Toad in the Hole with Stout Gravy

The ultimate comfort food With simple ingredients, this recipe is seriously impressive and deliciously comforting. You can be creative with your sausage choices; I used a mixture of various pork sausages. One year, I also added some chunks of leftover Christmas stuffing, which made this dish insanely good. I recommend serving the Toad in the…

Tomato & Goats Cheese Galette

Shh! Don’t tell anyone, but this is SO EASY to make! It’s a tart, but do what I do and call it a ‘Galette’ so that it sounds a bit posh. It looks special, but it’s all SIMPLE ingredients and some fancy layering. If you get a little slapdash with your tomatoes, then Basil is…

Baked Camembert with Honey & Blackberries

Whoever first thought of baking an entire cheese wheel until it’s all melty and dunkable was a GENIUS! The box itself was concocted in 1890 by engineer, M. Ridel, who wanted a way to transport the cheese over long distances. But then someone thought: ‘wait a sec… that box is a PERFECT little receptacle for…

Sausage & Pear Festive Plait

This recipe is perfect for easy-entertaining or a family meal. It makes one giant sausage roll, which is ideal for banquet-style dining where you can put it in the middle of the table and people can slice off however much they choose. It is great straight out of the oven and piping-hot, but I can’t…

Coconut Fried Cauliflower & Paneer

Paneer is such a wonderful ingredient and I’m always looking for an excuse to sing its praises. This cheese is similar in texture to halloumi, so it stands up to a lot of cooking whilst still retaining its shape. It is not as salty as halloumi, which is why I tend to opt for paneer…

Mauritian Chicken Kalia

Think of a beautifully spiced and perfumed biryani and then imagine it without all the hassle of dealing with the rice, layering and steaming. You’ve got Kalia: a deliciously fragranced, easy-to-prepare dish that will have your taste-buds doing cartwheels in your mouth. This recipe was given to me by my dad, who hails from the…

Lamb & Mint Crumble

Who’s the wise guy that said crumbles must be sweet? Someone needs to give him a good talking-to. Crumble topping is perfect for meat stew. It’s a no-brainer really; it adds that much-desired crunch. Like the kind of crispiness that we strive for when we whack a Shepherd’s Pie under the grill and hope that…

Tandoori Poussin

This is a great recipe if you want to get a little experimental with spice. It’s also very easy, as the blender is going to do all the work for you. There are a number of ways in which you can make this recipe easier: firstly you can dispense with the whole spices and just…

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer is one of my favourite Indian dishes. It’s basically cheese and peas in a spicy tomato sauce. Delicious, no? I often make this when I am entertaining, as the flavour is show-stopping but it is easy to prepare and forgiving if you have other things on the go and can’t give it your…

Shepherd’s Pie

An easy, comforting meal ideal for those cold nights when you want something satisfying and delicious that will warm you up from the inside. It’s always made with lamb. Always. An easy way to remember this is that ‘shepherds shepherd sheep’. Just picture the words from the old carol: “While shepherds watched their flocks by night, All…