Fish & seafood
Tiger prawns, smoked haddock, salmon and cod with cheesy mash...my family love this old-school classic and I promise yours will too.
One of the better results of our colonial past, kedgeree is thought to be a descendant of the much older lentil dish "khichri". It is equally delicious hot or cold, so you can still enjoy it later in the day if too much smoked fish defeats you at breakfast!
I was first introduced to real crab cakes at Ashburton Cookery School and I've adapted this recipe from theirs. It really is a marriage made in heaven with the mango salsa and is so easy to make at home.
Salting the fish removes moisture for a more meaty texture - perfect with this spicy gazpacho. The technique also works well with other white fish such as pollack.
Think salads are boring? Think again with this Spanish inspired classic. Packed with Mediterranean flavours, this is one of my absolute favourites and is a perfect light lunch or dinner party starter. You can buy pre-prepared squid if the thought of preparing it yourself puts you off, but it really isn't that difficult if you're brave enough to try.
Mackerel is a great fish to cook with. Full of omega oils, it looks great and has a fantastic creamy flavour. It’s also great value, stocks are good, and it's available all year round. Once the cauliflower purée is made, which can be done in advance, this dish can be made in minutes.
This simple, healthy pasta dish is packed with flavour and quick to make too. Serve with a simple glass of white wine and imagine you're on the Italian Riviera.
Do all of your preparation before you start cooking and you’ll have an elegant starter on the table in minutes. You should check that you're buying hand dived scallops as they're larger and significantly less destructive to the environment. Your fishmonger can prepare them if you don't know how.
According to a recent survey, moules marinière is the second most popular dish in France – and it’s also one of the easiest to cook. This version takes just 15 minutes from beginning to end and is absolutely delicious served with crusty bread to soak up the irresistibly intense sauce.
Originally considered peasant food, this delicious clam dish takes me back to my travels in Italy and the Dalmatian coast. You can use any clams, although palourdes (carpet clams) are traditional. This is ten minute cooking so is perfect for a quick lunch with a good glass of wine.
This recipe is as easy as opening a few ingredients and putting them in a food processor. It really shows off the smokey flavour of the mackerel and takes just five minutes to prepare.
John Torode says that Fish & Fruit are two F's that should never be seen on the same plate. I disagree. I love marrying fish with citrus. This recipe is super simple, super healthy and super quick. I've used cod, but any meaty white fish will do.
Unless you can find really fresh peas, frozen are better as they are frozen within hours of being picked —they also mean that you can enjoy this delicious soup at any time of the year. The optional mint leaf crisps are an easy to make garnish that add crunch and texture.
A Pithivier is a classic French pie made by baking a sweet or savoury filling between two disks of puff pastry. It's traditionally decorated with spiral lines and egg washed to create a shiny crust.
Eggs Benedict is the ultimate breakfast. Using smoked salmon, technically making it an "Eggs Royale", adds a hint of luxury. The keys to a great result are simple: fresh eggs, creamy hollandaise and the best smoked salmon you can afford. Use this blender method to guarantee your sauce does not split.
This recipe makes a beautifully light starter and is perfect for a dinner party served with a chilled glass of white wine and some freshly baked bread to mop up the sauce.
Whether a Scandinavian style light-lunch or an elegant dinner party starter, home-cured salmon is a great thing to try at home. It's healthy, looks amazing, tastes fantastic and there’s no actual cooking involved!