Vanilla Poached Apricots with Orange Flower

Mark Hughes Desserts, Spice 0 Comments

Being more savoury than sweet, we prefer starters to desserts a lot of the time, but Vanilla Poached Apricots with Orange Flower tick all the boxes: light, simple, fresh & tangy with the Greek yoghurt or creme fraiche to add creaminess. Deceptively simple to prepare, it’s an ideal foil for a big meal or for those times when you just want something a …

2-minute Mackerel Pate

Mark Hughes Appetisers & Starters, Light Lunches, Spice 0 Comments

Our 2-minute Mackerel Pate has alway been one of those go-to recipes to get you out of trouble. It’s almost as quick to put together as it is to open a shop-bought one, but you can tweak this one just the way you like it – plus you know what’s in  it. Use either peppered mackerel or plain smoked – the packs …

Quick & Creamy Prawn Curry

Mark Hughes BBQ, Leftovers, Light Lunches, Main Courses, Rubs, Spice, Tips 0 Comments

You’ll know by now that we’re a fan of simple so long as there’s massive flavour!  Sometimes we’re in the mood for spending an hour or two cooking up a great curry, roasting & grinding the individual spices & layering the flavours, really taking our time – but, hey, it’s (usually) the weekend though, right? Mostly though we just don’t …

Quick & easy Paella

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Like risotto, paella is sometimes thought of as a dark art, when in reality it’s pretty straightforward. Rick Stein once said that when he’d asked ‘how the risotto was’ in a restaurant, the answer was simply ‘we have some excellent stock’. Therein lies the secret; good stock turns a good risotto or paella a great risotto or paella. But, more …