Smoked Salmon Sashimi with Watermelon & Wasabi Sorbet

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Published on: October 7, 2013
 

 This was the first dish from my tasting menu.  The key feature of this recipe is the watermelon and wasabi sorbet.  It is something I have wanted to do for a long time, ever since having wasabi ice cream a couple of years ago at Whatley Manor (probably the best meal I’ve ever had).  With that as my inspiration I felt that this would make for an excellent amuse bouche.  I love sashimi but it is[…]


Sesame Chicken Noodles

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Published on: September 18, 2013
 

 A quick and easy dish that anyone can try.  Noodle dishes are my way of slapping together a quick dinner in the middle of the week.  They don’t need much in the way of ingredients and most of the stuff you need, you can keep in the cupboards for months on end. I like to use different kinds of noodles, ramen, soba, udon, rice vermicelli, cellophane, ho fun, etc… There are so many types of[…]


Ginger, Fennel and Golden Zucchini Couscous with Venison and Chorizo Sausages

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Published on: February 1, 2013
 

 I have never been a big fan of couscous and nor is my wife, every dish we’ve tried has been too bland.  That was until I decided to give it another go at my local restaurant – The Bridge Brassiere.  I had their Ginger & Fennel Couscous with Venison sausages for lunch.  It was wonderful, and that’s not the usual word I use to describe dishes with couscous!  The ginger and fennel gave the couscous[…]


Roast Chinese 5 Spice Pork Belly with Green Peppers

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Published on: December 13, 2012
 

 One of the first times I had Pork Belly was at a Chinese restaurant following a funeral (I know, not exactly where you would expect to have memorable food experiences) but I was about 10 or 12 years old and I couldn’t get enough of this pork belly.  Crispy skin, melt in the mouth fat, moist and tender pork meat, no little salt and the taste of those spices; It took several more years to[…]


No Roast Char Sau

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Published on: August 15, 2012
 

 This is my all time favourite dish since I was young.  Char Sau in Hakka is roast pork.  It is served in chinese takeaways all over the UK, but I find some of them can be quite dry.  I can eat it everyday, but it’s not a very healthy one as it contains quite a bit of fat and sugar. The most delicious part of the dish is the sauce.  I always find that the[…]


Prawn & Monkfish Coconut Bisque

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Published on: August 1, 2012
 

 Although this course was not in my earlier dinner party plans, I had intended to do a Langoustine coconut bisque with pan fried Monkfish.  Despite being promised a delivery of langoustine on Saturday morning, it failed to materialise and I was left searching for a suitable alternative.  I eventually remembered that Monkfish was used as a substitute for scampi (until it became too expensive).  But in order to make a proper bisque I felt I[…]


Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Duck Eggs

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Published on: July 31, 2012
 

    Steamed minced pork is a traditional home-cooked meal that most chinese housewives will do.  It’s a very versatile dish that can be changed according to your personal preference.  Salted duck eggs is also another well-known chinese delicacy that is only available in oriental supermarkets.  The taste of salted duck eggs is richer than normal chicken eggs.   Ingredients: 500g of minced pork 2 cloves of garlic (finely chopped) 3 salted duck eggs (cooked[…]


Pineapple Fried Rice

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Published on: June 28, 2012
 

 I chose this dish to be my first ever cooking blog appearance as it is the perfect sum up of how I cook most of the time.  Simple, easy and hassle-free.  I fell in love with this dish the very first time I had it in a Thai restaurant years ago.  Of course at that time, I had no idea how to cook it.  Most of my recipes are a result of = online research+personal[…]


Salmon Teriyaki with Rice and Chinese Veg

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Published on: April 3, 2012
 

 Lately I’ve had the urge to cook lots of asian food.  I’m not sure why, it might be me balancing out all the earlier western food I’ve been doing?  The other half has been working more weekdays recently and asian food is generally quick, so that’s probably contributed.  Either way, I’m enjoying some new dishes. I love teriyaki, it’s sweet, a little bit savoury and it’s always tender.  Everything in this recipe can be found[…]


Pan Fried Sea Bream with Saffron Rice

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Published on: November 13, 2011
 

 I first made this dish a year or two ago, I had planned to do something with Sea Bass but couldn’t get any, instead I spotted a deal on whole, fresh Sea Bream.  I had never used it before and I since discovered that it’s actually a family of fish so you can get a fairly wide variety under the name “Sea Bream”.  Regardless of what Sea Bream you actually get they all have a[…]


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