Apple Cream Brulee

Start off by tossing the chopped apple with the citrus zest and juice. Then place them in a heavy saucepan, add half the sugar and, over a gentle heat(...)

To serve, place a large spoonful of leeks on the plate, place the fish parcel on top and sprinkle with some chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 180°CWrap each fillet of monkfish in three slices of pancetta, wrap each parcel in cling film and refrigerate for a half hour or much (...)

Rich Beef Stew. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

If anything was going to get me in the mood for stews and comfort food, it had to be the weather we’ve had this month. The rain was biblical, making a(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley
White-bean Colcannon

Drain and rinse the soaked beans in plenty of water and then cook in plenty of boiling water for at least an hour - possibly 2 hours - until properly (...)

 Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Beef au Vin

In a large saucepan and over a highish heat, saute the bacon in the butter until crisp and then scoop out the bacon and set aside. Next, in the same p(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There’s a lot of talk about “emotional eating”, but when food is good – and I mean really tasty and really good – it’s nearly impossible not to hav(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley
Cheesy Baked Potato Skins

Preheat oven to 200C. Score the potatoes lengthways around the middle and bake for one hour. Then scoop out the flesh leaving just about a millimetre (...)

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Sausage & Lentils

First, soak the lentils in a bowl of cold water for four hours with a generous splash of cider vinegar. Then drain well. Next, in a heavy sauce(...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There are some dishes that just beg to be cooked as quickly and painlessly as possible, simply so you can get to the end goal – eating them – as soon (...)

Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Preheat an oven to 220 degrees/gas 6. Cut the red peppers into big chunks and discard the seeds and stems. Slice the tomatoes in half and cut the garl(...)