Chicken, ham and leek pie (with short crust pastry)

  Cold, dark days and the run up to Christmas always brings cravings for the classics. I really need some comfort food this time of year and what’s more comforting than a pie? I’m also trying to improve my skills with pastry so this was another excuse to practise.  Although you can buy pastry, shortcrust … More Chicken, ham and leek pie (with short crust pastry)

Chapatis (quicker, cheaper, healthier than Naan and the easiest bread you will ever make!)

In 2009 I was privileged to spend a few months working in South India. India is a huge country and there is a massive variation in cuisine between the regions. We stayed in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka but also spent some weekends in Kerala. Every meal we had was very different but the one constant was … More Chapatis (quicker, cheaper, healthier than Naan and the easiest bread you will ever make!)

Fragrant greek lamb stew with tomatoes, lemon and olives (and a great greek salad)

I haven’t visited Greece for ages, but the flavours have never left me and I regularly cook greek influenced food. Just as in Italy, the food tends towards rustic and focuses on a few key ingredients in a dish.  This isn’t a recreation of a particular meal but is my impression of a great greek … More Fragrant greek lamb stew with tomatoes, lemon and olives (and a great greek salad)

Pork Chops made thin and amazing: Schweineschnitzel

I thought twice about including this one, as it is deceptively simple. But it received such a positive response from my wife that I changed my mind (although that may be her German side kicking in). This is one of the real classics of German cuisine, a standard on restaurant menus and real comfort food. … More Pork Chops made thin and amazing: Schweineschnitzel