Recent Recipes

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....

Trout with pickled cucumber, spelt & herbs

This quick, warm salad of nutty spelt grain and clean river trout always lifts my mood, particularly on a wet, wintry day. With a light air of spring about it, it provides a welcome break from the richer dishes I often prepare over the colder months of the yea...

Chicken and nettle pie

Spring is a good time to pick nettles for cooking with. They are lush and tender and full of sweetness. I like to use them as a wild alternative to our more typical cultivated spring greens. They’re just as delicious as spinach and, like kale, should be consid...
chicken pie

Squirrel, rosemary & potato rösti

I like this rösti because it’s so very different, which probably has something to do with the squirrel – although lamb, pheasant or rabbit would be good contenders for a substitute. I’ve also done a very similar – and equally delicious – thing with wild oyster...

Pulled pork

I remember Hugh teaching me that the secret to really good pulled pork is the oven temperature: it’s crucial that it’s not too hot. A whole pork shoulder is made up of a variety of different muscle sets, some leaner than others. The leaner ones will dry out at...

Polenta with roast ham & parsley

If you haven’t had polenta before, you must try this recipe. Traditionally, polenta is served ‘wet’ or ‘soft’, which means it comes to the table like a porridge or a thick purée. Alternatively, you can serve it ‘set’ – when loose polenta is cooled and set in t...

hazelnut & celeriac soup with kale, parsley & olive oil

Hazelnuts bring an unexpected dimension to this gorgeous soup. Their flavour, being delicate and sweet, works beautifully with robust kale and earthy celeriac. If you’re making your own stock, make sure it’s really tasty before you add it to the rest of the so...

Apple leather

This is essentially a fruit puree that you dry out very slowly over a number of hours in a low oven. It’s preserving at its most straight forward. Once made you can store this fruit leather wrapped up in an airtight container for months. It makes a delicious s...
apple leather

Salad of roast carrots and beetroot with marjoram, olive oil and a honey, fennel seed and yogurt dressing.

New season roots make this salad so much sweeter than it would be in the autumn. Gently roasting them intensifies their character and caramlises their sugary qualities.
carrot and beetroot salad