Recipe – Chunky Apple and Cinnamon Cake

The start of autumn brings us lots of windfall fruit, especially apples and pears. There are some wonderful British apple varieties and many of them make a lovely apple cake. This cake can be frozen so if you have a lot of apples, make a lot of cake! You will need: 225g self raising flour…

Behind The Scenes – Cooking Up A Fortune

I recently took part in a TV cookery show for Channel 4 called Cooking Up A Fortune. My episodes air from Monday 16th September and will no doubt be on catch up on All4 for a while afterwards! I thought you’d like a glimpse behind the scenes… Myself and my great friend Jonny entered back…

Recipe – Spinach, Mascarpone and Ham Hock Rotolo

Rotolo, not to be confused with Ronco, producers of the finest compliation albums before NOW came along… Think swiss roll pasta things full of cheese, ham and spinach, in a lovely sauce. It’s the future! Certainly it’s fun to make (and messy…) and my family really enjoyed it. Adapted from Olive Magazine. Rotolo! For 4-6…

Recipe – Indian Railway Lamb Curry

I love curry. I really love curry! The mix of spices and flavours, the accompaniments, all the regions of India giving you such a broad mix of curry types. What’s not to like? I came across this recipe in Good Food magazine and tweaked it to make it more family friendly as even my five…

Recipe – Chicken, Bean & Leek Traybake

I tried this recipe from Good Food magazine but had to make some changes as I didn’t think the timing was right and also switched to chicken breasts to make it more family friendly. My wife isn’t good with bones, or indeed chicken skin, so adjustments were required! It is a quite simple family meal…

Recipe – Rustic Peach Tart

This is a really lovely pudding for the summer (or any season!) which is at its best served straight from the oven. I like good ice cream with it, as it melts across the peaches, but you can use cream or just have it naked. If you need a nut-free version, just exchange the ground…

Recipe – Chocolate & Banana Loaf Cake

You’ll see we love a banana loaf here, but still having a huge stash of Easter chocolate available made we wonder about doing a chocolate version. So here it is! Super yummy and very simple to do. You can substitute the home-made banana chips for shop-bought dried bananas. You will need: 175g caster sugar 175g…

Recipe – Chilli Cheese Scotch Eggs

If I could give it all up and run my own artisan food business, I’d make scotch eggs. Absolutely my favourite snack food, gone are the days when you have to put up with soggy mass-produced versions. You can do anything with them and once you’ve tried home made it’ll be very difficult to go…

Recipe – Indian Dirty Fries with Crispy Bhaji Onions (Vegan)

The rise of street food has given us some amazing food innovations but nothing is as good as the march of ‘dirty’ food. Over-the-top, indulgent foods from the fast-food side of haute cuisine, they are irresistible. My friend Jonny put together this recipe for Indian Dirty Fries, a fantastic vegan dish everyone can enjoy. You’ll…

Recipe – Giant Jaffa Cake

Is it a cake or is it a biscuit? HMRC (who no-one can argue with!) agree it’s a cake. Quite right too! And a lovely one at that. But a giant one? It’s amazing and a great dessert centre for a family meal. Here’s my version of a recipe from Delicious Magazine. You will need:…