Fish pie with vermouth velouté step 1 Start with the velouté. Heat a knob of butter in a pan, add the shallots and fry gently for about 10 minutes until soft but not coloured. Pour in the wine and vermouth and boil until reduced by half. Add the stock and bring to a simmer, keep bubbling until you have half the amount again. Each time you do the reduction you concentrate the flavour of your final sauce. Chicken katsu curry This indulgent curry is a real treat and easier to make than expected. The breadcrumbs provide a great texture to hold the rich sauce. 45 minutes + chilling. Serves 2. Easy Cassoulet 600g dried haricot beans400g smoked pancetta – or ventrèche, if you can find some (see know-how)400g piece unsmoked free-range British bacon 400g (about 6) British free-range toulouse sausages (from larger supermarkets or butchers)½ carrot1 small onion½ garlic bulb, cloves separated and peeled½ celery stick½ leek½ small bunch fresh thyme50g duck fat3 tbsp tomato purée2.5 litres good quality fresh chicken stock2 confit duck legs (tinned or in vac-packs, from larger supermarkets or butchers) For the topping Handful breadcrumbs, toasted in a pan with a little oil until goldenHandful fresh parsley, finely chopped You’ll also need Large (5 litre) casseroleLarge piece of muslin (from cook shops or larger supermarkets)Cook’s stringBaking paper Soak the beans for 24 hours in enough cold water to cover by about 15cm (see make ahead).
BBQ paneer with beetroot, coconut and crispy shallots recipe Step 1 Dice the paneer into 4cm cubes and soak in water for 30 minutes. Drain, then combine the marinade ingredients and mix with the paneer. Garlic and white bean stew with gremolata 20 garlic cloves (about 2 bulbs), unpeeled300ml boiling water25g salted butter2 celery sticks, finely sliced2 fresh thyme sprigs200ml dry white wine400g tin cannellini beans, drained and rinsed400g tin butter beans, drained and rinsed2 fresh bay leaves250g fresh vegetable stock75g baby spinach3 tbsp crème fraîche For the gremolata (see know-how) 2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh flatleaf parsley1 garlic clove, crushedFinely grated zest and juice2 lemons
Chicken and chilli noodles* Great for dinner and possibly even better the day after as a salad Method 1. Slice the chicken into strips and coat with the cornflour and a little black pepper. 2. Quick lamb tagine with tabbouleh 2 tbsp olive oil2 red onions, sliced2 garlic cloves, crushed700g British lamb neck fillets, diced2 tbsp ras el hanout (a Middle Eastern spice mixture – we like Bart)300ml chicken stock400g tin chopped tomatoes1 preserved lemon, flesh removed, rind finely sliced400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed80g pitted prunes, roughly choppedHandful of fresh coriander, chopped, to serve For the tabbouleh 160g bulgur wheat600ml chicken stockLarge handful of fresh flatleaf parsley, choppedGood glug of extra-virgin olive oilJuice of 1 lemon Heat most of the oil in a shallow casserole and gently fry the onions for 10 minutes. Add the garlic and fry for a further minute, then remove from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan, season the lamb, add to the pan and cook over a high heat until browned all over.
Sausage pasta bake Method Preheat the oven to 200ºC/gas 6. Peel and finely slice the garlic. Coarsely grate the Cheddar. Spring minestrone soup with pesto 150g dried borlotti beans4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil2 banana shallots, sliced lengthways100g baby leeks, trimmed and halved lengthways1 large carrot, finely chopped (see tips)1 tsp fennel seeds3 garlic cloves, sliced1.2 litres good quality fresh vegetable stock (or chicken stock for non-vegetarians)100g small dried pasta such as ditalini or broken spaghetti100g fresh petits pois (shelled weight) or frozen peas2 baby gem heartsCrusty bread to serve For the pesto (makes 100g) Large bunch fresh basil, leaves pickedSmall handful fresh parsley leaves1 tsp pine nuts, toasted briefly in a dry frying pan (make sure they don’t burn)40g parmesan or vegetarian alternative, grated1 large garlic clove, halved1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Morning After Breakfast Calories Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day. Carbs Lemon risotto cakes with smoked salmon and horseradish cream - Delicious 600-800ml light chicken or fish stock65g unsalted butter3 banana shallots, finely sliced250g risotto rice (such as arborio)80ml dry white wineFinely grated zest and juice1 lemon, plus wedges to serveHandful fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped65g plain flour2 medium free-range eggs100g dried breadcrumbsVegetable oil for frying200g good quality smoked salmon2 handfuls watercress For the horseradish cream 3 tbsp grated hot horseradish60ml crème fraîcheSqueeze lemon juice (optional) Also useful but not essential
Dishoom's Indian cheese on toast We went to Bombay a few months ago and discovered this dish in the Willingdon Club. It is called the Kejriwal after a man who used to come in 30 years ago and order cheese on toast with spring onions, chillies and two fried eggs. We tried it and thought it would be fantastic for brunch – it’s fulfilling without being too heavy.