Banco 32

Banco 32

Often some of the best meals you have when travelling are in places you stumble across one day. And, just occasionally when abroad, you end up eating somewhere that ignites your imagination and makes you ask why there is nothing like it in your home city. One such restaurant is Cal Pep in Barcelona, a…

Summer Pigeon

Summer Pigeon

Pigeon is one of my favourite game birds, not just for taste but also because it’s so wonderfully easy to cook and because it can take robust flavours. While they have no hunting season, pigeons can be particularly plentiful in March/April when the crops are sewn, and again in June/July when certain crops are harvested,…

Pesto

Pesto

Pesto maybe one of the simplest things to make, but it’s also one of the most useful ingredients to have in the fridge. It goes with pretty much everything and can be adapted easily this way or that. It’s also true to say that, given the cost of pine nuts, it’s cheaper to buy the…

Pea, Mint and Lardon Soup

Pea, Mint and Lardon Soup

  Ingredients Should make enough for 6 500-600g of peas – fresh or frozen 500-600ml chicken stock 1½ onion – diced 6 cloves of garlic – sliced A hand full of mint – chopped 3 whole sprigs of mint 50g butter Salt Pepper 200ml double cream 200g lardons – preferably smoked Olive oil Good bread…

Panettone Bread Pudding

Panettone Bread Pudding

Personally I can’t stand Christmas cake; its heavy, often dry and just so dull. Instead, when it comes to Christmas and, indeed, Easter cakes, I prefer the infinitely more palatable, flavoured, and lighter Italian panettone. These days supermarkets and delis are packed to the rafters with them come Christmas and Easter, and they come in…

Leftover Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey Soup

Ingredients (Serves 8-10) Leftover roast Turkey Leftover vegetables (optional) – chopped Leftover stuffing (optional) Leftover gravy 2 largish onions – diced Celery (optional) – chopped 6-8 cloves garlic – sliced Extra Vegetables (parsnips, carrots etc.) – chopped into bite sized pieces Chicken Stock/Water 1-2 Glasses of White Wine (optional) Sea Salt Pepper Olive Oil Rosemary…