Lamb koftas with spicy tomato chutney

These lamb kofta’s are super easy to make and they taste great, if you have a small blender it makes things even easier.  This is a good time to buy Sriracha sauce Continue reading “Lamb koftas with spicy tomato chutney”

Zingy courgette and pea soup

This is a super zingy summer soup using courgettes and peas so it’s super healthy as well as tasty and so easy to make! Continue reading “Zingy courgette and pea soup”

Oven braised spicy pork ribs

Oven braised spicy pork ribs

These oven braised spicy pork ribs are slowly cooked on a low heat in the oven giving you an amazing spicy and sticky, spicy pork rib which is ideal for 4 as a starter. Continue reading “Oven braised spicy pork ribs”

Chorizo and bean chilli with fried egg

chorizo and bean chilli

This chorizo with bean chilli served with a fried egg is a great alternative to the usual version with mince and very easy to make.  You could make it vegetarian by using more beans and leaving out the chorizo but it won’t be as good Continue reading “Chorizo and bean chilli with fried egg”

Chicken and mango salad

mango and chicken salad

Chicken and mango are a perfect combination for a fresh, healthy and summery salad Continue reading “Chicken and mango salad”

Lamb and spinach karahi

Lamb and spinich karahi (using chicken!)

This is an amazing curry and you can beef or chicken  instead of lamb for this lamb and spinach karahi Continue reading “Lamb and spinach karahi”

Cod curry

fish curry

This is an excellent cod curry using but you could use any white fish such as hake or pollock as it will work as well. Continue reading “Cod curry”

Italian meatballs

Itlalian meatballs

Are there any other kind of meatballs apart from Italian ?  The answer is obviously yes but these are still the best, this is a classic Italian recipe. Continue reading “Italian meatballs”

Focaccia breaded chicken with salad

foccacia chicken

This is an excellent twist on a simple breaded chicken recipe using an old foccacia to give it an Italian twist.  Its better if you can make your own focaccia. Continue reading “Focaccia breaded chicken with salad”

Smoked mackerel sushi

smoked mackerel sushi

This is a really easy smoked mackerel sushi dish and requires hardly any cooking.  You’ll need a rolling mat which you can buy from a Chinese supermarket or specialist (ahem) tobacconists! Continue reading “Smoked mackerel sushi”

Coq Au Vin

coq au vin

A classic Sunday dinner, Coq Au Vin is unusual in the fact that the chicken is cooked in red wine, alot of red wine! Continue reading “Coq Au Vin”

Thai chicken & prawn noodle salad

thai chicken and prawn noddle salad

Thai chicken & prawn noodle salad is super healthy and so easy to make. Thai food is about balancing four main flavours, salt, spice, citrus and sweet, it just takes a bit of trial and error Continue reading “Thai chicken & prawn noodle salad”

Chicken and mushroom ravioli with fresh tomato sauce

chicken and mushroom ravioli

This is a very simple and easy to follow recipe for chicken and mushroom ravioli which serves 4 as a starter or two as a main course.  You have to make your own pasta but the best things in life need a bit of effort Continue reading “Chicken and mushroom ravioli with fresh tomato sauce”

Pasta with smoked mackerel

penne-with-smoked-mackerel-

For this pasta with smoked mackerel  recipe choose a good pasta like De Cecco which typically takes around 10-12 mins, the pasta should be cooked through but with a little bite to it.  You can’t get a better place to source mackerel than Scotland so make sure you get something that it is good quality, Italian food is simple and relies on great ingredients.

Add 2 tbsp olive oil to a cold frying pan and add the crushed garlic. Put on the heat and gently fry for 1-2 minutes until the garlic starts to turn golden then add the smoked mackerel and the tomatoes and allow to bubble for a few minutes stirring gently.

Cook the penne pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until al dente, you’ll need about 2 litres of boiling water with about 1-2 tablespoons of salt.

Squeeze in the lemon juice and add the creme fraiche and parsley. Mix well and cook for a few minutes until all the flavours have amalgamated. Add a generous amount of pepper and taste. You may or may not need salt as the smoked mackerel is quite salty.

Drain the pasta, reserving a tablespoon or two of the cooking water. Add this water to the sauce and mix through before adding the pasta to the smoked mackerel mixture. Mix well and serve with toasted ciabatta and a nice glass of wine.

 

 

Chicken dopiaza

chicken dopiaza

Chicken dopiaza is a classic Indian curry and translates as double onions.  The key to this curry is to cook the onions for a long time slowly until they are golden brown; that way the will give curry a sweet nutty flavour.

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