Christmas Roast Gammon 2 Ways

For me the best meat at any time of year, but especially so at Christmas, is Gammon.  It’s sweet, salty, tender, moist has that umami kind of thing going on that everybody loves and is just awesome! I’ve covered Turkey recipes and hopefully that will mean that your big bird is delicious and not dry…

One week to go, prepare to prepare

The biggest news I have this week is that I am now going to be taking this blog a little more seriously and have started to allow people to read it- a novel idea for a blog I know, but I’m a futuristic maverick. Back at work, only 4 days a week until the New…

The Ultimate Christmas Turkey

INGREDIENTS: 1 sprig fresh sage , leaves picked 12 strips higher-welfare pancetta or thinly sliced streaky bacon 1 bulb garlic , broken into cloves 4 medium red onions , peeled 2 sticks celery , trimmed and chopped 1 big handful breadcrumbs 1 handful dried apricots 300 g higher-welfare minced pork 1 lemon , zest of…

Brined & Spiced Christmas Turkey

INGREDIENTS: approx. 6 litres water 1 large orange or 2 smaller (quartered) 250 grams maldon salt (or 125g / ½ cup table salt) 3 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 bouquet garni 1 cinnamon stick 1 tablespoon caraway seeds 4 cloves 2 tablespoons allspice berries 4 star anise 2 tablespoons white mustard seeds 200 grams sugar 2…

Christmas is coming, we’re all getting a little plumper…

Well, I’m now officially a Dad of two girls!  It happened and all the family are doing well.  We have taken a little time to all settle in together as a family, hence the absence from my blog, but now it’s time to get on that horse, especially as we are just over 2 weeks…

Mexican Lasagna

A Friday night favourite in our house!  Something that I had been doing for years but it has become quite popular in recent times with tortillas rather than nachos, but my version has that extra crunch and the enjoyment of being able to eat it mainly by hand which I think makes it extra special….

7 days to go…

Sorry for the long silence, the last week or so have been pretty hard going.  The good lady has started her maternity leave now after not being able to cope at work anymore, which I completely support, but has meant that instead of being uncomfortable at work, she is now uncomfortable at home! This means…

Holidays are coming…

Baby is now officially term.  Thank god!  It can only mean that the due date isn’t too far away, even if she doesn’t come early.  Last time, the missus was already on maternity leave and was starting to get a little bored and was nesting like mad.  This time around she is still at work,…

Flat breads

I love bread, it’s the main reason I’m the size that I am!  I love making it almost as much as I love eating it too and something that I love making is flat breads. I think they’re really underrated and so easy to make.  Everyone loves a fresh pitta or wrap so much more…

Butternut Carbonara

This is a recipe that when I first heard, I thought- nope!  I just didn’t see at first how the two could go together, but actually, then the more I did think about it and tried to understand the recipe, I realised how delicious this dish could be, but I still underestimated quite how delicious…

Short on time, long on ideas

Ok, so first I owe you all an apology for not listing the recipe up here yet, I will do it in a bit I promise.  It’s worth the wait though, so if you try it from my page, please share and let me know what you think. Crazy week at work and at home,…

5 weeks to go…

Only 5 weeks until the due date.  Only 6 weeks at most until I’m a Dad of two, how did I get this old and grown up!?  Am I really able to be responsible for two human lives?  Probably not, but I will certainly do my best. Baby is a bit ahead so we’re being…