Inspiration

August Bank Holiday BBQ Party

It’s occurred to me before now that the August Bank Holiday weekend really is the Christmas of BBQ season! It’s the pinnacle of the Summer season, the last big hurrah before I hate to say it but the days start getting noticeably shorter, the temperature drops ‘slightly’ and Christmas begins to appear in the shops. […]

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Top Tips for Grilling Vegetables

Back in January I asked what BBQ New Years Resolutions people had and one of the popular responses was to cook more side and vegetable dishes on the BBQ. It’s a trend that is ever increasing and we want to have side dishes that are more interesting that the classic iceberg lettuce, chopped tomato and […]

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Grilled Padrón Peppers

Padrón peppers take their name from the region where they originate in northwestern Spain. While typically green in colour they can be red or yellow, and depending on how much water they have as they grow they can be spicy or not. Customarily fried in oil and served as tapas this little taste of sunshine […]

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Pea, Bean, Asparagus & Parmesan Salad

With Summer in full flow it’s great to create side dishes inspired by what’s in season. This salad is packed with flavour as well as nutrients, and is so easy to prepare last minute or in advance. Pop it on the table with meats or fish this salad is a sure crowd pleaser.

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Bank Holiday Weekend BBQ Menu

After an amazing week the weather seems to be cooling slightly, but there is still hope for another balmy weekend. Regardless of what’s going on outside it’s still a great excuse to light the barbecue and share delicious food with friends and loved ones. This menu is designed to be quick and simple while still […]

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Onion Soup

French onion soup is a culinary classic that is hard to beat when it’s done right. Friends of mine at The Cartford Inn have their own version of this classic on the menu, but they are tight lipped on what makes theirs so good. With this as my inspiration, and a glut of onions in […]

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Lamb Kleftico

Lamb is such a delicious meat, and as we endure the colder days of Winter, a slow cooked shoulder just seems like the perfect food to come home to. For this recipe I’ve taken inspiration from the Greek dish Lamb Kleftico, which is essentially wrapping the shoulder in parchment with seasonings, vegetables and some cooking […]

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Rick Stein’s Stuffed Chillies with a Walnut & Pomegrenate Dressing

The sixth and final instalment in my cookbook review comes from the Mayor of Padstow himself, Mr Rick Stein! His recent book and accompanying TV series Road To Mexico comes at a time when the trend for Mexican cuisine is truly burgeoning. This dish really evokes the atmosphere of a hot sunny day, and alfresco […]

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Chinese New Year – Hong Kong Char Sui

With Chinese New Year upon us it seemed like a great opportunity to cook this incredible quick and simple Char Sui Pork from Jeremy Pang’s new cookbook Hong Kong Diner. Jeremy gifted me a copy of this beautiful book at the official launch and last Autumn and I have to say it’s an awesome read with […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day

So it’s Valentine’s day and the really simple way to cook up a treat for your loved one is to use the BBQ. Guaranteed to impress, and you won’t have a mess in the kitchen to clean-up; what’s not to love!? Each course took me no longer than 20 minutes to prepare and cook, apart from […]

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