Martin’s perfect Halibut

Marinade halibut with lemon juice, olive oil fresh herbs and some salt for about an hour. It doesn’t need to swim in the marinade, just a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and olive oil is fine. Then cook in the oven for about 20…

Roast Red Pepper halves

From Chris’s birthday party at Sheena’s

Lamb shank braised in vegetable sauce

I’m trying to remember what I did a few days ago, so this is a bit sketchy, but also, it can be varied. The main thing is to cook long and slow and to make sure there are enough rich flavours in the things that…

Pasta recipes galore!

From the Times Saturday magazine

Anna’s Kedgeree

You can also look at Nick’s recipe, but this is how I do it. This is the smallest practical recipe but if it’s just for two people you may have some left over for the next day – that’s OK – just serve at room…

Broccoli Pasta

Really simple yummy pasta dish that Guilia made. Reminded me of DP’s Broccoli Noodles! Ingredients: 1 head of broccoli 2 cloves of garlic Cream Pasta Salt and pepper Squeeze of lemon Parmesan Method: Cut up the broccoli, separating the stem and the florets. Roughly chop…

Bouillabaisse

Need to look at online recipes again before doing this. Trying to work out a manageable version of the recipe! Fish – meaty fish is the best for this, monkfish would be good, or mullet. Edible skin is good as it helps keep chunks together…

Slow cooked chicken thighs

Cooked at 150 degrees for 2.5 hours. If you have boned thighs, unroll them so they are flat pieces and dry the skin with some kitchen paper. Brown the skin side of the chicken pieces in oil. This is to bring out the fat, which…

Loin of lamb

Recipe in progress… Heat oven to 180 degrees fan. This is for a small rolled loin of lamb (2 portion size). Pat the meat dry and salt it lightly. Put some sunflower oil in a pan and when it is hot, put the meat in.…

Jess’ creamy mushroom gnocchi

Jess makes this for me all the time and it’s one of my favourites! Ingredients: Method:

Pasta alla Vodka

Really yummy and quick pasta sauce. Ingredients: Method:

Portugese fish Stew

For 2-3 servings Fish bones or shellfish shells for stock A mixture of fish and some shellfish Celery and/or onions, chopped fine – about half the quantity compared to the tomatoes 4 tomatoes, skinned and chopped Fresh herbs, including bay leaf Olive oil White wine…

Ricotta & butternut squash tarts

1 pack pre-rolled puff pastry (320g) Remove from fridge at least 10 mins before unrolling it. 1 tub ricotta (250g) About 300g butternut squash, skinned and chopped into 1cm cubes 2 tabs olive oil 1 tab honey 2 large handfuls fresh spinach leaves (or very…

Scotch Bonnet tomato sauce

Celery – one stick One red pepper Garlic Olive oil Tomatoes – mixture of large and cherry if possible – say 4 large and a handful of cherry Scotch bonnet or other chillis – careful with the heat level though Dried herbs Tomato puree Chicken…

Glazed Roast Duck Breast

Set oven to 180 degrees with top heat and pre-heat a shallow oven dish. Score the fatty side of the duck breast. Then use a frying pan with a little sesame oil to sear the breast. Do the flesh side briefly then the skin side,…

Buffalo Cauliflower

This is a bit complicated to make, but it’s fun and really yummy. Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup milk 1 cup flour 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground pepper Buffalo sauce: 2/3 cup…

Thai summer rolls

These are super easy and very adaptable. They’re a really fun packed lunch! Ingredients: Rice paper wraps (can get these at Chinese supermarkets) Peanut sauce (recipe here) Tofu Pickled radishes are nice! Fresh herbs – coriander, mint, basil You can use any raw veg, but…

Tofu pad thai

A little bit complicated but really tasty! Ingredients Sauce: 1.5 tsp tamarind paste (or sub for 1 tbsp lime juice) 1/3 cup coconut aminos (or sub half the amount with tamari) 3.5 tbsp coconut sugar 1.5 tsp chilli garlic sauce 1.5 tbsp lime juice 2…

