Cured salmon fillets, potato bread, poached egg and green butter sauce

If you haven’t ever tried them before, then I recommend that you give cured salmon fillets a try. Cured salmon, when I have bought it at least, comes in fillets which have been lightly smoked, so that they have some of the flavour of smoked salmon but still need to be cooked. It’s rather like […]

St Patrick’s Day Irish stew, chocolate Guinness cake and Baileys ice cream

It’s St Patrick’s day, and even though I only have the most tenuous link to Ireland (I sit opposite an Irish girl at work), I am happy to take any opportunity to join in with the craic. Plus, it’s not every day you have the perfect excuse to make Nigella Lawson’s chocolate Guinness cake, which […]

My favourite meal – proper pie and mash

And I really mean PROPER pie and mash, which comes from the pie and mash shop. I do not mean shortcrust pies or ‘pies’ (not in my book!) half topped with puff pastry, runny insubstantial gravies with the odd piece of meat and mashed potatoes whipped up with cream and butter. Not that there is […]

A comfort food: fish pie

One of my biggest restaurant disappointments was when I visited Richard Corrigan’s Bentleys for a much anticipated meal many years ago. I had come across him on the first series of Great British Menu and was immediately drawn to his simple style of cooking: using the best fresh and local ingredients, fussing with them as […]