Spiced Lamb Kebabs, Green Salsa

Spiced Lamb Kebabs, Green Salsa

Delicious indian spiced minced lamb kebabs, served with a coriander and mint salsa. A quick and easy midweek recipe.

Best served with chapatis, chopped tomatoes and natural yogurt.

Spiced Lamb Kebabs, Green Salsa
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Kebabs: 800g Minced Lamb (Around 85% Lean), 3 Garlic Cloves (Crushed), 3cm Fresh Ginger (Finely Grated), 1 Green Chilli (Finely Chopped), Large Handful Fresh Coriander and Mint (Chopped), 1 1/2tsp Sea Salt, 1tsp Garam Masala, 1tsp Ground Cumin, 1tsp Ground Coriander, 1tsp Chilli Powder, 1/2tsp Turmeric Powder, Juice 1 Lime

For the Salsa: Large Handful Fresh Coriander (Including Stalks), 5cm Fresh Ginger (Roughly Chopped), Small Handful Fresh Mint, 1 Garlic Clove, 1 Green Chilli, Juice 1 Lime, 1tsp Caster Sugar

Method:

1) To make the kebabs, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until all of the ingredients are fully incorporated into the meat. Divide the mixture into 4 equal amounts and form onto large kebab skewers (as if you were making a kofta).

2) To make the salsa, place all of the ingredients in a small food processor. Add 1tbsp of water and blitz until fine. Set aside until ready to serve.

3) Cook the kebabs under a very hot grill for around 3 minutes each side or until just cooked through whilst remaining moist.

4) Serve the kebabs with the green salsa, some warmed chapatis and some natural yogurt.

Enjoy!

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Spiced Spring Lamb, Citrus Lamb Rice

Spiced Lamb, Citrus Lamb Rice

A deliciously light and simple dish which is perfect for summer. Marinated spring lamb is served with citrus lamb rice.

Boneless lamb leg steaks or lamb loin are best for this dish and can be pan fried or cooked on the BBQ.

Spiced Spring Lamb, Citrus Lamb Rice
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Lamb: 4 Lamb Leg Steaks or 4 Lamb Cannons (Single Loin, Cut into Portions), 4tbsp Natural Yogurt, 2tsp Smoked Paprika, 2 Garlic Cloves (Crushed), 1tsp Ground Cumin, 1tsp Ground Coriander, 1/2tsp Cayenne Pepper, 1/2tsp Turmeric, Sea Salt, Black Pepper

For the Rice: 200g Basmati Rice, 25g Unsalted Butter, 360ml Water, 100g Minced Lamb, 2 Cinnamon Sticks, Peel of 1 Lemon & 1 Orange, 50g Dried Cranberries, 50g Sultanas, Small Handful Chopped Mint and Coriander, Sea Salt, Cracked White Pepper

Method:

1) To marinade the lamb, place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and combine well to ensure the lamb is fully covered by the marinade. Leave to marinade in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

2) Fry the minced lamb in a small pan over a high heat until crispy. To cook the rice, melt the butter in a medium saucepan over a low heat. Add the rice and season with a little sea salt and cracked white pepper. Stir to ensure the rice is well coated with the butter. Add the cinnamon, fruit peel, dried cranberries and sultanas. Add the water to the pan and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook the rice for around 12 minutes until the water is fully absorbed. Remove from the heat, cover the pan with a thin tea towel and replace the lid. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Before serving, stir through the fresh herbs and fluff the rice with a fork.

3) Meanwhile, cook the lamb steaks either over a BBQ or in a large non-stick pan over a high heat for around 3 minutes each side (for medium) or until cooked to your liking. Allow the lamb 10 minutes to rest before serving.

4) Spoon the rice onto plates or a serving dish and top with the crisp minced lamb. Serve with the lamb. You can also top the lamb with some toasted pine nuts.

Enjoy!

Veal Sirloin, Short Rib Polenta

Veal Sirloin, Short Rib Polenta

This recipe is a great way of using up leftover short ribs. Seared veal sirloin steak is served with creamy polenta mixed with braised short rib and a caper and herb sauce.

I used leftover short rib from my Beef Fillet and Short Rib.

