Cream of mushroom soup with truffle-parmesan toasties

Friday, 2 March 2018|Soup|Tags: |

Well folks, it’s officially autumn. I couldn’t be happier, because early autumn is my absolutely favourite, favourite time of year. High summer stone fruits are still around, grapes are everywhere, so too figs and pomegranates. The days are still warmly languid, but there’s a decided crispness to be found on the early morning air. Just perfect.

It’s a time of year […]

Ultimate mushroom mozzarella toastie

Friday, 23 June 2017|Nibbles|Tags: , |

I’ve given this some thought and have concluded that people can essentially be distilled into two groups. In the first you’ll find organised folks, those with neat cupboards and even neater fridges. They own shares in Tupperware and everything in their kitchen is neatly colour-coded, lined up like Westpoint graduates on parade.

Then there’s the other kind, those of us who […]

Bordelaise – the ultimate red wine sauce for steak

Monday, 30 January 2017|Basic recipes|Tags: , , |

Quite simply the ultimate red wine sauce for steak, that’s Bordelaise folks. Hailing from the Bordeaux region of France, Bordelaise sauce is one of those classical sauces every keen cook should have in their repertoire. Now you may serve Bordelaise on a great manly hunk of steak, but for me this sauce is essentially feminine. The Parisian woman of sauces […]

Chicken, leek and mushroom burger

Tuesday, 1 September 2015|Dinner|Tags: , , |

Chicken and leek is one of those flavour combo no-brainers. Add some mushrooms to the mix, top it with flaky puff pastry and you have a pretty awesome chicken pot pie. But Merlot and I like shaking things up a bit in the kitchen. So we wondered what would happen if I took this traditional flavour combination and put it […]

Herbed mushrooms on cheesy polenta

Monday, 11 May 2015|Dinner|Tags: , |

My love of carbs is well known. I wouldn’t quite kill for a good pasta with a rich lamb ragu, but it’s close. I blame the one eighth Italian in my veins. Its cousin, polenta, is just as satisfying, and I don’t think it gets the attention it deserves.

Like dry pasta, it cooks in about 10 minutes, is cheap […]

Mushroom pasta with bacon crumbs

Wednesday, 19 November 2014|Dinner|Tags: , , |

I love, love, love pasta. Which is why I pretty much never order it in a restaurant. Because, honest to goodness, nine times out of ten they will muck it up. And then I just get annoyed (which isn’t pretty) because making good pasta is not rocket science. Pasta cooked until it’s just al dente, a kiss of intensely-flavoured sauce… […]