Recent Recipes

Roast Guinea fowl with celeriac and damsons

In this recipe I’m paring guinea fowl it up with 2 of my favourite autumn ingredients -  nutty, earthy celeriac and sharp, fruity damsons.  Everything gets cooked together in the one tray, which makes it really simple to put together, perfect for a lazy autumn...
guinee fowl

Blackberry & apple meringue with walnuts & elder

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the summer: warm mornings, holidays, swimming in the sea, Pimms, long lunches – and Pavlova. This Pavlova, though, is inspired by the autumn hedgerow, bursting with ripe elderberries, tart blackberries and sugary, fried windfal...

Grape, celeriac and apple salad with goat’s cheese & hazelnuts

I love this simple assembly. It’s full of fruity sweet grapes, crunchy earthy celeriac, soft rich goats cheese and slightly bitter toasted hazelnuts. I add fresh thyme and make a dressing with honey, two flavours I really like and that work so well with the ot...

Grilled sardines with beetroot, cumin & rosemary

The last time I made this summery roast, I also made a big pile of flat breads. They were so good, being a little blistered, crisp and soft all at the same the time. We piled the cumin-spiked beetroot onto the flat breads and then lifted the tender fillets fro...

Roast tomatoes on toast with tarragon & thyme

I like the idea that something could become bigger, bolder, fuller and more intense as it withers, contracts, softens and breaks – it seems a great irony. This is exactly what happens when you slowly cook sweet, ripe tomatoes in a warm oven. They intensify, ex...

Tomatoes with anchovies, tarragon, eggs & sourdough

This combination of ripe fresh tomatoes, sweet tarragon, good bread and my own red wine vinegar (I’ve been making for 10 years) is full of the warmth of summer. 

Salad of chicken, anchovies, jersey royals, asparagus, dill and chives

This late-spring salad is full of new-season asparagus, tender chicken and waxy new potatoes. I’ve added a few little anchovies, too; they bring depth of flavour to the salad and team well with the asparagus. Dill and chives, two of my favourite soft herbs, co...

Roast beetroot & wet garlic with bay, lovage & thyme

I remember sitting down to eat this with a friend, casually, and with no big expectation. It was just another lovely-sounding combination I wanted to have a go at cooking. Partway through eating, we both slowed, then stopped. There was an easy silence. Both he...
beetroot and garlic

New potatoes with goat’s cheese, lavender and elderflower butter.

I love this fragrant early summer salad. The combination of waxy new potatoes and crumbly fresh goats cheese is always fantastic, but the delicate perfume of lavender and elderflower compliment and lift it to another level. I like to make some elderflower head...

Barbecued little gems with cucumber, white beans & tahini

I adore cooking lettuce. Sometimes, I like to wilt it with chicken stock and plenty of black pepper, parsley and lovage. Sometimes, I fry wedges of small lettuce in butter and olive oil, with salty anchovies and lots of garlic, until its sugars caramelize, the...