Salsa Verde

Green sauce to go with steak! Also works with other meats and fish. The ingredients can be played around with a bit. Ingredients: Chop herbs and garlic as finely as possible then combine with other ingredients. Other recipes generally include anchovies, which is really nice.…

Chickpea ‘tuna’ mayo

Made this the other day – nice as a quick sandwich filling and super tasty!! Ingredients: Method:

Growing salad sprouts

How to grow your own salad sprouts What you need: a big jar or pot with a wide neck a piece of muslin cloth a rubber band a water jug some sprout seeds (alfalfa, mung beans, lentils, chickpeas or a ‘sprout mix’) Instructions: Put a…

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Breakfast buns (cinnamon rolls)

Everyday recipe – for 10 rolls: 65g butter 220ml milk 440g plain white flour (you don’t need strong bread flour for this recipe) 65g normal sugar 2 tsp dried yeast salt 2 tablespoons cinnamon 3-4 tablespoons demerara sugar you can try other fillings instead –…

Focaccia

1/4 cup olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced Fresh thyme & rosemary (or use dried if necessary, can try other things like sage) Black pepper 260g strong white flour (check this) 1 and 1/2 tsp yeast 1 tsp sugar 1/2 tsp salt 200ml warm water…

Spicy Bean Pate

For 1 kg 280g blackeye beans 280g onion 100ml sunflower oil 65ml tomato puree/ 20ml wine vinegar 1 plus 1/2 tsp aniseed 1 plus 1/2 tsp paprika 1 tsp garam masala 1/4 tsp cayenne 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 4 tsp black mustard…

Gavin’s mum’s Guacamole

Gavin’s mum’s Guacamole

My Mum showed us how to make this when we were kids. We’ve always loved it – Ali still makes it too! At least two ripe avocados 1/4 of a red onion 1 small garlic clove 1 Lime Tabasco (chipotle version is great). Fresh coriander…

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

Gavin’s BEST EVER Roast Potatoes!

This is cooking with Science! The baking soda (bicarb) is the magic ingredient – it makes the water slightly alkaline. This breaks down the outside of the potatoes and makes a starchy slurry – so the oil sticks to them and they go super crispy…

White Sauce

Butter Plain flour Milk This is really a skill you have to learn, rather than a recipe… Warm a bit of milk in a microwave (you don’t have to do this, but it makes the mixing easier). Put some butter in a small pan and…

Pasta

1 egg 1 cup white flour (pasta flour or hard bread flour) Put egg in a third cup measure, then fill with water and add one tablespoon. OK, this needs a bit more detail… think we used it with the pasta machine, but also for…

Bread

For two loaves 675g flour (wholemeal bread flour/strong white bread flour, roughly 2/3 wholemeal 1/3 white) 2 tsp sugar 2 tsp yeast 4 tablespoons oil 100g seeds 500ml warm water 1 tsp salt Bake at 220 C for 25 mins. For one, slightly larger, loaf …

Pizza

Amounts for 1 pizza: 185g flour. White bread flour is best but plain will do in a pinch. ½ tsp yeast 4 tablespoons sunflower oil (or olive for flavour) 100ml warm water – body heat 1/2 tsp salt (or more if you like) Sauce: you…

Mayonnaise (also quick blender mayo)

1 egg yolk Salt Mustard (optional) – ¼ tsp of smooth Djon mustard or mustard powder. Yellow English mustard is too strong. Sunflower oil (about 6 tablespoons, need to check this) Olive oil (about another 6 tablespoons) Lemon juice (about 1 tablespoon) OK, mayonnaise is not…

Cheese Scones

BBC online recipe 225g/8oz self raising flour pinch of salt 55g/2oz butter 25g/1oz mature Cheddar, grated 150ml/5fl oz milk Heat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Mix together the flour and salt and rub in the butter. Stir in the cheese and then the milk…

Challah Bread

400g Strong white flour 2 eggs 1 tsp yeast ½ tsp salt 2 tablespoons oil (sunflower is good) saffron (optional) 180 ml warm water 1 tsp milk 1 tsp white sugar Poppy seeds – or seasame Keep back one egg yolk for glaze. Mix everything…