Veal Sirloin, Short Rib Polenta
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Veal: 4 Veal Sirloin Steaks, Sea Salt, Black Pepper, 2tbsp Unsalted Butter, 2tbsp Groundnut Oil

For the Polenta: 100-200g Leftover Short Ribs (Shredded), 150g Coarse Cornmeal, 150ml Whole Milk, 600ml Water, 50g Unsalted Butter, 1tsp Sea Salt, 2tsp Cracked Black Pepper, 2tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves

For the Caper Sauce: 2tbsp Small Capers, 4tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Small Handful Chopped Basil, Parsley, Oregano and Chives, 1/2 Garlic Clove (Finely Chopped), 1/4tsp Sea Salt

Method:

1) First make the polenta. Place the milk and water in a heavy based saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the cornmeal whilst whisking and continue to stir until it begins to thicken. Turn the heat down and cook for a further 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the polenta is cooked. When cooked, stir in the butter, short rib and thyme and season to taste with sea salt and black pepper. Keep warm until ready to serve.

2) Meanwhile, season the veal sirloin steaks and sear in the groundnut oil in a smoking hot pan for around 3 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking. Just before they are ready, add the butter and baste the steaks well. Remove the steaks from the pan and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes.

3) Whilst the steaks are resting, prepare the sauce by combing all of the ingredients together in a small bowl.

4) Serve the steaks with the polenta and a good amount of caper sauce.

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower

A delicious combination of seared scallops, five spiced pork belly, cauliflower purée, apple and burnt lime.

Great as a starter, any left over pork belly makes the prefect sandwich the following day!

Scallops, Pork Belly, Cauliflower
Serves 2

Ingredients:

For the Scallops, Lime and Apple: 6 Scallops, Sea Salt, Rapeseed Oil, 1 Lime (Segmented), 1 Green Apple (Cut into Batons), 2tsp Icing Sugar

For the Cauliflower: 1 Cauliflower (Cut into Segments, Stalk Removed), 1tbsp Unsalted Butter, 300ml Milk, 2tbsp Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Nutmeg, Ground White Pepper

For the Pork Belly: 4 Slices Pork Belly (Boneless), 4tsp Five Spice Powder, Sea Salt, Black Pepper

Method:

1) First cook the pork belly. Coat the slices in a liberal amount of five spice powder, a little sea salt and a good grind of black pepper. Place on a baking tray and cover with foil. Roast in an oven at 180c for around 1 1/2 hours or until tender. The belly can be cooked in advance and reheated in a hot oven before serving.

2) Next prepare the cauliflower purée. Sauté the cauliflower in the butter and olive oil in a large pan over a medium to high heat until slightly golden. Add the milk and cover. Simmer the cauliflower until tender (around 10 minutes). Strain the cauliflower (retaining the milk) into a blender. Blend to a smooth purée – adding enough milk until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with sea salt, white pepper and grated nutmeg.

3) Coat the lime segments in a little icing sugar and quickly toast in a very hot non-stick frying pan to char the outside and remove. Add a little olive oil to the pan, season the scallops and sear over a high heat for around 2 minutes each side or until just cooked through.

4) Serve the scallops with the cauliflower purée, some slices of the pork belly, apple slices, and charred lime segments.

Enjoy!

Beef Short Rib and Fillet

Beef Short Rib and Fillet

Meltingly tender red wine braised short rib served with seared dry aged beef fillet and buttered beans.

Slow braising makes for the perfect short ribs and this recipe uses the braising stock to make a rich black pepper sauce.

Best served with silky smooth cauliflower purée.

Beef Short Ribs and Fillet
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Short Ribs and Sauce: 3 Short Ribs, 2tbsp Olive Oil, 350ml Red Wine, 500ml Beef Stock, 2 Shallots (Sliced), 2 Celery Stalks (Sliced), 2 Bay Leaves, 2 Garlic Cloves (Bashed), 4 Thyme Sprigs, Cracked Black Pepper, 2tbsp Redcurrant Jelly

For the Fillet and Beans: 2 Fillet Steaks, 4tbsp Unsalted Butter, 2 Shallots (Finely Sliced), Large Handful Fine Beans (Halved), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

Method:

1) First cook the short ribs. Place a large casserole on the stove top over a medium heat and add the olive oil. Sauté the shallot, celery, bay leaves, garlic and thyme for 10-15 minutes until soft. Add the red wine and bring to the boil. Add the short ribs and stock and combine with the other ingredients and bring to the boil.

2) Transfer the short ribs to a slow cooker and cook on low for around 6 hours or until tender and falling from the bone. Alternatively cook in a low oven (around 130c) for 4-6 hours or until tender and falling from the bone. When cooked, remove the meat from the stock and set aside. Strain the stock into a clean pan.

