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Miso marinated Pork, sweet and sour Aubergines with a Miso Foam.

I think its fair to say, a simple but unusual marinade can transform the simplest of meats into a mouth watering centre piece. I found from the supermarket miso paste in a jar. It was brown miso. I don’t know a great deal about them but its all I could find. I tasted it, as […]

Garlic and Thyme Chicken, buttered Jersey Royals with Gorgonzola and pear salad.

A nice midweek dinner. There’s a lot of ingredients but not generally alot of cooking, just an assembly job. If you get time to marinade the chicken great, if not it won’t ruin the dish. Difficulty 1/5 Tomato Sauce: 400g chopped tomatoes 100g Olives Handful basil Splash of vinegar Couple of thyme sprigs Clove of […]

Beef Rendang with Asian Salad.

I have to say that Beef Rendang is my favourite Thai/Malaysian curry. I also believe its the easiest to make. Just a few ingredients blended together, slowly cooked in coconut milk and a humble piece of beef becomes something to die for. Never again will we be having a boring beef casserole! Difficulty 1/5 Curry […]

Sake marinated Tuna, Tempura, Harusame Aubergine and Nam Prik.

After all the standard food I like to cook, I do crave some spice from time to time. Thai and Japanese being my favourites. Today I tried to mix my favourite things from Yo Sushi and turn them into a restaurant standard meal. Marinated rare tuna to resemble sashimi, sushi rice obviously, marinated grilled aubergines, […]

Chicken Liver Parfait Brulee.

Normally you have toast and chutney with any chicken liver pate. Unfortunately we are gluten-free in the house at the moment so I wondered how I could create the missing crunch from the bread. The brulee was the answer, it was understandably very sweet so complemented beautifully with the sour marmalade. It’s actually very easy […]

Chilli and Cornbread.

Like spag bol, I assume everyone has their “own” chilli recipe. I tend to like Heston’s theories on most things, but he tends to take everything too far. Like he did with a humble chilli. I do find some strokes of genius from him though, and have adapted the recipe to my style. The new […]

Polenta Chips.

Firstly, I have to admit that chips are my vice.  Pretty much like most people’s chocolate.  If I find any in arms length they have to be eaten.  The rules are simple, just cooler than mouth burning temperature, but hot enough to make the vinegar rapidly evaporate to enhance the flavours.  I’m also fastidious like […]

Sea Trout served with Crab Beignets and Grapefruit Sabayon.

There seems to be a lot going on here, but most of the prep can be done ahead of time. The beignets are basically a flavoured choux pastry dough, which is then just fried. As the eggs heat up they expand and the beignets grow into light pillows with hopefully a nice burst of the […]

Guinea Fowl 3 ways, Bulghar wheat and Pomegranate jelly.

I was going to do another chicken dish, but saw the guinea fowl and was so inspired I used it all. Deboned and stuffed the legs, marinated breast with skin crisps. Another unusual step was to use bulghar wheat rather than rice. It is an amazing grain, much better than couscous or quinoa. Difficulty 3/5 […]

Fish and Spiced Chips with a Harissa Tahini dressing.

I rustled this one up for a mid-week supper. Rather than do ordinary chips, veg, dressing I decided to go with a Middle Eastern theme. I basically made roast chips, salted the aubergine to enhance the flavour and to marry all the spices together made a standard tahini dressing with the addition of  some Harissa. […]