Recent Recipes

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...

Brill with sorrel sauce

I really like the flavour of sorrel: it’s sharp and green and appley-sour. Common sorrel is easy to grow at home, but you’ll also find it growing wild, small and spear-shaped, in grassy fields and grazing land. The zesty acidity of wild sorrel works beautifull...

Curd with radishes, spring onions & herbs

Who wouldn’t be into the idea of taking something crisp, like a toasted slice of sourdough or a broken seed-covered cracker, and spreading it thickly with fresh sheep’s curd? If someone offered me that, I would think it were almost perfect and I would take it....
spring radish salad

Rabbit with pappardelle

This is a very simple recipe for one of the most enjoyable pasta sauces I’ve ever eaten. Cook the rabbit slowly with smoked bacon, vegetables and herbs until it’s tender enough to come away from the bone with ease. Flake the meat, then return it to the sauce....
rabbit recipe

apple, lemon and thyme pancakes

Pancakes and apples are a great combination, particularly if you caramalise the fruit in a little butter and sugar first. I add fresh thyme leaves and lemon, which give the apples a really floral note.

Oysters in chicken stock with chives

Come, sit with me and talk about the sea and the land. Tell me how something so clear can be so deep. Break these shells for me and let the flood run. Together, they are somewhere between earth and saltwater. Let’s drink the broth and take the oysters with it....