Stews

Chorizo, Potato and Cavolo Nero

Over any given week the topics in the news and those we talk about amongst friends change frequently, they rarely stay current for very long. Examples right now might include the American election, the role of the judiciary, Andy Murray’s ascension to number one and Toblerone. However there is one […]

Paneer and Chickpea Curry

In the interests of full disclosure I must tell you that I am not Indian, not even a tiny bit. Those that know me will already know this, and if they didn’t then my pale complexion would certainly have given them a clue. I consider it important to tell you […]

Spiced Potato, Chickpea and Lamb Meatball Stew

Most of us don’t like change; we much prefer the comfort and safety that similarity brings. Change brings the unknown. The unknown is troubling and scary. But change is everywhere, from new shoes, to new friends, to a new job, it is unavoidable. Yet for something that is so common, […]

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 […]

Confit Chicory, Braised Lentils and Sausages

I get frustrated by how impressionable we are by image. Dress a man, any man, in a suit and instantly they command respect. Add some stylish accessories – braces, a pocket square, maybe a cravat – and it is likely we will consider them to be a true gentleman on […]

Black Bean Chilli, Grilled Sprouting Broccoli

As I’ve grown older I have begun to take much more pleasure in learning. A trip to a museum or watching a documentary on TV gives me much more satisfaction than it ever did as a child. Perhaps this is because I am choosing what I want to learn rather […]

Caponata Bruschetta

If I had to pick a favourite vegetable, I expect aubergine would make the top 5. It would be up there with tomatoes, potatoes, peas and possibly mushrooms. Would it get to number one? I am not sure; I would need to think long and hard about such a decision, […]

Spinach Dal

I know what you’re thinking, spicy food in this weather. Shouldn’t it be all about refreshing salads and the suchlike? Well salads get boring and as hot as it has been the past few days it really doesn’t compare to the climates of India and Pakistan where spicy dals are […]

Spinach and pearl barley spring stew

Spinach is something that I have grown to appreciate much more in adulthood than I ever did as a child. Perhaps it was being told that spinach is good for you that put me off. Or perhaps it was watching Popeye eat spinach from a tin. Spinach should not come […]

Beef Casserole

Now if I wanted to be fancy I could call this a boeuf bourguignon, but I do not so it is simply a beef casserole. I won’t lie, it is similar, but I am not French so find it unnecessary to pillage their words when ours will suffice. A couple […]