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Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

Chicken with Creamy Mushrooms

Ingredients For The Chicken: 1 1/2 pounds (700g) boneless skinless chicken thighs (around 6-8 fillets) 1 teaspoon each onion powder and garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon each of dried thyme and rosemary 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil For The […]

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Best Ports For Christmas

Best Ports For Christmas

Port is one of those drinks that, for some reason, has become entwined with Christmas in the UK. Perhaps it’s the rich, fruity, slightly spiced flavour of the fortified wine that makes it feel so festive, or the fact that Christmas is the only time […]

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Beef Hachee with Red Cabbage

Beef Hachee with Red Cabbage

Hachée is a traditional Dutch stew based on diced meat, and vegetables. Hachee based on beef, onions and acid is a typical example of traditional Dutch cuisine. Clove and bay leaves are added to the thick gravy. It is usually served with potatoes and red cabbage. […]

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Prawn Tempura

Prawn Tempura

Ingredients For the batter 75 gms cornflour 75 gms plain flour 1 free-range egg, lightly beaten 188 ml/6½fl oz cold beer For the prawn tempura vegetable oil, for deep-frying 50 gms  plain flour 1.5 kg/3lb 5oz uncooked king prawns, shells and central veins removed sweet and sour […]

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Cantonese Pan-Fried Noodles

Cantonese Pan-Fried Noodles

Chow mein, (in Mandarin “ch’ao mien”) meaning “stir-fried noodles,” originated in Northern China. While the chow mein served in take-outs and many Chinese restaurants has been altered to appeal to Western tastes, it is based on an authentic Chinese dish of stir-fried vegetables with boiled […]

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Greek Style Octopus

Greek Style Octopus

This picture was taken in a Greek restaurant in Corfu while having a lunchtime meal with my daughter who lived there at the time. Obviously, octopus is not readily available in England. Ingredients 1100 gms octopus, cleaned (35 ounces) 2-3 tbsps red wine vinegar 100-120 […]

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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

Here’s another dish that the good people of The Netherlands had never heard of until I arrived on the scene. Wilma has given the recipe to many of her friends and family who love it as a mid-week easy to make dish. Ingredients 2 tbsp […]

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Burgundy Wines

Burgundy Wines

The grapes Pinot Noir and Chardonnay produce the best wines on the planet. Nearly everyone who has tasted these wines from various regions will confirm what sommeliers and wine experts have long accepted: the optimal place to grow Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is Burgundy. The […]

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Sweet Potato with Lemon and Oregano

Sweet Potato with Lemon and Oregano

My wife had never heard of sweet potato until I arrived in The Netherlands. Also unheard of was parsnips. Now both a firm favourite with her and the numerous friends she has told about these lovely vegetables. Ingredients 1 large sweet potato 1 tsp of […]

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Beef Bourguigon Style

Beef Bourguigon Style

A mixture of different versions of Beef Bourguigon recipes which I find works best for me. I am not a lover of carrot which is in most recipes but not one from James Martin who I trust because he trained in France. Ingredients 500 gms […]

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