Author Archives: gastrogeek

Papeta Pur Eeda AKA Eggs on Potato

I’m a truly rubbish Muslim. Seriously. I’ve been known to enjoy the odd half of snakebite, am married to a devout atheist; rarely buy halal anything and would never dream of circumcising my baby boy.  Despite this, I’m still a Muslim

Papeta Pur Eeda AKA Eggs on Potato

I’m a truly rubbish Muslim. Seriously. I’ve been known to enjoy the odd half of snakebite, am married to a devout atheist; rarely buy halal anything and would never dream of circumcising my baby boy.  Despite this, I’m still a Muslim

double chilli beanburgers

I   have quite the soft spot for the spicy beanburger. This has less to do with the weird, pappy texture and everything to do with the memory it evokes of errant teenage years. My first ever boyfriend was a

double chilli beanburgers

I   have quite the soft spot for the spicy beanburger. This has less to do with the weird, pappy texture and everything to do with the memory it evokes of errant teenage years. My first ever boyfriend was a

Indonesian Barbecued Duck/The Sunday Times

I I was extremely chuffed to have my recipe for Bebek Betutu AKA Indonesian ceremonial barbecued duck featured in The Sunday Times magazine a couple of weeks ago. The article was penned by the incredibly talented Mr Oliver Thring and

Indonesian Barbecued Duck/The Sunday Times

I I was extremely chuffed to have my recipe for Bebek Betutu AKA Indonesian ceremonial barbecued duck featured in The Sunday Times magazine a couple of weeks ago. The article was penned by the incredibly talented Mr Oliver Thring and

barbecued fish and chips

Not really. Because actual barbecued battered fish and vinegar sodden chips would of course be pretty disgusting. This is a much fresher version of that classic British marriage of fish and tuber. Think salmon fillets, sea bass and par boiled

barbecued fish and chips

Not really. Because actual barbecued battered fish and vinegar sodden chips would of course be pretty disgusting. This is a much fresher version of that classic British marriage of fish and tuber. Think salmon fillets, sea bass and par boiled

Lebanese Mint Lemonade

I came across this at Yalla Yalla the other day. Gloriously sharp and refreshing, it’s immensely quaffable and there’s been nothing else I’ve wanted to drink quite so much since. Don’t forget to strip the leaves from the stalks. There’s

Lebanese Mint Lemonade

I came across this at Yalla Yalla the other day. Gloriously sharp and refreshing, it’s immensely quaffable and there’s been nothing else I’ve wanted to drink quite so much since. Don’t forget to strip the leaves from the stalks. There’s

Smoked aubergine youvetsi

Summertime stodge. Nobody nails it quite like those canny Greeks. This classic melange of lamb, tomato and rice-shaped pasta is the ideal thing to simmer up and leave on the blip while you crack on with more important things (like

Smoked aubergine youvetsi

Summertime stodge. Nobody nails it quite like those canny Greeks. This classic melange of lamb, tomato and rice-shaped pasta is the ideal thing to simmer up and leave on the blip while you crack on with more important things (like

Beghrir with stem ginger & cardamom rhubarb compote

A cross between a crumpet and a pancake, Beghrir are a bubbly, lacy breakfast favourite in Morocco. They’re also an excellent way of using up any semolina you might have hanging around. Cooked on one side only and traditionally smothered

Beghrir with stem ginger & cardamom rhubarb compote

A cross between a crumpet and a pancake, Beghrir are a bubbly, lacy breakfast favourite in Morocco. They’re also an excellent way of using up any semolina you might have hanging around. Cooked on one side only and traditionally smothered

Big IF/ Foodies Festival

So here’s one for the diary. Next Saturday (8th June) yours truly will be demonstrating how to make the above plateful of brunchtime goodness in the Chef’s Theatre at the Clapham Common Foodies Festival. I’ll be cooking alongside the likes

Big IF/ Foodies Festival

So here’s one for the diary. Next Saturday (8th June) yours truly will be demonstrating how to make the above plateful of brunchtime goodness in the Chef’s Theatre at the Clapham Common Foodies Festival. I’ll be cooking alongside the likes

One pot mussel wonder- win £50 Le Creuset voucher

When McArthurGlen/Le Creuset invited me to take part in their Cast Iron Challenge, I could think of no finer dish than the one pot mussel wonder from my book. Those cast iron pots are just the thing for a dish

