Braised pork cheeks

This was my first time attempting to cook pork cheeks, and I was pretty chuffed with it. It’s extremely rich so a little goes a long way – I was using rare breed cheeks (from Harris Farm Meats) which seemed pretty large, and after shredding them into the sauce 2 cheeks was plenty for 3…

Quick mackerel pasta

This is a good dish to make if you’re short on time, or need something you can whip up from the dregs of your cupboards/fridge. That said, it’s full of great flavour! Ingredients Spaghetti (enough for two) A tin of mackerel in extra virgin olive oil Red chilli, finely chopped (I used a fairly mild…

Apple Sauce

I could just eat apple sauce forever. I rank roast pork as my 2nd favourite Sunday roast pretty much purely because of the apple sauce (behind chicken on the top spot, obviously because of the combined heaven of sage & onion stuffing and bread sauce). That said, this weekend was the first time I’d actually…

Spiced Roast Quail

I love quail – it’s not something I see around very often though so I was quite chuffed when I dog-sat for my mum at the weekend and she left me some to cook. I felt like something light and nibbly so went for a nice fragrant marinade with salsas and bread. Ingredients 6 tblespoons…

Pea ‘Gaucamole’

I found this recipe while looking for monkfish recipes – it’s from James Martin – and I thought it seemed an interesting concept. Mr Eats whipped it up as I dealt with the monkfish, and it turned out early nicely. We made a couple of variations – and while the recipe called for popping it…

Simple Tomato Salsa

I’m probably going to end up posting a whole bunch of salsas as time goes on – there are so many tasty variations you can make! This one is a really quick and simple one, with a good garlicky hit and fresh taste. Ingredients 3 large salad tomatoes, deseeded and roughly chopped Two cloves garlic,…

Monkfish Tacos

If you haven’t had monkfish in fajitas yet, you really should go and try it. This was my second attempt – the first time I coated chunks of monkfish in spiced flour and breadcrumbs and fried (which was gorgeous and I will post about it at some point). This time I opted for the healthier…

Wagamama

I really like Wagamama. For a chain they’re  surprisingly consistently good (and not consistently ‘okay’ which can be the case with chains) and their menu contains some of my all-time favourite dishes. My one problem is that I can never make up my mind what I want, so end up trying to order everything. As…

Quick Creamy Pasta

This is like, the quickest, tastiest, most amazing dish ever. It satisfies carb cravings and is stodgy enough to be ultimate comfort food; while the addition of wine, fresh Parmesan and herbs give it a bit of a fancy feeling. I like it as a midweek pick-me-up as the whole thing can basically be made…

Slouch, Glasgow

This isn’t really the post that Slouch deserves, so I will do another at some point. I just happened to be there on Friday night and thought I’d pop up a little short taster post. Slouch is a great wee place on Bath street, with decently priced drinks, tasty food, and good music. They have a…

Lamb Soup

I mentioned Icelandic lamb soup in my food tour post – it’s such a tasty, comforting hug in a bowl. I was determined to make my own, so having leftovers from my leg of lamb seemed like a perfect opportunity. I unfortunately didn’t take notes as I made this because it’s soup and I assumed I’d remember….

Red wine & rhubarb syrup reduction

This is a super simple sauce that can be varied in loads of different ways to suit the dish you’re serving it with. I had this rhubarb-syrup version with lamb and it was great. Ingredients One of those little mini bottles of red wine. Some quick googling will normally tell you which variety of wine…