3) Reduce the stock over a high heat until reduced by around 3/4 or until thickened and rich. Add the redcurrant jelly and heat until fully dissolved. Add a liberal amount of black pepper to the sauce and season to taste with sea salt. Keep warm.

4) Meanwhile, season and sear the steaks in a griddle pan over a high heat in a little neutral oil and baste with 2tbsp of the butter near the end of cooking. Cook the steak to your liking. Allow the steaks to rest for at least 10 minutes.

5) Whilst the steaks are resting, sauté the shallot in the remaining butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat until soft but not brown. Add the green beans, cover and cook over a medium heat (stirring occasionally) until soft (around 8 minutes). Season the beans to taste with sea salt.

6) Reheat the short rib in a hot oven before serving. Slice the fillet and serve with a good chunk of short rib. Spoon the sauce over the short rib and serve with the sauté beans and shallot. Best served with cauliflower purée.

Enjoy!

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallopes, Chorizo and Apple

A deliciously simple starter of seared scallops, fresh chorizo and sautéed apple served with potato purée.

For the best potato purée, bake the potatoes in their skins before passing.

This dish is best made with fresh chorizo as cured can be a little overpowering.

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple

Scallops, Chorizo and Apple
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Potato Purée: 4 Baking Potatoes, 75g Unsalted Butter, 50ml Single Cream, Whole Milk, Sea Salt, Fresh Nutmeg

For the Scallops, Chorizo and Apple: 12 Scallops (Roe and Skirt Removed), 2 Fresh Chorizo Sausages (Diced), 2 Red Apples (Diced), Juice 1/4 Lemon, Sea Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) First make the potato purée. Bake the potatoes in a hot oven until tender. Remove from the oven when ready and allow to cool slightly. Remove the flesh from the skin and pass through a ricer into a clean pan. Place the potato skins in a small pan and add a good amount of whole milk and bring to a simmer. Place the pan with the riced potato over a low heat, add the butter and allow to melt. Add the single cream and beat the potato. Strain the whole milk into the pan, little be little whilst beating until the desired consistency is achieved. Season to taste with sea salt and grated nutmeg. Keep warm or reheat before serving.

2) Fry the chorizo in a small pan until crisp. Meanwhile, season the scallops with a little sea salt and lemon juice and fry in a little olive oil over a high heat for around 1 minute each side or until well seared and just cooked – set aside to rest for 1 minute. Whilst the scallops are resting, sauté the apple in the pan the scallops were fried in for 30 seconds until lightly browned.

3) Serve the scallops on top of some potato purée with a little chorizo and diced apple. Drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

Rump and Bone Marrow Burger

Rump and Bone Marrow Burger

The ultimate beef burger! Minced rump steak and diced bone marrow strikes the perfect balance of lean to fat and delivers a great smack of rich beef flavour.

Best served with homemade Dijonnaise on a fresh brioche bun.

Rump and Bone Marrow Burger
Serves 4-6

Ingredients: 1kg Minced Beef Rump (Twice Minced), 85g Bone Marrow (Finely Diced), 2 1/2tsp Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

Method:

1) Combine the minced rump with the bone marrow and sea salt. Gently fold the ingredients together with your hands being careful not to overwork.

2) Divide the mixture into 4 large or 6 small portions and gently press into patties.

3) Season each burger with cracked black pepper and grill in a grill pan or frying pan over a high heat for around 4 minutes each side or until cooked to your liking – ensuring a good crust is achieved. Once cooked remove from the pan and set aside to rest for a few minutes. You can then fry your brioche buns in the burger fat for a minute or so.

4) Serve the burgers on brioche buns with lettuce, sliced onion, tomato and homemade Dijonnaise.

Enjoy!

Pork & Courgette Patties, Sumac Yogurt

Pork & Courgette Patties, Sumac Yogurt

These deliciously light spiced pork and courgette patties are adapted from a great Ottolenghi recipe.

Best served with sumac and honey yogurt dressing, pita bread and a root vegetable slaw.

