Marinated Fried Zucchini with Mint

I am always on the look out for new and different side dishes. Even though a side dish is the supporting act in a meal and never the star of the show, a really good side can turn an ordinary or plain main into something very special. I guess that’s why side dishes in steak restaurants … Continue reading

Nigel Slater’s Roasted Eggplant with Cream & Thyme

Combining eggplants (or aubergines) with cream shouldn’t really work, it’s not one of those natural food pairings and if anyone other than Mr Slater had suggested otherwise I would never have tried it. I’m so glad I did though because this is one of the best eggplant dishes I’ve made and it’s such a nice … Continue reading

Okonomiyaki with Sticky Soy Pork Belly

Okonomiyaki, which basically translates to “as you like it”, is a savoury fritter like pancake that’s sometimes referred to as the pizza of Japan. The similarity being the round disc shape and the fact that you can basically put anything you fancy into an okonomiyaki. The batters and toppings vary from region to region but … Continue reading

Slow Braised Chickpeas with Cavolo Nero

It’s nice after all the excesses of the festive season to post a vegetarian dish that’s certainly hearty enough to have as a main meal but which I also love to serve as a side dish. It does contain a small amount of pancetta but it can easily be omitted and I must say this … Continue reading

Baked No-Stir Pumpkin & Sage Risotto

You heard me, no stirring! This is such a great way to make risotto and I can tell you now that if you did a taste test with a traditional risotto and this baked one nobody would be able to tell the difference, so why wouldn’t you save yourself twenty five minutes of stirring over … Continue reading

Broad Bean, Pea & Dill Risotto

I’m always on the look out for new risotto combinations, and lets face it there are a lot of them out there, some good and some great. This one goes into the great category. It’s wonderful on its own or paired with some grilled fish. I know in Italy risotto is never served as a … Continue reading