Sides

Asparagus and Potato Gratin

Are asparagus and potatoes the most quintessential of all British ingredients? No, probably not. Strawberries, apples, cucumber and rhubarb have instantly sprung to mind. So let me rephrase the question, or indeed turn it into a statement. Asparagus and potatoes are intrinsically British, and we should celebrate them, and all […]

Braised spring veg with herb butter

Good news. It’s national vegetarian week. I’m not sure if I really consider this good news. Of course it’s great that we’re raising awareness for vegetables, like we do for illness and stray dogs and the homeless. The effort on our part is much less too. We are not being […]

Potato Dauphinoise Tart with Mustard and Wholemeal Cheese Pastry

We all love potatoes dauphinoise; it is possibly, and I’ll say this quietly to avoid upsetting those that love mash and roast potatoes more than their own children, the best side dish. But I think it should be more than just a side. Often it is simply paired with a […]

Baked Beans

I should start by admitting that I am not a huge fan of baked beans. I have never really fallen in love with the warming comfort that so many people suggest they offer, and I especially don’t see the appeal of beans on toast. At the very most I would […]

Two Cucumber Salads

The British are often ridiculed for their love of bland food. Historically our cuisine has been little more than meat and two veg, perhaps with some gravy if you’re lucky. We seem to have a knack for taking the blandest of foods, doing very little to them and somehow becoming […]

Asparagus and Crushed Potatoes

I enjoy the wait for the start of the British asparagus season. Not being tempted by the imported asparagus from Peru shows certain strength, though it is perhaps unnecessary. That said eating the first of the British asparagus is something I look forward to. Asparagus is at its best is […]

Purple Sprouting Broccoli

I’m not sure how it happened, but purple sprouting broccoli, in the last five years or so, has come from nowhere to become one of the cool kids. Maybe it was too plain and unexciting to get noticed. Maybe we were too busy gawping at the perfectly uniform spears of asparagus, […]

Beetroot

I am not sure we appreciate beetroot as much as we should. Talk to many a chef and they will tell you it is one of their favourite vegetables. I tend to agree. It is so versatile and for those who care, I am not one of them, it is full of […]

Roasted Cauliflower Cheese with Kale

I read recently that cauliflower is the new kale. Not one to be swayed by the changing fashions within food, I decided that instead of pitting them against each other it made more sense to let them work alongside one another. Roasting the cauliflower accentuates its nuttiness and gives another […]