Category Archives: ham

salted caramel ham

salted caramel ham Yes, yes, salted caramel is uber-ubiquitous. But I love a sweet glaze on my ham, such as honey or maple syrup, so why not salted caramel? It's not a fully developed caramel, more a syrup. But the flavours are there, and you get a salty-sweet kick with every bite. Make sure you hold back some glaze and baste the freshly-carved slices. After five minutes cooling it settles into a sticky sauce. If … Continue Reading ››

soufflé potatoes

twice-baked potatoes
twice-baked potatoes
student-survival-guideStudent food can mean an endless diet of jacket potatoes. If this is the case you can ring the changes with my puffed-up potatoes and incorporate whatever you have in the fridge to round out your dinner. The whisked egg whites lift the stodge of dense potato and gives a soufflé-like finish. It takes a little longer to make than a regular "jack pot" but I think the finish is worth … Continue Reading ››

heston blumenthal’s pea and ham soup

heston blumenthal's pea and ham soup "You don't like small food, do you?" That's something someone said about my eating habits a few years back. It's not completely accurate but did draw together a few of my food hates: sweetcorn, baked beans and peas. Baked beans remain the work of the devil, I'm still not really sold on sweetcorn (why does it always end up in tuna?) but over the years I have grown to accept peas. And if … Continue Reading ››

honey-glazed christmas ham

honey-glazed christmas ham I absolutely adore a ham or gammon at Christmas. My Mum always had one hanging around the house from Christmas Eve onwards, and it's something I still do every year. I favour twice-cooking, a long boiling followed by a fierce blast in the oven with a sticky sauce dribbled over the top. I spotted Gordon Ramsay's recipe from this year's and knew I had to give it a try. One of the key things that makes or breaks a dish like this … Continue Reading ››