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Recipe Index2018-08-02T11:55:41+00:00

Welcome to my Recipe Index

Hey folks welcome to my recipe index, a place I hope to keep a little tidier than both my kitchen and my mind! This is the food that keeps my belly full and my wife smiling at me when I serve dinner, the fact that we grow much of our own food really does influence my cooking a great deal, as does living in the middle of nowhere. Many of the ingredients that I used to take for granted are now very difficult for me to find and other ingredients that I had never heard of before I moved to Hungary are now common place, however I will try and explain what some of the strange ingredients are when I can and give an alternative.

Al Fresco Cooking
Beef & Lamb Recipes
Chicken & Other Bird Recipes
Fish and Seafood Recipes
InstantPot Recipes
Pasta Recipes
Pork Recipes
Round Ups
Sides, Salads, Bread and Other Stuff
Soups & Stews
Spicy Recipes
Sweet and Savoury Snacks
Vegetarian Recipes
Apple and Mackerel are a wonderful combination and bacon makes everything better so this smoked mackerel salad with apple and bacon has you covered!
Smoked Mackerel Salad with Apple and Bacon
Making Homemade Mayonnaise is not a complicated task and it is infinitely better than the pasty white shop bought stuff that should apologise to real mayo!
Homemade Mayonnaise
Figs are a gloriously diverse ingredient, my favourite way to eat them is in a roasted fig salad paired with wonderful blue cheese and hazelnuts!
Roasted Fig Salad With Blue Cheese and Hazelnuts
Roast pork tenderloin is the perfect 'quick cook' piece of meat, beautifully tender when cooked pink and served here with gin braised fennel and seared apricots.
Roast Pork Tenderloin with Apricots and Fennel
Simple Mediterranean flavours are front and centre of this glorious roasted chicken leg dish which is served over a bed of polenta.
Roasted Chicken Leg with Tomato, Capers and Polenta
Spaghetti and Meatballs, an all time favourite that I am sure every cook has a version of, this is mine complete with pine nuts!
Spaghetti and Meatballs My Way!
It is difficult to believe the depth of flavour in this simple duck ragu, you will be amazed at just how much punch this simple recipe packs with so few ingredients.
Duck Ragu With Bucatini Pasta
These bacon wrapped grilled stuffed onions are insanely good, a perfect beef meatball stuffed inside an onion, then wrapped in bacon. Grilled to perfection then glazed in BBQ sauce!
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Stuffed Onions
What could possibly be wrong about sticky slow roasted bbq ribs served with a roasted onion BBQ style dipping sauce and not a BBQ in sight.
Roasted BBQ Ribs
Rabbit is a beautifully lean and sustainable meat and this North African style spiced rabbit tagine is simple quick and wonderfully exotic.
Spiced Rabbit Tagine
This Beef Vindaloo is my take on the Anglo Indian Vindaloo which is a take on the Indo Portuguese classic from Goa, who said fusion food is new?
Instant Pot Beef Vindaloo
It is impossible to get more Hungarian that Gulyás or Goulash as some folk say, this Hungarian Bean Goulash is loaded with beans, beef and of course paprika!
InstantPot Babgulyás or Hungarian Bean Goulash
Pulled Pork is not just for sandwiches, these tomato and mozzarella cheese stacks are a perfect way to use up left over pulled pork!
Baked Pulled Pork Stack
Getting one pot meals in a pressure cooker right can be a challenge and this InstantPot Pork Chop with Red Cabbage and Prunes recipe is all right and some!
InstantPot Pork Chop with Red Cabbage, Prunes and Hazelnuts
Hot and sour soup is Chinese restaurant classic, this hot and sour shrimp soup version is lighter than many and packed with the flavours of lemongrass and lots of chili!
Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup
This Poached Sage and Onion Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe and is a lightened up and hurried up take on a traditional British chicken dinner.
Sage and Onion Stuffed Chicken Breast
Tikka Masala goes fancy with this Duck Tikka Masala beautifully grilled with a tamarind and honey sauce, cucumber and peas!
Duck Tikka Masala With Seared Cucumber and Peas
Anything wrapped in bacon is awesome so this simple bacon wrapped baked pork tenderloin really owns it and the whole meal is more simple than it looks. All told this can be on your table in a shade under an hour.
Bacon Wrapped Baked Pork Tenderloin With Balsamic Carrots
These baked scotch egg are perfect picnic fodder, robust enough to rattle around in a picnic basket and tasty enough to raise smiles all round!
Baked Scotch Egg
An incredibly simple long and slow cooked pulled pork makes the perfect filling for the most incredible pulled pork sandwich!
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwich
This Chinese Braised Ham Hock recipe is cooked in a black bean sauce based stock and then flashed in the oven for a beautifully glazed finish.
Chinese Braised Ham Hock in Black Bean Sauce
Boxty are an Irish potato pancake that I maintain are the worlds finest hangover cure and as an Englishman that is not easy to say!
Boxty: Irish Potato Pancake
Kung Pao Chicken is a classic Chinese dish from the Szechuan region however it has long become a classic staple of the Westernised take away and this is my version!
Kung Pao Chicken
This tomato and Chili Jam is so versatile, every thing from a topping to Crostini through to a glaze for pork or chicken.
Tomato and Chili Jam
Using frozen mushrooms brings the wonderful autumnal flavours in this cream of wild mushroom soup within reach of every home cook!
Cream of Wild Mushroom Soup
Hot wings are the ultimate finger licking joy for me, smaller than drummers so I get more sauce and cooked slow in the oven leaves them moist
Oven Baked Hot Wings
