Recent Recipes

Roast guinea fowl with black pudding, apple & sage.

I remember my uncle keeping these fine birds when I was a boy, and how their unusual regal quality would grab my fleeting attention as I tore past them in pursuit of my cousin. Now, as a chef I appreciate them all the more. Guinea fowl is delicious and underra...

Venison & bacon stew with orange & bay

At River Cottage I'd always cook venison throughout the winter months. One of my favourite ways to eat it is as a tasty carpaccio. The loin is seared in a hot pan for a few seconds before being sliced and served more or less raw, with flaky salt, lemon juice,...
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Christmas ham

I cure a ham each year. It makes lunch on Christmas day all the more satisfying and it’s easy to do. You just have to think a couple of months ahead. I earmark a leg of pork from one of our late-autumn pigs, then towards the end of October, I’ll think about ge...

Liver and bacon

My take on this timeless classic should convert even those who are most reluctant to eat liver. What’s more, because the liver is served slightly pink, it all comes together quite quickly. 

Raw mushroom, kale, celeriac and pumpkin seed salad

I’m a big fan of macerated kale salads, it’s something we do at River Cottage quite regularly, and a technique I find brings the humble kale leaf into a new and exciting dimension. What’s more, it’s super quick to put together, because everything is raw. Yes,...

Mushroom, pancetta and parsley tart

This is probably one of my all time favorite recipes. I’ve been making it for years. It works with fresh wild or cultivated mushrooms, but I find using a combination of fresh and dried gives a much better flavour.  

Pollack with roasted summer vegetables

It’s hard to beat the sweetness, colour and flavour of high summer vegetables especially when roasted. The process really intensifies all their lovely qualities. What I particularly like about this ‘all in 1 tray’ recipe is the simplicity. It’s dead easy, maki...

Roast aubergines with toasted seeds & lettuce

Each year, through mid to late summer we grow aubergine plants at River Cottage HQ – they do really well in the poly tunnels. Aubergines are great when they are firm and fresh. I like them thickly sliced and chargrilled, served with lamb or grilled fish. Here...

Tenderloin with courgettes, dill, mint and spring onions

Pork tenderloin is a delicate and lean cut. I love its open, tender grain and the fact it’s so simple to cook. Sadly, in relation to the rest of the pig, the tenderloin is really quite small, so, you must make the most of it when you come to cook it. I think t...

Scallops cooked in their shells with parsley, garlic, fennel seed, chilli and lemon butter

I will always remember the smell of scallops being grilled in the half shell. The chefs used to do it in the village pub where I worked as a washer upper, when I was younger. I remember the garlic, black pepper and the fresh green parsley, the crackle of shell...