Portly Cooks | Roasted Aubergine

Need a quick and easy dinner? Look no further! Serves 2 2 Aubergines 1 tbsp Oil 4 tsp Harissa Paste 4 tsp Yoghurt It’s ridiculous how easy this is. Heat the oven to 180c and rub the aubergines in the oil. Put them on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 40 minutes,…

Portly Cooks | Tempura Udon

Tempura udon is a essentially I simple noddle dish with some epically long prawns. The tricky bit is making those prawns long… Serves 2 6 Raw King Prawn (Peeled and De-veined with tail on) 600ml Dashi (I used 2 powder sachets dissolved in hot water) 2 tbsp Soy Sauce 2 tbsp Mirin 100g Rice Flour/Corn…

Portly Cooks | Lamb Iskender… Kind of

I had this for the first time ever in a restaurant I’d been taken to Istanbul by my friend, this is my go at making something near to Iskender, I’m not saying it is Iskender but it has all the flavours. Serves 3-4 1 Boneless Leg of lamb 1 tbsp Olive oil 1 tsp Mixed…

Portly Cooks | Roast Chicken Dinner

What could be better than a roast chicken dinner, it is up there as one of the ultimate comfort foods specially in the colder months of the year. Serves 2-3 1 Whole Chicken (roughly 800g) 200g Salad Potatoes 4 Large Carrots 100g Tenderstem Broccoli 100g Sugar snap Peas Season the chicken and then roast in…

Portly Cooks | Mushroom Pasta

I used dried mushrooms in this so I could use the stock made from re-hydrating them in the sauce, you don’t have to obviously a veg or chicken stock cube will do the same job. Serves 2 200g Oyster Mushrooms 50g Dried Shitake 120g Spaghetti (or your favourite one whatever you have to hand) Stock…

Portly Cooks | Harissa and Sumac Roast Carrots

Here’s a super simple but effective side dish that will go with fish and meat and to be honest is dead good on its own too. 1 Bunch Carrots 2 tbsp Oil 1 tsp Harissa Paste 1 tsp Sumac Juice of half a lemon It really couldn’t be simpler. Cut the green tops off the…

Portly Cooks | Leftover Mash Gnocchi

I’d never made gnocchi before making this dish, mainly because I’m not all that keen on mash potato… roast potatoes are clearly always much better right? Sorry about the cup measures and actual measure mix… it’s what I used to scoop out the mash. 1 cup leftover Mashed Potato 1.5 cups Flour 1 egg Oyster…

Portly Cooks | Sea Bass in Black Bean Sauce

The original recipe for this had the sea bass poached but if you have a double layer steamer, steam the fish along with the fish to save both time and washing up. 2 Sea Bass Fillets 2 Pak Choi 1 Red Chilli 2 Spring Onions 1 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Black Bean Sauce 1 tsp…

Portly Cooks | Royal Fishing Boat Curry

This is a cheat recipe, it’s a quick, easy and tasty fish curry for a weeknight. Serves 2 6 Prawns 4 Scallops 100g Salmon 12 Mussels 100g Cod 100g Smoked Haddock 3 tbsp Red Curry Paste 1 tin Coconut Milk Bring the coconut milk to a simmer and add the red curry paste, stir well…