PERFECT ROAST TURKEY 

For many of us the festive turkey is the pride and joy of the Christmas table, but how many of us agonise over the best to buy, how big do I buy? the roasting of this nemesis and for how long? stuff or not to stuff? Etc etc! Well panic not folks, to ease the pressure…

LOIN OF VENISON, REDWINE, MADEIRA AND WILD MUSHROOM SAUCE 

I personally think that there’s something rather fantastic about a piece of venison, cooked till pink, served with a well reduced red wine sauce and earthy mushrooms  If you’ve never tasted venison, try it, it’s totally delicious and not as strong and gamely as you’d imagine, if you don’t want to use venison, a good…

BAKED HAKE WITH FENNEL AND ORANGE 

One of the dishes I love to cook is Hake grilled with fennel fronds. That’s the inspiration for this Baked Hake dish. You can use any firm white fish fillets,cod,halibut,bass or mullet etc, I’m baking them in the oven with the fennel stalks trimmed from the bulbs on top. I serve them with the fennel…

MARINATED HAKE WITH PAK CHOI 

I love the versatility of the wonderful Hake, one moment delicate, and the next able to stand up to bold flavours, this recipe I’m sharing with you here is a simple way of marrying the Hake with great flavours  The Hake will definitely benefit from being left in the marinade for around 12 hours  This…

THE ULTIMATE “CHRISTMAS PUDDING “ALTERNATIVE DESSERT 

CHOCOLATE SALTED CARAMEL PROFITEROLES  Now I totally understand why some people don’t like a Christmas pudding, all that fruit, nuts, too rich, too stodgy, but it’s Christmas! We need to indulge in something, so this recipe I’m going to share with you will definitely do just that, INDULGE  SHOPPING LIST  This recipe will easily serve…

STICKY TOFFEE AND DATE PUDDING 

Now I’m well aware that around these parts you can be hung,drawn and quartered for even having the audacity to write down a recipe for this wonderful pudding, But then again I’m not known for “towing the culinary line” my recipe is what it says, Sticky Toffee and Date Pudding” there are no secret addings,no…

FANTASTIC CHOCOLATE AND ORANGE SHORT BREAD BISCUITS 

You can’t beat a good home made shortbread biscuit over a shop bought one, and Chocolate and Orange is a combination that’ll always be a winner  There’s no secret to this recipe, you’ll find it in most reasonable chefs reportiore, we’re not trying to set the culinary world alight! Just make fantastic tasting delicious moorish…

MY CHELSEA BUNS

Who doesn’t love a Chelsea bun?, filled with mixed fruit,nutmeg and cinnamon! Absolutely fantastic, This recipe is one I’ll be cooking on the Worlds first 24hour cooking show on Simply Good Food TV, Give them a go, they’re so easy to make  This recipe will make 9 buns  SHOPPING LIST  For the Dough mix 10g…

STEAMED MUSSELS AND CLAMS WITH PERNOD AND SPINACH 

I absolutely love mussels and clams, you see mussels on menus a lot, but not clams for some reason, both of which are utterly delicious if cooked correctly  I’m using a combination of both, you can use one or the other, or like me both  This recipe will serve 2 people really well  SHOPPING LIST …

SLOW COOKED BREAST OF CUMBRIAN LAMB/MUTTON 

I love lamb breast, you don’t see it so much on menus these days and I think it’s a real shame, the other fantastic thing that you see even less is Mutton, and that’s an even bigger shame  The breast is packed full of flavour, and cooked correctly is utterly delicious  I’m using mutton here,…

SPICY TANDOORI STYLE CHICKEN 

Have you ever bought tandoori chicken and been disappointed and uttered the phrase  “I could have made that better myself” Well now you can, follow this simple tasty recipe and you’ll never be disappointed again, I’m serving mine with a minty yogurt dip, great with a nice cold beer watching a film on the TV…