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Sourdough cinnamon buns

These cinnamon buns are really sweet and make a great breakfast, brunch or afternoon tea. As usual, the main ingredient in this sourdough recipe is time. Ingredients For the dough 100g active white sourdough starter 200g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 25g caster suger 100ml milk 1/2 egg 25g…

Twice cooked Chinese pork belly with Chinese leaf cabbage

This is a really good chinese recipe and once you have the shaoxing wine it’s really easy and tastes so good. I usually have it just like this recipe (with potatoes), but it does go really well with rice as well if you leave out the potatoes. But… if you want to double carb you…

Chicken Schnitzel

Call it what you will; schnitzel, escalope, milanese – it’s breaded chicken. Yum. Ingredients 3 chicken breasts 50g panko breadcrumbs 20g grated parmesan teaspoon mixed herbs 3 tablespoons flour salt and pepper 2 medium eggs, beaten (you might get away with 1 large) vegetable oil (enough to fill your frying pan about half a centimetre…

Nigella’s ham in cola

If you’ve never cooked this before you are missing out. It is the only way to make a ham. The sugars from the coke penetrate the gammon and make it the tastiest ham ever. Once you’ve made ham like this, there is no going back. If you’re into the English language, the meat is called…

Chinese dumplings

These are called gaozi in Cantonese, jiaozi in Mandarin. Some people call them pot stickers as they stick to the frying pan. They are similar to Japanese gyozas. They are mega tasty. You can get dumpling wrappers from your local Chinese supermarket – try and get the Chinese ones which are a bit thicker than…

Scallops, chorizo and pea puree

Pea puree is a real winner. It is so simple but feels fancy. Get British king scallops from the fishmonger, roe on. Pea shoots you can get from the salad aisle in the supermarket. The timings here are quite tricky as the scallops and chorizo want to be hot at the same time: Ingredients 75g…

Homemade pasta

For this receipe, you do need to use tipo 00 flour. You can get this from large supermarkets or specialist stores. Whilst technically you don’t need a pasta maker (you can use a rolling pin), it makes it a lot easier if you do. I have not given a rolling pin technique. Ingredients 4 large…

Miso aubergine

This is a great Japanese dish and really simple. It just takes a bit of time to marinate and cook but other than that it doesn’t take much effort. Ingredients 2 large aubergines 2 heaped tsp white miso paste 2 teaspoons honey water 1 spring onion, finely sliced a sprinkling of sesame seeds Method Combine…

Farfalle al salmone e spinaci gratinate

The title is a bit pretentious. It’s a salmon and spinach pasta bake. But a really good one, hence I stuck with the Italian title. Ingredients For the bake 240g salmon fillet 175g farfalle (penne also works) 40g salted butter 40g freshly grated parmesan Salt and pepper to taste For the white sauce 25g salted…

Sesame-crusted tuna salad

I have to give credit to Joe Wicks for this one as the majority of the recipe is his. The sesame-crusted tuna is my own addition. Ingredients 4 eggs 150g green beans or asparagus Mixed sesame seeds (enough to coat the tuna) (you don’t have to use mixed but I think it looks better) 2…

Truffle chips

Ingredients 500g potatoes Vegetable oil 1 tbsp truffle oil A few shavings of parmesan (if you don’t have parmesan, use mature cheddar) Good salt Method Cut the potatoes into chip sized pieces (skin on or skin off – your choice). Bring a pan of salted water to the boil and once boiling add the chips….

Baked scotch eggs

You can use whatever sausages you like for this recipe. You then get a selection of gourmet scotch eggs depending on the type of sausage. Ingredients 4 large eggs (medium also fine) 1 egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp flour Salt and pepper 65g breadcrumbs (bought or homemade) pinch of ground nutmeg 1/2 tsp dried herbs…

Breadcrumbs

Ingredients Leftover bread Method Preheat an over to 150 C. Put the leftover bread in a blender and blend until in small pieces. Lay out the crumbs onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 15 minutes, mixing half way through. Then turn the oven off and leave for another 15 minutes (you…

Enid’s Kent Cake

Kent cake is a cake that my neighbour (definitely not from Kent) used to make for me for my birthday as a child. Whilst this is not her recipe, I decided to call it Enid’s Kent Cake anyway. It’s a classic 4:4:4:2 Victoria sponge but with added ground almonds, chocolate and coconut. Ingredients 4oz (110g)…

Sourdough bread

This is a basic white sourdough loaf at 65% hydration. Again, with anything sourdough, the main ingredient is time. You can fit it around your day though if you make use of the fridge. I’ll try and give you some options below. I strongly suggest you buy a dough scraper for making bread as it…

Sourdough starter from scratch

There are two ways to make a sourdough starter: use someone else’s to build up your own, or make your own from scratch. In this article I describe how to make your own starter from scratch. Background There is lots of information about sourdough starters online. I suggest you read from all sources. I also…

Dad’s Shepherd’s Pie

This is not a shepherd’s pie. It is actually a cottage pie. I don’t know why my dad called it shepherd’s pie when he knew full well shepherd’s pie was with lamb and cottage pie was with beef. Anyway, in his memory I am sticking with the misnomer. I’ve tried to stick as closely as…

The Diana Wrap

This wrap is the best I can do to create one of the best chicken tikka wraps in London. There is a small cafe near Hyde Park in London which dedicates itself to Princess Diana. They do the best chicken tikka wrap ever. Here is my best attempt at recreating the wrap with easy to…

Pickled red cabbage

I often find that when I cook a red cabbage, I always have some leftover that I can’t use. This recipe is really good for using up that final bit of cabbage. I love the colours in this recipe. The salting of the cabbage brings out a lovely blue liquid and the braised cabbage in…

Braised red cabbage

This recipe doesn’t use a whole cabbage so with the leftovers you could make some pickled red cabbage. Ingredients 50g butter 3/4 of a red cabbage, diced 1 large or 2 small red onions, diced 1 red apple of any sort 55g (about a quarter of a standard UK pack) smoky streaky bacon 1 tsp…

Chicken pie

I learnt to make this chicken pie at university from a housemate. It’s really simple and really tasty thanks to three ingredients in particular. The mushrooms bring the umami flavours due to their high glutamate content, the leaks bring the sweetness and the bacon brings the smokiness. These three ingredients with the creaminess of the…

Sourdough Pizza

With this recipe, you have to start making the dough a whole day before you want to eat the pizzas. Don’t let this scare you. The dough takes about 15 minutes to make and then you do (almost) nothing for 24 hours. Leaving it like this allows your sourdough starter to ferment and delivers a…