Frittata Pizza

Frittata - somewhere between an omelette and a crustless quiche, firm based and eminently suitable for loading up with all manner of goodies!

Time to get creative ...

Begin with cracking half a dozen eggs into a mixing bowl and whisking gently just to break up the yolks without making a batter.

In a heavy based pan, pour out the mixture over some softened butter.

Lift the cooking egg mixture from the base and gently re-fold, ensuring that the gaps are re-filled with uncooked egg mixture. Do this gently without too much heat.

Once the egg mixture is cooked through, season with a little salt, pepper, herbs and so on and gently cook the base for a few minutes. Take care not to let it burn.

Place the pan onto a heavy board and start to load up with goodies!

Peppers, salami, pepperoni, ham, whatever floats your boat ...

Layer some mozzarella over and place it under the grill to warm through and melt the cheese.

Slice up, as per pizza, pick up, eat ... enjoy!


Lamb Shanks with Mediterranean Salad

Shanks are the tibia, the bone below the knee.

Lamb shanks are a thrifty cut. Braised whole, you're left with meat falling off the bone, deep, flavoursome and beautifully fatty.

Long, slow cooking is the key ...

I use a tagine with the shanks standing up, held in place by the conical top, sitting in just a little water which rises and condenses in the tagine - pretty much, a primitive pressure cooker.

Simple! Just put the shanks in, add water and set on a low heat for the day ...

Feel free to pep up the dish a little with ground coriander, cumin, some chilli, maybe onions and garlic - the sauce can be blended and passed through a sieve to make a really sumptuous gravy.

Plate up! I like lamb shanks with a simple salad of tomato, cucumber, olives (in brine) and cubes of feta. Garnish with coriander.

This combination gives a few offsets to the fattiness of the meat, but again, feel free to serve up with some vegetables and pour over the gravy made from the braising stock.

Lamb goes very well with deep greens - collard, mustard greens, kale, cavolo nero, spinach or samphire. That strong pack of iron compliments the meat perfectly.

For colour, carrot or swede are perfect. In fact, to accompany the simple salad above, ribbons of carrot and courgette would work very well.

Ideas! Ideas!


Pink Grapefruit Mayonnaise

There are a number of recipes for various "aise" sauces - mayonnaise, hollandaise and so on ... but here's one which is a little different and can pass for both mayonnaise (cold) and hollandaise (hot).

Mayonnaise uses oil, while Hollandaise uses butter.


Collect two or three egg yolks in a glass mixing bowl.

Add a generous splash of pink grapefruit and whisk briskly with a balloon whisk until lighter and fluffy.

Gradually add avocado oil (or extra virgin olive oil) in a constant stream while whisking. You will get a feel for how much oil you need, but the exact ratio does not really matter.


Collect two or three egg yolks in a glass mixing bowl.

Put a good block of butter in a pan and on a gentle heat. As the butter melts, the solids will drop out leaving clarified butter to pour off, discarding the solids and returning the clarified top to the gentle heat to keep warm. The shortcut here is to use ghee.

Add a generous splash of pink grapefruit and whisk briskly with a balloon whisk until lighter and fluffy.

Over a baines marie (sitting the mixing bowl over a pan of boiling water without the base of the bowl touching the water) and whisking constantly, pour the clarified butter into the mix in a constant stream.

You may need to lift the bowl off the heat every so often to prevent it from turning to custard.

If the Hollandaise becomes too thick, add a teaspoon of water.


Tenderstem Broccoli with Normandy Cheese & Streaky Bacon

Seriously deep in flavour, soft, engaging and thoroughly satisfying as a starter.

One of my favourites ...

You need to start with some good cheese - something French. I tend to go with Camembert or Coutances.

Cut off the rind carefully revealing the soft cheese within and place into a milk pan with a little cream on a low heat - you want to just warm it through without any sticking.

Meanwhile, boil some tenderstem broccoli and put a couple of rashers of streaky bacon under the grille.

Serve up by pouring out the creamy cheese onto a warm plate, cover with the broccoli and garnish with the bacon, grinding a little fresh black pepper over.



Ginger Hinted Tuna

Tuna is a superb fish! Very meaty, it can withstand strong heat from grills and griddles, and can take on subtle flavours ... which is exactly what I'll be doing here.

Make up a marinade of diced fresh ginger and lime juice. Allow the fish to cure in the marinade for a few minutes.

Meanwhile, get your griddle warming, some salad potatoes sliced and par-boiled for a few minutes and your plates dressed with some rocket.

The par-boiled potatoes can now be sautéed through in butter while you cook the fish. Onto the griddle - I use a cast iron griddle pan. The fish needs little more than searing each side and then setting aside to rest.

Slosh a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the rocket, black pepper and sea salt just to season.

Just before serving out, dust the potatoes with chilli powder and spoon over the salad.

Fish on top and garnish with a few vine tomatoes.

Lovely job!