One year 52 recipes

sometimes I get stuck in a rut with what I cook and bake, so I thought this year I would make 52 new recipes

After being asked a number of times for my recipes, I have noted them here. Hopefully you will find them easy to follow. Scrolling down and clicking >> will take you to each recipe.

Baking is a science so needs a bit of precision. Cooking on the other hand has no rules - play a little...miss things out that you don't like, add those that you do. Does the recipe suggest 250g of something but you have 300g and won't use the extra 50g in a day or two? Then throw it all in. Handful, splash, glug, dollop...use as much or as little as you fancy.

Useful swaps: 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs is equal to 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Thyme, marjoram, rosemary, oregano and sage are interchangeable as are basil, tarragon, dill, chives, flat leaf parsley. Juniper berries can be replaced with black pepper.

The following are also interchangeable: marsala, madeira, sherry, port, ale, cider, white wine, red wine, vermouth.

I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as we have :-) ...they serve four (pies, tarts and cakes six) and sometimes there is a little left over for a nice lunch. 

 

  • Roast chicken with sumac and mint >>
  • Kipper paté, when this fish arrived in my monthly box I decided to make a paté because I dislike picking away at boney fish >>
  • Balsamic strawberries, perfect if you've picked up a punnet that isn't looking very perky. Delicious poured over a mascarpone cream tart  >>
  • Roast pork and new potatoes. Usually I parboil my potatoes and cook them separately from the meat, this recipe is ideal for a quick midweek roast >>
  • Leek and celery soup >>
  • Bombay potatoes >>
  • Yorkshire puddings >>
  • Spiced lamb and chickpeas >>
  • Apricot tart >> 
  • Feta and radish potato salad >>
  • Spinach and cream cheese tart >>
  • Spiced couscous. Delicious with pepper hummus >>
  • Stuffed lamb with feta and olives...oh yum! >>
  • Sautéed potatoes cooked in a pressure cooker - one word, moreish >>
  • Mixed beans and an experiment with flavours...basil, mint and watercress >>
  • Tabouleh - this has become a weekly staple. So easy to make a bowl and leave it in the fridge for packed lunches or an alternative to pasta/potatoes for dinner >> 
  • Lamb burgers >>
  • Potato salad >>
  • Red lentil and chorizo soup >>
  • Vinaigrette...I had to scour through lots of my recipe books to find a listing - maybe vinaigrettes are deemed bad for us now? >>
  • Chicken and spicy bean soup, using a homemade stock from a leftover sunday roast >>
  • Pasta, peas and pancetta - simply delicious >>
  • Enchiladas >>
  • Slow cooked lamb with Lebanese 7 spice >>
  • Chorizo and bean stew >>
  • Paella...oh yum! This will be definitely be a regular dish >>
  • Hollandaise sauce. Normally I buy ready prepared but for P's birthday breakfast I thought I would make one from scratch - Wow! I was surprised by how much butter it uses so reduced the recipe by 1/3 >>
  • Venison haunch - I cook venison frequently but always the exact same casserole from an Italian recipe because it is SO delicious. Simply seasoned with pepper, salt and thyme then roasted - haunch was equally delicious and will be making an appearance again >>
  • Lamb pie >>
  • Tartare sauce. A classic accompaniment to fish that I had never tried! >>
  • Risotto alla Milanese >>
  • Scotch Broth >>
  • Rotolo di agnello con pecorino (rolled lamb with pecorino). Two firsts...deboning a leg of lamb and cooking one. Melt in the mouth delicious >>
  • Game pie with port gravy >>
  • A malted loaf. Mmmmmm >>
  • Flapjacks. Not as simple as they seem, my first attempt ended up as granola, haha >>