Leek and cheese puff pastry tart with chorizo pangrattato

This leek and cheese puff pastry tart is the perfect antidote to the oncoming autumn (and winter) chills. Sweet leek is tempered by savoury mushroom, with a creamy, yet sharp, unctuous cheese base bringing it all together. I’ve added a zesty chorizo pangrattato and boy, does it make this tart sing. It’s perfectly fine without, but…

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Lemon and blackberry drizzle cake

Lemon drizzle cake is one of my very favourites. There’s nothing out of this world, weird, or wonderful about it. But when someone cracks out the lemon drizzle my eyes light up. A good one will be light, buttery and a little bit tart – sharpness is something that can be sorely lacking in a…

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Mushroom and kidney bean vegan chilli

I love chilli – its smoky warmth is perfect as the nights come on earlier, the leaves fall and there’s mist and woodsmoke on the air. This vegan chilli is just that ticket – smoky, savoury and super comforting. As you’ll know from my instagram feed and past posts I’m reducing my meat intake, especially red…

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Roasted vegetable lasagne

This vegetable lasagne is the perfect transition dish, just what you need for the cooler evenings that herald the onset of autumn, yet still light enough that it won’t weigh you down on those nights that still have a hint of warmth in them. Over the past few years I’ve been eating less and less…

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Roasted carrots and dukkah eggs on toast

This roasted carrots and dukkah eggs on toast recipe was inspired by my first visit to Trove a few weeks back, the café/bakery located out in Levenshulme. Many people have recommended to me, but to be honest I’d just written it off as ‘just another brunch place.’ Boy was I wrong. Trove’s food mainly revolves…

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Chorizo traybake with gremolata

This chorizo and chickpea traybake is a quick and comforting meal perfect for pepping up simple fridge ingredients. Please make and serve with the gremolata, it really lifts the dish and is an integral part of making this meal what it is. With only three ingredients it’s not exactly taxing, bar a bit of chopping!…

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Soy marinated flank steak with banh mi salad

When the weather is hot I crave crunchy, sharp food – cornichons and salami, caper pasta and any Asian pickles I can get my hands on. Having eaten an excellent tofu banh mi at Common in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, I decided it was time to make some for myself. Banh mi pickles are great. They’re…

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British asparagus – a light salad for warm weather

It’s almost the end of the British asparagus season, which means it’ll be another ten months until we get to eat those tender green British spears and means butter consumption in my house will drop by at least half. I love British asparagus and eat it by the plate load during May and June. I know…

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Hanger steak with green olive tapenade sauce

Hanger steak, or onglet as it’s sometimes called, is not normally a cut I cook with. I’ve ordered it plenty of times at restaurants, but I’m more likely to stick to a cut I know if I’m at the butchers. Taken from the centre of a cow it’s a muscle that does nothing more than…

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A warm salad of lamb, asparagus and root veg

It’s asparagus season, which can only mean one thing, I’m going to spend the next month eating as much as the stuff I can get and consuming copious amounts of butter in the process. I’m quite a traditionalist when it comes to asparagus. I like it British and I like it in butter. Ever since…

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