Category Archives: Recipes

duck ham and pickled plum

Duck ham and pickled plum

Cured meat is a great treat.

This recipe cures duck using salt, producing a rich and creamy ham.

A friend who cooks for a living suggested pickled plum as a good accompaniment and it works really well.

How to make duck ham

It takes days for duck to cure and become ham, but it will only take you about 20 minutes out of your day to make it. Continue reading

Sea Bream Ceviche

How to Make Sea Bream Ceviche

Fish cured in citrus juice is known as ‘ceviche’.

Ceviche is a refreshing dish that’s healthy, filling and relatively easy to make.

I’ve enjoyed ceviche several times recently, most notably at Flesh and Buns in London and at Hanoi Bike Shop in Glasgow, being struck by how fresh and invigorating the dish is on both occasions.

Making a note to try making it for myself and remembering a recipe I spotted in The Guardian some time ago, today I gave it a try and really enjoyed the results. Continue reading

Grilled Marinated Lamb Chops

My girlfriend’s grandparents run a farm near Preston, in the north of England.

On a recent visit they kindly gave us lots of cuts of meat from a lamb for our freezer, and I’m keen to do it justice when it comes to cooking it.

Wondering what to do with lamb chops, a quick internet search brought me to a nice-looking recipe for marinated lamb chops form Nigella Lawson.

I’m starting the marinade in the next few minutes, ready to cook tomorrow – I’ll let you know how it tastes.

*Update: I tried this recipe out and it was very nice – I’ll be trying again soon.

How to make vegetarian bolognese

Bolognese is one of my favourite meals.

A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to film John from The People’s Supermarket making his version of bolognese as part of a project I was running at the time.

John’s recipe produces great results (I tried some at the end of filming) but I wanted a version with less meat in it that I can cook after work during the week . . . so here’s my vegetarian version of John’s recipe  which is just as tasty but relatively low-fat (and adjusted to serve two people). Continue reading

How to make cauliflower frittata

cauliflower frittataLow-fat, vegetarian frittata.

One of the most popular recipes on this website is chorizo frittata.

Looking back on the recipe three years later it struck me as being quite fatty and I remembered that one of the comments suggested cauliflower and low-fat mozzarella as a good alternative to the chorizo and soured cream. So, three years on, here’s how to make cauliflower frittata. Continue reading

How to make tasty chicken stir fry

chicken stir fryStir fry. Quick to make. Tasty. Healthy.

Chicken stir fry is really nice but requires minimum cooking skills, & lets you indulge afterwards without feeling guilty.

Stir fry’s easy to change according to your ingredients too: the marinade, meat, and veg can all be shifted around according to what’s available and your personal tastes, but the basic process remains the same. Continue reading