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The Perfect Dumpling

What is a dumpling? In simple terms, it is an essential addition to any stew, casserole or soup, especially in the winter. It's a fluffy, stodgy thing of beauty floating on top of whatever food you have knocked up and for me, it makes...Show More Summary

Northumbrian Leek Pudding

Here is my version of a true classic, which has a leek's mild onion flavour lifted somewhat with the addition of cheese, mustard and cream. I bake mine rather than steam them. Nothing wrong with steaming; it will give you a spongier and more melting sensation, but I prefer the crustiness that baking brings out. Show More Summary

Chicken, Apricot and Spinach Curry

Chicken, Apricot and Spinach Curry Feeds 4IngredientsSeeds of 2 cardamon pods5 whole peppercorns5 cloves3 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil1 onion, chopped1 thumb of fresh ginger, grated3 garlic cloves, crushed1 tsp each of ground cumin,...Show More Summary

Salmon and Crab Chowder

The weather has taken a distinct turn for the worse this past week and after having images of a scorching hot end to May, I'm resigned to the fact that it's typical British weather again.Far from being the pessimist I actually prefer it when it is a little cooler anyway. Show More Summary

Tandoori Turkey Sticks with Mint Raita

Tandoori Turkey Sticks with Mint Raita1 tsp each of ground cumin, ground turmeric, ground coriander and chilli powder4 ground cardamom podsSalt and pepper200ml natural yoghurtJuice of half a lemon500g turkey breast cut into chunks 4Show More Summary

Peanut and Beef Curry

The use of nuts in stews, casseroles and curries may seem unusual to some. However in West Africa, curries made using the peanut are common staple food. I've used the likes of ground almonds in an Indian curry to thicken it but I was a little sceptical about using peanuts. Show More Summary

Crab and Aubergine Spaghetti

Crab and Aubergine SpaghettiFeeds 41 onion, roughly chopped1 clove of garlic, sliced1 aubergine, cut into roughly 1 cm dice2 tbsp olive oil4 anchovies, roughly choppedA handful of black olives, stoned and roughly choppedA handful ofShow More Summary

Wet Pear, Almond and Polenta Cake

Think of a British cake and images of afternoon tea and sponge come to mind. Just a basic Victoria with a thin layer of raspberry jam and a dusting of icing sugar is the perfect accompaniment to a good old cuppa. There aren't any cakes...Show More Summary

Cheddar Cheese Soda Bread

Is there anything more simple and basic than taking some flour, water and yeast, pounding them together for a few minutes then whacking in the oven? Bread making has lost its way in the standard home over the years for the simple reason...Show More Summary

Slow Cooked Lamb Ragu

If you live in the UK and think of Ragu, a certain commercial tomato based pasta sauce available everywhere probably comes to mind. Those marketing boys did well when they managed to register that name.Ragu is a classic Italian tomato based sauce which will be being made in every house in every town in Italy. Show More Summary

Gluten and Dairy Free Lemon Rice Cake

Wheat AND dairy free cake - it must be disgusting yes? Well, give this one a go and you will be eating a light, moist and utterly delicious cake that lacks none of the quality of a wheat and dairy packed cake. Amazing. Thanks to Great...Show More Summary

Devilled Mackerel with Tomato, Onion and Mint Salad

An early start today with a 6am rendezvous on South Shields pier with a spinning rod and a shiny spinner. Mackerel season is in full force and I love this fish with a passion. Cheap, delicious and plentiful, it is the fish for frugal times.Trying to catch them is another matter. Show More Summary

Easy Creamy Chicken and Pepper Curry

Easy Creamy Chicken and Pepper CurryFeeds 44 chicken breasts, sliced into chunks1 thumb of ginger, finely grated3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped1 tsp chilli powder1 tsp cumin1 tsp turmericJuice of a lemon2 tbsp sunflower oilSalt and...Show More Summary

Warm Salad of Sausage, Bacon, Almonds and Chick Pea Shoots

Warm Salad of Sausage, Bacon, Almonds and Chick Pea Shoots Feeds 2 4 good quality lamb sausages (or your sausage of choice)5 rashers of streaky bacon, sliced into piecesA good handful of almonds or hazelnuts10 sage leaves2 or 3 handfuls...Show More Summary

Leek and Chicken Rarebit

I adore Welsh Rarebit, or posh cheese on toast, that combination of cheese and beer that grills to golden perfection. Looking at the tired leeks at the bottom of my fridge, nestling alongside yesterday's roast chicken scraps, gave me a great idea. Show More Summary

Roast Mushroom and Cobnut Soup with Tarragon and Nut Butter

My favourite season has definitely arrived. I know that Autumn is here as each of my windows are covered in condensation. I also know that it is here when my washing remains damp and cold on the drying line.Something about this time of the year gets me a bit excited and brings out the food obsessive in me. Show More Summary

Lemon Curd Cake

If you are going to have some form of lemon cake, make it taste like lemon! This one pulls no punched with a triple hit of lemon. Lemon Curd Cake 200g caster sugar200g butter or margarine3 large eggsZest and juice of one lemon2 large...Show More Summary

Ratatouille with Mussels and Lemon Balm

In a little twist to the usual ratatouille - vegetables in a tomato sauce - this has a few handfuls of fresh and plump Northumbrian mussels and a good dose of lemon balm rather than basil. Lemon balm is a herb that is rarely used in modern day cookery but grows so well in any domestic garden. Show More Summary


This soup entails sticking everything onto a baking tray, roasting it for half an hour in a hot oven, tipping it into a blender with a little stock or water then puréeing it into a soup. Can anybody tell me that this is difficult? If you think so, please give it a go. Show More Summary

Griddled Pineapple with Coconut, Lime and Rum Syllabub

It's perfect weather at the moment for wheeling out the BBQ and believe it or not, a griddled or barbecued pineapple is amazing as a dessert after you've packed back a week's supply of meat.The ridges of the BBQ give it a caramelised edge and the heat makes this beautiful fruit even more fresh and juicy. Show More Summary

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