One pot mussel wonder- win £50 Le Creuset voucher

When McArthurGlen/Le Creuset invited me to take part in their Cast Iron Challenge, I could think of no finer dish than the one pot mussel wonder from my book. Those cast iron pots are just the thing for a dish

Food Revolution Day

Ever find yourself wanting to trash your local fried chicken shop? Feel yourself coming over all Taxi Driver when you’re sat next to selfish gits stinking out the train with their big macs? Or are you just a bit worried

Food Revolution Day

Ever find yourself wanting to trash your local fried chicken shop? Feel yourself coming over all Taxi Driver when you’re sat next to selfish gits stinking out the train with their big macs? Or are you just a bit worried

smoked mackerel and blood orange salad with chilli, horseradish and lime dressing

Now that we’re finally onto salad weather, I find myself hankering for nice bit of smoked mackerel. Not that flabby rubbish they vac pack in supermarkets but a proper whole smoked specimen from the fishmongers. For something cheap and delicious

smoked mackerel and blood orange salad with chilli, horseradish and lime dressing

Now that we’re finally onto salad weather, I find myself hankering for nice bit of smoked mackerel. Not that flabby rubbish they vac pack in supermarkets but a proper whole smoked specimen from the fishmongers. For something cheap and delicious

Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

Larb

Larb, larp, laap whatever you call it, this Lao mince salad has started regularly presenting its zingy little face at our dinner table. Hot, caramelised meat plus frying pan juices poured over crunchy herbal salad, sharply dressed, sprinkled with toasted

Farmison

It’s been one of those months. One of those endless months where every cupboard is ransacked for pulses and grains to eke out. One of those never ending months where unlabelled plastic boxes are hopefully defrosted and root vegetables are

Farmison

It’s been one of those months. One of those endless months where every cupboard is ransacked for pulses and grains to eke out. One of those never ending months where unlabelled plastic boxes are hopefully defrosted and root vegetables are

Roasted carrot, red lentil and blood orange soup

So the book’s been officially on sale for a week now, and amazingly has sold out not once, but twice already on Amazon, which has been pretty surreal to say the least. It’s been a total honour to work with such

Roasted carrot, red lentil and blood orange soup

So the book’s been officially on sale for a week now, and amazingly has sold out not once, but twice already on Amazon, which has been pretty surreal to say the least. It’s been a total honour to work with such

Coming soon, to a supermarket near you…

Sodium chloride fans everywhere, let us rejoice!!  Yours truly has been featured on the side of Maldon Salt packets, and for a limited time only you can pick one up in your local herb and spice aisle. As you can

Coming soon, to a supermarket near you…

Sodium chloride fans everywhere, let us rejoice!!  Yours truly has been featured on the side of Maldon Salt packets, and for a limited time only you can pick one up in your local herb and spice aisle. As you can

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Za’atar Onion Rings

One of the main reasons I could never move to the countryside is because I seriously couldn’t bear to be too far from the ethnic shops and grocers I’ve grown up with in the smoke. I’m constantly amazed at the

Spiced Glazed Walnuts

Those nice people at Maldon salt sent me their frankly brilliant Desert Island Dishes cookbook. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment below outlining what your desert island dish might be.

Spiced Glazed Walnuts

Those nice people at Maldon salt sent me their frankly brilliant Desert Island Dishes cookbook. If you’d like to win a copy, just leave a comment below outlining what your desert island dish might be.

Roast Goose

Those unbelievably generous folk at the Ginger Pig gifted me a couple of geese, one of which formed the centrepiece of my son’s first ever Christmas lunch this weekend. We invited a load of mates round and our friend Charlie (seen here

Roast Goose

Those unbelievably generous folk at the Ginger Pig gifted me a couple of geese, one of which formed the centrepiece of my son’s first ever Christmas lunch this weekend. We invited a load of mates round and our friend Charlie (seen here

Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

I’m featured in tonight’s episode of Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club. Tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm to watch me stuffing my face with lamb’s testicles and bull’s pizzle pie. Yum yum!

Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club

I’m featured in tonight’s episode of Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club. Tune in to Channel 4 at 9pm to watch me stuffing my face with lamb’s testicles and bull’s pizzle pie. Yum yum!