Pickled jalapeños

I’m quite picky about pickled jalapeños. Having tried probably every type that’s readily available in this country, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only one worth bothering with is a Californian brand called Mezzetta. There’s something wrong with every other kind – some taste of iodine, some are too squidgy and have little flavour, […]


Refried beans thinned out with stock and spiced up with garlic and smoky chipotle peppers make a sauce for corn tortillas in this excellent Mexican breakfast / dinner / anytime dish. In this version (there are many variations) it’s similar to enchiladas but without any kind of substantial filling for the tortillas. Instead they’re dredged […]

Queso dip

The idea for this came from a little Tex-Mex trailer in Bristol called The Woolly Cactus. It serves lunch to office workers on Victoria Street, and claims to be the only place in the UK that does this delicious dip. I find that a little hard to believe – you can get something quite similar […]

Brussels sprouts and chestnut mash

Brussels sprouts are invariably associated with Christmas dinners and a pervasive sulphurous odour that lingers around the house – initially from the traditional brutal boiling that renders them soft enough to eat without chewing; hours later, from the pumptastic effect they have on the digestive system. Few vegetables can be as noxious as an overcooked […]