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…

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…

RICH REDWINE CHICKEN 

This delicious recipe is loosely based on the classic Coq au Vin, but only very loosely!!! So no getting in touch all you perfectionists out there  It does require you to marinade the chicken, but it’s so so worth the time  SHOPPING LIST  FOR THE MARINADE 1 bottle good-quality red wine  1 tbsp redcurrant jelly 1…

RHUBARB CRUMBLE, YOU CAN’T BEAT IT 

This is one of my favourite warm puddings, it takes me back to when I was about 10-11 years old and making it at home, always served with thick birds custard, I still love it, although now I like to put a good scoop of vanilla ice cream on top  This recipe will serve 4…

WEST COAST OF SCOTLAND HAND DIVED SCALLOPS WITH BUTTER SAUCE 

For those of you who know me will know that I,A. Love my scallops and, B. Love my trips to the west coast of Scotland, where I believe the Seafood to be some of the finest, the hand dived scallops being particularly fantastic, not damaged and full of sand like some of the dredged ones …

My Seafood Pancakes 

Ingredients SHOPPING LIST 100g plain flour pinch salt 2 free-range eggs 200ml/7fl oz full-fat milk 50g melted butter Splash of oil for frying For the sauce 125g butter 75g plain flour 1 litre full fat milk salt and freshly ground black pepper pinch grated nutmeg 1 lemon, zest only 500g assorted raw fish and shellfish,…

Fantastic Crispy Beer Battered Fish 

Is there anything better than a fantastic piece of fresh fish encased in the ultimate crispy batter cooked till golden? I honestly believe fish and chips, if cooked correctly, is one of the best things in the world EVER! So! What’s the secret to a good batter? If I’m honest! I’m not sure, I think…

MY LOBSTER THERMIDOR 

This is a recipe that had a huge impact years ago, then was kind of forgotten and was looked down upon by many chefs as ” too old fashioned” but has in recent years made a come back, and I have to say Hooray!  I also know that any chef worth their salt will have…

SEAFOOD CASSOULET 

I love this recipe I’m going to share with you here, you can use any firm fleshed fish you want, the choice is up to you     This recipe will serve 4 people SHOPPING LIST 400g of fish fillets (salmon, Sea bass, monkfish are great) 200g of peeled tiger prawns Splash of rapeseed oil…