Smoked Fish & Lentil Stew with Dumplings

First of all, I hope you’re all doing okay. We’re all in a really weird place right now – some of us are on the front lines, others are working from home, and some are struggling to fill time where work once sat. Whatever your situation, stay safe, and do what you have to in…

Leek & Parmesan Risotto with Baked Pesto-Crusted Salmon

Here we go folks – it’s the return of the too-long title. Will we survive, or will we be lost to its megalomaniacal clutches? Only time will tell. Batten down the hatches and get your stoutest all-terrain trousers on, for we’ve a storm to weather.* Or something. Now that we’ve all been revived by our…

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…

Crustless Cheese & Spinach Flan

This is a take on an absolute staple of my childhood. I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve eaten this, since it’s stupidly easy to make; even when I was eating pastry willy-nilly the ready rolled stuff regularly made an appearance. But what really makes this delicious is the fact that it’s completely…

Goats’ Cheese & Thyme Risotto with Honey-Roasted Parsnips

Now that is a lengthy title. Yikes. I might need a nap.* I’m absolutely determined it’s Spring now, by the way; soon I’ll be donning my denim shorts and exposing my paper-white legs to the world, blinding passers-by and causing pedestrians to fall into nearby bodies of water. In light of the change in seasons (heralded by…

Fish Pie – done right

When I was still living at home (not so long ago) my mum’s ultimate speciality was fish pie; if I got wind that we were having it for dinner, I would care a whole lot less about the lacklustre lunch I’d packed in a hurry five minutes before leaving for the bus. Who cared about…