Salmon with Herb & Garlic Cream Sauce
Recipe video above. This quick, creamy Salmon Sauce gets a fine dining touch with the addition of fresh tarragon and chervil. It's simply an excellent, easy salmon recipe for all those times when you want a touch of luxury with minimal effort!
Pastitsio (Greek beef pasta bake)
Recipe video above. Greece's answer to Italian Lasagna! This traditional Greek dish is made with layers of pasta topped with a rich meat sauce perfumed with a hint of cinnamon and clove, topped with a thick layer of cheese sauce.For the neat layers pictured, arrange the pasta so they're all going in one direction, and rest the baked Pastitsio for 15 minutes before slicing. Excellent for making ahead (keeps for 4 to 5 days in the fridge) and freezes very well!
Potatoes au Gratin (Dauphinoise)
Recipe video above. The ultimate potato bake, created by the French!!! Potato + cream + cheese with a hint of garlic and thyme = pure heaven. Based on Julia Child's Potato Dauphinoise recipe. This is THE perfect make ahead potato dish, the most luxurious of all potato casseroles, the better version of Scalloped Potatoes!
Baked Mac and Cheese
Recipe VIDEO above. Still the best Baked Mac and Cheese I've ever had in my life! Perfect in every way, this has a stunningly white, ultra creamy cheese sauce with a beautiful crunchy, buttery topping. Great one for serving at gatherings because it won't dry out and go stodgy like most Macaroni Cheese recipes because of the extra step of tossing the macaroni in butter (stops it from bloating) and because it's extra saucy out of the oven. TOP TIP: Grate your own cheese, it makes all the…
Recipe video above. Most people think of this British classic as a side dish, but as far as I'm concerned, it's equally worthy as a main!Most recipes will have you just boil the cauliflower, but it's honestly so much tastier roasted. As for the cheese? I've gone with my favourite combination of Red Leicester and gruyere! Excellent melting qualities for a silky smooth sauce with a gorgeous golden colour and wonderful flavour. But any melting cheese will work a treat here. See the post for…
Chicken Breast in Creamy Mushroom Sauce
Recipe video above. The creamy mushroom sauce here is a cut above the usual basic recipes, thanks to the additions of wine, parmesan and chicken stock. It turns this quick chicken dinner into a meal that's both worthy and elegant enough to serve to company!It's an excellent sauce to serve with chicken breast, which is very lean and doesn't actually have very much flavour. Also, the lightly-floured crust on the chicken makes it nice and crispy, giving the sauce something to cling on to. So…
Carrot Cake Cupcakes
Recipe video above. Carrot cake, but in cupcake form! These little beauties are ultra-moist, spiked with cinnamon and dotted through with nuts. Crowned with a creamy and fluffy cream cheese frosting, they're perfect as little treats or served for dessert.While carrot seems like a bizarre thing to add to a cake, the reason for it is very simple: It results in a moist and tender crumb quite unlike any other type of cake. It doesn't taste like carrot at all, and were it not in the name nobody…
Garlic Bread Leftover Turkey Pot Pie
Leftover turkey is quite dry, given it's a lean meat. So smothering it in a creamy sauce for a Turkey Pot Pie is the ideal way to repurpose perfectly good leftovers! This is like a cross between Chicken Pot Pie and Cheesy Garlic Bread. While the filling is delicious, that buttery garlicky cheesy topping steals the show. I just love how it gets soaked with the creamy white sauce!!Use whatever veggies you want. And of course, chicken is a straight up simple substitute for turkey if that's what…
Ratatouille - French Vegetable Stew
Recipe video above. Ratatouille is a French vegetable stew that at first glance seems like a humble dish – because it is. Made well though, it's a summery stunner bursting with the sunny tastes of the Mediterranean! The key to flavour-packed ratatouille is to sauté each vegetable separately before braising everything together. Ratatouille can comfortably star as a vegetarian main, otherwise it makes a perfect vegetable side.Makes side for 6 to 8 people, main meal for 4 people.
Crème Brûlée (French vanilla custard)
Recipe video above. A classic French Crème Brûlée with a silky smooth rich custard and crunchy caramel top. It's a stunner – and so easy!
Recipe video above. Classic gingerbread men! I love these because you can actually taste the spices. Smells like Christmas when they're baking!TOP TIP: The dough is quite sticky to work with (but sticky dough = moist cookie!). The trick is to make sure it's cold - so if it gets too sticky, return to refrigerator for a bit at anytime during roll out/cutting process.
Spanakopita (Greek Spinach Pie)
Recipe video above. Spanakopita - the iconic traditional Greek Spinach Pie with layers upon layers of golden buttery flaky filo pastry. For the best Spanakopita of your life, use raw rather than cooked spinach, and layer the phyllo pastry with finely shredded Greek cheese so it sticks together rather than flying everywhere when you cut it!This pie is a perfect thickness with a good ratio of Spinach Feta filling to pastry. It will serve 4 to 5 people as a main dish.
Yotam Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Salad
From his famous cookbook "Jerusalem", this salad is classic Ottolenghi: simple but a unique combination, and 100% yum. If you only try one cauliflower salad in your life, make it this one!Handy related recipes: How to cut cauliflower florets quickly & neatly, and Roasted Cauliflower.
A wonderful way to use seasonal spring vegetables to make an elegant salad that goes with just about everything! This salad combines asparagus, snow peas, peas, cos (romaine). We then add goats cheese for creamy and tangy pops to take it up another notch. You could easily substitute with feta (preferably soft Danish Feta) or if you prefer milder cheese, dollops of fresh mozzarella, bocconcini or fresh ricotta would work beautifully. Or leave the cheese out altogether if you're being truly…
Garlic Butter Salmon recipe
Recipe video above. This is a simple-yet-luxurious, cheffy way to cook salmon. By basting continuously with foaming garlic butter, it seeps into every crack and crevice of the salmon and gives it the ultimate buttery crust.It may seem like a lot of butter for one recipe, but you need it to ensure good basting coverage. You do not have to use all of it for serving. Save leftover butter (even if just a smear!) and pan fry bread with it tomorrow, see post for photos. It's Amazing – with a…
Red Potato Salad with Bacon and Corn (no mayo!)
Recipe video above. Here's a terrific potato salad peppered with tasty bacon bits and charred golden pops of sweet corn. Forget mayonnaise! We're using a cider vinegar dressing that doubles as a marinade for the hot potatoes so they absorb flavour as they cool. Make the most of every opportunity to pump up the flavour!Serve at room temperature or just slightly warm. Not hot and definitely not fridge cold (criminal!)