding & Cavalo Nero Pasta
Our black pudding is the best – not only for breakfast but for supper too.
Confit Duck Cassoulet
In the past I’ve been a little snooty about the duck confit and opted for a bit of lamb. But now that we know it is...
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