Smoky Bacon Beans, Garlic Kale & Grilled Soda Bread

Smoky Bacon Beans, Garlic Kale & Grilled Soda Bread Serves 4 500g dried cannellini beans – soaked overnight Splash olive oil 200g – smoked streaky bacon in one piece – chunky dice 2 red onions- finely chopped 2 cloves garlic – finely chopped 2 chipotle chili 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 tablespoons tomato puree 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes 200ml red wine vinegar 100g … Continue reading Smoky Bacon Beans, Garlic Kale & Grilled Soda Bread

Cooking the perfect Christmas lunch

There is something about preparing Christmas lunch that can leave even the most accomplished cook feeling overwhelmed. Perhaps it’s the imminent arrival of so many guests, or the pressure of cooking for family members seldom seen. Maybe it’s simply the magnitude of the occasion itself. Whatever the cause of the anxiety, the most important thing is to stay in control and remain calm. Do this, … Continue reading Cooking the perfect Christmas lunch

Grilled Mackerel with Toasted Pine Nuts, Borlotti Bean, Roast Red Pepper & Marjoram Salad

Affordable & sustainable mackerel is the perfect fish to barbecue this summer. It has to be extremely fresh though, with virtually no smell, otherwise it’s clean mineral flavour becomes muddy and intensely fishy. Cook on the bone (otherwise it will quickly dry out) with a few slashes down each side to help it cook more evenly and allow both the marinade and the smoky charcoal aromas to permeate into the fish. Cook until … Continue reading Grilled Mackerel with Toasted Pine Nuts, Borlotti Bean, Roast Red Pepper & Marjoram Salad

Honey & Ginger Roast Ham with Spiced Coleslaw

There are few things more satisfying than a home-cooked Honey Roast Ham. I have been perfecting mine over the past few years, and whilst it doesn’t come close to my mother-in-laws, it is nonetheless very tasty. It’s a fairly time consuming procedure. The ham is cooked in two stages. First it is simmered with aromatic spices and herbs. It is then brushed with an emulsion of English mustard, honey and … Continue reading Honey & Ginger Roast Ham with Spiced Coleslaw