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

Mushroom Ragu With Cheesy 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!

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.

Chicken Hotpot

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 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.

Roast Pork Chops With Beans

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. 

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!

Indonesian Braised Pork

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.

A good rabbit stew is as old school as it gets this one is delightfully frugal, packed with flavour and features the much-underused pearl barley.

Rabbit Stew with Pearl Barley

I’m kicking off my slow transition to autumnal food with a delicious and simple rabbit stew recipe. Yes, I’m being all populist again with my fancy old-fashioned ingredients and traditional cooking methods.