Mushroom Ragu With Cheesy Polenta

This rich mushroom ragu recipe is the perfect vegetarian meal and is served on a wonderfully comforting cheesy Gruyere polenta.

My wife has been bending my ear for weeks to come up with a new dish to serve over polenta and this Mushroom Ragu is the sign of my capitulation. To be honest she even started hinting in the height of summer. She just lurves polenta!

Chicken Hotpot

A hotpot is a little like a pie with a scalloped potato topping, this chicken hotpot features a mustard sauce and lots of leeks and carrots.

It is definitely warming comfort food season and my chicken hotpot recipe definitely fits into that category. Flavour filled chicken thighs are cooked on the bone in a roux-thickened sauce. A sauce that is flavoured with wholegrain and dijon mustard and some thyme.

Roast Pork Chops With Beans

Roast pork chops are always fab and these boneless pork blade or Boston butt chops are roasted on a bed of green beans and white beans in a tomato sauce.

These roast pork chops represent a slightly different approach to cooking than my norm. What can I say I like to play and change things up in the kitchen. I guess you could call this a casserole or a stew, throwing things together and getting them to cook in the oven is something I don’t often do. 

Indonesian Braised Pork

This Indonesian braised pork is braised in a dark soy sauce based stock and is rich, sweet and full of wonderful aromatic flavours and not only fills your belly but makes your house smell amazing!

I am always on the hunt for new stew recipes at this time of year. This braised pork stew from South East Asia is my latest discovery. This Babi Chin recipe is essentially pork cooked in a dark soy sauce based stock. It is superb, dark, sweet, salty and all sorts of comforting.