Faggots and Mash were the meatballs I grew up with a staple of the Midlands in the UK have sadly fallen out of favour but these old skool classics are still my favourite!
Faggots and Mash with Peas
Mushroom, Beef and Ale Pie
Mushroom, Beef and Ale Pie
Bolognese Sauce is perfect for batch cooking, forget shop bought jars and packets this is the real deal and can be frozen and used later
Bolognese Sauce Crock Pot Edition
This ham hock salad is real tasty, process heavy but it can all be prepared in advance and guaranteed to drop jaws in every sense when you serve!
Spring Ham Hock Salad
These Baked Hazelnut Chicken Tenders come bundled with a Spicy Dipping Sauce and can be munched on just 25 minutes after opening your cupboard!
Baked Hazelnut Chicken Tenders with Spicy Dipping Sauce
Butter chicken or Murgh Makhani is the classic Indian, grilled chicken in a rich gravy sauce often thickened with nuts and enriched with ghee and in this case sour cream.
Slow and Steady Butter Chicken
The coating on this Za'atar Chicken dish is the real star of the show the flavours of pomegranate molasses, mint and chili really are sublime!
Za'atar Chicken Legs with Giant Cous Cous
Lovely rich duck breast is the perfect match to seasonal cherries and the sharp sweetness of balsamic in this great summer duck salad.
Cherry Duck Salad with Spinach and Radish
Chicken Cacciatore or Hunters Chicken is a really simple tasty dish and this version cooked in the slow cooker as a wonderful simple autumn meal.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore
My Grilled Cilantro Chicken Fajitas are a sideways look at a classic fajita going heavy with a cilantro paste marinade and grilled peppers.
Grilled Cilantro Chicken Fajitas
Call it what you will, Mulled Wine, Glühwein, Gløgg or anything else, a warming glass of wine is the perfect spicy treat for long cold and dark nights!
Mulled Wine: The Ultimate Winter Warmer
Smothered Indian Roast Lamb!
My Balsamic Pumpkin Lasagne evolved from an experimental pumpkin and sage dish, but the cheese sauce and pasta are perfect foils for the earthy pumpkin.
Balsamic Pumpkin Lasagne
This smoked mackerel salad uses some flavourings from the east combined with mango to cut through the richness and saltiness of the smoked mackerel.
Smoked Mackerel Salad with Mango
These simple Grilled Chicken Wings balance the zing of lots of lemon with a hint of honey to add a nice sticky coat with the magical background heat of pepper.
Lemon and Pepper Grilled Chicken Wings
Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks coated with a rich and dark glaze heavy with chili, perfect from the oven but would work equally well on a BBQ!
Finger Licking Sticky Chicken Drumsticks
The usual habitat for a chicken pathia seems to be a British curry house, I think this fiery sweet and sour number with Gujarati leanings should be shown a lot more love.
Chicken Pathia: Sweet and Sour Indian Curry
4 Simple Ingredients and you have elderflower champagne, what's not to like. The core ingredient is free and the rest of the ingredients are store cupboard favourites!
Elderflower Champagne Recipe & Cordial
This Asian Fish En Papillote features a classic French technique with bright and vibrant Asian flavours, you cannot beat a whole sea bass cooked on the bone
Asian Fish En Papillote (Sea Bass)
This Chicken Piccata recipe is a perfect midweek lifesaver, fast and simple but with bucket loads of big zingy flavours but homely enough to feel familiar!
Chicken Piccata With Carrots and Leek
A poached chicken breast is a light way of creating a fab light summer meal, this comes with a kohlrabi puree, carrots, fennel and a mustard sauce.
Poached Chicken Breast With Carrot and Fennel
This spicy bean burger is not just for the vegetarians, a wholesome mix of beans and lentils with a spicy fiery kick with a sweet chutney!
Spicy Bean Burger with a Sweet Peach Chutney
A fairly classic Waldorf salad featuring celery and apple forms the base for these picnic friendly Waldorf Salad Wraps, a fantastic summer treat!
Chicken Waldorf Salad Wrap
Heady with Cloves & Cinnamon this Fragrant Indian Coconut Chicken Curry packs a punch of chili to get the blood racing, which of course you could tone down
Fragrant Indian Coconut Chicken Curry
A classic baked lasagne is a thing of great beauty, unctuous rich beef ragu, a luxurious white sauce and layers of pasta with a cheesy topping.
Classic Baked Lasagne
Pineapple chicken seems to have become a common occurrence in 'Western' cuisine, this is my slightly more grown up less sweet take on classic flavours.
Roasted Pineapple Chicken
Tuna Steak With Lemon Caper Sauce
The crispy cous cous topping makes this deep fried Camembert really stand out from the crowd and matches perfectly with the balsamic glazed pears
Deep Fried Camembert & Carmalised Pears
Zander or pike perch is this star of this fancy looking but deceptively simple dish served with a confit egg yolk and is ready in 30 minutes that rocks the start of spring.
Zander Fillet With Confit Egg Yolk and Quick Pickles
Project Full Belly 2015
Project Full Belly
A good burger is a thing of great beauty and my Chicken Burger strays from minced chicken and a traditional panne comes with a glorious chili Mayo.
Chicken Burger: My Way
Indian food without bread seems empty, so knock up an easy batch of Indian chapati bread next time you are making a curry!
Easy Homemade Indian Chapati with Cumin
A simply roasted chicken breast in a Thai red curry paste and coconut milk coating form the centrepiece of this insanely tasty Thai Chicken Salad!
Thai Chicken Salad
Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Winter Vegetable Minestrone Soup
Balsamic and Honey Glazed Duck Breast is perfect date night food, fancy enough to impress but simple enough so you don't spend all night at the stove.
Balsamic and Honey Glazed Duck Breast