Pork & Courgette Patties, Sumac Yogurt
Serves 4

Ingredients:

For the Patties: 700g Lean Minced Pork, 1 Large Courgette (Grated), 1 Small Bunch Spring Onions (Finely Sliced), 1 Egg Yolk, 3 Small Garlic Cloves (Crushed), 2tsp Ground Cumin, 2tsp Sea Salt, 1tsp Cayenne, 1 1/2tsp Cracked Black Pepper

For the Sumac Yogurt: 150g Sour Cream, 75g Greek Yogurt, 2tsp Lemon Zest, 1tbsp Lemon Juice, 1 Garlic Clove (Crushed), 2tbsp Olive Oil, 1tbsp Sumac, 1tbsp Honey, 3tbsp Chopped Mint, 3tbsp Chopped Coriander, 1/2tsp Sea Salt

For the Root Vegetable Slaw: 2 Carrots (Julienned), 1/2 Large Celeriac (Julienned), 3 Small Cooked Beetroot (Finely Sliced), 3tbsp Olive Oil, 2tbsp Chopped Mint, Small Handful Salad Leaves, 1tsp Sea Salt

Method:

1) To prepare the patties, combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well until the courgette is fully incorporated. Shape the mixture into small and equal patties and store in the fridge until ready to cook.

2) Prepare the sumac yogurt by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside to serve.

3) Prepare the root vegetable slaw by combining all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside to serve.

4) Fry the patties in a large, well oiled frying pan over a medium-high heat for around 6-8 minutes each side or until cooked through. It is often helpful to cover the pan for the second half of cooking to ensure the patties will be fully cooked whilst maintaining their moisture.

5) Serve the patties with some warmed pita, the sumac yogurt and some root vegetable slaw.

Enjoy!

Venison Loin, Pea Purée

Venison Loin, Pea Purée

A delicious and simple dish of roasted venison loin with pea purée, buttered sprouting broccoli, pancetta and black pudding.

Great served with spiced wedges and charred shallots.

Venison Loin, Pea Purée
Serves 4

Ingredients:

1kg Venison Loin, 400g Fresh Peas, 50g Unsalted Butter, 350g Purple Sprouting Broccoli, 10g Salted Butter, 75g Pancetta (Diced), 200g Black Pudding (Cubed), Sea Salt, Cracked Black Pepper, Fresh Thyme, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 190c. Remove the venison from the fridge and allow to come to room temperature for around 20 minutes. Meanwhile, boil the peas in a pan of salted water until tender and drain (reserving the cooking liquor). Transfer the peas to a blender, add 25g of the butter and enough cooking liquor to loosen. Blend to a fine purée and pass into a clean bowl. Season to taste with sea salt and keep warm.

2) Season the venison with sea salt and black pepper and seal in a hot pan with a little oil for around 3 minutes each side. Add the remaining butter and baste the meat with the melted butter. Transfer to the oven and roast until cooked to your liking.

3) Meanwhile, crisp the pancetta and black pudding in a little oil in a hot pan for around 10 minutes and set aside.

4) When the venison is cooked, remove from the oven and wrap in kitchen foil – allow to rest for around 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly steam the broccoli before combining with the salted butter and season to taste with sea salt.

5) Slice the venison and serve with the pea purée, broccoli, pancetta and black pudding. Top the venison with a few thyme leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Enjoy!

Thai Roast Chicken

Thai Roast Chicken

This quick and easy recipe for Thai roast chicken is packed full of flavour and makes a refreshing change from the traditional Sunday roast.

Thai Roast Chicken

Ingredients:

1 Whole Chicken (Around 1.6kg, Trussed), 5 Lemon Grass Stalks (Core Only, Chopped), 2″ Fresh Ginger (Peeled and Chopped), 5 Spring Onions (Chopped), 2 Garlic Cloves (Peeled and Chopped), 2 Birds Eye Chillies (Chopped), 2 Red Chillies (Chopped), 1/2tsp Ground Turmeric, 75ml Groundnut Oil, 2 Limes (Quartered), Sea Salt

Method:

1) Preheat the oven to 185c. Prepare the Thai paste by combining all of the ingredients (except the chicken, limes and sea salt) in a spice blender or food processor. Blitz the mixture to a fine purée.

2) Place the chicken on a roasting tray and baste liberally with the paste (reserving around half to baste later) and force some of the paste between the skin and breast meat. Push the lime quarters into the rear of the chicken. Sprinkle with a generous amount of sea salt. Cover the roasting tray with kitchen foil.

3) Cook the chicken in the oven for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and baste with the remaining paste. Return to the oven uncovered for a further 30-45 minutes or until cooked through.

4) Once cooked, remove from the oven and allow the chicken to rest for at least 20 minutes before serving.

Great served with jasmine rice or a rice noodle salad. Enjoy!