Miso glazed aubergine

Really tasty side dish, or can be served with rice with sushi seasoning and quick pickled cucumber (recipe here). Ingredients: Aubergine, cut into rounds about 2cm thick and scored Glaze – I kind of made this up, but mixture of: White miso paste (I bought…

Egg fried rice

Yummy and easy weeknight dinner – and great way of using up rice! The rice definitely has to be made ahead of time. Ingredients: Rice (cooked beforehand) Sesame oil Onion Garlic Ginger Egg Tofu Soy sauce Any veg will do, but my favourites are: Pak…

Thai Green Curry

My favourite ever!! And I’ve finally figured out how to make it taste good. The key thing is either to make a paste from scratch (recipe here), or to buy a tub of paste from a chinese supermarket (the best by far is the Mae…

Dinner inspiration

Ideas for easy meals when you can’t decide what to cook… Lentil dahl – with rice or naan. Add roasted aubergine or spiced carrots for something extra Stir fry with rice or noodles, add egg or tofu to the veg Roast veg on a tray,…

Puerco Pibil

My friend Ian made me this for dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was AMAZING so I had to ask him for the recipe. I haven’t tried it yet as it takes ages but I definitely want to. Ingredients: Yucatec spice blend: 5…

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Mushroom and tofu ramen

Really love this recipe! It’s a veggie ramen because that’s what I prefer but I’d like to try out a pork ramen sometime. Ingredients: Dried shiitake mushrooms Garlic Shallot Ginger Veg or chicken stock White miso paste Soy sauce Sesame oil Fresh assorted mushrooms, including…

Chorizo Pasta

Have been making this as an easy weeknight dinner, good way to use up chorizo. Ingredients: Chorizo Chilli Red onion Garlic Sour cream Pasta Tomatoes Method: Fry up chopped garlic, chilli and red onion in olive oil. Once soft, add chopped chorizo and cook for…

Lamb meatballs in Italian sauce (or Ethiopean sauce)

Serve with rice or pasta Celery Onion Tomatoes Tomato puree Olive oil White wine Herbs – fresh if possible – savory and marjoram are good. Tie up a bundle so you can take them out later. Alternatively, for the Ethiopian version, add a couple of…

Stir Fry

There are lots of ways to go with this, though it is a bit hard to do without onions… It’s lots of veg, cut up in various ways and added in right order – some things need longer cooking. Then it’s good (but not essential…

Roast chicken and roast potatoes

Roast chicken and roast potatoes

Set oven to 170 fan. Wash the chicken and pat dry. Put some lemon inside – a whole one chopped in four, or just some left over bits. It’s just to keep the inside moist and give a bit of flavour – mainly from the…

Fish Pie

If using frozen prawns you can defrost in cold water, changed several times. Other ingredients have to be fresh or already defrosted. This recipe is very adaptable, it’s nice to have a mixture of fish and the only thing that won’t work too well is…

Lasagne

A really useful thing about this is that you can assemble everything in advance and then put in the oven much later. But when you are ready to cook it, pre-heat oven to 180 fan. First choose the dish you are going to use –…

Sweet & Sour Pork

Strips of good quality pork Shoyu Cider vinegar Honey Star anise – about one ‘head’ for each two portions. An alternative is crushed fennel seeds. Fresh chilli Maybe garlic – can’t remember what I did Toasted sesame oil Marinade the pork with everything except the…

Stuffed Peppers

This is a great way of using up rice and meat leftovers, though you could also cook things specially to put into the peppers. Slice the tops off the peppers and take out the inside of the peppers. Salt the inside of the peppers and…

Baked fish (cod) with a lemon & herb crust

Thick pieces of white fish like cod or haddock (not thin pieces, or they cook before the crust does) Serrano ham (optional, Martin’s idea…) About 20g of fine white breadcrumbs per portion Finely chopped fresh herbs – parsley and lemon thyme are good. Quite a…

Oven Baked Frittata

Really easy to make – especially in bulk! Ingredients: 10 eggs Onion Mixed veg Bacon or chorizo Salt, pepper and herbs Grated cheese to top Can be made with whatever’s in the fridge but suggestions are: broccoli, kale, sweet potato, spinach, pepper, mushrooms Fry up…

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Beetroot and Shitake risotto

Make this like normal risotto, but put in cubed beetroot at the same time as the rice and some shitake near the end. Thyme is a good herb for this. It is a dramatic colour!

