The Essential Guide to Christmas Dinner – The Meats

The Essential Guide to Christmas Dinner – The Meats

In a follow up to my General Tips for Christmas dinner available here, I’m giving you a complete lowdown on everything you need to know about the meats at Christmas beginning with… The Turkey The bird is the big one….

The Essential Guide to Christmas Dinner – General Tips

The Essential Guide to Christmas Dinner – General Tips

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and indeed for many it’s the most important meal of the year. As a result, cooking Christmas dinner for your nearest and dearest still strikes fear into the hearts of many. I…

Food on the Edge 2016

Food on the Edge 2016

Be bold, be brave, be daring, make mistakes, take chances, and show that you really care – Massimo Bottura Food is always evolving and changing; it’s one of the things I love about it. However, if we are to take a…

Classic Salad Niçoise – Larder360 Box Challenge

Classic Salad Niçoise – Larder360 Box Challenge

I have a big problem with salads. Not good salads of course but it just seems that there is a serious amount of bad ones. We rarely give a salad the justice it deserves by taking ingredients, throwing them together,…

Tomato & Apple Chutney and the Preservation of Preserving

Tomato & Apple Chutney and the Preservation of Preserving

It’s coming up to the Christmas season. Don’t try to deny it, you know it’s true! I know it’s “Only October” as you keep telling yourself but most of us have at least thought about it and the very good of us…

Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

Mexican Style Quinoa Salad

Quinoa (pronounced keen-wa) is one of those grains that has grown hugely in popularity in recent years with advocacy of its nutritional value and health properties. An excellent wheat-free alternative to other grains it works really well as the base…

Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork – Larder360 Box Challenge

Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork – Larder360 Box Challenge

The Larder360 Box Challenge was one that really excited me when I was first asked to be involved. Each month they will send me a cooler box of ingredients unknown to myself and I’ll attempt to put together a recipe…

Fully Loaded Nachos

Fully Loaded Nachos

Great dishes are often made from little, or indeed what little the kitchen had at the time. A cook under pressure to feed a hungry, unannounced crowd can often weave magic in the kitchen with whatever is at hand. That’s…

Chargrilled Tomato Salsa

Chargrilled Tomato Salsa

In keeping with the theme of Mexican dips after the guacamole recipe from earlier this week, I give you the most famous of them all, the tomato salsa. Salsa, simply the Spanish and Italian word for sauce, has become synonymous…

Guacamole

Guacamole

This classic Mexican side dish and dip made primarily from avocados is such a well-known dish and synonymous with parties and a fiesta atmosphere, singing of laid back summer evenings. It’s also incredibly easy to make at home. There are…