Definitely not Carbonara

Serves: 2 Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes This dish delivers! It’s a regular favourite in our house. With smokey, sweet crisp bacon, tender mushrooms and a rich creamy cheesy sauce there is nothing not to love. Call it carbonara in front of an Italian and you will likely be firmly corrected. It’s…

Drama free chicken shawarma

Serves: 4 Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes This is my take on a classic Middle Eastern chicken kebab. I won’t claim that it’s the most authentic but it’s quick to put together and it’s full of flavour. The lemon zest and juice in the marinade leaves you with a lovely fresh mouth…

3am English muffins

Serves: 4 Prep time: 15 minutes plus 90 minutes proving (you can skip the proving, how to is explained further down) Cooking time: 15 minutes To my mind there is no finer breakfast than toasted and buttered English muffins topped off with plenty of cream cheese and crispy smoked bacon.  The perfect cure for the…

Barbecue roast chicken with all the trimmings

Serves: 4 Prep time: 35 minutes plus overnight brining Cooking time: 2 hours or about 40 minutes without a spit Summer is nearly here and it’s time to spend more time cooking outside. I was fortunate enough to be given an electric rotisserie spit for my barbecue last year and have had some great meals…

Rib sandwich

Serves: 2 hungry people or 4 with some sides Prep time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 3.5 hours I was inspired to do this after seeing a recipe by epicurious for a boneless rib sandwich. It gave me a chance to test a spice mix I’m working on for a Kansas City style pulled pork without…

“Crockits” aka croquette potatoes

Serves: 6 though it’s probably best to say this makes about 18 croquettes and you decide how many that serves Prep time: 40 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes These crispy little delights take a fair bit of effort but are absolutely worth it. They are surely the best way to eat mashed potato. They give…