Refried Beans

An alternate filling for fajitas, or great on their own! Ingredients: x2 tins of beans (traditionally it’s meant to be pinto but I usually use cannelloni. anything works) Olive oil Onion Garlic Salt and pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Chipotle tabasco Chopped jalapenos Red pepper Method:…

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

Maggie’s Chicken Fajitas!!!

My all time favourite meal! Love to cook it for friends. Ingredients: For the filling Chicken Garlic Red onion Red pepper Cumin, paprika and cayenne Sriracha sauce For the guacamole: Avocado Lime Coriander Chipotle tabasco Salt and pepper Olive oil Additional: Tortilla wraps Creme fraiche…

Saugage Ragu

Saugage Ragu

I made this from my recipe book today and I actually like it a lot more than bolognese with beef mince- it’s super tasty! Ingredients: Pork sausages Olive oil Garlic Onions Fennel seeds, mixed herbs Chopped tomatoes Red wine Salt and pepper Pasta (recipe recommends…

Mushroom and Creme Fraiche Pasta

I find this a really good way of using up creme fraiche that I bought for making wraps!! (and its quick and yummy!) Main ingredients: Mushrooms Onion Garlic Spinach Creme fraiche Spaghetti First soften the onions with the garlic, then add the mushrooms. Once they’re…

Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Coconut Curry

Super yummy and relatively easy! Recipe here. I made it with kale instead of spinach.

Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya

BBC recipe here. Great to cook in bulk and then keep for the next day! Can be veggie too.

Shakshuka

BBC recipe Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Serve with yoghurt and flatbreads.

Basic Risotto

Olive oil Butter Risotto rice Onions Garlic (or wild garlic leaves added at the last moment) White wine Vegetable stock cube (or chicken stock) Salt, pepper, herbs Grated parmesan Saute sliced onions and chopped garlic in olive oil and butter until soft. Add risotto rice…

Liam’s Sweet Potato in a Cayenne, Ginger and Groundnut Sauce

This is my favorite recipe from my favorite recipe book, World Food Cafe by Chris & Carolyn Caldicott, which appropriately was given to me on my 18th birthday. It’s delicious, healthy, and fairly cheap and easy to make. It also scales up well–I’ve made it…

Tilda’s best ever Carbonara

Tilda’s best ever Carbonara

2 eggs 2 garlic cloves peeled and poked with forks olive oil thyme a good handful of pancetta grated parmesan Pour the olive oil in a saucepan, letting it heat up. Put the garlic cloves in, making sure that they become golden and not too…

Pat’s Green Pancakes with Lime butter

(Adapted from Otolenghi) For the lime butter 1/4 to 1/2 pack of unsalted butter, at room temperature Zest of 1 lime plus the juice Smidgin of salt A flick of pepper 1 tbsp coriander leaves or not as the case may be. ½ garlic clove,…

Manisha’s Pommes Dauphinoise

Serves 6-8 1 Large Garlic Clove 250ml Whole Milk 250ml Double Cream 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp Cracked Black Pepper 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper 900g Potatoes- Sliced as thinly as possible 175g Grated Cantal or Comte Cheese (Cheddar can work as well)…

Ali’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Ali’s Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Chicken (thighs or breast) 2tsp Ground Allspice 2tsp Cayenne pepper 2tsp dried thyme (or some fresh) 2 tsp Ground ginger 2tsp Ground nutmeg 2tsp Ground Cinnamon 2 cloves garlic 1 piece ginger 1 x 15 ml dark muscavado sugar 60ml dark rum 60 ml lime…

Canon Angus MacQueen’s Roasted Cormorant

Canon Angus MacQueen’s Roasted Cormorant

Canon Angus MacQueen’s recipe for cormorant, as recounted to me the day of his arrival as the new incumbent of the Parish of South Uist. When I was a boy, my brothers and I used to sail out the Monach islands in the autumn to…