It’s that time of year when you crave crisp, crunchy salad stuff: anything, really, other than the stodge that’s kept you going through what has been a ridiculously long winter.
The weather here in the UK has spun dizzily from wet, cold, and wintry to (probably deceptively) hot and sunny. It’s hard to keep up but while we bask, however briefly, in glorious sunshine, here are some springtime recipes that involve a minimum of cooking. Put your sunnies on and dig out the garden furniture from the shed ….
Broad Bean and Goat’s Cheese Salad:
Asparagus and Freekeh Salad:
Hot and Spicy Steak Salad:
Chicory, Stilton and Hazelnut Salad:
I know, it’s supposed to be spring. Pah. The daffodils are popping up their sunny yellow heads all over the garden and I hope they’re enjoying the rain because I’m not, hence this rather wintry but very comforting and flavour-packed supper. Continue reading
Stephen and a spit-roasted rabbit
It’s nearly Easter and as regular readers will know, I like to make a rabbit recipe round about now. After last year’s laughably scary bunny-shaped terrine, I needed to redeem myself and fortuitously, someone gave me a rabbit the other day. Continue reading
I have a guilty secret. I am a vocal supporter of local produce and local producers but I often buy Alaskan salmon. The reason? Most of the salmon available to me is farmed, it’s flabby, fatty and pallid and I find it unappetising. Continue reading
It’s British Pie Week so I thought I’d have a trawl through the Portly archives to see what recipes I could suggest. Frankly, I was shocked. Continue reading
Sometimes you come home, look in the fridge and think ‘I just can’t be bothered, let’s get a takeaway’. Or in my case, with no restaurants willing to deliver to the Suffolk outback, settle for beans on toast. Reader, this could be our salvation. Continue reading
I don’t have a gym membership, I’m woefully out of condition and my gluteus is at maximus. My mussels, though, are second to none. Continue reading
I only ever seem to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and it’s daft. Every year I vow I’ll cook them more often, they’re so delicious. The people of Brittany are far more sensible, they scoff buckwheat galettes all year round. I’m making myself a promise to follow their example. Continue reading
This is one of the quickest, lightest and freshest suppers going … get it while you can because blood oranges have such a short season. Continue reading
I can’t pretend this is a quick meal to make, but I can promise it’s worth the effort. Guinea fowl is a delicious meat, with a full flavour like you imagine the very best chicken will have but which it so rarely does. It is robust enough to stand up to the red wine in the ragù recipe here.