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Cookbook Confidential

Salt-baked Potato with Crème Fraîche & Irish Trout Caviar

SERVES 4 One of my all-time favourite dishes to make, this combination of fluffy hot potato filling with silky crème fraîche and peppery flat-leaf parsley, topped with jewels of trout caviar and held within a […]

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Treacle Tart

My mum would occasionally buy a treacle tart as a treat – principally for my dad as a reward for doing hard graft in the garden. Dad loved treacle tart and I felt I should […]

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Mackerel with Rhubarb

4–6 stalks of rhubarb, trimmed 1 orange caster sugar olive oil 4 skin-on mackerel fillets, bones removed salt and pepper watercress, to serve   Serves 2   Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark […]

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BEST-EVER CORNMEAL PANCAKES WITH BUTTER & MAPLE SYRUP

These pancakes inspired by Chez Ma Tante in Brooklyn, New York, are the most delicious I’ve ever tasted, so I wanted to share them with you. This recipe uses coarse polenta, also known as polenta […]

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THE BLOODY MARY BAR

There’s nothing quite like an icy, spicy Bloody Mary, and it can be a fun addition to  a party – make a classic drink as per the recipe below, then let your guests customize their […]

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AKURI MASALA

Akuri is basically scrambled egg with onions and spices, and  a healthy and quick breakfast dish. Be careful not to overcook the egg. There is a very similar dish called egg bhurjee, which  is also […]

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Iranian-style eggs with garlicky beans & dill

SERVES 2 PREP TIME : 1 0 M I N S PLUS OPTIONAL SOAKING TIME  *  COOK TIME : 35 – 40 MINS WF | G F | D F | V | N F […]

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VODKA PINK GRAPEFRUIT

It’s hard to believe, but this simple, colourful drink tastes even better than it looks. The refreshingly crisp Grey Goose Vodka is infused with the fresh flavours of strawberry and basil – and a shot […]

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Steak Au Poivre

Classic steak au poivre is one of my favourite dishes to cook every couple of months. Candles lit on the table, a gorgeous full-bodied red wine poured, jazzy music on, and I’m in heaven getting […]

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PORK SHOULDER WITH PISTACHIO STUFFING

While roast pork shoulder is wonderful with crackling, we also enjoy this recipe with this delicious pistachio stuffing, which I like to make during the Christmas season. Sometimes I make a bigger batch of the […]

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ROASTED CHINESE CABBAGE WITH BLACK RICE & MUSTARD TAHINI SAUCE

COOKING TIME: 45 MINUTES – SERVES 1   INGREDIENTS   PROTEIN/CARB 120g (4 ¼ oz) cooked black rice 2 tablespoons olive oil sea salt, to taste   MAIN VEG 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra […]

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CORN & BEAN TAQUITOS

These flute-like stuffed tortilla rolls are often also called flautas – you will typically find them deep-fried, but I think that shallow frying yields results that are just as tasty. You’ll get the crispiest taquitos […]

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