BEEF CHILLI STEW WITH PEARL BARLEY AND DUMPLINGS

This soul-soothing, tasty beef mince and pearl barley stew is a winter warmer indeed. We got the idea by combining a beef chilli with a traditional beef mince and dumpling stew, and the experiment paid off. The pearl barley gives us the wonderful risotto type texture, along with a delicious, hearty gravy. A dumpling or…

CRISPY BACON RISOTTO WITH SHREDDED BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Brussel sprouts are not just for Christmas and there are far better ways of cooking them than being over boiled and thrown on to your festive dinner plate. This risotto shows you just how good they can taste and how amazing they are on top of this dish, with some crispy bacon. It may sound…

LEEK AND SWEET POTATO MASH

Leeks and sweet potatoes are in season and there is no better way to enjoy them than combining the two. Sweet potatoes provide such a creamy texture when cooked, that there is no need to add any dairy. Sautéed leeks are fantastic and take the mash to another level. You could eat this alone with…

BLACK TREACLE BEETROOT SALAD

Having black treacle left in our cupboard from Christmas sparked an idea; behold black treacle roasted beetroot. Perfect in a salad with mixed leaves and orange. Finish with a little feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil and then you are away. Simple and easy to make, leaving you full and satisfied. Ingredients 200g beetroot…

MINI GOATS CHEESE SOUFFLES

Mini goats cheese soufflés are quick and easy to make, and can be a tasty edition to your cheese board or, you could tart them up with some chutneys and serve as a canape. You can use any kind of cheese but we found the soft goats cheese works really well! We’re certain you won’t…

MULLED CIDER APPLE STRUDEL

Apple strudel is one of the best desserts to enjoy and warm us up during the winter months. Although we think the original recipe is fantastic, we thought we could add a little Christmas spice to create a festive alternative to the traditional dessert. If you love mulled cider, then you will love this sweet,…

ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS ROAST POTATOES

We tried to match the roast potatoes you get at Christmas, cooked in goose fat or beef dripping, but veggie style instead! We have come up with something that not only matches it, but knocks it out the park. Full of depth, flavour and crunch, which is everything and more when eating the perfect roastie!…

THAI SPICED PARSNIP SOUP

Not everyone loves parsnips but this soup brings out the best in them and may just turn you into a parsnip fan for life! The Thai flavours bring out the best in the root vegetable and turn it into something magical that warms the soul. Serve with some fresh coriander and chilli andyou are good…

MUSHROOM AND THYME PASTA

If you are a mushroom fan then look no further, this is the ultimate mushroom sauce to go with your pasta. With its rich, creamy texture, coating the pasta making every bite full of flavour. Enjoy with lashings of Parmesan cheese/vegetarian alternative. Ingredients Serves 2 25g flour 25g butter 500g mushrooms Small bunch of thyme…

SLOW ROAST PORK BELLY WITH PLUM SAUCE

Belly of pork cuts through like butter when slow cooked and it tastes incredible with this homemade plum sauce made from the cooking juices. This dish goes perfect with egg fried rice and stir fry veg. Noodles would be great too.  Finished with the pork lovers favourite, Crackling! Ingredients (serves 4) 1.2kg pork belly (skin…

FIG, BACON AND GOATS CHEESE TART

This will honestly take you less than half hour, until you are chomping your way to mouth-watering ecstasy. The combination of ingredients along with a few extras not mentioned in the title; red onion, pine nuts and balsamic glaze, combined together with the puff pastry is the perfect snack. You could even make smaller, bite…

ROASTED CAULIFLOWER HOUMOUS

For all you cauliflower lovers, this might just be the ultimate dip you have been searching for. Sesame and cauliflower goes very well and blitzed in with the chickpeas, we ended up with something quite special. Try this out for your next guests instead of buying in the boring old shop bought houmous. Ingredients 200g…