Masala Mackerel with Coconut Chutney

With their gleaming blue and silver stripes, mackerel are a lovely fish. They’re cheap, tasty and packed full of healthy omega-3 oils. They can carry strong flavours and their oiliness means they can take a brief blast under the grill or on the barbecue without drying out. They’re a gift to the cook.  Continue reading

Slow-roast Pork with Garlic and Herbs

I’ve found myself making a lot of slow-cooked Sunday roasts recently. Apart from the bit where you have to get up early to get them in the oven in time, they’re such a fuss-free way of providing a generous lunch, giving you more time to enjoy the company of friends and family. This porky version has the added advantage of quite stupendous crackling.  Continue reading

Smoked Haddock and Spinach Mornay

This is quite a retro dish but it’s so good I think it’s due a renaissance. Flaky, juicy fish, combined with spinach and the fresh pop of tomatoes, blanketed in a smoky, cheesy sauce, topped off with a crisp thatch of breadcrumbs. Heavenly. Yes, rather an over-use of adjectives there, but I think they’re justified. Continue reading

Teriyaki Duck with Stir-fried Cucumber

Image of teriyaki duck, carved

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like teriyaki although I’m sure now I’ve said that someone will put their hand up. I love it in pretty much all its forms, authentically Japanese and Westernised, although I have yet to eat a teriyaki burger.  Continue reading

Harira with Root Vegetables

Harira is an earthy, spicy, hearty Moroccan soup, often eaten to break the Ramadan fast. I like to close my eyes and imagine myself sitting round a camp fire under the stars somewhere near the Atlas Mountains. This is a high-risk strategy as eating soup with your eyes shut is generally not to be recommended unless you’re drinking it out of a mug. Continue reading

Truffles: The Cheapskate’s Fix

Image of black truffle

Black Périgord truffle, image courtesy moi-même

Truffles are divisive … you either love them or hate them, so if you’re looking ahead for a Valentine’s Day recipe for your beloved, it’s as well to check with them first. My husband once watched, with bemusement and possibly just a tinge of horror, as I troughed through an entire truffle-based menu at a French restaurant, from starter through to dessert. Continue reading