Recipes (my own and from reviewed recipe books), reviews of cookery books and cookery classes, food and kitchen equipment product reviews – if it’s about cooking or eating at home, it’s here!

Smoky Paprika Chicken with Warm Cannellini Beans

Smoky paprika chicken with warm cannellini beans

The premise of Rosie Reynolds’ The Shortcut Cook is to share classic recipes with clever shortcuts to make them easier, faster and tastier. This Smoky paprika chicken with warm cannellini beans makes double use of a smoky paprika mayonnaise as both marinade and dip, resulting in moist chicken with crispy skin. Adding ripe tomatoes to ... Read more »

Cheese and Onion Gyoza

Cheese and Onion Gyoza

When Pete and I travelled to Japan, we were surprised to come across cheese-filled gyoza quite often, mostly in casual ramenya and izakaya. This recipe for cheese and onion gyoza is from Your Home Izakaya by Tim Anderson, and is a great example of Japan’s propensity to incorporate non-Japanese flavours into Japanese dishes. Read our ... Read more »

Baked Potatoes with Butter and Salmon Roe

Baked New Potatoes with Butter and Salmon Trout Roe

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best! That’s definitely the case for these baked potatoes with butter and salmon roe from Tim Anderson’s Your Home Izakaya cookbook. The butter is boosted with mirin and soy sauce, and the plump round salmon eggs are piled on top Going through an obsession with new potatoes at the time, ... Read more »

Your Home Izakaya: Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan by Tim Anderson

Your Home Izakaya by Tim Anderson

Ever since I saw Your Home Izakaya: Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan by Tim Anderson listed as an upcoming Japanese cookbook from one of my favourite publishers, I’ve been hyper-excited to get a copy. When it arrived in the post I immediately binge-read it cover to cover in rapt concentration and ... Read more »

A Taste For… Parma Ham

Parma ham legs hanging to age

The inspector from the Istituto Parma Qualità moves quickly amongst a selection of legs of ham. He pierces each ham in at least five spots using a special horse bone needle and sniffs the needle after each puncture. The needle is quite specialist; horse bone is porous to just the right degree that it takes in ... Read more »

How to Make Brown Fish Stock

In his recently published cookbook Take One FIsh, Josh Niland aims to give home cooks more confidence in cooking with fish. He covers tips on selecting, preparing and cooking with fish before sharing a wide range of recipes for many different kinds of fish. At the back of the book are several basics such as ... Read more »

John Dory Tagine

John Dory Tagine

This fragrant and beautiful tagine is a great way to showcase John Dory, pairing it with North African-inspired spices, and serving with salt and vinegar pine nuts and preserved lemon yoghurt. The recipe is from Josh Niland’s Take One Fish, a cookbook aiming to give home cooks more confidence in cooking with fish. The recipes ... Read more »