LEG OF MUTTON WITH ROSEMARY,THYME AND CUMBRIAN ALE

   Slow roasted leg of mutton with rosemary and thyme  Mutton doesn’t have be cooked in a casserole – here, Im using fantastic Herdwick Mutton from the fells of Cumbria. If you really don’t want to use mutton then a leg of lamb will be fine  Shopping List   1 whole leg of mutton with a…

OX CHEEK,RICH DARK CUMBRIAN ALE AND BONE MARROW PIE

Is there anything better than a good Beef and Ale pie? Pieces of melt in the mouth beef in a fantastic unctuous sauce, encased in buttery pastry!!!  I’ve seen this fantastic dish made with absolutely no love or care so many times! Meat thrown into a saucepan, covered with water, boiled to within an inch…

CUMBRIAN CHEDDAR AND LEEK PIE 

There’s something about a good pie that makes you feel all warm inside, a well made pie is an absolute delight, and I’m not referring to those pies you see with microwaved fillings and a ridiculous puff pastry hat sitting on top!!!!  I’m talking about a proper pie!  SHOPPING LIST  For the pastry  450g plain…

TREACLE CURED SALMON 

This recipe is an absolute doddle, if you’re looking for something special to start off a dinner party or for something special? Give this a try, I’ve been doing this recipe in one way or another for years, I don’t take credit for it! I found the recipe in a book and thought it sounded…

SAFFRON RISOTTO FOR SEAFOOD 

Risottos are fantastic if done correctly, by no means do I think mine is the best! Every chef will have their own recipes, this is mine, I think it works beautifully with seafood of every kind, experiment! That’s what cooking is all about  SHOPPING LIST  1 litre of Fish,chicken or vegetable stock 1 tsp saffron…

BRINE FOR FISH 

Before hot-smoking fish it must be brined, rubbed or marinated.  For mackeral  cover in salt half an hour before smoking, wash it off, dry and rub with olive oil.  For salmon  use a brine or rub it with dill and mustard seed or crushed coriander seeds. Then smoke for 10-12 minutes at roughly 160C. Try…

CHINESE 5 SPICED PORK BELLY

This is a recipe I’ve been doing on and off for years in one form or another, it initially came about simply because we used to rear our own piggies! And we were for ever coming up with different dishes to use up the abundance of pork!!  There’s nothing groundbreaking about this recipe, it’s just absolutely…

GINGERBREAD BISCUITS (gluten and dairy free)

I’d almost forgotten about this recipe! It’s a recipe I came up with around 4 years ago, I was asked if I’d enter a biscuit into “The Great Biscuit Dunk Challenge” and this recipe is what I came up with  SHOPPING LIST  175g of gluten free whole meal flour  50g of porridge oats (make sure…

SOUSED MACKERAL IN SPICED CIDER 

Sounds strange, but tastes fantastic, you can serve the mackeral either hot or cold, either way you won’t be disappointed  SHOPPING LIST  4 mackeral, filleted and boned  100g of seasoned whole wheat flour  500ml of dry cider 2 teaspoon of pickling spice  1 onion peeled and thinly sliced  1 Carrot peeled and thinly sliced into…

CONSOMMÉ 

This recipe is a real blast from the past, Consommé is a classic French clarified stock, or clear soup, The French word consommé literally means “finished,” meaning the soup is more refined than a simple broth. It’s often considered the “Rolls Royce”of broths, it isn’t the easiest recipe, it’ll take 2 days! From start to…

CARROT CAKE ( a quick microwave method)

This has to be the most ridiculous recipe I’ve ever written! It goes totally against everything I stand for!!! I’ve long been of the opinion that the microwave is there only as a storage vessel for my paperwork!!! And to place my day dots and coffee mug on top of!!!  This recipe is a reaction…

TARTARE OF TUNA 

I absolutely love this recipe, packed full of delicious flavour, easy to prepare, vibrant and tastes sublime, As I keep saying, please use the freshest of the freshest fish,  I’m using tuna, but by no means is that set in stone, try salmon, sea bass, scallops, halibut, mackeral, speak to your fishmonger  SHOPPING LIST  2…