Fennel & Lemon Risotto

Now that you have seen the basics for producing a creamy and cheesy risotto, let’s have a look at changing things up a little with the first of my risotto variations. The great thing about this risotto is that it mixes a range of flavour profiles including the saltiness of the cheese and stock, the…

Basic Risotto Recipe

Many years ago during the most festive of years, I received the gift of a non-stick pan along with a slotted spoon to create what has become a staple food in our house due to its versatile nature. To make a proper risotto, you need to take your time and spend the full 20 minutes…

Pale Ale Mac & Cauliflower Cheese

Ah, Mac & Cheese! This for me is the epiphany of a delicious comfort food. Small tubes of pasta cooked until el dente, combined with a rich cheesy sauce then topped with even more cheese and popped under the grill to create an almost crunchy topping. Get a little garlic bread on the side and…

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,…