Another year, another excuse to rustle up a garam masala. This year, a heavy lean on the aniseed flavours: star anise, cinnamon, chillis, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, bay leaves, a whole nutmeg all roasted in a low oven until aromatic. Blitz to dust.
Peppers (bell peppers to our American cousins, and capsicums to many areas of the world) are one of my absolute favourite things in food. Left beside the salad cart with a tray of sliced peppers and a creamy mayonnaise or ranch dressing I will soon be left holding an empty bowl. It's the freshness, the sweetness and crunchy texture I love. Yet they are still delcious when cooked, juicy and vibrant, often adding the fleck of colour that the plate of brown mince needs.
Sometimes I want the flavours of the peppers to be really enhanced, … Continue Reading ››
cumin and coriander steak salad
It may be a touch early in the year for this dish but I got a real craving for this earthy yet refreshing combination. The citrussy crackle of coriander with the deep earthiness of cumin can't be beat when matched with a full-on red meat like this rump steak. Couple it with a refreshing and zingy salad and you've got something I could eat every day. This is a steak … Continue Reading ››
chicken on crispy noodles
The irrepressible Ken Hom popped up on Saturday Kitchen this week to show off a dish for Chinese New Year. He made a platter of crispy noodles topped with velveteen chicken in a savoury sauce. Three of us saw it being made and we immediately decided that it was what we were having for Sunday lunch.
My only change was to add some red pepper; it seemed odd that it would be lacking a … Continue Reading ››
On those cold, snowy nights, the slow cooker must come into play. This was totally simple, but utterly delicious. Soft, flaky beef and sweet little chunks of carrot, in a thick oozy gravy. Total cost? About £3 for two big servings.
300g stewing steak, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
200g baby onions, peeled and halved
1 pint beef stock
1 teaspoon thyme
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
- Coat the beef … Continue Reading ››