Thoran: Dry Kerala Curry of Cabbage, Carrot & Coconut

Don’t let the word ‘Dry’ put you off this recipe, it’s tasty, nutritious with a spicy kick. I can’t take credit for this one, it’s from Rick Steins Indian book, hailing from Kerala, Southern India. Traditionally this dish was made from whatever vegetables that could be found.  The curry is enough on its own, served…

Asian Spiced Salmon Fillets with Cauliflower Rice

This recipe was a bit of an experimental one when cooking for the family last night. I threw together some of my favourite spices and this is the end result!  The Salmons marinaded in Soy Sauce, Lime, Honey, Garlic, Chilli, Ginger & Chinese 5 Spice. I love roasted Cauliflower, the flavour becomes more intense when…

Spag Bol with a Cheeky Little Twist! 

It’s quick, it’s tasty, it’s nutritious and it’s possibly one of best loved dishes in the world…..Spaghetti Bolognese!  The basis for my Spag Bol recipe is similar to that of a traditional recipe, with the main exception being a dollop of HP Sauce (Brown Sauce). Yes, good old HP Sauce!  Some of you may not…

Mother Kane’s Christmas Cake

Growing up, it was tradition that every October half-term my mum would make the Christmas cake.  My siblings and I would gather around to stir the mix and make our wishes. Then there was the obligatory licking the bowl, and subsequent fighting over who’s had the most. Fond childhood memories, probably because I was always…

Zebra & Cognac Tasting Night @ Rare, Leeds

The tasting night was my first visit to Rare Steak House in Leeds, tucked away almost unnoticed in the busy city centre Call Lane area. I came across the tasting night whilst searching online for an alternative food related present for my friend Fiona. A series of tasting nights were on offer at Rare throughout…

Spicy Pumpkin Stew with Lamb Cutlets

I’m not going to lie to you, preparing a pumpkin is messy & hard work, but once you’ve remove the flesh from the skin and scraped out all the seeds, you do feel a sense of accomplishment. Make sure you have a big, sharp knife and ensure you carve carefully to avoid losing a finger…

Pumpkin & Pea Samosas 

Wondering what to make with all the pumpkins in the supermarkets at the moment? Try my Pumpkin & Pea samosa recipe. Although I’ve used more woody herbs in this version, you could spice them up a bit and alternatively use some chilli flakes & cumin. Ingredients: – 1/2 Medium Pumpkin, flesh removed and cubed –…

Sweet Potato, Feta & Beetroot Bake

I’ve been cooking this dish for so long now that I can’t remember which of my wonderful friends gave it to me, but thank you! You don’t really need anything else to accompany the dish, but grilled salmon and chicken both go really well. It’s also a great addition to any buffet table or BBQ….

Apricot & Cashew Chicken Ballotine with Cumin Fondant Potatoes

Served with roasted Cauliflower florets, crispy Chicken skin, Asparagus & spicy Gravy The idea behind my new recipe was to mix together two of my favourite dishes; the classic roast dinner and a good old curry. I’ve made this dish twice now, experimenting on my ever willing friends & family. I like the combination of…