Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Baking may sometimes seem a little daunting if we are new to it. We could very well be interested but may be overwhelmed by the prospect of a recipe that seems beyond our capabilities. The key to overcoming that is trying…

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Carrot and Coriander Soup

Variety is the spice of life and likewise you could say that spice is the variety of life. There can be a certain trepidation to the word spice; many associating it with unpalatable and ferocious chilli heat. This could not…

Chilli Beef Stir-Fry

Chilli Beef Stir-Fry

After the over indulgence of the festive season has passed and our groaning literal belts have unnaturally tightened, it’s time for many of us to try to get back to, or perhaps even into, healthier eating habits. The term “healthy…

Roast Chicken with Chorizo and potatoes & Broccoli and feta salad with cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds

Roast Chicken with Chorizo and potatoes & Broccoli and feta salad with cherry tomatoes and toasted almonds

Roast chicken is a culinary favourite that is one of the ultimate comfort dishes. It is also one that can be easy to slip into default mode with, and to just think of the classic roast with all the trimmings….

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Having a recipe for a spaghetti Bolognese is a staple in any cook’s repertoire. This is my recipe and has evolved for me since I first made it to what it is now. Even if you already have a recipe…

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

The Essential Techniques to the Perfect Bolognese

Bolognese sauce or ragù alla Bolognese has a certain mysticism attached to it. It has a near hallowed tradition, not unlike Christmas dinner, in most family homes about how it is prepared and what it contains. Indeed, I’ve even had…

Classic Summer Berries Pavlova

Classic Summer Berries Pavlova

What is it about a classic? There is something deeply satisfying and comforting in knowing when a dish will give you what it promises. When you know that nothing other will suffice and any alternations or further inventions to the…

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Light and Tangy Coleslaw

Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Light and Tangy Coleslaw

This is a guest-post by a very good friend of mine, Kieran. I was introduced to the complexities and challenges of vegetarian cooking by him a number years ago when we first became friends. I was naive when it came to vegetarian…

Thai Green Curry

Thai Green Curry

Thai food is where my enthusiasm for Southeast Asian cooking began Rick Stein’s first line in his chapter about Thailand from his book “Far Eastern Odyssey” speaks frankly about the importance of Thai food to him. Coincidently it is this…

Perfect Fluffy Rice

Perfect Fluffy Rice

There are some recipes that you happen upon that as a home cook change the way that you cook. There are some recipes that are your staples, you can rely upon them, and indeed are safe in the knowledge that…