Quinoa, Courgettes, Broad Beans, Black Beans, Pine Nuts, Herbs, Flowers, Sumac 2

Quinoa, Courgettes, Broad Beans, Black Beans, Pine Nuts, Herbs, Flowers, Sumac
This recipe is one big homage to the cooking of one of my favourite chefs Yottam Ottolenghi and I hope it doesn’t seem too derivative. We do a vegetarian week every month and that basically entails cooking nothing but dishes from his Plenty cookbook so I took inspiration from a few of the recipes in ...

Fettucine, Courgette, Hazelnut, Broad Beans, Mint 2

Fettucine, Courgette, Hazelnut, Broad Beans, Mint
I had originally bought the ingredients for this Yottam Ottolenghi recipe but some leftover fresh pasta that had to be used up meant a change of plan and some improvisation. Unfortunately, the fresh hazelnuts called for in the original are very hard to come by so I had to make do with some normal ones ...

Red Gurnard, Tarragon, Celery, Broad Beans, Samphire, Cucumber, Butter 3

Red Gurnard, Tarragon, Celery, Broad Beans, Samphire, Cucumber, Butter
The whole point of this recipe was to keep things as light and fresh as possible: I picked lots of cooling and refreshing ingredients and tried to find novel ways of processing and presenting them. And to do this I revisited some modernist techniques I’ve used previously and a new one I’d been looking to ...

Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut 2

Broccoli, Peas, Broad Beans, Samphire, Radish, Sorrel, Hazelnut
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a more technically demanding recipe, mainly because most of the new things I’ve been trying haven’t produced good enough results and weren’t worth writing about. I’ve been experimenting a lot with modernist techniques like reverse spherification and it’s just taken me a while to become somewhat comfortable using ...

Orecchiette With Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Asparagus And Broad Beans

Orecchiette With Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Asparagus And Broad Beans
This began life as a Nigel Slater linguine and basil recipe from his excellent Kitchen Diaries cookbook to which I added some purple sprouting broccoli I had lying around in the fridge. The broccoli didn’t quite work with a long ribbon like pasta though so I decided to merge the dish with one I’ve posted ...

Flowers And Vegetables

Flowers And Vegetables
This was inspired by a Rick Stein clip I saw on TV this Saturday where he cooked an incredible mixture of fresh Mediterranean vegetables to serve alongside tuna steak with salsa verde. When I went to look for the recipe online I couldn’t find it so I just used the basic foundation – potatoes, courgettes ...

Scallops With Salt Cod Puree, Broad Beans, Pancetta And Sherry Sauce 2

Scallops With Salt Cod Puree, Broad Beans, Pancetta And Sherry Sauce
When I was in Spain last September I bought some bacalao in the grocery shop near our hotel to bring home with me to Ireland. It’s a good thing it lasts so long because nearly a year on it’s only now that I’ve managed to use it. I originally planned on making brandade but the ...

Broad Beans With Black Pudding, Little Gem, Peas And Nasturtiums 1

Broad Beans With Black Pudding, Little Gem, Peas And Nasturtiums
This recipe has its origins in a few different places, the main one being a riff on a combination I’ve explored before only this time using my own homemade black pudding. Then there’s the somewhat unusual step of cooking the lettuce which I’ve become quite fond of since having braised little gem in a few ...

Chicken Consommé With Broad Beans And Peas

Chicken Consommé With Broad Beans And Peas
Ever since reading Harold McGee’s article about a simple method for making incredibly clear consommés I’ve been wanting to try it but it’s only in the past few weeks that I’ve got a chance to do so. I say the last few weeks because I’ve done quite a few experiments over the course of the ...