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Braised pheasant with cabbage and Montbeliard sausage

It might be easily affordable but pheasant is one of the hardest meats to cook. Even plump, young birds  will have ...

Cordelo Verde – Spiced Lamb Casserole

Citrus and spice flavours make this one pot Spanish 'olla' perfect for seeing off the Autumn blues. In fa...

Sausages with fennel, borlotti beans and polenta

Cognoscenti might recognise this as one of Nigel Slater's midweek suppers from The Observer magazine but the p...

Pesto alla Poly Tunnel

Like many, I think I might have overdone it a bit on the tomato planting in the poly tunnel yet again this year, so...

Green Eggs Over Lentils

The best things are often afterthoughts and this was just that. I was tweaking Nigel Slater's 'hangover&#...

Rare Roast Beef and Lentil Salad

Rare roast beef and lentils are a great basis for any salad but what really gives this it's oomph is the addit...

Perfect Beef Fajitas

We've started making our own fajita rub but adding a bit of lime and pineapple juice definitely raises these f...

Sticky Shiitake Mushrooms

Cooking the mushrooms in cornflour gives them a rich, meaty texture that pairs beautifully with the sweetness of th...

Pork spare ribs with pears and Stilton butter

They're good fried, barbecued or grilled but can also be cooked in the oven, The ingredients sound a bit like ...

Beef and Mushroom Stroganoff

Some would insist that only fillet steak should be used for a classic stroganoff. Most people would disagree and go...

Boston (in Lincolnshire) Baked Beans

We might not have a rum distilling industry providing dark treacle as a by-product, but we do now have Hodmedod’s F...

Irish Stew for St Patrick’s Day

Chef, Richard Corrigan, came up with the idea of using two sorts of potatoes and it works a treat. The floury ones ...

Lamb braised in milk with garlic & fennel

This recipe is rather rich and luxurious, hailing as it does from New York's Italian super chef, Mario Batali,...

Kimchi noodle soup

Kimchi is good in simple ramen style noodle soup. You can make it as simple – or as complicated as you like. Soft b...

Kimchi and prawn fritters

As usual, I’m way behind the times but I’ve finally seen the light and kimchi has become part of my kitchen toolbox...

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...