All posts tagged: recipes

Summer BBQ recipe: organic bavette steak with chimichurri

Chef Tom Hunt shares his organic barbeque steak recipe as part of the Soil Association’s Better BBQ campaign. So you’ve dusted off your barbeque and have your tongs at the ready but what about your meat? Try sourcing organic meat that is free from GM ingredients and artificial preservatives and see if you can enjoy a fuller, tastier, barbequed meat experience. If you can’t bear to be away from your grill for long, ordering your meat in could be an option. The Well Hung Meat Company is a good place to look for quality, dry-aged organic meat that is butchered to order and delivered straight to your door. The recipe: Organic bavette (skirt) steak with chimichurri sauce Serves four as a main course or many as a snack Ingredients 800g strip of bavette steak For the chimichurri 40g parsley, finely chopped with stalks 2 tsp dried or chopped fresh oregano 2 clove garlic, crushed Pinch dried chilli flakes 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3 tbsp red wine vinegar Salt and pepper HOW TO: Chimichurri …

Recipe: Slow-roasted pork with salsa verde and lentils

As part of the ‘East Village Presents…’ series that aims to inspire local residents, MasterChef 2013 winner Natalie Coleman presents her recipe for a mouth-watering slow-roasted pork dish with ingredients locally sourced in East London.   Slow roasted pork with salsa verde and lentils Serves 4-6. INGREDIENTS 2kg Hill & Szrok pork shoulder (skin-scored) 500ml cider FOR THE SALSA VERDE Juice of 1 lemon 10 tablespoons of olive oil 1 garlic clove (minced) Half a red onion (finely diced) 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard 15g parsley 2 sprigs of basil 12.5g dill 12.5g mint 6 anchovies 1 tablespoon of capers FOR THE HERBY LENTILS 200g puy lentils (rinsed and drained) 300ml chicken stock 4 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley 4 tablespoons of finely chopped mint 1 medium white onion (finely diced) 1 carrot (peeled and finely diced) 1 celery stick (peeled and finely diced) Zest of half a lemon Juice of 1 lemon Salt Pepper Olive oil METHOD For the roasted pork 1.    Pre-heat oven to 200℃. 2.    Rinse and pat dry the pork shoulder …

Recipe: Gin cured salmon with sourdough bread

Together with East Village, the former London 2012 athletes’ village, Natalie Coleman, winner of MasterChef 2013, has produced an easy-to-make recipe for a delicious salmon starter using locally-sourced ingredients. Here’s how you can re-create it at home.   Gin cured salmon with sourdough bread Serves 12 people. INGREDIENTS 1 side of salmon fillet – skin on and pin boned (1kg) 300g rock salt 100ml of East London Liquor Company Gin 250g caster sugar 1 tablespoon of juniper berries 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns 35g dill (roughly chopped) Zest of 2 lemons Zest of 2 limes TO SERVE Crusty sourdough bread 250ml crème fraiche Cornichons (small jar) 1 tablespoon of fresh dill (finely chopped) HOW TO: 1.    Toast the peppercorns and juniper berries in a dry pan for 1-2 minutes. 2.    Once toasted, just lightly crush in a pestle and mortar – don’t grind to a powder. 3.    Place all of the ingredients (except the salmon) in a large mixing bowl and combine well. 4.    On a clean work surface, lay cling film (around 50cm in …

Rapper’s Delights: The Hip Hop Cookbook

Who knew food and hip hop could collide to produce something so perfectly tuned as Rapper’s Delights: The Hip Hop Cookbook. Authors Joseph Inniss, Peter Stadden and Ralph Miller did, presenting one of the most entertaining cookbooks we’ve ever come across. There are 30 recipes, each accompanied by artwork from up-and-coming illustrators, featuring genius creations such as Wu-Tang Clam Chowder, Ludacrispy Duck and Public Enemiso Soup. (£9.99, Dokument Press)

Anjum’s Quick & Easy Indian

Anjum’s Quick & Easy Indian by Anjum Anand takes away any fear you might have about preparing Indian dishes yourself. With 80 recipes featuring everything from one-pot meatballs to poached rhubarb with spicy biscuits, this is one cookbook that you can turn to time and time again for really flavoursome inspiration. (£18.99, Quadrille)

