My first recipe in a while! This is for my daughter – just nine days old today, so I guess it’ll be a while before she’s actually eating (or refusing) stuff like this.
You’ll need a food processor to make these firm, juicy, fragrant little bites. Simply blitz all the ingredients together and cook for less than two minutes to make a delicious starter / snack / party food.
Sweet shellfish in spiced butter is a winning combination. This recipe is best with proper Morecambe Bay brown shrimps, which seem to be readily available at all of my local supermarkets even though I live nowhere near Morecambe. Crayfish make an excellent substitute.
This classic Portuguese dish traditionally uses salt cod, which is pretty hard to get hold of in the UK. Generic ‘salt fish’ makes an acceptable substitute, and I’ve added a coating of panko breadcrumbs for maximum crispiness. You can make these any size you like – bigger for a main meal or smaller for tapas-style […]
This fragrant rice dish is excellent with a nice vegetable curry. I guess it’s a bit like a biryani, but apparently a proper biryani has the rice cooked separately to the other ingredients, whereas this is all done at once, so I’m not sure what it should be called. Regardless of authenticity, it’s delicious and […]
Kippers are greatly underappreciated in cooking. They’re generally served whole, saving the cook the hassle of removing about 50,000 hairlike forked bones. I’d say the effort is worth it, though, because a de-boned kipper is the most intensely flavoured smoked fish for careful use in fish pies, soups or these excellent fishcakes. You need proper […]
This is a really luxurious and expensive starter. Since scallops are pretty amazing on their own, they don’t need much doing to them. I serve them with a fresh herb salsa verde, which is the perfect complement to the natural sweetness of the shellfish. And don’t cut the orange ‘coral’ off the scallops before cooking […]
When I started looking for recipes for this famous, yet (to Brits like me) mysterious, Creole dish, I was amazed at just how complicated most people seem to think it is. Take the rather ambiguous ‘roux’ base, for example. Even if you can figure out what it is, there are dozens of different methods for […]
Shelling broad beans isn’t one of my favourite tasks. Unfortunately this variation on the classic Empire breakfast of curried smoked fish requires that you go a step further and actually remove each individual bean from its outer skin. The skin would give an unwelcome bitter note to the dish, so it mustn’t be left on. […]
Smoked fish and horseradish is a brilliant combination that happens to go very well with peppery watercress. For this very simple and rather pretty pasta dish I’ve also used wild garlic, since it’s in season and quite abundant in this part of the world. If that’s not the case where you are, substitute some spinach […]