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Charred Corn with Cayenne Butter & Herb Salad

I’m always looking for easy accompaniments to the proteins I cook. This one was born out of a desire to eat more cayenne pepper, it has so many good properties, take a look at this website for example. I also love corn and as I was doing some barbecue chicken I thought it would work … Continue reading

Braised Red Cabbage

I was cooking a large shoulder of pork and I didn’t want to go overboard on the side dishes so I just went for some roast potatoes and this braised red cabbage with balsamic vinegar. There are many recipes for this out there, you can find it with apple or juniper or a myriad of other … Continue reading

Roast Potatoes

Some would say these are the perfect accompaniment to any roast dinner – who am I to argue there? The only place we might come to a disagreement is in the size of the perfect roast spud. Personally I like them quite small, less than the size of ping pong ball. I find you get … Continue reading

Apple Mash

This was one of the accompaniments to Barney Desmazery’s Crisp Cider Braised Pork Belly that I cooked for Sunday lunch. It’s really tasty and a bit decadent so I hope you enjoy it, especially as it’s so easy to make. Ingredients: 2 large baking potatoes, peeled and chopped 1 large Bramley apple, cored, peeled and chopped … Continue reading

Mustard Cabbage

This was served alongside the Crisp Cider Braised Pork Belly I did for Sunday lunch and thought it would make a stand alone post as it’s really simple to make and would make a great accompaniment to most pork, chicken or fish dishes. Ingredients: 1 small savoy cabbage 3 tbsp double cream 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard … Continue reading

Mango, Chilli & Coriander Salad

I love this dish. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any summer BBQ (and many other meals) as it’s fresh, light, easy to prepare and blooming delicious. Ingredients: 1 x ripe mango, chopped into 1cm cubes 2 x red chilli (alter to taste), finely chopped 1 red onion, finely diced Small handful of coriander leaves, chopped Method … Continue reading

Baked Beans

What does the term “Baked Beans” conjure up in your mind? Is it quick snacks with a slice of toast, the full English breakfast, diving in straight from the tin, cowboys ‘singing’ around a camp fire or that favourite childhood dinner with fish fingers or burgers or something completely different? Well, whilst you’re musing over … Continue reading

Hasselback Potatoes

If you’ve seen my last post for beer battered fish (by Donal Skehan) you’ll have seen that the fish was served with something called Hasselback potatoes. Again I got the recipe from Donal and you can find it here along with his beer battered fish recipe. I hadn’t heard of these before so I did a … Continue reading


Champ proves the Irish are genius, forget the famous black stout, this is the best. I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like mashed potato and when it’s done properly (i.e. with spring onion added) I think it’s the perfect accompaniment to any hearty meat dish. This recipe was from the BBC GoodFood website and you … Continue reading

Marinaded Steak with Root Vegetable Mash

I take it we’ve all heard of Delia Smith, she’s done more for home cooks over the years than any other modern UK chef I can think of. When I saw this recipe for marinaded steak I thought it would go great with a mash recipe I’d seen when I was doing my pork steaks … Continue reading

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