Potato, Cheese and Onion Hand Pies

Hand pie… Pasty… What’s in a name? No but seriously, that’s an actual question I’m asking you. I could Google it, I guess, but shouting desperately into the void is really more on-brand for me. Anyway, this is basically a recipe for four individual, self-contained pies – if you’ve ever perused a certain high street…

Quick Fixes: Curry, Lasagne & Biryani

Alternative title: Stop Spending Money, You Ignoramus In the last couple of weeks we’ve bought a new car (a necessity – damn you, failed modern electronics) and been on holiday to a place known primarily for its cheese (not a necessity, but a damn good time). I am famously weak to dairy products, accompanying chutneys, and…

Butternut Squash & Cauliflower Curry

I’m going to do some free plugging again – Patak’s, you are very welcome. As always, nobody is insane enough to pay me to do this, especially not a brand owned by ABF* – even though they probably have the money. Should they wish to throw some cash my way, however, I’m sure I could…

Christmas Leftover Pasta

After the other day’s cheesy bon-bon tomfoolery (a sentence never before written by mortal hands), I felt it best to act quickly; who knows how long this burst of enthusiasm for leftovers will last? To that end, I resolved to make a pasta dish with what little remained of good old Delia’s bread sauce. I…

Cauliflower Fishcakes

Cauliflower – the best vegetable? It’s a very real possibility. I’ll eat it pretty much any way it comes, including roasted, boiled, pureed, and smothered in cheese sauce. I mean, that last one isn’t particular to cauliflower; I’ll eat anything smothered in cheese sauce. Even kidney beans, probably*. The only thing I’m not really sold…

Lentil Shakshuka with Goat Cheese

Shakshuka (or shakshouka, or chakchouka or…) is a Mediterranean dish of eggs cooked in a spiced tomato sauce, sometimes served with feta – or other salty cheeses – crumbled over the top. Is it breakfast? Is it lunch? IS IT BRUNCH? Who’s to say. My favourite foods straddle that invisible line between morning and evening…

Creamy Carrot & Ginger Soup

It’s finally the season for soup once again; the days of putting stuff in a pot, leaving it for half an hour, then blitzing it and calling it a meal are upon us. Superb. That’s exactly the level of effort I want to make in the dead of winter. Less, if at all possible. This recipe…

Easy Turkey & Black Bean Chilli

Meat? On my blog?? It’s more likely than you think…* While my wife is barely even pescetarian, given the infrequency of her fish consumption, I do still eat meat on occasion; chicken forms the basis of a lot of my work lunches, and I’ll often have a burger if we go out for dinner anywhere. Saying…

Balsamic Onion, Goat Cheese & Samphire Tart

What is samphire? Good question! Samphire is something that we ate raw straight off the rain-soaked salt marshes of some place in the arse-end of nowhere whilst on some kind of Geography trip, when we were but knee-high to a grasshopper and wanted nothing more than to stand in the rain eating strange vegetables. English…