Stuffed Manchgo Burgers & All The Trimmings

How lucky were we last weekend? With the possibility of a little sunshine hitting the town of Barry, I had it in my head that we would be having a BBQ on the Saturday whether Jebus liked it or not. Having missed all of the awesome summer from last year due to delays moving into our…

Perfect Roast Potatoes

We had ourselves a beautiful day here in Barry yesterday, basking in the first proper hot weather of the year. I’m sure you lot around the UK enjoyed much the same? Unfortunately it was never going to last, so let’s warm the cockles inside by cooking up another classic element for your Sunday Roast. This…

Papa’s Gravy

As well as an awesome roast, my Dad still produces the most awesome gravy with little effort! My dad would combine three key ingredients to make the up the gravy recipe, including cooking Oil, Self Raising Flour and plenty of Beef Oxo cubes. They would all be combined in a huge pan which is heated…

Awesome Roast Chicken

Thanks to my parents consistently cooking up a monster roast dinner every Sunday back home, I continue the trend. Firstly, I crack open a traditional ale or two, then I get some tunes pumping and finally, let the cooking commence whenever I can. I come from a fairly large family, with 4 other siblings along…

Beef Chilli Hotpot and a Vanilla Porter

Taking some inspiration from the chilli hotpot that I trialled years ago with BBC Good Food Magazine, I thought I’d try my luck with a personal recipe by upping the ante with additional ingredients for a little luxury. I’ll also be adding a scotch bonnet chilli to see how the heat differs to more traditional…

Perfect Steamed Rice

Here’s a simple way of cooking rice to ensure it has a fluffy texture whilst not clinging together too much. The idea is not to mess around with the rice too much. It’s the stirring and general playing around that forces the rice to release all the starch which in many cases can leave you…

Ham Croquetas

This is it. The final recipe from my Spanish Tapas Project and the reason that I decided to prepare all these dishes in the first place. My other dishes would be support for the finest croquettes or croquetas, if you want to be all fancy and Spanish. Over the years that we have visited Spain,…

Garlic Mushrooms with Cider Vinegar

Only a couple more dishes to go in my Spanish Tapas Project and the next recipe is a doozy. Another vegetable dish making use of the humble mushroom. I really wanted to make use of a variety of mushrooms but could only get my hands on the chestnut variety. Don’t be afraid to get a…

Garlic & Chilli Tiger Prawns

So far, there has been one meat dish and one vegetable dish as part of my Spanish tapas project. How about we take a look at a seafood dish? I’ve got my Auntie and Uncle to thank for my love of all things seafood. Back in the day, they always used to host awesome family…

Charred Padron Peppers

Next up on the subject of tapas, how about we get some cheeky padron peppers on the go? I call them cheeky because despite being a really mild pepper from the capsicum family, 10 – 20% of the peppers grown can be surprisingly hot. I’ll never forget the time I was in Mallorca with my…

Chorizo in Red Wine

Here at last is the first dish and my Spanish Tapas section which I’ve developed to test my own skills and give a selection of options to really show the flavours and colours of the Mediterranean. The star of the show is the log of chorizo which lends itself well to pasta dishes, rice dishes…

That Time When I Was In BBC Good Food Magazine

I’ve had an interest in food fundamentals and cooking which goes back many years. My interest has led to dabble in varying competitions, volunteering opportunities or dinner parties to really take me out of my comfort zone and try something different. I once even had a direct communication from Channel 4 about Come Dine With…