Pulled Pork for a Crowd – Perfect Party Food

Now that Christmas is over and the turkey and ham leftovers in the fridge are finally starting to subside it’s time to start thinking about New Years Eve and if you’re planning on having a  New Years Eve party or any gathering where you want crowd pleasing food that’s a cinch to prepare then this pulled … Continue reading

Venetian Duck Ragu

I was recently watching Rick Stein’s television series, From Venice to Istanbul, and it really struck me how different the cooking of this section of the Veneto region is to the rest of Italy. The use of spices such as cinnamon and curry powder bring to the cuisine a real hint of its Byzantine past. This duck … Continue reading

Braised Lamb Shanks with White Beans

If you love unctuous, sticky slow cooked lamb then you need to make this recipe. If you love perfectly cooked, tender and flavoursome cannellini beans then you need to make this recipe. If you love the flavours and textures of cassoulet then you need to make this recipe. Am I making myself clear people – … Continue reading

The Easiest & Tastiest Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb

I should have published this post a week ago in time for anyone searching for lamb recipes  for Easter Sunday lunch but if you’re anything like my family then you probably eat lamb pretty regularly and not just at Easter. Our fondness for lamb has me constantly on the look out for new recipes, especially … Continue reading

Persian Baked Chicken with Saffron & Barberries

I must confess that this baked chicken is not a traditional Persian dish but rather my own invention.  When I’m cooking a Persian meal for a large crowd I like to serve a variety of Khoresht (meat based stews) along with Persian steamed basmati rice and I often feel that a poultry dish of some description would … Continue reading

Beef, Onion & Guinness Pie

I made these pies in the depths of winter this year and whilst savoury meat pies are something I usually crave in the colder months, these beef and Guinness pies are so good I could eat them in any season. The recipe is from Gary Mehigan of Australian Masterchef and the filling is utterly delicious, so … Continue reading

Pörkölt – Hungarian Beef Paprika Stew

Pörkölt is a Hungarian stew that can be made with veal, pork or beef. It’s very similar to goulash with the only difference being that goulash is more soup like and often has potatoes added. There are versions of this type of paprika stew all over Europe with the other well known ones being from … Continue reading

Beef Short Rib Ragu

Just before Christmas we had a family dinner at my brother-in-laws Aunt’s house. Zia Sonia is an amazing cook and when I heard she was making her famous gnocchi for dinner I volunteered to bring along the sauce and asked if I could come early to learn how she makes her pillow-soft gnocchi. I’ll share … Continue reading