La Pâtisserie des Rêves by Philippe Conticini – the recipe book

Now you can recreate your own La Pâtisserie des Rêves “patisserie of dreams” at home If you’ve ever marvelled at the fantastical creations inside La Pâtisserie des Rêves on Marylebone High Street and wondered just how one goes about producing such fine and indulgent cakes and pastries, well it seems master pastry chef Philippe Conticini may have just answered your prayers. The English edition of his best-selling book, which features over 70 recipes, has now been published so you can finally have a go at creating classic French pastries such as the Paris-Brest (choux pastry with praline cream and praline sauce), Saint-Honoré (caramelised puff pastry, cream and choux pastry balls filled with crème pâtissière) and mille-feuille (caramelised puff pastry and vanilla crème pâtissière). Here are two recipes to help get you started. Chocolate Gâteau For 8 people Preparation time: 50 mins Cooking time: 35 mins Refrigeration time: 1 hour FOR THE CHOCOLATE SPONGE 40g dark chocolate 20g milk chocolate 70g butter (+ for the tin) 90g brown sugar 40g flour (+ for the tin) ½ …

Recipes: Guilt-Free Girl Desserts

Chewy Chocolate Cookies Makes 30 Calories: 79 Fat: 3.2g Sat fat: 1.9g Total sugars: 7.5g Carbs: 12g Ingredients: 150g/5½oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting 25g/1oz cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda ¼ teaspoon salt 200g/7oz caster sugar 85g/3oz unsalted butter, softened 3 egg whites 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 40g/1½oz plain chocolate chips How to: Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Line a baking tray with baking paper In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt In a large bowl, use an electric whisk to cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy. Add the egg whites, vanilla extract and chocolate chips, mixing until well combined Lightly flour your hands and form rounded tablespoons of the cookie mixture into balls. Put these onto the prepared baking tray, setting them about 5cm/2inches apart. Bake in the pre-heated oven for 10–12 minutes or until set Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely before serving – – – – – Almond Cupcakes with Poached Pears Makes 12 …

Four flippin’ great ways to celebrate Pancake Day

1. Indulgence with good cause So, you get to enjoy some pretty divine, freshly-made pancakes AND for every plate you order, £1 goes to a local charity (the London Bubble youth charity) – that’s a win-win deal in our books. If you agree, you’ll need to make your way to the aqua shard restaurant sharpish where you can delight in sweet or savoury pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Options include corn pancakes with goat’s cheese and rosemary cream (£6.50) and pancakes with strawberry ice-cream, maple pecan syrup and strawberry compote (£7.50). If one day’s worth just isn’t enough, you’re in luck, the pancake menu will be available until 7th March. 2. Complimentary morning crepes – the best kind! If you ‘happen’ to be passing through Knightsbridge on Pancake Day, you would do well to stop by the Lowndes Bar & Kitchen where you can pick up a free crepe to get your morning off to a flippin’ great start. Just drop by between 8.30am – 10am. If the taster whets your appetite, you might …

A whole lotta delightful lamb recipes

Lamb burgers with feta and avocado Serves: four Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins Ingredients: 500g New Zealand lamb mince 2 tablespoons tomato sauce 2 teaspoons Worcestershire or any other brown sauce 1 spring onion, thinly sliced 12 mint leaves, shredded 1 avocado ¼ teaspoon finely grated lime zest 2 teaspoons lime juice 2 heaped tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon mustard 50g feta cheese, crumbled 2 beefsteak tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 4 burger buns, split open 1 butter lettuce, leaves separated How to: Using your hands (or a food mixer – not a food processor), combine the lamb mince, tomato sauce, brown sauce, spring onions and half of the mint leaves Divide into four portions before rolling out and flattening to create 1cm-thick patties Place patties on a tray and leave in the fridge to firm up for anywhere between two hours and overnight Remove the flesh from the avocado and mash with the lime zest and juice, then mix in the mayonnaise, mustard and lastly, the feta Mix …

Jammy little breakfast bakes

If you fancy a jammy little treat for breakfast, try your hand at these easy-to-bake recipes. But if you’re conscious about the sugar content in your jam, try replacing the usual with one of Streamline’s all-natural, reduced sugar versions. Strawberry Jam Sandwich Breakfast Bars Serves: 16 Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 100g unsalted butter 50g light muscovado sugar, unrefined 100g clear honey 100g dried strawberries 60g mixed seeds 40g chopped nuts 200g oats 50g plain flour 5tbsp Streamline strawberry jam How to: Preheat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 3.5 Line a 20cm x 20cm baking tray or brownie tin with greaseproof paper Heat the butter, sugar and honey in a pan until all have melted In a mixing bowl, combine the dried strawberries, seeds, nuts, oats and flour. Then, stir in the butter mixture and combine Pour half the mixture into the baking tray and spread evenly, pressing down with the back of a spoon to compact Spread the jam over the flapjack, then pour the remaining mixture on top and carefully …