Sautéed Potatoes with Red Pepper and Chorizo

Sautéed potatoes with red pepper and chorizo, asparagus and steak

In an effort to make side dishes more interesting, and inspired by seeing a chef sautéing potatoes to go with pork chops, we came up with sautéed potatoes with red pepper and chorizo. A simple, effective and very tasty side that works well with a variety of mains … and breakfast.
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Sweet Potato and Aubergine Curry

Sweet potato and aubergine curry

A recent restaurant experience demonstrated that true curry is so much more than a cliché of unbearably hot and heavy sauces. Indian food was revealed to be a wonderful, varied and delicious cuisine to experience.

My wife and I decided to explore this at home. To begin with, a simple, healthy and very tasty vegetarian curry.
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Truffle and Parsley Chips

Truffle and parsley chips with a truffle and mayonnaise dip

Bored of having the same chips every time? Try kicking it up a notch … or three … by adding some tasty chopped parsley and truffle oil, along with a cool mayonnaise dip on the side. Truly delicious.
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Spicy Roast Parsnip Soup

Spicy roast parsnip soup served with some crusty bread

Bring warmth to a cold winter night with this delicious and healthy roast parsnip soup. Infused with exotic flavours of cumin, turmeric and garam masala, it’s easy to make and very cost-effective.

Enjoy with homemade crusty bread or sandwiches as a starter, quick meal or late night snack.
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Smokey Bourbon Baked Beans

Smokey bourbon baked beans with ribeye steak and chips

I watched Jamie Oliver’s “American Road Trip” a couple of weeks ago. One recipe that stood out was when he cooked baked beans cowboy-style whilst camping in the great outdoors. Looked great with strips of steak seared on a cast iron pan over a campfire.

So we decided to made our own version at home … very simple and definitely several notches above your standard tin of baked beans.
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Black Bean Coconut Rice

Black bean coconut rice served with a double pork chop

Side dishes are often overlooked, with focus given to the main event. Yet they can be fantastic in their own right, a true co-star instead of a supporting cast member.

Black bean coconut rice is just such a dish. It’s a superb companion for meals with a bit of a kick.
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Duck ‘n’ Dexter Roast Potatoes

Duck 'n' Dexter Roast Potatoes - flavoursome and fluffy

I have been embroiled in a friendly-ish competition with my mother-in-law (who is an excellent cook) to cook the best roast potato. My current method is the culmination of this endeavour, to which a dinner guest once commented:

“he has studied to Heston Blumenthal levels of obsession, [these] were emphatically the finest roasties I have had ever.”

Praise indeed for humble spuds transformed into Duck ‘n’ Dexter Roast Potatoes.
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Triple Cooked Duck Fat Chips

Triple cooked duck fat chips and t-bone steak

On most pub and steak joint menus nowadays you’ll find triple cooked chips, served as either a standard side dish or bar snack.  The hallmark of such chips is a crispy, crunchy outer layer encasing a light, fluffy interior.

This incarnation of the humble chip is a relatively new phenomenon, devised by Heston Blumenthal in the early 1990s and served at his restaurant, The Fat Duck, in 1995.

The standard recipe does work but takes a while, and the chips can fall apart sometimes. So I created a simpler variation, adding in a duck nuance for extra flavour.

The result … triple cooked duck fat chips.
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