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.
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 […]
A seasonal treat for fans of spicy, tangy, crunchy pickles. You could use small pickling onions for this recipe, although shallots have a better flavour and look nicer in the jar. Peeling them is an awful chore but it’s worth the effort, as you can’t buy anything remotely as good as this in a supermarket.
I got the idea for this from the Wheatsheaf in Combe Hay, which is one of the last remaining country pubs within walking distance of my house. It probably isn’t in any danger of closing, as it’s the only pub I’ve ever been to where customers arrive via helicopter and brag shamelessly about what a […]
Pickled eggs are a British institution. You’ll find them behind the bar of every decent pub, but how many people do you know who actually buy them? I imagine those catering-size jars must sit around for decades, their rusty lids prised off once in a blue moon as the landlord’s gnarled yellow fingers fish out […]
Smarter than the average burger, this is a big orange mouthful of fruitiness. I made these ones with breadcrumbs and egg, so they can be scaled up to whopper size without falling to bits when they get flipped in the pan, but you could easily leave out those ingredients and make them slightly smaller.
In the style of the Bell’s marvellous pizzas and this sausage-toting breakfast beast I made a while back, here’s another lovely thing to put on pitta or whatever other kind of flatbread you can lay your hands on. It’s quick, it’s easy, and because halloumi cheese is the world’s densest edible substance, these little snacks […]
A rich mushroomy sauce, studded with chunks of sweet butternut squash and smothered in a creamy celeriac mash, make this the equal of any meaty shepherd’s pie. The mash would be excellent on its own, if you don’t fancy making the whole pie, and proper vegetarians probably won’t need me to tell them to replace […]
If the Bell can do it with nachos, what else could make an unexpectedly excellent pizza topping? This is Sarah’s suggestion, which I cooked up last night and, well… it’s actually pretty good. It has all the major food groups – sausages, beans, cheese, eggs and bread – so I can assure you that despite […]
Having had a bit of a moan about poor pub food, it’s only right I should mention what is, as far as I’m concerned, the best pub food in Bath. The Bell on Walcot Street serves four different flatbread pizzas. Two of them are pretty much what you’d expect – the Spanish one has artichoke […]